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Tag Archives: bariatric nutrition

Spicy Yogurt Grilled Chicken

Posted on March 19, 2021 by

You control the heat!

Ingredients
8 oz plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbls sriracha or harissa sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice from ½ lime or lemon
1 Tbls cumin
1 Tbls tarragon
Salt & pepper to taste
4 (4 oz) chicken breasts

Directions
1. Combine yogurt, sriracha sauce, lime juice, cumin, tarragon, and salt & pepper in a bowl.
2. Place chicken in shallow dish or in resealable bag. Use ½ the sauce and coat chicken breasts evenly. Allow to marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. (reserve ½ the sauce for serving)
3. Grill chicken over medium-high heat until cooked through – turning once.
4. Serve with green vegetable or salad and extra sauce.

Note: Adjusting the hot sauce to your personal taste does not alter the nutritional information by much.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 138
Total Fat 3g
Total Carbohydrates 1.6g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Protein 24g

Print Recipe: Spicy Yogurt Grilled Chicken

Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake Dessert

Posted on March 11, 2021 by

Wake up your tastebuds with this tart & tangy dessert!

Ingredients
Crust:
1 ½ cups fine almond flour
3 Tbls butter
½ cup granulated Splenda (or suitable substitute)
Dash of salt

Filling:
16 oz. light cream cheese, softened
½ cup granulated Splenda (or suitable substitute)
2 eggs
Lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
Fresh lemon juice of half a lemon
Yellow food color (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8×8 or 7×9 pan or round pie plate with cooking spray.
2. Combine crust ingredients and press into bottom of prepared pan.
3. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool.
4. Beat cream cheese until smooth and add remaining filling ingredients. Beat until well mixed. Spread over crust and bake an additional 30-35 minutes or until filling is set. Allow to cool and then chill before serving.

Makes 12 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 197
Total Fat 16.4g
Total Carbohydrates 8.9g
Dietary Fiber 5.5g
Protein 4.5g

Print Recipe: Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake

Easy Sheet Pan Fajitas

Posted on February 24, 2021 by

All the great taste without the mess!

Ingredients
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp Taco or Fajita seasoning
1 each, red, green & yellow peppers, sliced
1 onion, sliced thin
2 Tbls olive oil
Shredded cheese, sour cream & salsa to garnish
Low carb tortillas – optional

Directions:
1. Slice chicken breasts into thin pieces and place in bowl. Sprinkle seasoning mix over pieces and toss to coat.
2. Spread chicken over foil-lined baking pan. Top with peppers and onions and drizzle with olive oil. (Add red pepper flakes for extra heat if desired).
3. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until browned and chicken is cooked through. Serve with low carb tortillas, salsa, cheese & sour cream.

Nutritional Info: Serves 4
(without tortilla & toppings – adjust accordingly)
Calories: 287
Fat 15.4g
Total Carbohyrate 2.6g
Fiber .6g
Protein 33.1

Print recipe: Sheet Pan Fajitas

Christmas Frittata

Posted on December 18, 2020 by

Switch up the cheeses or add your own twist for a totally different flavor! A great dish for your holiday brunch 😊

Ingredients
2 Tbls olive oil
1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 10 oz pkg fresh baby spinach (or 10 oz frozen)
4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes
1 cup sliced grape or cherry tomatoes
1 8 oz jar roasted red peppers
¼ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
12 large eggs, beaten
½ cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Heat oil in 10 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Saute mushrooms 2-3 minutes or until browned.
3. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Stir in spinach, cook stirring constantly until spinach begins to wilt. (if using frozen, thaw & press out excess moisture before adding)
4. Add bacon, tomatoes (both types), roasted red peppers, salt & pepper, and cook. Stir often, 2-3 minutes. Add eggs and sprinkle with cheese.
5. Cook 3-5 minutes, gently lifting edges of frittata with a spatula and tilting pan so uncooked portions slip underneath.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Slice into 6 wedges and serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 295
Total Fat 19.5g
Total Carbohydrates 5.8g
Dietary Fiber 1.5g
Protein 21g

Print Recipe: Christmas Frittata

Spaghetti Squash with Cheesy Ranch Chicken

Posted on December 12, 2020 by

Comfort food goodness but good for you!

Ingredients
4 small chicken breast halves (3-4 oz ea)
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp & chopped
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
4 oz. light cream cheese
½ cup shredded cheddar
1 large spaghetti squash

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
3. Prick skin of spaghetti squash several times and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes.
4. Slice (crossways) squash into 1” rings and scoop away seeds & center pulp.
5. Bake squash for 30-40 minutes or until flesh pulls into strands easily.
6. Place chicken in separate dish and bake for 25-30 minutes or until done.
7. Mix together cream cheese & dressing mix.
8. Remove squash from oven and separate strands from outer shell. Spoon into bowl with cream cheese mixture and toss until coated.
9. Plate squash mixture and top with chicken breast.
10. Garnish with bacon & shredded cheddar. Enjoy!

