We love these perfectly portioned, bariatric friendly bite sized desserts for the holiday! These decadent pumpkin cheesecake shooters are a delicious compromise for your healthy bariatric lifestyle! Enjoy in confidence!
3 (1.5 oz total) whole chocolate graham crackers
4 oz 1/3 fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup pure canned pumpkin
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp dark brown sugar, unpacked
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp nutmeg1/4 tsp cinnamon
8 oz light whipped topping (Truwhip light or Fat free Cool Whip)
*Crush graham crackers in a food processor. Set aside.
*In a large bowl beat the cream cheese until smooth with an electric mixer. Add the pumpkin, vanilla, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Beat until well combined and creamy.
*Use a spatula to fold in 5 oz (1-1/2 cups) of the whipped topping; combine until no streaks remain. Place in a piping bag or ziplock bag with a corner snipped off.
*Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs on the bottom of each shot glass. Pipe a layer of pumpkin cheesecake onto the graham cracker crust (about 1 tbsp) followed by a layer of whipped topping. Repeat a second layer and finish with another sprinkle of crumbs. Insert small spoons and refrigerator until ready to serve.
Chef’s Tip: These can be made ahead and kept chilled until ready to serve.
Servings: 16, Size: 1 shot glass
Protein: 1 gram
Carb: 11.6 gram
Fat: 4.2 gram
*Each shot glass has 2 tbsp pumpkin cheesecake, 1 tbsp whipped topping, 1 tsp graham cracker crumbs total.
We love this bariatric friendly Thanksgiving turkey recipe because it is moist and tender as well as beautiful! Garnish this protein powerhouse with fresh herb sprigs and citrus wedges. Enjoy in confidence!
1 10-12-pound turkey
1/4 cup fresh herbs, plus 20 whole sprigs, such as thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano and/or marjoram, divided
2 tablespoons canola, oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Aromatics, onion, apple, lemon and/or orange, cut into 2-inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)
3 cups water, plus more as needed
*Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 475°F.
*Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavities and reserve for making gravy. *Place the turkey, breast-side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan; pat dry with paper towels. Mix minced herbs, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture all over the turkey, under the skin and onto the breast meat. Place aromatics and 10 of the herb sprigs in the cavity.
*Tuck the wing tips under the turkey. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. *Add 3 cups water and the remaining 10 herb sprigs to the pan.
Roast the turkey until the skin is golden brown, 45 minutes.
*Remove the turkey from the oven. If using a remote digital thermometer, insert it into the deepest part of the thigh, close to the joint. Cover the breast with a double layer of foil, cutting as necessary to conform to the breast. *Reduce oven temperature to 350° and continue roasting for 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours more. If the pan dries out, tilt the turkey to let juices run out of the cavity into the pan and add 1 cup water. The turkey is done when the thermometer (or an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone) registers 165°F.
*Transfer the turkey to a serving platter and cover with foil. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes.
*Remove string and carve.
Total Time: 3 1/2 hours
12 servings, each serving 3 ounces
Calories: Per serving (without skin) : 155
Protein: 25 grams
Carbohydrate: 3.5 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Equipment: Large roasting pan, roasting rack, kitchen string, thermometer
A Thanksgiving table is never complete without the cranberry sauce! We love this bariatric friendly recipe because it sneaks in sweet autumn pears that complement the flavor of the tart cranberries without too much sweetener! Enjoy in confidence!
12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
2 ripe pears, peeled and cored, cubed small
1/2 cup agave (or honey to taste)
1 cup water
*Bring all the ingredients to a boil on high heat in a medium saucepan.
*When boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens.
*Remove from heat and let it cool before refrigerating.
*Serve chilled or room temperature. Makes 3 1/4 cups.
Servings: 13, Size: 1/4 cup
Protein: 0.2 grams
Carb: 16.3 grams
Fat: 0.1 grams
We love this perfect low carb alternative to mashed potatoes with its creamy buttery taste! This bariatric friendly accompaniment for your holiday meal is so delicious, it will become a staple in your home for an “anytime meal!” Enjoy in confidence.
1 medium head cauliflower, cut up into florets
4 cloves crushed garlic
1/3 cup 1% buttermilk
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp light butter
*Steam or boil cauliflower and garlic until soft. Drain, add buttermilk, light butter, salt, pepper and purée with a hand blender. If you don’t own a hand blender, you should consider getting one. It is one of my most used gadgets in my kitchen, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. A regular blender would work fine as well.
Servings: 4, Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Protein: 3.7 grams
Carb: 8.6 grams
Fat: 2.4 grams
If you don’t have buttermilk, light sour cream also works great. Per Misti Gueron, low fat milk works great too!
