Saturday, October 26, 2013

Egg Salad YUMMM!

Ok gang, I'm telling my favorite STAY SKINNY after SURGERY recipes this week! Here we go! -5 eggs -Dukes LIGHT mayonnaise -Mt Olive Sweet Diced Cubes -Salt & Pepper -Paprika So, boil the 5 eggs after the water has started boiling for 15 mins. Pour out hot water and then soak in cool water for 20-30 mins (that is the secret to get shells to slide right off). Mix in a big squirt of the mayo to the consistency of your choice. (I prefer mine more creamy than thick.) Add 3 tablespoons of MT Olive Sweet diced cubes, salt and pepper to taste, a dash of paprika. Mix with a fork or potato masher. (I prefer the masher). Chill. Serve on celery, bread, white eggs, sliced avocados, you name it! Its delicious! If you want it sweeter, add more relish, less sweet, add less relish. Filled with protein, low sugar and carbs! Great for a snack or lunch!

Update on ME & the future....

I was recently in the mountains surrounded by very successful women and they encouraged to follow my passion. My passions are art, gardening, animals, and cooking. I love to can, cook, collect cookbooks when I travel like a crazy person and will re-do a recipe 100 times until I get it perfect to make the permanent cookbook recipe collection. So why am I spending all of this time trying to re-invent myself and find a new path when it has been right in front of me the whole time? I am going to launch a new blog, post a gazillion NEW RNY recipes for the vegetarian, as well as tips, lifestyle suggestions and more! I am very excited about this. As someone that has been doing this in my free time as a hobby I am thinking about writing a cookbook and doing much more! I hope you stay tuned! I have LOTS to share! I have had several c-workers, friends, neighbors have the lap band, RNY and other surgeries. I have not seen them do so well, and seen some very successful. I will interview them and share their tips and pointers as well. There are great websites I can recommend too. Be ready for multiple weekly postings! Get ready to STAY SKINNY after SURGERY!~ XOXO, Nicole

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Eggs and Vegetarian Bacon

I saw this recipe and tried it with morning star farms bacon. I cut the bacon pieces in half, layered the bottom and sides of a sprayed muffin tin and broke an egg in the middle of each one. Bake on 350 degrees for 6-10 mins. Watch, depends on the oven. The kids loved them and they were easy to take in the car on a papertowel on the way out the door!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Healthy Cucumber Sandwich

Open faced cucumber sandwiches are delicious and healthy. Cucumbers are excellent for restoring sun damage to your skin. Take 1 slice of reduced fat/fat free multigrain bread and cover with low fat greek yogurt. Slice up a pickling or english cucumber and place on top of yogurt. Sprinkle with crushed pepercorn pepper and crushed sea salt. Follow with a nice glass of ice water!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Healthy Tips for Saving Fresh Herbs

Chop Thyme or fresh parsley and measure out 1 tsp of each and put in ice trays in the freezer. You can also use egg carton trays to measure out 1 TBSP. servings. Keep in a plastic baggie in freezer for up to 1 yr. take out and throw into stews, soups and other sauces you might need for cooking! Already pre-measured!

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Beefmaster Inn's Famous Baked Onion

The Beefemaster Inn is a hole-in-the-wall steak restaurant in Wilson NC. My boyfriend has the recipe for their famous baked onions and we have one at least once a week.

1 large Vidalia Onion, put in a glass bowl and fill 1/2 way with water, add 2 tbs teryaki sauce (low sodium), a spoonful of I Cannot believe Its Not Butter, sprinkle with Crazy Jane's seasoning or just salt and pepper. Cover with Saran Wrap. Put in microwave for 10 mins. Let cool for 4-5 mins.

Open the top and it just slices like butter and is delicious!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Church-Style Lemon Potatoes

Once you get further along after your surgery, you will be able to eat potatoes. For me, it was about 6-7 months out. I use fresh lemon thyme from my garden that I use kitchen shears to cut them up in small pieces. The boyfriend LOVES this recipe! Enjoy!

If you don't want to peel little potatoes, you can use larger peeled Yukons. Simply cut into large chunks, and bake as directed. Any leftover potatoes are great for potato salad the next day.

Prep Time: 28 minutes
Other Time: 40 minutes
Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings

* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
* 3 pounds small Yukon gold or red potatoes, peeled
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until butter begins to turn golden brown. Remove butter mixture from heat, and add peeled potatoes, tossing gently to coat.

2. Spread potatoes in a single layer in a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.

3. Bake at 400° for 40 to 45 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown and tender, stirring twice. Transfer potatoes to a large serving bowl, and toss with lemon juice, chopped fresh thyme, salt, and pepper until well coated. Serve potatoes immediately.