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 375
Total Fat 22g
Total Carbohydrates 11.5g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Protein 33g

Print Recipe: Spaghetti Squash with Cheesy Ranch Chicken

Tarragon Chicken & ‘Rice’ Soup

Posted on October 26, 2020 by

Using riced cauliflower in your favorite soup recipes brings down the carbs while maintaining the balance of textures!

Ingredients
4 cups chicken broth
2 large chicken breast halves, cooked and diced
1 small onion, diced
1 cup chopped or shredded carrots
4 stalks celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbls dried tarragon
1 tsp dried basil
½ tsp fresh ground pepper
1 package frozen riced cauliflower

Directions
1. Cook your chicken breasts in the broth until done. Remove from broth and dice.
2. Return chicken to pot and add everything else but the riced cauliflower.
3. Simmer until carrots are tender and add frozen riced cauliflower. (do not cook first)
4. Simmer until tender & serve!

Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 156
Total Fat 4.6g
Total Carbohydrates 9.7g
Dietary Fiber 3.4g
Protein 19.2g

Print Recipe: Tarragon Chicken Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Posted on September 18, 2020 by

A quick and easy soup with staples from your pantry!

Ingredients
2 cans black beans, drained & rinsed
1 can Rotel tomatoes (any variety)
2 cups chicken broth
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp cilantro
4 Tbls light sour cream
1 green onion, sliced

Directions
1. Drain and rinse beans. Add to soup pot.
2. Add tomatoes and chicken broth.
3. Stir in seasonings and heat over medium-high heat until hot.
4. Divide into bowls and top with 1 Tablespoon sour cream and sprinkle with green onions.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 152
Total Fat 4g
Total Carbohydrates 20g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Protein 9g

 

Print Recipe: Spicy Black Bean Soup

Low Carb Shrimp Sushi Bowl

Posted on September 11, 2020 by

A colorful dish that’s filled with flavors!

Ingredients
1 lb cooked shrimp, chilled
1 avocado, sliced
½ cucumber, sliced thin
1 green onion, sliced
4-6 sheets nori, sliced into ribbons
Black or toasted sesame seeds to sprinkle
1 package frozen riced cauliflower
2 Tbls rice vinegar
¼ cup mayo
2-3 tsp Sriracha sauce

Directions
1. Thaw shrimp and chill.
2. Heat riced cauliflower to package instructions. Stir in vinegar & mix well. Divide into bowls and allow to cool.
3. Mix mayo with Sriracha sauce and spoon into plastic bag. Seal & cut small tip off one side to drizzle.
4. Arrange shrimp, avocado slices, cucumber slices, green onion & nori on top of riced cauliflower.
5. Drizzle spicy mayo over entire bowl and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 358
Total Fat 18g
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 10g
Protein 31g

Print Recipe: Low Carb Shrimp Sushi Bowl

Grilled Pesto Shrimp Kabobs

Posted on August 14, 2020 by

Pair shrimp kabobs with a fresh garden salad and a slice of melon!

Ingredients
1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
3 Tbls olive oil
Salt & pepper

Directions

  1. Toss basil leaves, garlic, parmesan, olive oil and seasonings together in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until blended smooth.
  2. Combine raw shrimp with pesto and allow to marinate for an hour. (I don’t always have an hour and it still tastes great)
  3. Soak 4 wooden skewers in water for 20-30 minutes. Thread shrimp onto skewers and place on metal outdoor grill pan.
  4. Cook over medium-hot grill until shrimp turn pink. Remove from heat immediately to avoid over-cooking. 6-8 minutes should be enough.
  5. Garnish with fresh basil & extra shredded parmesan if desired.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories         220
Total Fat          13g
Total Carbohydrates  1g
Dietary Fiber       0g
Protein           25g

Print Recipe: Grilled Pesto Shrimp Kabobs

Parmesan Meatloaf Minis

Posted on August 07, 2020 by

All of the flavors of Chicken Parmesan without the carbs!

Ingredients
1 lb ground turkey (or chicken)
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ small onion, minced
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
2 Tbls fresh basil, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten
1 cup marinara sauce
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with foil.
  2. Mix together ground turkey, Parmesan, garlic, onions, Italian seasoning, basil, salt & pepper and egg.
  3. Divide into 4 equal parts and shape into mini loaves.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Remove from oven and spoon 2-3 Tbls of marinara sauce over each loaf and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Return pan to the oven and place under the broiler until cheese is browned & bubbly.

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts:
Calories         305
Total Fat          16g
Total Carbohydrates  11g
Dietary Fiber       2g
Protein           28g

Print Recipe: Parmesan Meatloaf Minis