Saturday, November 21, 2009

Remember the days when Friday night meant a sub and some hot wings?

No? Well look that was just my reality then. It was pizza, hot wings, a steak sub, something. Cuz it was FRIDAAAAAAY!

Well today is Saturday and I'm here to tell you that YES even this food can be made WLS friendly.

My good friend Debbie hosted the event today with the theme "sub shop favorites"

This is a picture of the "Pouch Party" duo--me and my good friend and partner Jen. Up until now Jen has been behind the scenes. But since she's so awesomely AWESOME I am glad she was front and center with me.

In Jen's hand is some fiber one crumbs she was making for an "interactive" demo. In my hands was my fave kitchen utensil--the blender! For the protein shake demo.

I am proud of myself. I didn't "Paris Hilton" so much in this pic. :)

Moving right are all the things we made together:

Philly Cheesesteak Eggs Rosettes
Philly Cheesesteak crustless quiches
Orange Creamsicle Protein Shake
Buffalo chicken dip

And here is Nessa perfecting her eggs rosettes technique. For this party, we did Philly Cheesesteak Eggs Rosettes (used deli roast beef for the cups and add to the eggs onions, green peppers, and provolone cheese). Nessa gave this dish two thumbs up!

This is Sandy, a friend of our hostess Debbie. She is post-op and really enjoyed making high-fiber mozzarella sticks.

Those things are so yummy. My kids and even my "I only eat PB&J and chicken nuggets" stepson likes them. Good fall back food for a cold day or a snack when you are watching a movie.

And just in case you were wondering what the mozzarella sticks look like going into the oven...
See what you're missing America???
Won't you book your Pouch Party today? You could do one after the New Year and we'll show you how to keep those resolutions in the yummiest ways possible!
Debbie is in PA and wants to do another party in January/February. If you are interested in that one, or hosting a party of your own, hit us up!
For those of you who could not make it to the party, I am going to give you the recipe for the Philly Cheesesteak Eggs Rosettes. Want all the recipes from this or any other party? Book a party and they are yours!
Philly Cheesesteak Eggs Rosettes
Thin sliced, low-sodium, low-fat roast beef
1/2 c. Egg Beaters
3 slices of Provolone cheese, sliced into cubes
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped green pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1. Sautee onions and peppers in a sprayed pan until the veggies get a slight crust on them. Set aside
2. Spray a muffin tin (medium sized) and in each muffin compartment, place a piece of roast beef and press down so that the beef has a slight overhang over the muffin tin. Place another piece on top of that. Your finished product should look "flowery."
3. Pour egg mixture into each rosette, about half filling each.
4. Bake in a 350 oven for 15 minutes.
You can top with many different things. My new preference? Ranch dip made with Greek yogurt!
Again, hit us up if you want to have your own "sub shop favorites" party (We have tons more recipes besides the above). Remember that we do travel (to a certain extent). Hope to party with you soon!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Viva Italia!

And we're BACK! I'm so happy too...I was starting to lose hope that this was, in fact, a good idea. But my friend Nessa helped me find my way back to the light. She was our hostess this month and she chose a wonderful theme....Italian!

So let's start at the beginning. Here are some of our pouchers, all lined up nicely and ready to learn! Kidding! I truly believe that I learn as much from pouchers as they ever could hope to learn from me. But I did dig Nessa's set-up. Usually I am facing folks "cooking show" style. This way felt much more like...we're all sitting at the table and Nik's cooking and we're just having a good time.

This is Nessa. Here she is showing us how she browns ground beef with her "meat smoosher" (or whatever that thing is called...I want one!) while I show how to properly slice a zucchini to make no-noodle lasagna.

These two gals were a BALL! I am horrible with names so I THINK the lady in blue is Kim (forgive me if I got that wrong...I adore you just the same!). Anyway, she was my de facto "helper"--she doled out whippage for the demo protein shake and made sure my onions and peppers did not burn. Thank you dah-ling...MWAH!

And this is me clearly showing off. I can't help point a camera at me and I go all Paris Hilton!
So the dishes we made together were:
-Espresso protein shake
-Pesto Tuna Salad
-No-noodle red lasagna
For tasting the pouchers got:
-Nik's magic meatballs w/ dip
-Italian 3-bean salad
-No-noodle white lasagna
-Mocha protein pudding
...And of course there were the goodie bags. I did a variety of bags that included things like Skinny Water, low-carb cookies, Isopure protein drinks, vitamin holders, Kay's Naturals chips, vitamin samples, etc. We also had a drawing for a BIG prize basket that included: protein powder samples, Power PB (peanut butter), Ostrim Jerky, a shaker bottle, an MP3 player, a pedometer and a load of other stuff that I can't remember at the present but it was big and good. I think I have a pic of it somewhere. Once I find it I'll post it.
A good time was had by all! We are back in full swing here at PP! If you are interested in hosting your own party, hit me up! It's easy and fun and I guarantee you will walk away with at least one piece of knowledge you did not have before. I know I did!