Archive | March, 2014

Bacon-wrapped cream cheese Jalapeños

31 Mar

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Oh so easy and so yummy! My friend Patrick who is a sleever told me about this and I’ve been wanting try them. As delicious as they turned out, I think I’ll try his idea do wrapping corn with bacon and grilling it too.

These are a little high in calories but it was a meal for us, especially with salad on the side so be careful you don’t eat all. Two servings, remember.

Ingredients
-4 large jalapeño peppers
-4 tablespoons cream cheese
-8 strips bacon

Method
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees
2. Cut peppers in half lengthwise, remove membranes and seeds
3. Microwave cream cheese for 10-15 seconds to soften. Divide into the eight peppers
4. Wrap bacon around the peppers
5. Bake for about 20-25 mins until the bacon is cooked through.

 

 

Variations

So this is where being connected to other sleevers helps. I previewed this with a few other sleever friends and was suggested several additions and varitions on this.

  • Faye adds soy sauce and a little brown sugar to the cream cheese. How yummy does that sound?
  • Heather puts sharp cheddar cheese, garlic and seasonings in hers to get a more savory flavor
  • Renee grills hers outside to get a smokey flavor to these little bites
  • Patrick adds a sliver of pre-cooked chicken fajita strips to his to boost the protein content.
  • I think I might try a variation with ground beef with taco seasoning and mexican cotijo cheese for variety

All great ideas, right? What do you add to yours?

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Low Carb High Protein Key Lime Pie

31 Mar

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How would you like to get 15 gms of protein in 74 yummy calories? Yeah, me too.

So this seems to have been dessert weekend for me. After I “failed” my cheat day by getting sick on too much sugar, I make a couple of decisions. One, it was going to be treat day, where I allowed myself a treat or two, not an orgy of all day cheating. Two, maybe cheat/treat day was higher in calories, but not sugar-filled. I might allow myself more carbs, but still stay high protein on those days.

Honestly, I just feel better overall with more protein and less sugar. Who woulda thunk? So this is crustless, high protein and tastes just like key lime pie filling. You could definitely do an almond meal crust but I’m a) lazy and b) trying to save calories. If you can boil water and know how to use an immersion blender or a regular blender, you’re all set.

Makes 6 servings of 1/2 cup each

Ingredients

  • 1 small box sugar-free key lime jello
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1.5 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 2 scoops unflavored protein powder

Method

  1. Heat water until it’s hot but not boiling. (If you have a kettle that has temperature control, I used about 90 celsius or 195 degrees fahrenheit. But really it doesn’t need to be that exact. Hot water. That’s all you need to know).
  2. Put jello powder in a bowl with tall sides and pour the hot water on top of the crystals. Let it sit there while you gather the other ingredients.
  3. Put the plain yogurt and protein powder into the bowl and blend.
  4. Pour into 1/2 c ramekins to set.

That’s it. You’re done. Seriously, it’s that simple. I would not recommend using flavored yogurt for this because I think the tartness of the plain yogurt lends a nice offset to the sweetness of the jello.

Low Carb High protein key lime pie www.sleevers.wordpress.com

 

 

8 month progress pic a few days early

30 Mar

Why yes, I do notice a difference, I do. 🙂

Tell you what. After a “certain age”, if you want to feel good about yourself, look at yourself in clothes, not naked. Let someone else have to deal with seeing you naked, that’s my view.

So grateful for the weight loss and the health.

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Easy Low Carb individual Cheesecakes

29 Mar

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Okay, ask and you shall receive. Simple cheesecake recipe that requires so little effort you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried this before. Okay these are not pretty. In fact, they’re downright ugly. But I’m telling you, less with the whining and more with the eating of these cheesecakes. Just don’t eat too many, because they’ve got a few calories in them. Good for an occasional treat. I think I’m going to try adding protein powder to them the next time although since they cook for 20 minutes, wonder if it will get denatured. If anyone has tried that, do let me know.

The main problem with the appearance is that crater in the middle and the fact that they don’t come out of the papercup very cleanly. You can either hide the crater with a bit of whipped cream and fruit or sugar-free jam, or you could tell your family to be grateful they have cheesecake. I vote for the latter.

Serves 6 with 2 little cakes each as serving size

Ingredients

  • 8 oz tub soft cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c sour cream
  • 1/2 cup truvia baking blend or other fake sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon or lime juice for tartness
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  • Turn oven on to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with paper cups.
  • Zap cream cheese in microwave for 30 seconds to soften
  • Add all ingredients into bowl of food processor and process until smooth. Scrape sides as needed.
  • Pour the batter and bake for 20 minutes until center is set.
  • Let these cool on the counter and then in the fridge. Trust me, I know you’ll want to eat one right away, but they taste much creamier if you leave them in the fridge for a bit.

I think if you really wanted a “crust” you could try a Nilla wafer in the bottom of the paper cup but of course, it would add to the carb count.

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High Protein Jello Mousse Full Liquids Stage

29 Mar

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I’ve been craving sweets lately which is a very slippery slope for me. But it’s also time to put together some healthy treats so I thought I’d try this very simple recipe. Not bad for 20 gms of protein! Much better than a protein bar in that sense and a lot fewer calories. It would also make a great snack or meal during the soft food and full liquids.

