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Sweet Potato Oven Fries

How to make the best healthy oven baked sweet potato french fries - homemade crispy fries are simple, quick, and easy to make. Includes tips for how to cut. Whole 30 and paleo approved.

This spring, I ran across sweet potato plants at Walmart and picked up a 6-pack on a whim. I got a giant flower pot to put them in and a big bag of Miracle Gro potting soil to fill it with. I came home and set up my giant flower pot at the back of our driveway, planted my tiny plants, watered them, and waited. By the end of July, my plants were huge and healthy, creating a large mound of leaves on the top of the flower pot with many tendrils hanging down the sides to the ground beneath. … Read more

Chicken Crust Pizza – The Best Low Carb & Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

The best simple & easy low carb chicken crust pizza - Uses ground chicken to make a crispy crust, topped with shredded cheese and other toppings like pepperoni and mushrooms. Great for bariatric patients and those on a keto, paleo diet. Very healthy and high in protein.

The one single food I have missed the most since my bariatric surgery is pizza. I have missed it so much that I have occasionally picked the cheese and pepperoni off of a slice of pizza and eaten it, just to have the flavor of the pizza. If you’re new here, I had bariatric gastric sleeve surgery in early April 2017, and I have lost 190 pounds so far (16 months at the time of publishing). I read early on that bariatric patients who do not eat carbs do the best in terms of long-term success, so I do not … Read more

Quick & Easy Homemade Cheesy Meatballs

How to make the best homemade DIY cheesy low carb keto meatballs recipe - Healthy because they're baked in the oven. Great for spaghetti with sauce or on their own. Simple and easy with Italian breadcrumbs. Typically made with beef but could be made with turkey or pork or a mixture.

I realized recently that I have posted nary a recipe since my bariatric surgery in April 2017. It’s not that we stopped eating, nor that we have stopped trying new recipes.  I just haven’t been as into food since my surgery, if that makes any sense. I haven’t thought about it as much. I just show up to the meal, and I eat, and then I leave the table and leave the food behind. Except, with the flare up of my food addiction over the last six months, I sort of obsessed about some foods night and day, but those … Read more

The Best Gluten-Free Pecan Pie Recipe

Before my bariatric surgery, I loved pecan pie. It was my favorite pie ever, and I made a lot of them. And ate them. No holiday went by without a decadent pecan pie. When I went gluten-free, I thought I wouldn’t be able to eat another pecan pie, but then I had a thought. I never loved the crust of the pie anyway, so why not adjust the recipe a bit and make the pie without the crust? I did it, and the pie was a crazy success. As you can see in the photo above, the pie was sturdy enough to … Read more

Roasted Red Beets with Feta Cheese

Healthy roasted red beets recipe with feta cheese - This healthy side dish is baked in the oven with oil and balsamic vinegar for perfect veggies, every time! Low carb and gluten free.

My Grandma is 89. She lives alone, far away from me, but she is, and has always been, one of the most important people in my life. Until I was 9, my sisters, parents, and I lived in a trailer on Grandma’s 100-plus acres in northwest Pennsylvania. My parents tended an expansive garden near our trailer, and Grandma tended an even larger one at her house. I have more Grandma stories than I could ever recount. Baking her a birthday cake (full of eggshells) with my cousins. Falling in the creek (crick) “by accident.” Mowing her grass. Showing up at … Read more

Eggplant Lasagna

The best simple healthy eggplant lasagna recipe - This easy, vegetarian, low carb, gluten free veggie lasagna is meatless (but meat can be added if you want) and is perfect for a Whole30, paleo, or keto diet. It's made with ricotta and baked to bring all the flavors together. The recipe calls for eggplant, but you could substitute zucchini instead.

One of my requirements for food is that it be high in protein and very low in carbs. This is life as a bariatric patient, but it’s also a very healthy way for anyone to eat. Lasagna has always been one of my favorite foods, so I was thrilled to find this veggie version. It’s great for me given it is all veggies and cheese. There are no noodles, no carbs, and no gluten, but lots of protein thanks to ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.  You could also add some 93% ground beef and mix it in with the crushed tomatoes … Read more