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This recipe was thrown together using things that I had in my refrigerator or pantry. Quinoa is my go-to grain since I had gastric surgery, but this could easily be made with orzo, rice or any other grain you prefer.
Needed to use some chicken sausage from my freezer
A morning throw-together. WWPP = 8
It's almost Mardi Gras and what says it better than jambalaya? This recipe is letting me clean out my freezer and is convenient because you make it in a rice cooker.WWPP=8
Adjusted from: http://iwasborntocook.com/bake
age-and-spinach/. WWPP = 10
Credit to http://bariatric foodie.blogspot.com/2012/01tan
gy-spicy-salmon-quinoa.html. 10 WW PointsPlus
I had a ham hock and some dried beans I wanted to use. This came out as a wonderful comfort food for a cold winter day!
Using up leftovers
I cannot eat pasta anymore, but had a brainstorm that quinoa might be a good substitute (plus add a bunch more protein). This soup took care of my chicken noodle soup craving! I used beautiful homemade stocks, but any store-bought stock or broth would do.
Needed to use up an avocado.
Microwave fritatta using leftovers.
Yet another sausage, bean and greens soup for the crockpot. It's amazing the variety you can come up with. And each has it's own personality!
I made this soup last night to use up some beautiful kale I received in my CSA share. The Chorizo was an afterthought after I put the original soup on the site and decided it didn't have enough protein.
Hearty black bean soup with a beer base.
I kept seeing mini tacos made in wonton wrappers. I thought, hmmm, I wonder if I could do the same for pizzas. Here's how it worked.
I developed this recipe for a breakfast to send off our lab tech to his next position
This is a recipe that I found on Pinterest. I had just bought chicken thighs and needed something I could put together in the crockpot since it's so hot today. http://thelarsonlingo.blogspot
r-ever.html. Keep in mind that I have had bariatric surgery so the 1/2 cup serving is actually a large serving for me.
I really have been craving custard since my surgery. Sweetening with sucralose gives me a sweet custard that is also a pretty good source of protein.
I needed to use up vegetables and in the end, even with the chicken, it blended well! And the taste was heavenly.
This is the first dish I'm trying for the blended phase after bariatric surgery
I am trying to be creative during the blended phase following gastric sleeve surgery. I love egg salad, but never make it for myself. I'm thinking this will be a tasty high-protein meal that won't look bad when blended smooth. Only thing missing is bread (Not allowed at this stage)
After gastric sleeve surgery, you an restricted to liquids for 2 weeks. sweet protein shakes get old very quickly! Any cream soup made with Lactaid milk (use skim or 190, the 2% was a mistake and didn't work well) , strained and protein powder added makes a great savory alternative!
This is a soup I threw together with vegetables from my CSA shares. The combo turned out really tasty.
This is a great pantry recipe. Use chicken you cooked yourself or get a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.
Another blended soup for blended foods stage following gastric sleeve surgery
another recipe for the blended phase following gastric sleeve surgery.
This is the first blended soup I have developed for the blended food phase following bariatric (gastric sleeve) surgery.
I needed to use up beets and greens that I received in my CSA package.
I often throw together jambalaya with whatever I can find in my freezer and pantry. Here is last night's version
I adapted this recipe from one I found online to use all the fresh produce I received this week in my CSA (community supported agriculture) share. I had my doubts how chili would taste with winter squash, but this recipe is a winner!
I had received a number of tomatoes and summer squashes in my CSA share. Here is a recipe that helps use them up. You may substitute beef, pork, veal or sausage for the bison.
As a participant of a summer CSA (community supported agriculture program), we get varied produce every week. This week was Swiss chard, zucchini and tomatoes. I have alwasy wanted to try making lasagna with zucchini noodles rather than pasta. I figured this was my chance.
I received radishes with tops in my CSA package. The greens looked so good, I wanted to use them. I am allergic to raw radishes due to my hay fever, so I assumed I was also allergic to the raw greens, so here's how I cooked them
This is my version of a chorizo chili I found online. Just a warning, the calories and fat are pretty high. But it sure is tasty!
I needed to determine the calorie values of a quiche I received in my CSA package. This is sort of a combination of several recipes that makes the most sense for proper ingredients.
So, I adapted a recipe from Better Homes and Garden called Pesto Lasagna Pie. After it was all said and done, I felt a lot of calories were added through the pesto without that much contribution to the flavor profile. So, this is what I thought would be tastier and a lot healthier. Oh yeah, did I mention I didn't think the first lasagna had enough tomato?
