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Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Susan Maria  /  9/20/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Even those who say they don't like Spinach - this stuff is lick the plate good. If you are going to eat carbs, make them the vegetable kind. Use bites of this delicious dish to moisten your bites of turkey: a trick of bariatric eating.

Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie. To Crust, or not to Crust.

Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie. To Crust, or not to Crust.

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

I use Splenda as it works well in custards. No need to reinvent the wheel here folks. This is simple goodness at its best. Make this with a crust OR WITHOUT depending on your use. My husband does not think it is PIE unless it has crust, so for holidays I make this pie using a Pillsbury All Ready Crust and it looks super homemade. (gasp, I would never use a frozen stamped crust.)

How to Make Toasted Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds!

How to Make Toasted Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds!

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Mindless eating is a problem of obesity. It's not fair to just say 'DON'T SNACK' as that is not a realistic way to think people can live. It is more constructive to come up with things we can eat when everyone else is eating popcorn balls. This is a great snack food that doesn't slow weight loss and as a bonus has a lot of protein.

Roasted Turkey - Breast Down

Roasted Turkey - Breast Down

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Make a super moist turkey that everyone at the table will love and a Bariatric Post Op will be able to eat! The secret is UPSIDE DOWN... you have heard about it for years... this Thanksgiving give it a try. The difference is unbelievable!

Crunchers Party Mix!

Crunchers Party Mix!

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Next time you've got a gathering of friends break out a pretty bowl of Crunchers Party Mix to nibble and enjoy enjoy enjoy knowing you aren't cheating, you are participating! Guests will love it too. Mmmmm, salty, sweet, a touch of spice, nuts... perfect!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza. Super good!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza. Super good!

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/13/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

A good tasting dish in its own right. Calling it pizza does not make it so, but this 'Pizza' flavored round is fresh, mild and has a cheesy goodness with none of the qualities for which cauliflower is disliked. I think you will like it if you don't go at it thinking you have found no carb pizza. Have reasonable expectations and you will love it!

No Sugar Pumpkin Spice Bread

No Sugar Pumpkin Spice Bread

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Bobby Flay provided the base recipe but I have reduced and swapped out the sugar and part of the flour. It has no added sugar and is reduced carbohydrate. Its not calorie free but its a super moist and really flavorful pumpkin loaf to bake for your Thanksgiving celebration.

Pumpkin Whip - Sugar Free, No Bake, No Cook, Fluffy Spiced Holiday Goodness!

Pumpkin Whip - Sugar Free, No Bake, No Cook, Fluffy Spiced Holiday Goodness!

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

The BEST no cook recipe on the planet. A big bowl of fluffy pumpkin spiced mousse that tastes like it took substantial effort... super delish, super easy and no one will ever know its sugar free! Serve in wine glasses. Use a plastic bag with the corner cut off to get it in there neatly! Place three Murray Sugar Free Butter Cookies on the plate for a little texture and good looks.

Grandma's Chicken Soup

Grandma's Chicken Soup

Susan Maria Leach  /  8/28/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

If you are my age you probably recall a magical soup that warded off colds and made you feel warm from your head to your toes. Not sure if it was the delicious soup or the love that also went into that pot. Let's not lose this heritage recipe - teach your children that old fashioned chicken soup heals what ails you. It is super simple and uses just 5 ingredients.

Pork Stuffed Mini Peppers

Pork Stuffed Mini Peppers

Susan Maria Leach  /  8/28/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Telling someone that a food or dish is low carb, healthy, low calorie, fat free, even paleo is ‘the kiss of death’ for many people. Folks are afraid of ‘diet food', especially anything bariatric and sometimes wont even taste your food.

Minute Lasagna Roll

Minute Lasagna Roll

Susan Maria Leach  /  8/27/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

This simple two minute dish is easy to eat at any bariatric stage, contains high quality high protein, is low/no carb and TASTES LIKE LASAGNA! Do not be intimidated that we call it a crepe, its just an egg. Okay, so this is technically a Manicotti. Enjoy.

Eggplant Ricotta Bake

Eggplant Ricotta Bake

Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  8/16/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

This version eliminates the 'frying' step, instead the eggplant is roasted, which concentrates the flavor. While not traditional, I love the added ricotta 'lasagna' layer that serves as the protein. I like the eggplant to shine, so I do not add too many herbs or spices. A wonderful dish!

Sheet Pan Meal: Spatchcocked Game Hen

Sheet Pan Meal: Spatchcocked Game Hen

Susan Maria Leach  /  8/15/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

This is also called Spatchcocking, I don't know WHY, but it is! I put the game hen on my cutting board and with my big chefs knife cut through the breast bone and then flatten it out. You can also ask them to do it for you at the meat counter in your supermarket. I love Cornish Game Hens, they are super juicy.

Bariatric Lab Tests 101

Bariatric Lab Tests 101

Susan Maria Leach  /  7/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Patients who have had a surgical weight loss procedure, whether the Roux en Y Gastric Bypass, Adjustable Banding, or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, require close monitoring of nutritional status, physical and mental well being for the rest of our lives.

FAQ: What's a Good First Soft Food? Italian Chicken in Sauce

FAQ: What's a Good First Soft Food? Italian Chicken in Sauce

Susan Maria Leach  /  7/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

IF you are searching for a way to make that jump from smooth creamy pureés to soft foods and have NO idea how to do it, please let me give you the gift of this recipe. It is a technique for braising that you can have in your pocket for the rest of your life. This meal is soft and delicious and makes chicken easy to eat for ANYONE. I promise.