Weight Loss Update!

Sooooooo if you haven’t read my story on here, Here is a quick recap:

I have suffered from a severe weight problem literally my entire life. Had terrible over-eating habits that stemmed from struggling with depression and anxiety, and a very unhealthy lifestyle. Well it eventually lead to my health going to complete crap. I couldn’t move, couldn’t breathe, and basically had no quality of life. Towards the end of 2019, my doctors broke the news to me that if I don’t fix this now, my heart will not make it to see the age of 30. I was one more bad blood test away from being put on pre-diabetic medication, and my sleep apnea was so bad they have no idea how I haven’t had a heart attack yet. Well that was the final straw. I wanted my life back, and I will take my life back. January 2nd, 2020, I saw a Bariatric Surgeon, and began a diet to save my life. I lost 25 lbs. in 3 months, and on March 11th, 2020 I had the Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery– basically had 2/3’s of my stomach chopped off so I couldn’t eat so much (the surgery is basically internal portion control). It’s by no means a quick fix, if you don’t eat right and exercise you can easily gain weight. Well I stuck to the diet, definitely had some slip ups along the way…

….But here is where I’m at now:

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Air Fried Crispy Mixed Veggies with a Tangy Dipping Sauce

Having crispy fried vegetables makes it easier to get your veggies in, but obviously adding all of that fat and carbs to veggies basically negates any health benefit of eating your vegetables. There’s no better way to combat that craving for something crispy and crunchy than bringing out the Air Fryer! This recipe is so simple and versatile that you can use it with any of your favorite veggies. These delicious Air Fried Crispy Mixed Veggies with a creamy, Tangy Dipping Sauce are great as an afternoon snack or party appetizer that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Check it out!

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Quick & Easy Sauteed Spicy Baby Bok Choy

Baby Bok Choy is a type of Chinese Cabbage, and is probably one of my favorite green vegetables because they’re so tender and flavorful. Not to mention super easy and fast to cook when you need to make a last minute side dish! So if you’re out of ideas for new side dishes, or you just don’t want to spend so much extra time cooking and making a mess, then you will FALL IN LOVE with this simple and spicy recipe that is sure to give you meal the extra kick of heat that it needs! Check it out!

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Low-Carb Ramen with Traditional Dashi Broth

So we all had those days in college when we bought those $1.00 microwavable Ramen cups for dinner because Lord only knows we couldn’t afford or didn’t have time to make actual food. They were great at the time, but looking back, they’re TERRIBLE for you!! Honestly I am not sure what was worse, all the carbs, or the 50 gallons of sodium that was in that one little cup. Well traditionally, Ramen is a MUCH more delicious dish with complex flavors and a lot more ingredients than just salt (… seriously, those noodle cups were basically just salt…). It may look complicated to make, but really it is just a lot of small steps to prep the toppings. Here is a simple recipe for a great tasting, healthy, Low Carb Ramen in a traditional Dashi broth! Enjoy!

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Oven Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Broccolini

Growing up, I was never a fan of Broccoli. When it was cooked, it always seemed too mushy in texture and had a bitter taste to it. Then I discovered Broccolini, which is basically the long lost cousin of Broccoli. It is much more of a mild and earthy flavor, and no matter which way you cook it, it always has a nice crunch to it. It’s a very versatile ingredient, and very easy to cook!

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Seared Scallops

Scallops are a delicious and incredibly healthy. They are very low in fat and high in protein. No need to go out to a restaurant and spend a fortune on a plate of scallops when you can just follow this simple and quick recipe for a tasty and filling dish you are sure to love! The also pair great with my Mushroom-Spinach Quinoa Risotto!

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Mushroom-Spinach Quinoa Risotto

Risotto is a classic Italian rice dish that’s delicious and creamy. It’s normally made of rice, butter, broth, Parmesan cheese, and loaded with the dreaded carbs. So I decided to swap out some of these classic ingredients to make a dish just as delicious, with half the carbs and fat and double the protein. This Mushroom-Spinach Quinoa Risotto is delicious as both a side dish and a filling entree! Try it out!

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Air Fried Cauliflower-Zucchini Tots with a Roasted Tomato Aioli Sauce

Tater Tots and Ketchup. Classic guilty pleasure- lots of fat and carbs. So I got to do my favorite thing, and make a guilty pleasure feel less guilty. There’s no better way to replace the carbs and fat than using Cauliflower and an Air Fryer! These Cauliflower-Zucchini Tots are a healthy and delicious spin on a classic snack, and they pair perfectly with a creamy Roasted Tomato Aioli that is packed with protein! Check it out and enjoy!

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Upcoming Recipes:

Sorry for the wait!…

Thank you everyone for patiently waiting. I apologize for the delay in posting. Rapid weight loss apparently can cause Gallbladder problems, and on July 30th I had to have my gallbladder removed. The recovery did not go as smooth or as fast as we predicted so it took a bit longer to get any recipes up. On the bright side, it gave me plenty of time to put new recipes together!

Now that I am all healed up, here are some recipes to expect this week:

  • Seared Scallops with a Spinach and Mushroom Quinoa Risotto
  • Air-Fried Cauliflower Zucchini Tots with a Roasted Tomato Aioli Dipping Sauce
  • Spiced Pear Cake with a Maple Butter Cream
  • Low-Carb Ramen

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One-Pan Roasted Chicken Breast with Veggies

I love to cook, but I absolutely dread doing dishes. I used to try to avoid cooking just so I didn’t have to worry about the clean up afterwards. -For Italians, the kitchen is sacred. If it’s not clean enough to eat off the floor, it’s blasphemy. The kitchen must be spotless!– So then I discovered one-pot cooking, and life became so much easier! This one-pan simple chicken dinner is a delicious, healthy, and easy meal to throw together in a time crunch, with less clean up!

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