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Tuna Salad

I’m in a hurry. You’re in a hurry. We are ALL in a hurry most of the time. Especially in the middle of the day. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had a patient tell me, “I need a lunch that is quick and convenient. Can you help me?” And my answer is, Yes! There are so many different meals that you can do in a time crunch. One of my favorites? Tuna salad.

Tuna Salad

tuna saladYou can make tuna salad in just a few minutes. In fact, I made this tuna salad recipe in less than 5 minutes this morning before work! Some of my favorite ways to eat it?

  • With the High Protein Pretzel Twists from the WeightWise store. Find them here!
  • Rolled up in a Savoy Cabbage Leaf. 
  • On top of a red and green leaf salad.

This quick and convenient lunch can be done up in so many ways! What is your favorite??

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Antipasto Salad

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Do you ever feel like if you have to eat the same old salad again you might just keel over? Yep, me too. An Antipasto Salad is your ticket to something different.

Food fatigue is a quick way to get off track with your eating plan. So mix it up a bit when you can! Get re-excited (excited again?) about your food! This FANTASTIC antipasto salad is just the change of pace you might need…

You can put this together one evening for grab ‘n go lunches during the week. Or maybe even use it for a cookout/pot luck. One thing is for sure…my salad life just got a little bit better! 

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Taco Salad

Tacos can be funny….

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 Tacos can be delicious…

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And tacos can be easy. I have several “go to” meals that I use when I’m in a time crunch or an “I don’t want to cook tonight” crunch. A taco salad is one of them. Give it 15 minutes and a few skillets and you are set with a great dinner.

Plus, you have a built in joke next time you make dinner…people will taco bout it for days!

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You will have a tasty dinner that is ready in no time-  you will nacho what hit you!

**Further puns not included in recipe.
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Ranch Dip

It’s the little things in life that make the most difference, don’t you think? Like someone waving you into a long line of traffic or a stranger holding the door open for you or getting a real letter in the mail. While these things do not seem like much, they can definitely put a smile on my face during a pretty crappy day.

The same thing happens with nutrition. It’s the little things that can make a big difference. Are you frustrated because your weight loss has slowed down in the past few months or maybe you have hit a weight loss plateau? Look at the little things!

  • How much oil do you use when cooking?
  • How much cream do you use in your morning coffee?
  • Are your veggies saturated in margarine?
  • Is there more dressing than salad on your plate?

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use any of these things, but the quantity matters. If this hits home with you, that’s okay…I have a trick up my sleeve to share.

Plain greek yogurt. It is such a versatile food. It can be use as a substitute for mayonnaise in many recipes, on taco salad instead of sour cream, and my favorite…as ranch dressing.

Here’s the skinny on how to use plain greek yogurt as ranch dressing.

This is a very complex process….so I hope you are ready.

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This protein ranch dip is probably one of the easiest substitutions you can make to your meals to make it just a little healthier. Remember, it’s the little things!

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Chipotle Lime Shrimp

Do you have a busy schedule this week?  Stay on track with these quick and easy chipotle lime shrimp!  I like to keep a bag of frozen shrimp on hand for the days I’m too tired to cook, haven’t made it to the grocery store, or need something simple for a busy night.  Pair pre-cooked frozen shrimp with some chipotle seasoning and fresh lime juice and dinner is ready to go!

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Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble

Let’s talk about breakfast. I love it! But unfortunately I find myself eating eggs a lot and I’m getting a little tired of them. I was trying to think of high protein breakfast foods that weren’t the same old cooked eggs. Tofu is perfect in this situation! Now, I know tofu is thought of as boring and people think it’s just a lame (or gross) alternative to meat, but get excited because this recipe for tofu scramble is delicious.

The great thing about tofu is that it hardly has any flavor on it’s own which makes it super versatile. This tofu scramble has a ton of flavor and will keep you full for a good amount of time.

This recipe is considered vegan as well as vegetarian because it contains no animal products at all.

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Chopped Chicken Salad

This salad is actually a Crunchy Chopped Chicken Salad, and although alliterations are pretty fun in the grammar world, as a blog title it can be quite a mouth full. So let’s just stick with Chopped Chicken Salad, shall we. This salad is perfect for those times you need a bit of crunch or when you are in a rush. No real cooking require. Just assemble these ingredients and you have a great (and quick) meal. Chopped Chicken Salad

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

This recipe for cauliflower fried rice is an excellent dish for lunch time, or even a light supper. With the mix of cauliflower and eggs, you get a perfect mix of protein and non-starchy vegetables. This recipe has only a few ingredients, and adds a big bang of flavor and nutrition!

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

While shopping at target the other day I found pre-chopped cauliflower! Talk about convenience.

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You can purchase these cauliflower crumbles, or you can simply place cauliflower florets in a food processor and process it until it resembles rice. It’s actually very simple to “rice” the cauliflower in a food processor (and more cost effective) but this option is convenient and quick!

Follow the steps for a quick and delicious Asian inspired dish. 

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Veggie Chili

 If you are looking for more ways to incorporate vegetables into your diet, this veggie chili is for you! This vegetarian chili especially delicious. It has black beans, red kidney beans, tomatoes, a ton of vegetables, and spice which makes it flavorful yet easy to make. This veggie chili is very flexible. You can add more or less of any of the vegetables or beans. This vegetarian chili is the perfect bowl of comfort food that you can eat guilt-free!

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*Tips:

– Remember that protein should be the main component to your meal after bariatric surgery. Add tofu or cheese to the pot to increase the protein and keep the recipe vegetarian.

– To avoid drinking any liquid with your meals, strain solids from chili OR drink liquids from the chili before eating the solids.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

I explore new foods and create recipes year round. Buffalo Chicken Dip is one of my new favorites. I am more creative with recipes during sports seasons…maybe because we have friends over more often and I want to try new things? Whatever the reason, I’m excited to share this new favorite with you!

I made this Buffalo Chicken Dip for a gathering this Sunday and it was a hit! The high protein, low carb nature of this recipe makes it great for post bariatric surgery or any weight loss plan.

I ate it with celery, but my husband and his carb loving friends opted for pita chips. It is versatile, flavorful, and easy— everything you need for a last minute party.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip with celery

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