Any recipe that starts off with 10 Garlic cloves is a straight up win in my book.
This stew speaks Fall! Tender, melt in your mouth, super flavorful, easy to eat and absolutely delicious. One of my favorite meals.
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.
This vegetable dish hits the spot. It's a great summer lunch or a light supper with a salad. Your post op meals DO NOT NEED TO BE ALL MEAT... lighten up and have some vegetables!
This is my ‘go to’ meal for breakfast, lunch, or supper. Yum. I also make this by substituting a big handful of baby spinach for the peppers.
Simplicity at it’s best. Blend a cup of salsa with grilled shrimp and have a meal fit for a King (or Mayan Goddess).
A crunchy, golden snack, that is filled with fiber-goodness and can be flavored any way you like it.
When you try this super easy and delicious soup, you'll never be happy with canned tomato soup again! Give this one a try - it's a keeper!
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.
Don’t worry - it's common as GI surgery makes the taste buds go crazy! While all will eventually calm down, you'll often find savory protein soup more to your liking than a much too sweet chocolate shake. Protein protein protein will heal you and keep you satisfied. Try this easy recipe!
This is perfect for an evening dessert on our patio! It is lemony, super moist and really delicious. My husband loves a slice of this cake with berries and whipped cream! Try it.
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.
When I am running late for supper with nothing really planned, I stop for a half pound of large shrimp and a few salad ingredients. I can have this beautiful plate of food on the table in five minutes!
IT’S ALL A MYTH
You are in the throes of DEHYDRATION, which is the number one post op complication that WILL land you back in a hospital bed.
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A few fresh ingredients copycat that wonderful sweet & tangy Sloppy Joe flavor but the technique for cooking the meat is GENIUS. Soft tender beef that is the ideal texture for a bariatric pouch.
There are different types of bariatric surgery and all kinds of program rules but it really boils down to just a few strong ground rules to follow that really apply to everyone – Lap Band, Sleeve or RNY.
There is no Easy Button, there is no Magic Wand, there is No Pill. No one is going to save you, you have to save yourself!
More than two months til Halloween and there's candy EVERYWHERE.
Frequently we have people who joined our groups asking for help to lose weight or their regain who fight with us to hang on to toast in their diets (or Tortillas, or Crackers, or Noodles or a bowl of Oatmeal) and get upset with us when we tell them NO.
A very rich tart that's perfect for a holiday. Serve a small slice with a few fresh raspberries for a beautiful dessert.
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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!
Weekends can bring an especially tricky series of events that are more than just a little tempting.
Super tender... you can mash the beef cubes with a fork. Perfect for bariatric eating. I serve with a side dish of pan roasted parsnips & carrots - boil peeled vegetables until tender and finish to golden in olive oil salt and pepper. Delicious.
This Italian dessert is a light spoonful of soft gelled pudding that instantly melts into an explosion of smooth cream when it hits your tongue.
I recently read a study outlining the habits of thousands of regular non-wls people who have lost significant weight and kept it off. There were a few interesting patterns that jumped out for me.
Jicama (pronounced HEE-kah-mah), also called a Mexican Potato and Mexican Turnip, is the name of a native Mexican vine and most commonly the plant's edible root.
Learn to live without the bread, rice, tortillas, crackers and macaroni. Once you've tamed the habit, they become a choice instead of a compulsion and no longer rule you!
Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken
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.
You can literally have this in bowls on the table in ten minutes. Your family will love it too! Serve with turkey sandwiches for the rest of the clan.
One of the hardest situations Post-Ops face is relearning how to cook and feed their family.
There's a really popular trend sweeping our Facebook Support Groups, Meal Prepping!
A Perfect Blended Inspire Drink is what icing is to the cake - it puts it over the top!
On days we play golf with other couples, I sometimes make a no sugar sweet - just a simple brownie or cake I can serve with a scoop of Breyers No Sugar Vanilla.
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