April 30, 2011

And another! - Salmon Patties Revisited

Tonight, I decide to make a new version of the salmon patties we had a few weeks ago and enjoyed a lot - They were a hit with the husband, not so much with the child - lots of big flavours, very low carb, and full of healthy protein and Omega-3s!

8 ounces salmon, skinned and chopped medium-coarse
1 egg
1 Tbsp chopped garlic
1 Tbsp chopped fresh ginger
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 handful cilantro, chopped
1 tsp chili-garlic sauce
2 Tbsp sesame seeds

Mix all ingredients together until well combined
Using a third-cup measuring cup, scoop onto a piece of plastic wrap
Cover with another sheet of plastic wrap - pull onto a plate or cookie sheet and freeze for 20 minutes
Remove from freezer, remove covering sheet of plastic wrap, press sesame seeds onto tops of patties

Heat oil in pan, Use a thin spatula to transfer patties, to pan, and fry over medium heat, about 4 minutes to a side (after flipping the first side over, add sesame seeds to the other side)

I served this with a sauce made of mayonnaise, soy sauce, rice vinegar, chopped green onion, and chopped cilantro.

This is my husband`s plate. I ate a few carrots, a couple spears of asparagus, and not quite 2 of the salmon patties. This recipe, using 8 ounces of fish, made 5 patties that were each a scant one third cup - this was plenty for a WLS person plus a husband who appears to be a bottomless pit - adjust as necessary for your family!

Finally! Something from the kitchen!

Over the past month I have been acquiring some bags of different flours for experimenting with in the kitchen. These include (so far) black bean flour, quinoa flour, and garbanzo flour) I've also ordered and will soon receive fava bean flour and white bean flour. All of these are relatively low carb and pack at least a little bit of a protein punch, as well as contributing fibre - something sorely lacking in even whole wheat flour.

As much as I wish I were a saint, when it comes to delicious food, I find that I am sometimes more inclined to be a sinner (I didn't make it to 283 pounds through the embrace of self-denial) .... which is a problem when it comes to trying to eat food that is not only "not bad" but ALSO contributes something of value to my diet ... important since my capacity is very limited, so I have to make the most, nutritionally and flavour-wise, of what I put in my mouth.

So, here is one of my experiments this week: I have been using a lot of ground turkey and chicken for homemade sausages and in places where I might use ground beef or pork. I don't worry much about fat content, but we like the lighter taste sometimes. This week I bought some ground chicken thighs from my butcher and decided to make meatballs. I mixed as usual, but the mixture was very wet and sloppy - no way could I form the meatballs. I am trying to avoid the use of breadcrumbs -so I added a bit of garbanzo flour and voila!

 Chicken Meatballs


1 lb Ground Turkey
1/4 cup garbanzo flour
1 egg
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 Tbs Italian Seasoning (or just a mix of basil, oregano, thyme and some crushed pepper if you like spicy)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper


Mix all ingredients well
Form into meatballs of desired size
Place on greased sheet pan
Bake at 350 degrees until internal temperature reaches 165F

I served these with Tofu Shiritaki Fettucini, marinara sauce and a bit of warmed ricotta cheese, plus a side salad - yummy!

April 19, 2011

From Size 26 to Size 8 Jeans at 14 months out

NO weight lost this month, but for some reason, the inches are melting away. Here is a photo from this morning in a new pair of size 8 jeans! (OK - confession - they are a little too tight to wear to work, so I am wearing a pair of 10's for the day instead - but really, being able to zip and button a pair of size 8's and still sit and breathe is a MAJOR victory!

In general: I am 14 months out now from my surgery date and I continue in the process of figuring out how this reconfigured body is going to work for me. I have found it a bit frustrating that the scale has refused to creep downward this month - a total of maybe 1/4 pound lost, but it is NOT going up and I am still gradually tightening up and losing some inches. I am happy to see the turkey wattle on my neck shrinking a bit, and have been losing some back fat and some of the belly as well. Still, I must say, I am overall rather wrinkly and sharpei-ish, but that is the consequence of being 100 pounds overweight for 20+ years.

Food: I can see that I am much more tempted by, and likely to succumb to the temptation of, yummy carby foods. (HELLO home-popped buttered popcorn!) Fortunately, this seems to be more occasional than regular, and is kept in check by the reduced capacity of my stomach. I still have a ton of restriction and if I eat protein first I find that I can't go too far astray. I have gotten into a good routine with my supplements and rarely miss a dose of anything, though if I am out and about around dinner time, this can get a bit dicey. I still have 1-2 protein drinks a day, usually mixed with a couple of ounces of almond milk and hot coffee.

Exercise: I got back to the track a couple of weeks ago after a VERY long absence - this entire school year really - and was pleased to find that I am actually faster and a bit fitter than I was in September. I am definitely no speed demon, but in September it was taking me about 65 minutes to walk a 5K and it now is about 40 minutes - and most days I do a modified speed walk / jog for part of my routine. Also, I used to be pretty tired and somewhat sore when I finished and now a 5K is just no big deal, even though I maintain a much brisker pace throughout. I am doing the 5K about 2-3 times a week now, trying to kick my metabolism up a notch or two.

If a job that I have been negotiating comes through for the summer, I will invest in some more personal training sessions and try to get back into a weight training routine. As it is now, I am just doing the odd set of bicep curls, chest presses and shoulder presses, with 10 -12 pound dumbells, when I think of it and feel motivated. I do think, now that most of the fat is gone, that when I do get back to training in earnest, I will really be able to see the results - improved tone and visible muscle definition. (Last year, I could feel that I was getting stronger, but still had a pretty good layer of fat obscuring any visual signs of progress.) Stay tuned for an update on how it goes!

Asian Salmon Patties - yummy!!

I found this recipe on Kalyn's Kitchen website and it was delicious! (And really, totally virtuous too!)

 Chopped up salmon

All ingredients, ready to mix

Sadly, I have experienced a recent computer FAIL and the photos of the cooked patties are lost in the ether. But - they were delicious!