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Recipes I've Shared:

"McMuffin" casserole

Decided to make a casserole for Christmas morning

Crockpot Chili

Easy chili for a cold day!

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

Just was in the mood for tomato soup and this one sounded good

Sausage, cheddar duck egg crustless quiche

Quiche is a good option for just about any meat or vegetable you might have. For every egg you whip up, add 1/4 cup milk. Add whatever fillings you might have.

White Chicken Chili

White chicken chili using fresh "dried" navy beans. This could be done with store bought dried beans, but I got these from the farmers market. If you use store bought beans, you will want to soak them overnight before using.

Blueberry Dutch Baby

Have been craving a Dutch Baby for about a week and had some fresh MI blueberries, so here it is!

Slow-Cooker Italian Beef and Squash Soup

Wanted something a bit different to make with stew beef. Looked at what I had in my pantry and threw a bunch together.

Quinoa Tuna Cassarole

My twist on tuna noodle cassarole

Slow Cooker Andouille Jambalaya with Squash and Quinoa

Using things up in my refrigerator with perfect timing for Mardi Gras!

Slow Cooker Beef, White Bean and Quinoa Stew

I had a pound of stew beef, but didn't want traditional beef stew. So, I made a take on italian white bean stew and added quinoa for added protein.

Broccoli Chicken Sausage Quiche

I love quiche and I love broccoli and eggs. So, I put together this quiche to fulfill a craving!

Slow Cooker Mulligatawny

Adapted from : 1001 Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender, pg 190

Pesto Stuffed Winter Squash

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.

Slow-cooker Chicken Sausage and Beans

Needed to use some chicken sausage from my freezer

Crustless Quiche Lorraine

A morning throw-together. WWPP = 8

Andouille scallop Quinoa Jambalaya

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

Baked Quinoa with Andouille

Adjusted from:
h-chicken-sausage-and-spinach/. WWPP = 10

Tangy-Spicy Salmon & Quinoa

Credit to http://bariatric
mon-quinoa.html. 10 WW PointsPlus

Slow Cooker Bean with Ham soup

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!

Chicken Kale Quinoa Soup

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.

Mexican Breakfast Pizza

Needed to use up an avocado.

Quick Fritatta

Microwave fritatta using leftovers.

Slow-Cooker Italian Sausage Bean and Vegetable Soup

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!

Slow Cooker Bean Soup with Greens and Chorizo

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.

Chorizo Black Bean Soup with Beer

Hearty black bean soup with a beer base.

Pizza cups

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.

Squash and Bacon Egg Casserole

I developed this recipe for a breakfast to send off our lab tech to his next position

Incredible! (1 rating)
Crockpot King Ranch Chicken

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.
/easiest-dinner-ever.html. Keep in mind that I have had bariatric surgery so the 1/2 cup serving is actually a large serving for me.

Incredible! (1 rating)
1-egg Microwave custard

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.

Chicken Vegetable Soup

I needed to use up vegetables and in the end, even with the chicken, it blended well! And the taste was heavenly.

Salmon Florentine

This is the first dish I'm trying for the blended phase after bariatric surgery

Blended Egg Salad

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)

High Protein Cream Soup

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!

"Potluck" Vegetable Soup

This is a soup I threw together with vegetables from my CSA shares. The combo turned out really tasty.

Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

This is a great pantry recipe. Use chicken you cooked yourself or get a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

Curried Brussels Sprouts Soup w/ Yellow Split Peas

Another blended soup for blended foods stage following gastric sleeve surgery

Cheesecake Smoothie

another recipe for the blended phase following gastric sleeve surgery.

Carrot Soup with Miso and Ginger

This is the first blended soup I have developed for the blended food phase following bariatric (gastric sleeve) surgery.

Quinoa with Beets and Beet Greens

I needed to use up beets and greens that I received in my CSA package.

Sausage Jambalaya

I often throw together jambalaya with whatever I can find in my freezer and pantry. Here is last night's version

Winter squash chili with greens

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!

Slow-Cooked Buffalo Vegetable Sauce

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.

Very Good (4 ratings)
Swiss Chard Tomato Lasagna with Zucchini Noodles

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.

Scrambled Eggs w/ Radish greens and bacon

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

Very Good (1 rating)
Chorizo Black Bean Chili

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!

Cheese and Onion Quiche

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.

Basil Spinach Chicken Lasagna

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?

Pesto Spinach Chicken Lasagna

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).

Tomato Basil Bread Soup

This is a recipe from
up-recipe.html. I made it with a sourdough baguette which made it really nice and acidic.n

Crockpot Pumpkin Pie Pudding

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.

Apple Puff Pancake

This is a recipe adapted from the 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.

Pork Stew with Beans

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.

Bison Chipotle Black Bean Chili

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.

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

I used Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce instead of green peppers. Makes them nice and spicy!

Hearty Ham, Rice, Cheese & Broccoli Casserole

This is my version of WildlifeJo's recipe...I am using greek yogurt instead of the sour cream.

Incredible! (1 rating)
Bison Stuffed Peppers

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.

Crock-Pot Bison Stuffed Peppers

The original recipe is from but calls for ground beef. We really prefer bison and it is leaner and better for you.

Rice Cooker Cheesy Brown Rice & Broccoli

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!

Rice Cooker Jambalaya

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.

Laurel' Kitchen Recipes Spinach Walnut Lasagna

This is the fantastic spinach lasagna my good friend Melissa makes for good!

