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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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Dutch Oven Roast

When I think roast, I think of family Sunday dinners. Wearing my Sunday best, a linen table cloth, the “good dishes” on my momma’s table, and way too many conversations going on at once. But when I think of roast, I also think about how much time and effort it takes into making it taste good. So I set out to combine a traditional family recipe and a convenient recipe I found on The Pioneer Woman blog— the outcome is this Dutch Oven Roast.

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Good enough for Sunday, simple enough for Tuesday. 

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Sausage and Lentils

Adapting recipes from other sites is something we (the dietitians) do often around here. We make sure a recipe is not only high in protein and low in carbohydrates, but that it is also bariatric friendly. Plus, it has to taste good! I never post or send out recipes that I haven’t tried or tested in my kitchen. That was one of main inspirations for starting a blog as a component to our weight loss clinic in Oklahoma. Giving each of you resources and options for making healthy and delicious meals is one of the greatest parts of my job.
This recipe for Sausage and Lentils was adapted from Growing Up Gabel— I hope you enjoy this bariatric friendly version.

Sausage and Lentils

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Harvest Chili

When the weather turns cold I gravitate toward comforting meals. Typically a chili or stew hits the spot. But the same old chili can get a little tiresome when eating it over and over again. We loved the looks of this fruit and nut chili from Better Homes and Gardens. But it was not completely bariatric appropriate, so here is the modified version of Harvest Chili.

Harvest Chili

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Chicken Enchilada Soup

If you are new to our blog, you might not realize how much I love slow cooker meals. No matter how much I enjoy cooking, quality time with Mr. A is so much better outside of the kitchen (apparently I don’t cook well with others). So evenings are cherished in my home. We love to take our pups for a walk, take our mountain bikes to a favorite trail for a ride, or catch up on The Walking Dead. But huge, elaborate meals can interfere with all of those activities. Enter- slow cooker. Today we are making Chicken Enchilada Soup.

Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Shrimp Chili

So apparently it has been the month of chili/slow cooker recipes. I didn’t realize it until now, but this month I have posted a Harvest Chili and French Canadian Boiled Dinner. So let’s just round out the month with Shrimp Chili. December is a great time for these types of recipes anyway, right?! I mean, it’s cold and dark…perfect for a steamy little meal with a fire in the background. 🙂

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Goulash

We were having dinner with some friends a few weeks ago, and the food was just amazing. I had to have the recipe for this Goulash. The host was gracious enough to give up her family recipe so I could enjoy it again and again. I hope you enjoy this version of goulash as much as I have.

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Goulash
A hearty meal made in one pot. Full of flavor and protein!
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Course Main Dish, Soups
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish, Soups
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Dice white onion and garlic.
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  2. Add to a large stock pot with a 1/2 tsp olive oil to saute. Stir this occasionally until the onions are translucent.
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  3. Once the onions are turning translucent, add the ground beef. Cook over medium heat until browned.
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  4. Chop the veggies. I used a head of cabbage, celery, tomatoes, and carrots. You can also throw some turnips in for a more 'potato like' texture.
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  5. When the beef is done browning, add all of the veggies, liquids, and bouillon cube to the stock pot. Stir until well combined. Cover the stock pot and bring to a light boil. *If you would like this more 'soupy', then add a second can of vegetable broth.
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  6. Uncover and add the spices. Recover and reduce heat to simmer until veggies are soft ~ 10-15 minutes.
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Beef Roast and Carrots

Roast and Carrots

One can never have too many slow cooker recipes. There are so many chili and soup recipes available, so I thought a little variety for your slow cooker is in order. This slow cooker roast and carrots is good enough for Sunday dinner but easy enough for Tuesday night.

Beef Roast and Carrots

Beef Roast and Carrots

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Pork Roast and Sauerkraut

Pork is a versatile protein. You can grill, bake, broil, or slow cook with it. One of my favorite things to do with pork is Pork Roast and Sauerkraut. My husband grew up in Germany so we use sauerkraut or cabbage in a lot of dishes. You can be adventurous and make your own sauerkraut, but I usually use the Boar’s Head sauerkraut packages.

When cooking in the slow cooker, it is best to use certain cuts of meat. Ideal cuts of meat can include shank, shoulder, chuck, round & rump.

Pork Roast and Sauerkraut calls for a pork shoulder, but a pork rump (also called pork butt) is also good with this recipe.

Enjoy this simple and flavorful dish!

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