Ingredients

  • 1 small box sugar free Black Cherry Jello
  • 1/2 c of water
  • 2 contains Dannon light and fit Cherry Greek yogurt
  • 2 scoops NOW unflavored whey (or any other unflavored protein powder)

Method

  1. Heat water until it’s warm but not boiling.
  2. In a mixing bowl, empty sugar-free jello mix and pour the water over it and let it sit while you get the other ingredients organized.
  3. Now my usual sophisticated cooking technique–which is to say, dump everything into that mixing bowl. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into 4 ramekins and let it set.

You can of course, vary the flavors as long as you match the jello flavor to the yogurt flavor. This was actually a bit too sweet for me. I’m going to try using plain greek yogurt with a flavored jello, to see if that sweetness is sufficient. The little dollops you see on top were raspberry preserve and a little whipped cream. Really you don’t need the preserve I was just trying to make it pretty.

 

High Protein Jello Mousse

 

 

It’s junk food time! Easy Taco Dip

28 Mar

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Except of course, it’s not junk food time. So I tried to come up with an alternative that would taste good but also be good for me. Very simple recipe and I intend to eat it either plain, or with some Wasa Crispbread.

I’m telling you right now, you could worry about how it looks, or you could just EAT it and enjoy it.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package frozen birds eye southwestern blend veggies (corn, beans, peppers, onions)
  • 3 tbsp Taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded mexican cheese blend
  • 1 can rotel
  • 1 small can diced green chilis (the mild, poblano kind)
  • 2 tbps cilantro
  • Pickled jalapeno slides for added zip (optional)

Method

  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet. When half way done, add in the frozen vegetables and mix well. Let the meat cook some more.
  2. Add in taco seasoning and rotel and mix well together. Let it simmer to let the flavors blend.
  3. Mix in cheese and cilantro and mix gently until blended.

I am going to serve this with a peach mango salsa, some sour cream, and a little guacamole on the side. Nom nom!

Low Carb Low Sugar Chocolate Sponge

27 Mar

Low Carb Low Sugar Chocolate Sponge www.sleevers.wordpress.com

I won’t call this “cake” exactly, but let’s just call it cake light 🙂  And at 171 calories for half the cake, it’s a treat but sometimes we need a treat. I will say, it thunks pretty hard on a sleeved tummy. I can’t actually finish half. It would be a good thing to make to share with my husband and son.

You’re wondering how it tastes right? Not bad actually! It is a sugar cupcake? No and that’s good because those things make me ill these days.  It is something I’d make and eat again? Absolutely. It hits the spot and does “feel” like a higher carb treat.  Gotta love the protein in it.  I think I might try this with protein powder next time to see if it works and maybe milk rather than half and half to reduce the calories somewhat.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 packets Stevia (could add more, mine was not sweet at all)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted in microwave
  • 3  tablespoons half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Method

Mix in a bowl until lumps are gone. Microwave for 90 seconds. I topped mine with high protein cream cheese and honey.

Calories: 342

Net Carbs: 15

Fiber: 2 gms

Protein: 10 gms yay!

Fat: 24 gms

Sugar 2 gms yay!

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Original recipe here

Celebrating a little today.

26 Mar

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It’s now been 8 months since I started my pre-op diet. I have a few SVs (scale victories) and NSVs (non-scale victories) that are making me smile today.

  • New low weight today, which puts me at 5 lbs away from the first goal I set for myself (I may revise that down by another 5 lbs). That means I’m at 93% of my excess weight lost or 86% if I try to go to 150 lbs.
  • I had to buy smaller bras (36d now) down from 40c
  • I had to buy smaller panties (M now) down from XL.
  • I fit into size 8 pants at Kohls. My size 12 Levi’s are too big. Down from 18w or 20.
  • All my L tops are now baggy. Down from 2x.
  • My L pajamas are falling off. Down from 2x
  • I’m ready to buy a few frisky outfits for bedtime fun. woo hoo!!

 

Buffet to go

22 Mar

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Before surgery, I didn’t like buffets because I would overthink what I could/should eat and then feel guilty afterwards anyway. After surgery, I didn’t like them because I was full after 4 bites.

Then I discovered buffets to go. Who knew that places would let you get a buffet to go at a reasonable price? They either seem to charge by the pound (Ranging from $3.99 for a very decent chinese buffet) to $8.99/pound for a spectacular Greek buffet).

So I went in to the greek place and got the things you see in that picture. That’s a lamb kebab, some kibbe, moussaka with ground beef and eggplant, roasted cauliflower (ambrosia!) a few tablespoons of rice because, let’s face it, I’m INDIAN. We eat rice, some kale, and in the other box, a mix of hummus and baba ghaboush. All that for $8, lots of variety, and three meals for me. Hard to beat that eh?

Today, we’re going to the Chinese buffet to try it out to go. Will post a pic later.

Do you guys know of chain restaurants that have buffets that will do this? I’ve heard Golden Corral lets you do that too, unsure.

Seven and a half months later….

19 Mar

…the sleeve still works. Check out my before and after meal yesterday. I ordered a carnitas  burrito with no rice or tortilla, and this is what I got. I think this will be four good meals for me! Love my sleeve.

 

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