Granola Recipe

Here’s a recipe I want to hang on to. I’d have to put it in and see how many calories/protein it is, but it sounds delicious right now!

1.5 cups quinoa flakes

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tbsp butter

1/3 cup honey

Vanilla protein powder – as much as I could stir in and still have a syrupy consistency (I’d need to experiment to find the best amount)  I’d use vanilla since it’s a more neutral flavor, but chocolate could also rock.

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dried fruit, to taste


ETA: Without the protein powder, it’s ~150 calories for 1/4 cup and 4 grams of protein. Adding 3 scoops of powder (which may not dissolve) adds 3g of protein/serving and 20 calories.

This looks amazing!

This recipe was posted on my board a bit ago. Sounds wonderful!

Kaddo Bowrani (Baked Pumpkin) from The Helmand Restaurant in Baltimore

Makes: 4-6 servings


For pumpkin:

1 small pumpkin (baby or spookies work best)

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil


For Yogurt Sauce:

1 cup plain yogurt

1 teaspoon fresh-cut diced garlic

Dash salt

Slice pumpkin and remove seeds. Peel outer skin. Slice 2-inch pieces lengthwise. Place oil in skillet pan and heat to medium heat. Add pumpkin. Cook on medium heat covered for approximately 10 minutes, turning once. Remove from pan and place in small roasting or baking pan. Sprinkle the pumpkin with the sugar and cinnamon. Cover tightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minute or until soft. Time may differ according to the hardness of the pumpkin.

For yogurt sauce, stir ingredients together until smooth.

Serve pumpkin warm with yogurt sauce.

Cauliflower Protein “Bread”sticks FTW

I’ve only tasted a little bit off the knife I just used to slice them, so I can only tell you that, so far, they’re amazing!

Here’s what I used:

1 large bag of cauliflower (I didn’t think to look what size it was!)

2 large eggs (cage-free of course)

6 tbs protein powder (I use invisiwhey)

garlic and onion salt until it smelled “right”

mozzarella cheese (about 1/4 c in the recipe and then a generous layer on top)


Myfitnesspal tells me that the whole recipe would be

355 calories (10 breadsticks)

50 g of protein

12 carbs

13 g of fat


I may have 2 at dinner with my chili (if they’re half as good as they smell)

Hooray for strange food!


I find that I appreciate food a lot more now. I guess since I can’t have things, when I make something new or different, it’s really exciting! I also love to play around and see how much protein/calorie I can get in food!




4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 cup plain greek yogurt (I used Oikos)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese – grated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper


1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2) Combine greek yogurt, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, seasoned salt, and pepper in a bowl.

3) Line baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

4) Coat each chicken breast in greek yogurt mixture and place on foiled baking sheet.

5) Bake for 45 minutes.

Sounds yummy!

I just made the most delicious high protein meal!!!  I tweaked a recipe that is floating around out there, and man was it good!


1/4 cup of Cottage Cheese

1 egg

1.5 table spoons flour

dash of maple extract

dash of vanilla extract

Apple sauce or all fruit jam

Blend all ingredients in a mini food processor until smooth.  Spray a pan with cooking spray and pour silver dollar sized portions on pan and cook.  Makes approx 6 silver dollar pancakes.  Top with apple sauce.

Peanut OMG balls!

This was a suggestion from someone at OH. I changed it a little bit to make it more like a cookie (read: sweeter!) and it’s AMAZING!

1/2 c oatmeal (uncooked)

3 tbs natural peanut butter (no sugar)

6 tbs protein powder

1 tsp (or more or less) Stevia

Mix together. Add a little water if you need to get it to stick better (I added 3 tbs). 

Eat and die of happiness. 

The recipe makes enough for me to eat it 3 or 4 times. It tastes a little like peanut butter cookies if you eat them before they’re cooked. I guess you could probably bake these, too, but I like to eat them as is. 

Of course, now the only thing I want to eat are these!!


Nutrition (if you ate the whole thing – ~1 cup):

calories: 585 (mostly from peanut butter)

carbs: 36 (mostly from oatmeal)

fat: 27 (mostly from peanut butter)

protein: 46


This morning, I ate a quarter of it, so I got 11g of protein for 146 delicious calories, so I’m happy!

Next time, I will try to raise the protein content even more. I also will take the time to roll them into balls before I refrigerate the leftovers. I may even bake a few and see if they turn into cookies. 

Regarding wls patients, I don’t know if the oats will expand in your stomach since they’re uncooked when you eat them. I ate a little less than the 1/4 cup I usually aim for just in case. I was definitely full, but not uncomfortable. 

Making it up as I go along – protein bars that don’t taste terrible

I’m so tired of protein shakes and protein bars. They don’t taste good. They’re a ton of calories – even the sugar free ones. Blech. Just no. 

So, I’m trying to make my own. 

Here’s my first attempt:

   1 banana (very ripe)

   1 cup oatmeal

   1 egg

   6 tbs Invisiwhey protein powder (unflavored)

   1.5 tbs stevia

Mix and bake until solid.

If I ate the whole batch (ha!) I’d have 528 calories and 45 grams of protein, 73 carbs and 12 grams of sugar (almost entirely from the banana. 

If these work out, next time I’m going to try more protein powder and maybe some craisins. I may even add milk. No fruit is technically on my list of approved foods, but I feel like the calories in the fruit are so much less than the calories in the stupid protein bars and drinks, plus I’m getting some actual nutrients, so I think it’s okay.

I’ll know in a few minutes if they’re any good!



Chip/Cracker idea

A mound of cheddar (or whatever kind of cheese) on parchment paper. Bake until the edges start to turn brown. Let cool – voila! Chips!

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