Adapted from Better Homes & Garden: I was looking for a recipe to use a batch of fresh full-size spinach that I received in a CSA package. But we decided to add leftover chicken (also from the CSA package).
This is a recipe from http://www.cookingnook.com/tom
ato-basil-soup-recipe.html. I made it with a sourdough baguette which made it really nice and acidic.n
I found this recipe online and it sounded so good I just had to try it. If you want more of a crust, you will need to increase the amount of Bisquick you add, this amount just helped thicken the pudding.
This is a recipe adapted from the allrecipes.com site. I needed something rather bland but tasty without meat for my husband who is getting over the stomach flu. I thought this would be a good choice.
I had leftover roasted pork shoulder. I love pulled pork bbq, but sometimes look for something different. This is what I threw together after looking in my pantry.
So, we liked the chorizo black bean chili, but it's high in calories and fat. So here is a bison version substituting chipotle peppers for the bell peppers. If you don't like your chili spicy, you can use green chiles or sweet peppers instead.
I used Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce instead of green peppers. Makes them nice and spicy!
This is my version of WildlifeJo's recipe...I am using greek yogurt instead of the sour cream.
I've never made traditional stuffed peppers before. This is an adaptation of my husband's mother's stuffed pepper recipe. I chose to use bison because it's leaner and has better nutrients. And Rotel tomatoes for some spice.
The original recipe is from BetterRecipes.com but calls for ground beef. We really prefer bison and it is leaner and better for you.
I can't believe I couldn't find a rice cooker recipe for Broccoli and rice!!! So, here is my version.
This is my favorite summer vegetable dish!
This is a variation of the jambalaya I like to make in my rice cooker. You can add chicken or shrimp or whatever you like if you want more protein. I also vary the vegetables based on what I have available.
This is the fantastic spinach lasagna my good friend Melissa makes for us...so good!
This is a recipe I found online. The recipe calls for raw chicken, but I used leftover rotisserie chicken.
I thought of this the other day and absolutely love it. You can change up what kind of sauce you put on it, for Mexican, use salsa, for Italian, use tomato sauce, etc. I used the pan with two ovals to cook the eggs. Oh yeah, and I LOVE these tortillas, they are so satisfying and tasty!
I love when I can get buffalo roasts for stew. Buffalo is the leanest meat you can buy and it has the added benefits of high iron content and high protein content. Cooking it in a slow cooker in liquid such as stew gives you a rich flavorful and healthy meal!
This is a soup mix that I received for Christmas. No Nutritional information, so I had to measure the beans and go from there.
Needed to use up leftovers and added TVP for added protein.
I had this great leftover roast bison that had been cooked in tomatoes with chiles. I figured it would make great enchiladas...so here you go!
Okay, wanted to come up with a way to incorporate potatoes into an omelet. This is a variation of Cheesy Ham and Potato Bake posted here by Sculpeymama.
This is what I came up with for our SuperBowl feast. I am cooking it in my rice cooker which has a slow cooker feature, but it can be cooked in any slow cooker and the instructions will reflect that.
Just raiding the 'fridge...
Just raiding the 'fridge...
This is from the Better Homes & Gardens website.
This is a recipe that I found online for a wonderful poppyseed strudel the local bakery makes. Since my husband is Ukrainian, he appreciates desserts like this!
Adapted from a recipe from Cooking Light's One-Dish Meals cookbook
This is my favorite breakfast and so quick when made in the GT-Express cooker.
Recipe by Melissa Rubel Jacobson from Food & Wine website
This is adapted from a recipe I found on About.com.
This recipe was developed to cover all of the allergies in our lab. You can substitute an egg for the yogurt if you prefer, or use soy milk and yogurt if you also have dairy allergies. This recipe is so popular they always for them for birthday celebrations.
This recipe was developed as a snack for lab meetings. My boss is celiac and the senior post-doc is allergic to eggs. You can substitute 2 eggs for the yogurt if you want a richer version and you don't have egg allergies.
I am always looking for recipes that taste like my favorite foods, but in the convenience of the crockpot. Pasta alla Norma is a recipe that I got from an Italian postdoc I worked with. This recipe has the same flavors!
I just got myself a bento box because I always thought it looked like a healthy way to eat. This is a traditional egg dish which has many layers. Fairly easy to make, little sweet, little salty. Can be eaten cold.
We went to a talk called Super Power Foods by Michelle Bonnarito. She showed us how to cook quinoa. This is a quick fresh salad made with the quinoa
Remembered I had some spinach and roasted peppers in the fridge so this is what I came up with
This is an adaptation of a recipe found on eDiets. Their recipe calls for pork, but I am more of a chicken person.