Amy's Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is a recipe I found online. The recipe calls for raw chicken, but I used leftover rotisserie chicken.

Very Good (1 rating)
Quick morning tortilla

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!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Barley Stew

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!

6 Bean Organic Soup

This is a soup mix that I received for Christmas. No Nutritional information, so I had to measure the beans and go from there.

Easy Red Beans & Rice w/ TVP

Needed to use up leftovers and added TVP for added protein.

Roast Bison Enchiladas

I had this great leftover roast bison that had been cooked in tomatoes with chiles. I figured it would make great here you go!

Cheesy Baked Ham and Vegetable Bake

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.

Spicy Two-Bean Bison Chili

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.

American Omelet

Just raiding the 'fridge...

American Omelet

Just raiding the 'fridge...

Chicken Paprika

This is from the Better Homes & Gardens website.

Poppyseed Strudel

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!

Black Bean & Chicken Chilaquiles

Adapted from a recipe from Cooking Light's One-Dish Meals cookbook

Huevos Rancheros

This is my favorite breakfast and so quick when made in the GT-Express cooker.

Pumpkin and Yellow Split Pea Soup

Recipe by Melissa Rubel Jacobson from Food & Wine website

Impossible Pumpkin Pie

This is adapted from a recipe I found on

Gluten-free Egg-Free Berry Corn Muffins

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.

GF Egg-free Corn Bread

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.

Crockpot Pasta alla Norma (or parmesan, if you may)

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!

Japanese eggs (for bento box)

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.

Quinoa salad

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

Vegetable Breakfast Burritos

Remembered I had some spinach and roasted peppers in the fridge so this is what I came up with

Chicken Lo Mein

This is an adaptation of a recipe found on eDiets. Their recipe calls for pork, but I am more of a chicken person.

Triple Berry Smoothie

I use this recipe in my Magic Bullet.

Slow-cooker Bison Stew

I love bison and it's great cooked in stew.

Shrimp Avocado Omelet

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.

Crockpot chicken and stuffing casserole

This is an adaptation of one of my favorite recipes from my childhood. I love the stuffing and swiss on top!

Welsh Tea Cakes - Revised

This is an attempt to alter the Epicurious recipe to be healthier.

Welsh Tea Cakes

Adapted from the site. This is an attempt to make my own version of InFamous Welsh Cookes - which are absolutely to die for!

Taco Casserole

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.

Multi-grain English Muffin Bread

This bread smells SO good when it is baking!

Ukrainian Pierogie

Adapted from Recipe Zaar recipe

Butterscotch Peanut Bars

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

Very Good (8 ratings)
Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti Sauce

My husband was craving chicken sauce for pasta. Here's what I came up with.

Crockpot Spaghetti Pie

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.

Crockpot Fiesta Chicken Soup

An easy spicy chicken soup using things you might find in your freezer and cupboard.

Impossible broccoli quiche

The tried and true (but not lowfat) version of a bisquick impossible pie

Tuna Helper Creamy Broccoli w/ veggies

This is an attempt to make Tuna Helper more healthy

Very Good (5 ratings)
Rhubarb Custard Pie

This is my grandmother's recipe and it is my favorite!

Very Good (4 ratings)
Crockpot Southwestern Beef Short Ribs

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.

Zucchini, spinach, mushroom egg white quiche

Another quiche for quick breakfasts

Very Good (6 ratings)
Crockpot Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

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.

Incredible! (1 rating)
Crockpot Eggplant Sauce

Trying a fresh version of pasta al a norma

Crustless vegetable Quiche

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

Very Good (2 ratings)
Crockpot mexican chicken

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!

Very Good (2 ratings)
Crockpot Italian Meatball Sauce

A yummy spaghetti sauce slow cooked in the crockpot with turkey meatballs....yum!

Betsy's Peanut Sauce

I am attempting to find a peanut sauce for noodles using ingredients that I have in my refrigerator

Crockpot Chicken Vodka Sauce

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!

Breakfast smoothie

Kind of just threw together what I had in the freezer

Slow cooker chicken cacciatore

Just threw this together in an attempt to make something easy while at work

Hearty Beef Barley Stew

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.

Incredible! (1 rating)
Slow Cooker Two Bean Chili

An easy satisfying chili to make while you are at work

Raspberry Smoothie

Ala Body for Life!

Carrot Cake Muffins

A sweet mid-morning treat courtesy of Body For Life

Spaghetti Pie

A favorite from my childhood...the taste of lasagne with spaghetti for the crust!

turkey dog and mushroom pita pizza

When you don't have traditional meats, turkey dogs work just as well

Mushroom bagel pizza

Quick filling bagel pizza made with a 12 grain bagel. So satisfying!

Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Sweet and tangy breakfast or snack

Quick custard

Ran out of milk when making another recipe...makes a nice dessert

Cheesy tuna cassarole

A twist on an old fashioned favorite

Chili vegetable barley soup

hearty bean and barley soup spiced with chili spices

Cocoa-Peanut Butter Smoothie

from Chris Charmichael nutrition site

Quick Minestrone

Easy vegetable soup

Santa Anna's Black Bean Casserole

General Santa Anna's troops would have been salivating over this recipe. So goes the Alamo, so goes Texas

Incredible! (1 rating)
zucchini asparagus spinach omelete

Hearty omelet for breakfast

Impossibly Easy Southwestern Pie

From the Betty Crocker site

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!
gluten-free cooking
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 baking
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