Herb-Roasted Turkey

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We love this Thanksgiving turkey recipe because it is moist and tender as well as beautiful! Garnish your serving platter with fresh herb sprigs and citrus wedges and serve in confidence!


1 10-12-pound turkey
1/4 cup fresh herbs, plus 20 whole sprigs, such as thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano and/or marjoram, divided
2 tablespoons canola, oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Aromatics, onion, apple, lemon and/or orange, cut into 2-inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)
3 cups water, plus more as needed


*Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 475°F.
*Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavities and reserve for making gravy. *Place the turkey, breast-side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan; pat dry with paper towels. Mix minced herbs, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture all over the turkey, under the skin and onto the breast meat. Place aromatics and 10 of the herb sprigs in the cavity.
*Tuck the wing tips under the turkey. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. *Add 3 cups water and the remaining 10 herb sprigs to the pan.
Roast the turkey until the skin is golden brown, 45 minutes.
*Remove the turkey from the oven. If using a remote digital thermometer, insert it into the deepest part of the thigh, close to the joint. Cover the breast with a double layer of foil, cutting as necessary to conform to the breast. *Reduce oven temperature to 350° and continue roasting for 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours more. If the pan dries out, tilt the turkey to let juices run out of the cavity into the pan and add 1 cup water. The turkey is done when the thermometer (or an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone) registers 165°F.
*Transfer the turkey to a serving platter and cover with foil. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes.
*Remove string and carve.


Total Time: 3 1/2 hours
12 servings, each serving 3 ounces
Calories: Per serving (without skin) : 155
Protein: 25 grams
Carbohydrate: 3.5 grams
Fat: 5 grams

Equipment: Large roasting pan, roasting rack, kitchen string, thermometer



Cranberry Pear Sauce


A Thanksgiving table is never complete without the cranberry sauce! We love this bariatric friendly recipe because it sneaks in sweet autumn pears and compliments the flavor of the tart cranberries without too much sweetener! Enjoy in confidence!


12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
2 ripe pears, peeled and cored, cubed small
1/2 cup agave (or honey to taste)
1 cup water


*Bring all the ingredients to a boil on high heat in a medium saucepan.
*When boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens.
*Remove from heat and let it cool before refrigerating.
*Serve chilled or room temperature. Makes 3 1/4 cups.


Servings: 13, Size: 1/4 cup
Calories: 61.6
Protein: 0.2 grams
Carb: 16.3 grams
Fat: 0.1 grams



Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”


We love this creamy and warm new way to make mashed faux potatoes for your bariatric Thanksgiving! This yummy family favorite is so delicious you will want to serve them year round! Enjoy in confidence!


1 head of cauliflower
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons light sour cream
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
freshly ground black pepper
snipped chives


*Separate the cauliflower into florets and chop the core finely.
*Bring about 1 cup of water to a simmer in a pot, then add the cauliflower.
*Cover and turn the heat to medium.
*Cook the cauliflower for 12-15 minutes or until very tender.
*Drain and discard all of the water (the drier the cauliflower is, the better) *Add the milk, butter, sour cream, salt and pepper and mash with a masher or blend until looks like “mashed potatoes.”
*Top with chives.


Servings: 4
Calories: 58
Protein: 2 grams
Carbohydrate: 5 grams
Fat: 4.5 grams
Recipe modified by Misti Gueron MS, RDN


Pumpkin Pie Dip


We love this delicious pumpkin pie dip because it’s everything you love about pumpkin pie made even better in to a light and fluffy dip! It tastes too good to be true so serve them in individual ramekins for easier portion control. This would make a great snack for kids too. Enjoy in confidence!!


15 oz can pumpkin
3/4 cup brown sugar (Splenda would work too)
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or more to taste)
6 oz fat free Greek yogurt (Chiobani)
8 oz cool whip free
Cut up apples to dip (extra points)


*Mix pumpkin with brown sugar, vanilla and spices, blend well. Mix in yogurt. Fold in cool whip and chill in refrigerator until ready to eat.