We love this savory holiday soup because coconut is all the rage and the curry and cumin really compliment the flavor of the butternut squash! Loaded with vitamin A this soup also utilizes curry which many consume for its healthy anti-inflammatory properties! Gluten free, low fat, vegan, and high fiber, this recipe satisfies many different diet restrictions even during the holidays. Savor in confidence!
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp roasted cumin
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp madras curry powder
1/2 medium onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz (about 2 cups) chopped peeled butternut squash
1 cup light coconut milk
3 cups fat free vegetable or chicken broth
Salt and fresh pepper to taste
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
*Add oil to a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. When oil is hot add onion, garlic and sauté. Add roasted cumin, masala and madras curry powder and mix well cooking another minute.
*Add broth, light coconut milk, butternut squash and cook covered until squash is soft, 12-15 minutes. Remove cover and using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. Season with salt and fresh pepper and serve with fresh cilantro.
Servings: 4, Serving Size: 9 fl oz (a little more than 1 cup)
Protein: 2.1 g
Carb: 14.6 g
Fat: 4.9 g
Chef’s Tips: Use a bag of cut and peeled butternut squash to save time if you like!
Pumpkin bowls from Pier One
We love this creative way to celebrate the healthy tastes of Halloween. Who would have thought we’d be recommending a recipe of brains, fingers, eyeballs and blood!
Yet as grossed as you may be, these appetizers are refreshingly delicious. Enjoy in confidence!
Here are the simple steps to follow:
Cucumber, sliced in big chunks, patted dry
Green olive, sliced
Tofutti cream cheese
natural red food coloring (made from beets)
Apply a glob of cream cheese in the middle of the cucumber and stick the olive on top.
With a toothpick, carefully dip into food coloring to make lines that look like veins on the eyeballs.
1 bag baby carrots
small cutting knife
Carefully use the knife to cut out 3 lines in the middle of the “finger” for knuckles and carve out a fingernail at the thinnest point of the carrot.
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets, patted dry
natural red food coloring (beet-based)
Using the toothpick, dip in coloring make squiggly lines for the brains.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
1 bag corn tortillas
If you have a tombstone cookie cutter, this will come in handy. I didn’t so I just hand carved out one and used it as my base.
Cut out tombstones from the tortillas.
Heat oil in skillet on medium heat until hot. Place tortillas, batches at a time, into skillet and cook for 5 minutes, or until crispy. Drain oil on a paper towel.
Place all your ingredients on a platter with a salsa-filled skull bowl and enjoy!
No nutrition facts provided.
We love this healthy and delicious pizza because the principle ingredient is cauliflower and the recipe has a whopping 24 grams of protein per serving! Stop fantasizing about pizza and enjoy this one in confidence!
5 cups roughly chopped cauliflower
1/4 cup egg whites (about 2 large eggs’ worth)
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. whipped butter
2 1/2 cups thinly sliced sweet onions
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped brown mushrooms
2 cups spinach leaves
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
1/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
*Working in batches as needed, pulse cauliflower in a food processor until reduced to the consistency of coarse breadcrumbs.
*Transfer cauliflower crumbs to a large microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave for 3 1/2 minutes. *Uncover and stir.
*Re-cover and microwave for another 3 1/2 minutes, or until hot and soft. Transfer cauliflower crumbs to a fine-mesh strainer to drain. Let cool for 10 minutes, or until cool enough to handle.
*Using a clean dish towel (or paper towels), firmly press out as much liquid as possible — there will be a lot.
*Return cauliflower to the bowl, and add remaining crust ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
*Divide crust mixture into two circles on the baking sheet, each about 1/4 inch thick and 7 inches in diameter.
*Bake until the tops have browned, about 35 minutes.
*Meanwhile, make the topping. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, and sprinkle with salt. Stirring often, cook until softened and lightly browned, about 6 minutes.
*Reduce heat to medium low.
*Add mushrooms. Stirring occasionally, cook until browned and caramelized, about 15 minutes. Increase heat to medium high. Add spinach and garlic. Cook and stir until spinach has wilted, 1 – 2 minutes.
*Divide topping mixture between the crusts. Top with mozzarella.
*Bake until cheese has melted and crusts are crispy, 5 – 7 minutes.
1/2 of recipe (1 pizza):
12g total fat
We love these delicious shrimp fajitas because they are baked in the oven with the usual fajita seasonings but only bake for a quick 15 mins and the flavors are sure to please any palate! Low in calories and high in protein and valuable nutrients for your bariatric lifestyle! Enjoy in confidence!
