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How Nik Does Flatbread

So let me give you a little spoiler about this flatbread post. If you clicked through thinking I was going to give you a recipe to magically turn cauliflower (or some other veggie) into flatbread…this post is gonna disappoint you. Alas, there is actual starch here! Now if you are of the “I don’t eat starch, ever!” school of thought, …

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Power Chicken Salad (with jicama crackers!)

This recipe was developed as part of a partnership between Bariatric Foodie and Celebrate Vitamins. Here on Bariatric Foodie you’ll find pictures and helpful recipe hints, then use the button at the bottom of this post to click through to the Celebrate Vitamins website to view and download the recipe, complete with nutrition information! Unlike last week’s Citrusy Crockpot Pork …

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Easy Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

So…I had a problem when I was photographing this Chicken Tortilla Soup. No it was not the tortilla chips (although thanks for the vote of confidence). This. Soup. Is. So. Good. It’s like…”put-it-in-the-crockpot-and-go-back-every-five-minutes-to-test-and-see-if-it’s-still-good” good. It’s…”take a small slurp between every shot you take of the recipe” good. It’s “this-soup-may-never-make-it-to-the-dinner-table” good! Thankfully, this is a big batch recipe, so that didn’t happen. …

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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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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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BF Top 5: Soup for the Weight Loss Surgery Soul

Baby, it’s cold outside! I hear it even snowed in Southern California. Wow. Cold times, in my mind at least, call for SOUP! I get asked about soup a lot. Technically soup sort of violates the whole “no eating and drinking together” rule. I tend to eat the “guts” out of soup (the meat and veggies) and leave the broth or …

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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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