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Inspired Air Fryer Sausage Balls

Inspired Air Fryer Sausage Balls

Susan Maria Leach  /  12/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

We all receive invitations to holiday mixers and gatherings and it is always a nice idea to walk into the door holding a dish of something to share with the revelers. I make it a point to take food that I am able to eat, BUT that tastes great so others can enjoy as well.

Christmas Day - A simple but delicious bariatric friendly menu

Christmas Day - A simple but delicious bariatric friendly menu

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/12/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Since it is Christmas I get a little fancy pants with the menu but I do keep it within the bounds for low carb and high protein. It takes a long time to get over the urge to make every dish as high calorie as possible 'because its Christmas'. I think I have arrived at that place after twenty years post op, a horrific regain and fresh second round weight loss.

Baked Apricot Glazed Ham with Maple Mustard Sauce

Baked Apricot Glazed Ham with Maple Mustard Sauce

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Just an old-fashioned glazed ham with a sweet spiciness that is perfect for your holiday party buffet table. Everyone will love this traditional ham! I like it thick sliced, each piece with a bit of glaze at the edge. The Maple Mustard sauce passed at the table kicks this main dish up at least two notches.

Warm Brie with Preserves & Almonds

Warm Brie with Preserves & Almonds

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

This is such a simple dish to take to a party or to serve at home. It takes ten minutes to put together, and when served at a party with crackers, sliced mini bell peppers, cucumber rounds, or even thinly sliced apples it is both satisfying and delicious.

Roasted Cajun Turkey Thighs for 2 with Pan Gravy

Roasted Cajun Turkey Thighs for 2 with Pan Gravy

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

It is often just my husband and I for a holiday meal, so even the smallest whole turkey is too large, plus we both prefer dark meat. A perfect solution is to roast turkey thighs for our holiday dinner. Plenty for the meal and leftovers too!

Artichoke Parmesan Spread

Artichoke Parmesan Spread

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

This is a more flavorful lighter version of the hot dip on many menus. Mine is heavy on the artichoke and parmesan, contains ZERO cream cheese, yet tastes fantastic. All the flavors and creaminess of the original but without the five pound weight gain!

10 WLS Friendly, No/Low Carb, EASY & TASTY Party Foods

10 WLS Friendly, No/Low Carb, EASY & TASTY Party Foods

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

It's not fun to arrive at a party or gathering to discover there isn't any bariatric friendly food for you to eat. It's hard enough staying away from Cape Cod Potato Chips, Frozen Deep Fried Convenience Food trays, Little Sandwiches, Party Sub Ring, Chicken Wing Platters, Sushi Roll trays OR ENTIRE TABLES OF COOKIES AND DESSERTS... but when you don't have a choice, you have effectively succeeded in sabotaging yourself.

Apricot Hazelnut Streusel Bars, No Added Sugar

Apricot Hazelnut Streusel Bars, No Added Sugar

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

When we were getting ready to trim our own Christmas Palm tree, I decided that we needed some warm Christmas bar cookies to nibble with a mug of warm Inspire Dutch Chocolate Cake protein fixed as hot cocoa. Sure it was 75 degrees here in Florida, but holiday spirit isn’t about the temperature.

Strawberry Jam Bars sugar free

Strawberry Jam Bars sugar free

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

I have a bag of Pecan Meal in my freezer procured on a trip to a Pecan Grove in Georgia last fall that feature a touch of Southern Pecan goodness. You can choose any flavor of Jam you would like, I had half a jar of Smuckers Sugar Free Strawberry! So I made Strawberry Jam Bars in my kitchen.

Oatmeal Almond Crisps sugar free

Oatmeal Almond Crisps sugar free

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

These sugar free cookies are excellent with a mug of YUM No Sugar Added Hot Chocolate on a chilly evening with your family! These cookies are not a calorie free food but they are an excellent holiday cookie to share with friends and loved ones.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels sugar free

Chocolate Covered Pretzels sugar free

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Another really fun craft meets cooking adventure. A couple of dollars for ingredients in a tin from the craft store to create a gift from the heart for a diabetic dad or grandma! Merry Christmas.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies - Sugar Free

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies - Sugar Free

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

These are the Christmas Cookies that were always in a big tin on my grandmothers kitchen table. I remember baking them with my mother every year and even though she's gone, these are the holiday memories I hope you are making with someone that you love. They are also delicious, flaky and sugar free!

