Catching up: #mealprepsunday

Sorry that I have been so terribly lame at posting lately. My sick leave ended on 19 February, and being back at work has not been very conducive to my writing. I am not very happy with the current situation nor with the solutions being bandied around to “fix” the problem. But that’s another story. Let’s just say that I come home from the office and the desire to blog or write fiction is low.

But one thing that I have been doing is sticking to my diet plan as prescribed by my surgeon and dietician.

I’ve started doing meal prep at the weekends to help me stay on track with getting the right amount of nutrients every day.

To get ideas for meal prepping, I’ve been consulting Ambitious Kitchen, Jamie Oliver, Skinnytaste and Pinch of Yum.

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My egg muffin cups–yummy!

Last week, I focused on prepping an alternative breakfast to my usual yoghurt with muesli. I ended up making Ambitious Kitchen’s Healthy Breakfast Egg Muffin Cups–super easy to make and you can easily customise the recipe. I added ham, kale, mushrooms, plum tomatoes and mozzarella to my muffins. Two or three mornings, I’ve had my egg muffin cups instead pf yoghurt and been very happy. The only thing I’ll do differently next time is use cupcake liners next time since my nonstick muffin tin decided it didn’t want to behave like a nonstick tin and I spent a tad bit too much time having to scrub away egg residue (despite brushing oil on the tin).

My husband made a lamb ragù sauce for us, which we had for dinner a few times last week. I ate it with 30 grams of whole grain pasta, which worked with my still sometimes sensitive stomach. I found some gluten-free pasta from Biorì which I am going to try this week. It’s based on rice, buckwheat and corn, so will see if it’s to my liking.

The Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl recipe is a definite repeat for us. 

Today, to prepare for the upcoming work week, I decided to try a recipe from Skinnytaste’s Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook for Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls. I recently bought an Electrolux slow cooker and decided this would be the first recipe to try out in it.

My husband seemed a little skeptical at first but when the aroma began to tickles his nose, he couldn’t wait to try it. I am notoriously impatient in the kitchen, but this burrito bowl recipe is super-easy to follow and it takes care of itself. Just put everything in the slow cooker and let it cook. In the meantime, I was able to get some writing done and then take a walk and go to the grocery store to pick up items I’d forgotten to add to our grocery delivery list. When I came home, the slow cooker was counting down the last 3 or 4 minutes and it smelled divine. Once it was done, I shredded the chicken, added back to the slow cooker and stirred everything together. And the taste? YUMMY! It will make a great lunch (or dinner) with some brown rice or cauliflower rice to it.

I’m already looking at recipes to try for next week’s meal prep. Here are a few of them:

What about you? Are you a #mealprepper and what have you got planned for the upcoming week’s menu?

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3 cookbooks for my soon-to-be sleeved life

All of my life, I’ve loved food. I grew up surrounded by family members who knew how to throw down in the kitchen. My great-aunt Francis, my grandmother Gertrude, my great-uncle John, my cousin Yuhnis, my great-aunt Louise, Aunt Florence…the list could go on. Every holiday meant good food and plenty of it.

My appreciation for good food started early.

So now, when I have made the decision to get a gastric sleeve, I wanted make sure that I could still enjoy good food without feeling like everything post-op would have to be bland. I needed inspiration and advice beyond what my nutritionist has said. I needed to know that I could have good food again, without stinting on flavour. I spoke to my friend, Pernilla, who assured me that I could live the sleeved life and enjoy a glass of wine and flavourful food again.

Yes, I breathed a sigh of relief.

I also wanted to make sure that my husband (who is not getting sleeved) and I would be able to eat together and enjoy what we eat. So I started doing research and found a few cookbooks that will hopefully ensure that I will not go through life grimacing at bland food.

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FRESH START Bariatric Cookbook

by Sarah Kent, MS RDN CD

I ended up ordering the FRESH START Bariatric Cookbook from Amazon UK since neither of the Swedish online bookstores I usually use had it in stock.

I used Look Inside and was pleasantly surprised that this cookbook contained more than just recipes; it also included advice on things to consider and what to order when eating out at restaurants, judging portion sizes, etc.

This particular cookbook rated high with many readers. The fact that this cookbook was written by a registered dietician and nutritionist also helped tipped the scales in favour of ordering it.

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by Patt Levine and Michele-Bontempo-Saray

I’m not one who can settle for just one cookbook. When I read the reviews Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery received (and it was recommended to me by someone who’d already undergone a gastric sleeve) I decided to order it.

A Look Inside revealed some very tasty sounding recipes as well as advice for post-surgery life. The sample recipes seemed easy to follow and the slew of good reviews convinced me that this was a cookbook worth having.

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by Shasta Press

Another cookbook highly recommended by someone who has already undergone the operation. I have just ordered Weight-Loss Surgery Cookbook, so hope to receive it in the coming days.

From a Look Inside, I found a list of recommended pantry staples and a selection of recipes that sounded right up my alley.

Once I have all three cookbooks, I will ask my husband to test prepare a few dishes. I want us both to be able to enjoy eating together so that we don’t have to feel like we always have to prepare two separate meals.  Based on the reviews all three books have received, we should be okay, but I will definitely keep you posted. We are both picky about food, so if we don’t like it, we’re kind of vocal. 🙂

If you’ve already gone through weight loss surgery and have recommendations for good cookbooks, drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.