Makes about 6 cups.
Servings: 12, Size: 1/2 cup
Calories: 102.9
Protein: 1.8 g
Carb: 27.7 g
Fat: 0.1g



Slow Cooker Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili

Chili-Slow Cooker Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili

Fall, football games, and bariatric friendly delicious, high protein chili‼ We love this easy chili recipe because it is hearty and made easy in the slow cooker with ground chicken, ground beef and sweet potatoes! Just throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker – no need to brown the ground meat or any of the other ingredients first. After the meat cooks, you then break it up with a wooden spoon – genius! Enjoy in confidence!


1 medium white onion, diced
3 cloves minced garlic
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 jalapeños, seeds removed
1 large sweet potato, 14 oz
1 lb 93% lean ground chicken
1 lb 95% lean ground beef
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 (14 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
Chopped scallions, for garnish
8 oz diced avocado (from 2 small Haas)
4 oz goat cheese, 0% plain Greek yogurt or light sour cream (optional)


*Place all the ingredients except the scallion, avocado and goat cheese in the slow cooker and cook on low 8 hours. When done, break up the ground meat with a wooden spoon and add half of the goat cheese if using.
*Serve garnished with scallions and avocado on top.


Servings: 8, Size: 1 generous cup, 1 oz avocado
Calories: 285
Protein: 25 grams
Carb: 20 grams
Fat: 12 grams

Chef’s Tips:
This is pretty spicy, the original recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes plus two jalapeños. Consider cutting back on the red pepper flakes, or leaving it out altogether if you are not a fan. Top with diced avocado and just a little goat cheese (optional) which helps balance the heat. Sour cream or Greek yogurt would also work great! This makes a lot, leftovers can be frozen for future meals when you’re too busy to cook.



Grilled Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Salad

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We love this delicious high protein recipe because the grilled chicken, garden cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, olives and Feta cheese are all tossed together with quinoa and lemon juice! Packed with a whopping 20 grams of protein per serving and a wide array of nutrients this recipe will satisfy your bariatric lifestyle. Enjoy in confidence!


16 oz skinless thin sliced chicken cutlets
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary or oregano
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup red onion, diced
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups cucumber, peeled and diced (from 1 English)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/3 cup crumbled feta
kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste


*Rinse quinoa for about 2 minutes, using your hands to make sure all the saponins are removed.
*Fill a medium pot with water, add quinoa and salt to taste and bring to a boil. When the water boils, reduce heat to low and cover; simmer covered 15 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered an additional 5 minutes without lifting the lid; then fluff with a fork and set aside in a large mixing bowl to cool.
*Meanwhile, season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper, garlic and rosemary. Drizzle both sides with the lemon juice and 1 teaspoon olive oil and pat into the meat with your fingertips. Refrigerate 20 minutes while you prepare the grill.
*Preheat the grill on high heat, clean the grates and oil them to prevent sticking (or use a grill pan indoors sprayed with oil).
*Arrange the chicken on the grill and cook until cooked and firm, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, then slice into 1-inch pieces.
*While the quinoa cools, dice all the vegetables. To the large work bowl with the cooled quinoa, add the red onion, olives, cucumber and tomatoes to the cooled quinoa, and squeeze the lemon over it.
*Drizzle the remaining tablespoon olive oil over the quinoa, then add grilled chicken, feta, salt and pepper to taste and toss well. Taste for salt and adjust as needed, add more lemon juice if needed.


Makes over 6 3/4 cups
Servings: 6, Size: 1 heaping cup
Calories: 180
Protein: 20 grams
Carb: 8 grams
Fat: 8 grams

Chef’s Tips:
To make the grilled chicken extra flavorful, I like to marinate it overnight with lemon juice, garlic and fresh herbs like rosemary or oregano. This is great to bring to a potluck, to enjoy as a light meal. You can make the chicken and quinoa ahead if you wish, and mix everything together when you’re ready to eat.



Pesto-Parmesan Baked Tomatoes – 3 Ingredients!

Tomatoes -Baked Pesto-Parmesan

We love this juicy and delicious roasted tomato, pesto and Parmesan cheese recipe because it is super easy, super healthy and perfect for your lean and light Bariatric lifestyle‼ Serve them as a side with grilled chicken or fish and enjoy in confidence!


