Make these incredible 'bariatric friendly' dishes for your Thanksgiving Day - Let's Cook!
This year let's make Thanksgiving about the day and the people and not buy in to believing that our worth is tied to a bowl of mashed potatoes that we *must* make.
Sometimes I even moisten some Inspire Protein Kitchen Pancake Mix with enough milk to make a couple of drop biscuits to place on the bottom of our bowls too!
While sitting with my mothers sister Gail, who is a fabulous cook, she proclaimed 'Susan, this is the best pie I've ever had!' Wow, what a compliment!
Sugar free pineapple orange glaze for Christmas ham that is perfect for bariatric or diabetic family table. Absolutely wonderful crispy edges, moist texture. much better than a commercially glazed ham... this tastes homemade. If you are Ham for Christmas kind of folks, you will LOVE this version.
To Purée is to blend, grind or mash food until it is a thick, smooth, lump-free consistency. A Purée is a food that has the consistency of a soft creamy paste."
When you simply roast a sweet potato until softened, the outside skin separates from the bright orange inside that turns soft and sweet with a caramelized flavor. It is superb for Holiday Dinners. Plain. Jane. Sweet. Potato.
My husband is from Georgia and this was his request for Christmas dessert.
There's a reason why all fine restaurants have a Shrimp Cocktail on the Appetizer menu! Assemble this fabulous classic as your first course for the holiday meal - Easy, Delicious, Bariatric Friendly too!
My signature dessert is CHEESECAKE and I am a Cheesecake Queen of sorts. This recipe easy to make and I promise that yours will turn out just like mine!
The dish stands on its own and goes beautifully with holiday turkey. The Starbucks Sugar Free Caramel Syrup adds incredible flavor without turning this into a high sugar, high calorie dish.
While you can buy gravy or gravy mixes, the really good stuff is made from scratch - this recipe is a foolproof hybrid. Soon you will be The Gravy Queen.
The BEST No Sugar Apple on the Planet. Old Fashioned Apple Pie to serve to everyone who comes to Thanksgiving dinner at your home, or take to your Grandmothers for the holiday dessert table. The best part is that it is INSANELY good and no one will explode from sugar alcohols or think there is anything but love baked into this beauty.
The best stuffing you will ever eat. Excellent combination of flavors and textures that is lower in carbs as well. If I am going to choose ONE carb to eat at a holiday meal this is the one that is pouch worthy.
A really nice holiday drink that makes everyone feel as if they are part of the festivities... bariatric and diabetics can be left out of all the 'sugared' goodies, but this warm drink is calming, soothing, and really delicious.
That behavior now embarrasses me. Almost twenty years after bariatric surgery, we eat much cleaner and prefer simple fresh foods - like NORMAL people.
We know that many of our Facebook Support Group members schedule surgery at end of the year to use up health savings accounts and take advantage of insurance deductibles. Then one day wake up and think 'What am I going to do about Thanksgiving and Christmas?' No worries. This is not our first rodeo..
The middle is California Roll Shrimp Bites and the dish on the left is Ham & Swiss bites with Honey Mustard.
These taste really really good and are assembled in minutes. Perfect party food and totally bariatric friendly. :)
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.
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!
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!
This sauce is HEAVENLY! I start making it as soon as I see fresh cranberries in our market as it is wonderful blended with Fage Greek yogurt or spooned over pumpkin custard or cheesecake. I love tart-sweet and this is the best. Hard to believe just a couple of ingredients can taste this good!
Fully loaded with all the right flavors of 'sour cream', bacon, cheddar and scallions, this simple dish will be the first to disappear at your family holiday buffet table. THIS is what bariatric eating is all about - making a delicious dish that is easy for you to eat that the family will also LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Protein keeps us full, fuels weight loss, and gives us long lasting slow burning energy. We all know how it feels to hit the wall at 2 o'clock and protein snacks are the best way to keep moving. Here are some of our favorite bariatric friendly protein mini meals and snacks. We promise you wont get sick of any of these choices.
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.
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.)
I promise you that you can be a star and pass along a new tradition to your family by following these easy 1,2,3 instructions. You will have the most delicious tender juicy turkey that you have ever tasted. It's not magic, it's called a meat thermometer but don't give away your secret.
This is an important message that many don't consider until it happens to them! Listen to a little bit of food for thought about how to STOP making things harder than they need to be.
The trick is to find the unsweetened coconut in your supermarket - it is often labeled as ‘dessicated’ or dried. Check the label and make sure sugar is not listed as an Ingredient. Mmmm, I love coconut!
Make these and serve hot at your next party. YUM YUM!
These take minutes to wrap and once you have tried them, you’ll be able to make a pan of these before a Party in 15 minutes. They are delicious with cocktail or barbecue sauce or plain.
Tilapia is a mild white fish that is also budget friendly. This is a perfect first try for your air fryer as this recipe is simple and delicious.
Catfish is firm moist and meaty. It is also a bargain at sale prices of under four dollars per pound and is farm raised in the USA!
Pair with a tomato-cucumber salad and a Ranch dipping sauce. Yum.
This one is so good, you will be famous for it. People will ask IF YOU ARE BRINGING YOUR CHEESECAKE. Trust me. Never has something so simple gathered so much attention and applause. Plus its sugar free. Boom.
If you think that people don't fight over the choice to eat the foods that led to their own obesity you would be wrong. What's worse is that people don't realize the real issues many post-ops face.
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!
We are not going to really fool anyone, but this is a delicious dish in its own right! Our Faux Potatoes are the perfect texture. Yum.
It's Monday and its time for a little tough love if you are spending today with regret about the choices you made this weekend.
Smooth dark flavors of late Fall!
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.
Nothing says Thanksgiving like Pumpkin Cheesecake and this one just happens to be sugar free.
Proudly add this Pumpkin Roll to the holiday dessert table and let everyone know it's sugar free and low in calories. Of course it's also Bariatric Friendly & Super Delicious!
The Thanksgiving dish for a new Post Op or old Post Op or ANYONE for that matter. Just wonderful soft creamy pumpkin pie filling. Guild the lily with a squirt of Land O Lakes Sugar Free Whipped Cream!
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.
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