I was worried that I would have to give up foods before I had the surgery. Now I know that it is all about choices. I can have just about anything. I chose to have healthier options.
These are my go to.
Chicken tortilla soup
4 chicken breasts (can put them in frozen or thawed)
2 15 oz cans black beans (undrained)
1 15 oz cans Mexican stewed tomatoes or Rotel
1 cup salsa (mild, med or hot- whatever you prefer)
4 oz can chopped green chilies
14 oz can tomato sauce
1 can corn (drained)
All in slow cooker on low for 8 hours. Just before serving, remove and cut/shred chicken and return to soup. Serve with (or over) chips and grated cheese.
White Chicken Chili
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts, cubed to bite size
vegetable oil (about a Tablespoon to cook the chicken in)
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 16oz jar of salsa (I use Chi-Chi’s usually, and you can choose how hot of salsa depending on how hot you want your chili. I use mild.)
1 48 oz jar of Great Northern White Beans, including juice
1 8 oz block of Pepperjack cheese (jalapeno cheese) shredded (I use the whole block, you can use 4 to 8 oz of it, also depends on how hot you want your chili)
Sour cream optional
Taco chips optional
Cook chicken in oil just until not pink. Add cumin, stir to coat. Add in jar of salsa, stir in. Add in entire jar of beans, stir and heat through. Slowly add the cheese, a bit at a time. (It can seize up and take longer to melt if you add too much.) Heat through and serve immediately. (If it cooks too long, the beans can get mushy).
Top with sour cream if you want and eat with taco chips, if you want. :D YUM! Fast and easy and tasty.
1 lb ground turkey- cooked and drained
1 large can red mild enchilada sauce
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced bell pepper
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese or pepper jack cheese
6 corn tortillas shredded
Mix everything together
Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 or until cheese melts.
I omit the tortillas and serve on heart of romaine leaves.
Veg (tomatoes, banana peppers, olives, pickles)
Stone ground mustard
Heart of romain leaves.
Use the leaves for the base, build a mock sandwich
Meat a la King
1 lb Ground meat- cooked and drained (I like chicken breast or turkey)
Onion powder- to taste
1 pkg mixed veggies steamers- cooked
1 can cream of mushroom soup (low sodium)
1 can cream of chicken soup ( low sodium)
1 pkg egg noodles- (I pull one cup of sauce for me before adding noodles)
Mix together in 9x13 pan
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs (or crushed pork rinds with Italian seasoning added)
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes
Pork and beans
1 16 oz bag of dried pinto beans
4 pork chops or 1 lb of ham- chopped up
1 cup onion
2 cloves chopped garlic or 1 tbl dried garlic
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup celery- chopped
1 tbl dark brown sugar
6 cups water
Add to instant pot or other pressure cooker
Cook as meat setting for well done
When de pressurized, stir. Reset for a 15 minute cook. Let it release on its own.
Serving size is 1 cup.
Taco salads- everything you like in a taco, without the tortilla
Egg roll/ wonton pizza
On a parchment lined cookie sheet- spray with oil.
Bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes
Add pizza sauce and toppings of choice.
Bake an additional 5-7 minutes.
On paper prowl, put a dozen pepperoni rounds
Microwave about a minute.
Pat grease off.
Use for chips or eat as a crunch.
Peppers and cheese
Mini sweet peppers- cut length wise and seeded
Low fat string cheese cut in four
Can add pepperoni
Place one fourth in each half of pepper.
Put on cookie sheet
Bake 350 for 12-15 minutes.
Use pizza sauce as dip.
More I eat/drink:
Refried beans with taco sauce, cheese, and sour cream
Greek yogurt! A main stay for me!!
Core power lite protein drink
Alpine sugar free spiced hot cider
Cocotein protein drink
Vitamin water zero
Links I use: you do not have to be bariatric to eat these foods. Sarge eats with me.