Seafood Chowder

Seafood Chowder

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/8/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

It was 33 degrees here in Fort Lauderdale this morning, and the entire world was procuring ingredients for soup at Whole Foods. I was no different as I picked up some fresh and perfect ingredients for classic New England chowder.

Waldorf Turkey Salad - Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Waldorf Turkey Salad - Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

I roast my turkey breast side down, so it is very moist, plus the creamy Greek yogurt blended with a touch of mayonnaise for tang creates the right texture for a bariatric post-op. Grapes add sweetness and curry powder adds zestiness and snap!

Bariatric Tuna Sub

Bariatric Tuna Sub

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Remember when you were a kid and you hung onto that dollar because you wanted to make sure you spent it on something good? Same thing here. You don't want to spend your valuable pouch space on bread when the tuna is the protein star.

Broccoli Apple Salad

Broccoli Apple Salad

Alison Meacham  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

A member of our BariatricEating Support Group on Facebook asked if we could create a bariatric friendly version of an Amish broccoli carrot salad she loved that is traditionally made with a sweet tangy mayo sour cream dressing. Admin Alison Garcia took on the task and came up with a lighter yet delicious salad!

Sugar Free Baked Cinnamon 'Sugar' Doughnut Holes

Sugar Free Baked Cinnamon 'Sugar' Doughnut Holes

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Voila, a smaller batch of goodness that is very easy and quick to make. Lightly brushing warm freshly baked doughnut holes with melted butter and rolling them in Cinnamon and Truvia keeps them soft and moist. They melt in your mouth! I even piped a few with a dab of sugar-free grape jelly. A wonderful Holiday dessert treat.

Why We Need to Cook.

Why We Need to Cook.

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Over the years, studies and books have shown over and over that children from families who eat together do better in school, that eating whole fresh food is healthier, that eating sustainably will help to save the environment.

Spiced Toasted Pecans

Spiced Toasted Pecans

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

These toasted nuts are off the chain. Since Ty’s family lives in the heart of prime pecan-growing region, I always have a big bag of pecans in the freezer. I make this recipe in a larger batch to take to a party as a gift for the hosts.

No Added Sugar EGGNOG - Ahhhhhh mazing!

No Added Sugar EGGNOG - Ahhhhhh mazing!

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

This tastes EXACTLY like the supermarket kind and takes 2 minutes. Make sure you buy a whole nutmeg to grate into and on top of this as that is the key to the flavor. There are packets of walnut looking whole nutmeg for .99 cents, Badia brand... in the spice section. Felix Navidad.

Purees and Soft Foods - Begin to Use Protein for Healing

Purees and Soft Foods - Begin to Use Protein for Healing

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

After you are doing well with eating soft smooth purees you will progress to soft foods which differ in that they are of a consistency what can easily be mashed with a fork. While is can be frustrating to be stuck in these special texture phases, advancing too rapidly into foods that are somewhat dense and hard can cause you to vomit and even result in food getting stuck.

Green Chile Cheese Puff

Green Chile Cheese Puff

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

The Fresh Market was roasting Hatch Green Chilies in front of the store this afternoon and I picked up a big container to make this amazing cheesy puff. BE. Careful. to. not. get. DOWNWIND. of roasting chilies.

Mexican Seafood Cocktail

Mexican Seafood Cocktail

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

A Shrimp Cocktail has meant the meal is special ever since The Sixties. This version bathes the shrimp and or crab in a creamy and slightly smoky chipotle sauce. The wow factor comes from serving them in a martini or wine glass. It's a super easy to eat dish that people really enjoy.

'Better than Burger' Kebabs

'Better than Burger' Kebabs

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/2/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

These are a sort of ‘meatloaf on a stick’ that I can cook in minutes using my grill pan. If you don’t have one, you can use a skillet or broiler. I like the bamboo skewers so no one at the table feels cheated that there isn’t a bun!