Bariatric Surgery - My Story · cheese · dips · Summer · Uncategorized · WLS

Million Dollar Dip

This dip has been making it around social media lately so I thought I would try it.  I found the original recipe at Home Made Hooplah and made some minor changes.

  • 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise. (I only used 1 cup)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  •  4 green onions chopped small 
  •  1/2 cup pre-cooked bacon bits (real bacon – chopped)
  •  1/2 cup slivered almonds
  •  tortilla chips for dipping (I had Ritz Crackers)

Measure, chopped, and place in a bowl.  Thoroughly blend or mix together.  Serve.  Yes, it is that simple!

I splurged and had three crackers with the dip.  Carmen and David enjoyed it, and I will be making it again.

Super simple, creamy, crunchy and yummy.

Blessings.

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Bariatric Surgery - My Story · casseroles · cheese · Jimmy Dean · Leftovers · Uncategorized · Vegetables · WLS

Breakfast Casserole

Have you ever stared at something then suddenly realized you could do something else with it?  I did that exact thing with my leftover baked potatoes.  I have baked potatoes, and just used them for normal leftovers.  David would used as a normal side dish, or top them for BBQ pork or brisket.  But Carmen was home, and I wanted to make something different.

I have made a Breakfast Casserole with a hash-brown crust before but it was made with those frozen hash-brown patties.  I decided to shred the leftover baked potatoes, and make a breakfast casserole. Simple – right?  It was!Clean, and peal the potatoes.I used a boxed shredder, and used the large grater side.Spray the bottom of a casserole dish (9×13) with non-stick cooking spray, and then layered the potatoes on top.The rest was either frozen or canned, but assembled and re-purposed into the casserole.  The first being the roasted bell peppers, chopped to add color and a bit of a bite.Jimmy Dean frozen turkey sausage.  I had half of bag left in the freezer.  So simple, pre-cooked.  Done.(8) Eight eggs, beaten with a cup of sour cream (no milk- do what you can with what you have – right?).Mixed in ground mustard (a must for my breakfast dishes – adds a bite without a lot heat), parsley, salt and pepper.  Blend together.I added about 2 cups chopped frozen broccoli to casserole.  With the red bell pepper it adds a nice color.Pour the egg and sour cream mixture over the top of the hash-brown layers.Top everything with shredded cheddar cheese (again, what I had in the freezer). Oven at 350 degrees, and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.  Since everything was already cooked but the eggs, it really is a simple bake.My corner piece…It was bright, creamy, and super yummy!  Carmen loved it – she didn’t have to make anything for breakfast- score.  And, it made for great leftovers for the week as well since it was mainly David and I at home.Breakfast Casseroles are a great way to use up to lots of little things left in the freezer or refrigerator.  Carmen really liked it.  I loved this.  David really enjoyed it as he loves potatoes, and anything that I cook with them in it.  What do you cook that you use up your leftovers or extras?

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · bread · cheese · Recipes · Uncategorized · WLS

Cheesy Bread

We needed bread to go with the Lasagna that we made (of course). So we had purchased a French Baguette.  I cut it in half, and then sliced it in half. For the cheese mixture:  1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons butter (soften), garlic powder, Italian seasoning, parsley, Parmesan Cheese.  Mix together until well blended, and spread on bread.Top with Mozzarella, and broil until cheese is melted, and golden brown.Slice and serve.I confess…these were super yummy.  I had two slices.  I so miss bread. This was super easy to do, and came out flavorful.  I would add more garlic powder next time as I didn’t measure.

Blessings!

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · cheese · hamburger · pasta · Recipes · Uncategorized · WLS

One-Pot Cheeseburger Pasta

I am scrolling through Facebook the other day, and came across this Tasty post with four different meals you can do with hamburger.  We are stretched a little tighter this time of year, and we have hamburger in the freezer so I thought I would give it a go.

You can see the preparation and original post here at Tasty One-Pot Cheeseburger Pasta.

Ingredients

for 6 servings

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 16 oz fusilli pasta
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  • green onion, sliced, to serve

 Preparation

  1. In a large pot over a medium heat, add ground beef, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. Break up the beef to incorporate the seasonings and cook until browned.
  2. Pour in the beef broth and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the pasta and simmer for 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked throughout and the broth has cooked down.
  4. Pour in the milk and cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted.
  5. Serve garnished with some sliced green onions
  6. Enjoy!

I used chickpea pasta instead of regular pasta – and that was my only substitution.

It was a hit!  Stephen loved it, as did David.  I could eat 3/4’s of a cup.  Not bad really since it is with protein pasta.  I think the flavors needed more a kick, but the boys liked it so that is really all that matters.

Blessings!

cheese · Prism Diet · Recipes · Stuffed Mini Peppers

Mini Stuffed Pepper

This is another recipe for my LIFESTYLE change.  Or I should say, my attempt at my lifestyle change.  Habits are hard to break, and I have developed lots of food habits.  I have slowly conquered some, and have many more to go.

These are a delicious alternative to fried stuffed peppers and are only 60 calories per pepper.

 I found these small bell peppers at Publix in vege section.  I have grown to 
love them too much!  They come in a small or large bag, and we have 
graduated to the large bag – ha.
They come in red, yellow and orange colors.
Stuffed Mini Peppers
1/4 cup of low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese – grated
1/2 cup of Italian blend low fat cheese
Cracked black pepper – to taste
Minced garlic if you like (truly optional)
Cut the top off of the pepper and scrap out the seeds.  Rinse and dry.
Blend the cheese together, and add the seasonings.
Stuff each pepper 3/4 of the way full.  Lean against your muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes depending on how “roasted” or “crisp” you like your peppers.
I eat these as a snack or as a vegetable side with dinner.
Enjoy!!