Category Archives: Side Dishes

Roasted Chestnut Apple Salad, 10.2 grams protein, 217 calories

This Fall-Flavored salad tastes even better after it is refrigerated for a day. Roasted chestnuts are amazing in flavor and packed with nutrition. It is lower in fats like other nuts but higher in soluble fiber. Roasting is easy. Buy fresh chestnuts and slice a slit halfway across the chestnut. Place in a pan in the oven. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Peel and discard shell and furry skins. Ingredients: ½ purple onion, chopped  (4c) 12 roasted chestnuts, about 6 ounces after peeling  (3g,…

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Low-Carb Cauliflower Latkes Bites, 6.3 grams protein, 110 calories

You want the taste of greasy potato latkes, but you don’t want the fat or the carbs. You want the high protein but you also want that deep onion flavor.  So here you have it; the best of both worlds.  Conveniently packed into mini muffin sized bites for portable nutrition. Store three pieces in a ziplock bags and freeze. Reheat as needed. Pairs well with Creamy Protein Dipping Sauce for an added 3 grams protein per meal. Ingredients 4 ounces cauliflower, fresh or frozen (1.9g,25c)…

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Mock Potato Salad with Cauliflower, 6 grams protein, 68 calories

Cauliflower is a virtuous replacement for potatoes.  When flavored properly, this tastes like the real thing. In this recipe, the cauliflower is cooked in the microwave for convenience. You can cook it on the stove, but make sure not to overcook. You want the florets to still hold shape and not get mushy. Ingredients:  3 hard-boiled eggs 2 pickles (or 6 mini dill) 8 ounces cauliflower Dressing: 2 oz. Greek Yogurt, 0% 1 teaspoon spicy brown  mustard 1 teaspoon chopped dill (or 1 frozen cube)…

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Cornmeal Oven-Baked Fish-Fry with Tzatziki Cucumber Salad, 21 grams protein, 190 calories

Sometimes, you just want to have those yummy hearty meals that hit the spot. This gluten-free recipe allows you to coat the fish with the spices and crumbs and bake in the oven for a low-fat dish.  Serve half of the fish with 2 ounces Tzatziki Cucumber Salad (recipe on the bottom of the page).  The salad is wet and spicy, perfect for helping the fish chewing process. Ingredients: 4 ounces cod fish fillet  (18g, 82c) ⅛ cup cornmeal (2g, 88c) ⅛ cup soymilk (1g,…

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Winter Roses in a Cup – Harvest Vegetable Side Dish with Healthy and Necessary Carbs and Fats.  

This recipe is dedicated to my personal trainer who tipped me off on the need for healthy carbs and fats that post-op patients need for breaking down protein with body fat instead of muscle mass.  Pair these harvest vegetable side dish rose cups with a high-protein recipe for the ultimate meal. Without further ado, here is my side dish recipe to round out your protein meal. Ingredients: ¼ rutabaga, or 100 grams (1.1g,38c) ½ sweet potato (1g, 56c) 1 small apple  (.3g,58c) 1 medium orange…

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Roast Beef Hash Cups with Protein, and Necessary Carbs and Fats

The rutabaga is the secret in this recipe. It will lend a starchy and earthy taste which will work like a potato but deliver healthy and necessary carbohydrates instead.  The apple and orange will add a zesty flavor to balance the spices, creating a very savory hash bite.  These taste amazing when warm, or room temperature after defrosting from the freezer in time for your lunch break. Post-op patients must remember to add necessary carbs and fats on top of their protein, in order to…

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Easy-Chew Creamy Potato Salad, 3.8 grams protein, 125 calories

Potato salad is an easy-chew option for those days when you are struggling to get food down.  Stays fresh in the fridge for several days.  It works very well for a lunch meal away from home. Ingredients: 1 lb. potato (or 1 giant idaho potato) (7g, 283c) 2 hard boiled eggs [12g, 156c] 1 ounce sour pickles (or one large pickle)  (0g,5c) 2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise (0g, 180c) salt & pepper to taste Directions: Boil the unpeeled potato in water until cooked. It might take…

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