1 1/2 lbs shrimp, peeled, deveined
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 orange pepper
1 red onion
Lime wedges and cilantro for garnish
Small/mini corn tortillas for serving (approximately 8 are needed)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 Tbs olive oil
*Preheat oven to 450 degrees
*Slice onions and peppers into strips for fajitas, and set aside
*In a large bowl, or on a sheet pan, toss shrimp with olive oil and seasonings
*Lay out into a single layer on sheet pan, add veggies, and toss one more time
*Bake for 8 minutes at 450 degrees.
*Broil for 2 minutes on high to slightly char veggie edges
*Serve immediately in tortillas, garnish with lime wedges and cilantro
Serving size: 2 tortillas
Calories: approximately 320
Protein: approximately 23 grams
Carbs: approximately 30 grams
Fat: approximately 8 grams
Nutrition Modifications and Estimations by Misti Gueron MS, RDN
Thank you eazypeazymealz.com!
Winner winner chicken dinner! We love this recipe because it is high in protein, low in fat and carbohydrates, super satisfying and delicious! Most mushroom sauces, or Marsala sauces, are filled with butter, cream and flour. Not this one! The white wine gives it a wonderful flavor, and as it reduces, the sauce thickens. All you need to add is a half tablespoon of whole wheat flour and you’ve got yourself a very creamy and delicious mushroom & wine reduction sauce! This is perfect for chicken but would be amazing with steak as well! Enjoy in confidence!
For the chicken:
3 chicken breasts (thin sliced so they cook faster)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt & Pepper – sprinkle on each side of the chicken
For the sauce:
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (to coat pan)
1 1/4 cup sliced crimini mushrooms
1 shallot – diced
1 or 2 chopped garlic cloves
1/2 cup dry white wine – I used Sauvignon Blanc
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 tbsp whole wheat flour
1/4 cup water
2 tsp thyme – fresh or dried
To make this gluten free, substitute whole wheat flour for g-free flour.
*Lightly coat chicken breasts with olive oil and salt and pepper. Pour 1tsp olive oil onto heated grill pan (or any pan) and cook 3-5 mins on each side until done and then set aside.
*chop shallot and garlic and saute on lightly coated pan with olive oil, add mushrooms , garlic and cook 2-3 minutes then add ½ cup wine or chx broth. Let this cook down until the wine evaporates.
*Season with salt and pepper and half tbsp whole wheat flour. Add ¼ cup water and cook down until the sauce thickens
*Pour the mushroom sauce over the chicken and top with thyme
Serves 3, serving size 1 chicken breast
Nutrition facts were not provided by author however with the leanest chicken breast and minimal low calorie ingredients it is hard to go wrong!
We love this fall recipe because it swaps pasta for nutrient rich butternut squash and it is layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella for a whopping 29 grams of protein! This is truly a fall comfort food that’s healthy. And, you won’t miss the pasta! Enjoy in confidence!
14 oz Italian chicken sausage, casing removed (Al Fresco)
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 oz can) crushed tomatoes (tuttorosso)
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
Black pepper, to taste
1 large butternut, peeled (3 lbs)
1 cup part-skim ricotta
1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 large egg
16 oz (4 cups) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
*In a large deep nonstick skillet, brown the sausage breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon until cooked, about 5 minutes. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, and black pepper. Simmer on low, covered 15 to 20 minutes.
*Meanwhile, slice butternut into 1/8″ thick rounds with a good quality spiralizer such as the Inspiralizer with Blade A. To do this, you have to slice the butternut lengthwise halfway through to the center, careful not to cut deeper than that. You can also use a mandolin (be careful) or a sharp knife.
*Preheat oven to 375°F.
*In a medium bowl combine ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, parsley and egg, mix.
In a deep 9×12 casserole dish spread 3/4 cup of sauce on the bottom and layer 12 rounds of butternut slices to cover. Spread 3/4 cup of the ricotta cheese mixture, then top with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and 1 cup sauce. Second Layer: Lay 12 more rounds of butternut, 3/4 cup ricotta mixture, 1 cup mozzarella and 1 cup sauce. Third Layer: 12 slices butternut, 1 1/2 cups sauce and cover with foil.
*Bake covered 30 minutes.
*Remove foil, cook uncovered 30 minutes (this helps dry out excess moisture). Top with remaining cheese and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling, 5 minutes.
*Let stand about 5 – 10 minutes before serving.
8 servings, Serving Size: 1/8th
• Calories: 402
• Total Fat: 19g
• Saturated Fat: 10g
• Cholesterol: 109mg
• Sodium: 918mg
• Carbohydrates: 30g
• Fiber: 5g
• Sugar: 5g
• Protein: 29g
Misti’s Tip: Reduce the cheese to half portions and choose nitrate free low fat sausage and you will cut down calories and fat without cutting down on “comfort food” flavor!
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