4 medium tomatoes, halved
4 teaspoons basil pesto (store bought or homemade)
5 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese


*Preheat the oven to 400°F.
*Arrange the tomatoes on a baking tray and top each with 1/2 teaspoon pesto and 1/2 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese.
*Roast the tomatoes until the Parmesan cheese is slightly browned and melted, about 18-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.


Servings: 4, Size: 2 halves
Calories: 50
Protein: 3 grams
Carb: 1 grams
Fat: 4 grams



Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

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We love this moist and delicious high protein recipe because it is so tasty, seasoned with sage, rosemary and balsamic vinegar! A true delight for the bariatric patient to eat chicken in confidence!


10 (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken thighs
20 medium asparagus, ends trimmed, cut in half
3 red bell peppers
1 cup carrots, sliced in half long way
2 red onions, chopped in large chunks
10 oz sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper
3 tbsp fresh rosemary
2 cloves garlic, smashed and sliced
2 tbsp oregano or thyme
4 leaves fresh sage, chopped


Preheat oven to 425°. Wash and dry the chicken well with a paper towel. Combine all the ingredients together and using your hands and arrange in a very large roasting pan. The vegetables should not touch the chicken or it will steam instead of roast. All ingredients should be spread out in a single layer. If necessary use two baking sheets or disposable tins to achieve this.Bake for 35 – 40 minutes.


Servings: 5, Size: 2 thighs plus vegetables
Calories: 347.1
Protein: 31.1 grams
Carb: 19.2 grams
Fat: 17.0 grams



Cheesy Cauliflower Biscuits


At 25 calories of delicious goodness we can’t help but love these bariatric friendly biscuits! Cauliflower is used in place of wheat! Hello, low carb! Enjoy in confidence!


1 cauliflower head, leaves removed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
2 eggs
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper


*Preheat the oven to 400°F. Steam cauliflower for about 10-12 minutes or until very tender, then transfer to a food processor. Add minced garlic and pulse several times until smooth and creamy.

*Transfer mashed cauliflower into a large mixing bowl. Add in two whole eggs, cheddar cheese, Nonfat Greek yogurt, salt and pepper and mix together.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Then, slowly fold the egg whites into the cauliflower mixture.

*Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray of your choice. Then fill the cups to the top with the cauliflower mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove from the pan, and set on a cooling rack.


Servings 24 small Biscuits, serving size 2 Biscuits
Calories 51
Protein 4.4 grams
Carbohydrate: 3.2 grams
Fat: 2.5 grams



Skinny Roast Beef Rolls

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We love these yummy and light rice wrap rolls because they are filled with veggies and a kick of protein to boost your healthy bariatric lifestyle. Perfect for on-the-go eating anytime. Enjoy in confidence!


1 large garlic clove, smashed
1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon Thai green curry paste
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/3 cup [light] mayonnaise
4 cups coleslaw mix
1/2 pound rare deli roast beef, thinly sliced and cut into 1/2-inch strips
24 six-inch-round rice paper wrappers, plus more in case of breakage


*In a mortar, pound the garlic to a paste with the brown sugar and green curry paste. Add the lime juice, fish sauce and 3 tablespoons of water. Stir in half of the cilantro and mint. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon of the green curry dipping sauce.
*In a large bowl, toss the coleslaw mix with the roast beef and the remaining cilantro and mint.
*Fill a pie plate with warm water. Dip 2 or 3 rice paper wrappers at a time in the water, then set them on a work surface to soften, about 1 minute.
*Spread a scant teaspoon of the curry mayonnaise on the bottom third of each wrapper and top with a scant 3 tablespoons of the roast beef filling.
*Roll the wrappers into tight cylinders, tucking in the sides as you go. Transfer the rolls to a plastic wrap–lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining wrappers, curry mayonnaise and filling.
Just before serving, cut each roll in half and serve with the dipping sauce.


Servings 6, serving size 1-2
Calories: 116
Protein: 8 grams
Carbohydrate: 10 grams
Fat: 3 grams

Nutrition Facts estimated by: Misti Gueron, MS RDN


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