I use this recipe in my Magic Bullet.
I love bison and it's great cooked in stew.
I got this idea in 2007 from the Discovery Health Body Challenge. The original recipe calls for cheese, but it is just as good without.
This is an adaptation of one of my favorite recipes from my childhood. I love the stuffing and swiss on top!
This is an attempt to alter the Epicurious recipe to be healthier.
Adapted from the Epicurious.com site. This is an attempt to make my own version of InFamous Welsh Cookes - which are absolutely to die for!
This is a recipes I found in a magazine years ago. I remember that I loved it then, but I haven't made it in a long time. Had to use up some turkey buger, so thought I would try it agan.
This bread smells SO good when it is baking!
Adapted from Recipe Zaar recipe
I was looking for a recipe for some peanut bars my husband loves that we get when we are in my home town. I adapted it from a Taste of Home recipe
My husband was craving chicken sauce for pasta. Here's what I came up with.
Taking one of my childhood favorites and translating it into a crockpot dish. I never have time to put this together and bake it, so using the crockpot saves me the time.
An easy spicy chicken soup using things you might find in your freezer and cupboard.
The tried and true (but not lowfat) version of a bisquick impossible pie
This is an attempt to make Tuna Helper more healthy
This is my grandmother's recipe and it is my favorite!
I was waiting for a recipe from my brother for grilled shortribs and found out it was going to rain. So, I adapted this recipe from one I found on the Better Homes & Gardens website.
Another quiche for quick breakfasts
So, I have to use up my okra, but don't have time to stand over a pot. Here is a slow-cooker version of gumbo. I didn't have any celery, so I put zucchini in instead.
This is for my boss!
Trying a fresh version of pasta al a norma
After a trip to the West Side Market, I had this interesting mix of veggies. And quiche is a quick easy morning breakfast. So, thought I would throw something together
I was trying to come up with a shredded chicken to use in burritos. However, this came out more like a stew or chili. Still tastes fantastic!
A yummy spaghetti sauce slow cooked in the crockpot with turkey meatballs....yum!
I am attempting to find a peanut sauce for noodles using ingredients that I have in my refrigerator
Was going to make chicken cacciatore, but only had one can tomato sauce. The other can was vodka sauce, so I thought I would try it. Turned out very yummy!
Kind of just threw together what I had in the freezer
Just threw this together in an attempt to make something easy while at work
This is a recipe that I developed for my husband when we were still dating. I like to make it with buffalo instead of beef and prefer fresh vegetables. However, this makes it quick and easy. You can even prepare it in a crockpot. Just make sure you turn it to high when you add the barley and then let it cook for and hour.
An easy satisfying chili to make while you are at work
Body for Life
Ala Body for Life!
Body for Life
A sweet mid-morning treat courtesy of Body For Life
A favorite from my childhood...the taste of lasagne with spaghetti for the crust!
When you don't have traditional meats, turkey dogs work just as well
Quick filling bagel pizza made with a 12 grain bagel. So satisfying!
Sweet and tangy breakfast or snack
Ran out of milk when making another recipe...makes a nice dessert
A twist on an old fashioned favorite
hearty bean and barley soup spiced with chili spices
from Chris Charmichael nutrition site
Easy vegetable soup
General Santa Anna's troops would have been salivating over this recipe. So goes the Alamo, so goes Texas
Hearty omelet for breakfast
From the Betty Crocker site
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Recipe Collections I've Shared:
|Betsy's slow cooker cookbook
Tried and true slow cooker recipes!
|Quick and easy breakfasts
yummy breakfasts that are a quick start to the day!
My boss is celiac, so to share baking, I have to learn a new way of baking. This is an intersting, educational journey and I hope that I come up with some good recipes that other people in the same situation can enjoy.
|Fixings for the Bento Box
I purchased a bento box after working with Japanese postdocs and seeing how they ate. I think this is a very healthy way of eating.
|Betsy's favorite Mexican-style recipes
I really like the complexity of Mexican-style cooking. I realize some of these recipes are not actually Mexican-style, but they are similar.
|Betsy's chicken meals
|Betsy's Bison Cookbook
I absolutely adore buffalo/bison. It is so much leaner and richer than any other meat you can cook with, but finding recipes is hard. Here are a few of my tested recipes. Just remember that buffalo is leaner than even turkey, so it needs to be cooked slower and at lower heats than beef.
|Betsy's CSA cookbook