Dinner

Four Bariatric Post-Ops & LOTS of Sriracha

I debated whether or not to share my post-op sriracha party. Why? While I’m not afraid of the food police, just like the rest of you I kind of get sick of being food policed. I mean, sure, it comes with the territory of being a food blogger but at a point even I can get testy. But, in the end …

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Five Easy, WLS-Friendly Summer Recipes

We’re now in what I like to call “the thick of summer.” The first day of summer has passed. The 4th of July has passed. Now it’s time to settle into summer until Labor Day gets here. I actually like the thick of summer. Holidays sometimes stress me out. You either have to host something or contribute a dish to …

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Summer Shrimp Salad with Watermelon Champagne Vinaigrette

  Ok so let me set the scene of this meal for you. It’s Wednesday – Hump Day – mid-summer. It’s warm, but not offensively so. There’s a slight breeze that feels really nice against your skin and it’s evening so there’s just enough shade for you to think to yourself, “It would be nice to have dinner outside tonight.” …

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Panera Knock-Off: Nik’s “Something Chicken Stew”

 “This looks fancy…” That was my youngest daughter’s reaction when she looked at the contents of the slightly modified bowl I presented her this past weekend. (I’ll tell you why the modification in a sec.) Now to her, “fancy” is a good adjective. With the elder girl, not so much. I was quite pleased how this recipe turned out, mostly …

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Let’s have dinner together for Cinco de Mayo!

I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. Let’s see if we can manage it. Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo. It’s also my late grandfather’s birthday. So I’m feeling festive! I already posted a delicious protein drink you can enjoy in the spirit of the day, but I thought it might be fun to have dinner together too! …

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Crustless Pizza Casserole

You know what’s really empowering, Foodies? Making something the way you like it, just because that’s how you  like it. Not the way the kids like it or your spouse likes it, but just the way you want it. I had an epiphany recently. I’ve spent a lot of my post-op career catering to everyone’s preferences in my crusade to …

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Single Serve Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower

Yesterday I posted the above picture on Facebook of my beautiful little lunch: about 2.5 oz. grilled salmon, along with a spear of brocolli (both leftover from a trip to TGI Friday’s) along with a side of cheesy mashed cauliflower I made that morning. Since I only wanted it that day, I made a single serving. I know some of …

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Low-Carb Ramekin Shepherd’s Pie

Here’s another idea to throw onto the heap. I love cooking with ramekins. It’s so fun! You can make a perfect portion (by purchasing the ramekin size that suits you), it’s easy to ditch starches (like pie crust in this instance) and they are just darn cute, don’t you agree? I love Shepherd’s Pie. And I even love it without …

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Low-Carb Quesadillas

  So let’s talk about take-out food for a moment. Before surgery I loved fast food. Cheesesteaks (steaks…not cakes!), pizza, oh my! Immediately after surgery I couldn’t eat those things (everything made me sick and I do mean everything). Nowadays, it’s just not conducive to my lifestyle anymore. That’s not to say I don’t do it occasionally, but it usually makes …

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Nik’s Peanut Stew

Don’t ask me why, but I’m always hesitant to share recipes that use specialty ingredients. I guess I want you guys all to have fair access to the food I make, but I think my egalitarian attitude has prevented far too many recipes from going on this blog. Well, the buck stops here! I was poking around on Pinterest and found …

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