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Apr 27, 2018

Cannoli Cream By Gaetano


Party Time! 



Sugar  4 LBS   -2lbs for each 5 lbs of Ricotta
Vanillin - 2 Tsp for each 5 lbs of Ricotta
Cinnamon oil  2 drops for each 5lbs of Ricotta
1 piece of dry uncooked Spaghetti
Polly-O Impastata  Ricotta Cheese 10LBS -
 (this is a thicker and less moist Ricotta then the ones you find in the store.  If it has a lot of moisture then place the Impastata in a Colander with a dish underneath it to collect the water that drains out
and place on top a moist paper towel. leave in fridge overnight)

Powdered Sugar
Chocolate Chips - Small Size of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels


You will be mixing the Cannoli Cream in 2 parts. There's too much to fit in one mixer.
so, repeat each step again.

In Mixer: 

Place 1/2 the Impastata Ricotta Cheese - 5lbs
Add Sugar - 2 lbs
Add Vanillin - 1 Tsp


Add 2 drops of Cinnamon Oil - Using the piece of uncooked dry spaghetti- place the tip into the cinnamon oil, tap it then place it over the bowl and only use 2 drops that fall off of it.

Yep! Laugh! But, That's how we do it.  IT WORKS!  A eye dropper drop is too much. Cannoli cream will be too bitter and  won't be able to eat it.

Mix until smooth and place in bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in fridge overnight.
I like to do this because the sugar gets absorbed better.

Place in plastic containers and freeze.  or in Disposable pastry bags.
 Do not add chocolate chips to Cannoli cream that you are freezing.  They won't taste good when defrosted.  To defrost leave in fridge over night or a few hours. Stays fresh in freezer for approx. 6 months.

A container can be left in Fridge for over 2  weeks.

When making the pastry to eat.
Place Cannoli Cream in a bowl.
Add Some Chocolate Chips - Small/Tiny Size of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
 Mix and then add to pastry bag.( if you don't have a pastry bag then make one by using a ziplock bag. fill it 1/2 way, close bag and cut tip of 1 corner. )

Fill the Cannoli shells and you can add more chips to the ends or sprinkles.
place all in dish and Add some powdered Sugar.

you also can buy Pizzelle and serve with Cannoli Cream too!


Apr 25, 2018

Bariatric Friendly Breakfast & Lunch and Snack meals

As a Bariatric Patient I am suppose to eat after 1 year out only up to 1200 calories a day.

   I was told by my Doctor for a normal person working out 3-5 days a week for 45 min. - 1 hour, 1200 calories is sufficient. Yep, we have to workout. That's our normal.  This is to insure we don't gain inches, keep toned and develop endurance. As keeping up with the kids, hiking, climbing the 200 Step Lighthouse, gardening and running around all day etc.

Ask your Doctor because depending on how much you exercise and what kind of exercise routine you are doing it might be different for you.

 For the 1200 Calories a day, I try and split those calories into 4 - 5 meals a day.
Drink liquids- Water, Water with Lemon, Hot or cold Tea at least 1/2 before and 1/2 after each meal.

Using My Fitness Pal App is easy to figure out how many calories and what we can eat for the day.
I try to input my meal the night before. That helps me stay on track and if I have to change it up then I know how many calories I have left if changing.

Each meal is about as big as your palm or, 1 cup of food, or 4 oz. at each meal.
Breakfast,  Lunch,   Snack,    Dinner    and    Snack
Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack and Dinner. (if you eat dinner later in the evening then no snack afterwards)  Should not eat 2-3 hours before you go to bed.

For my main meals I try to have up to 300 calories.
My breakfast is not always a breakfast meal as Eggs etc. it can be a chicken salad. Just as long as you get in your Protein at least 80 grams a day and stay within 1200 calories your fine. and if you are hungry in between drink lots of water. if that doesn't fix it then eat a salad.  You just don't want to eat too much at one time and over stuff yourself.

Below are some ideas.  These are what I usually eat. 

Please read: PAGES:   right side of main page,  1st listed on top of  the menu lists   PAGES.  My Bariatric Friendly Recipe list.

Click on it and you will have a list of all Bariatric Friendly meals that I eat.

Snacks  being about 100 - 150 calories. Depending on your main meal Calories.
 Yogurt,  Protein bar, Hard boiled Egg salads,
1/2 Apple and 1/2 ounce cheese, or TBS Almond Butter
2 pieces of cold cuts (Virginia Ham and 1 ounce cheese roll up) with 1/4 piece of fruit,

Protein bar 200 calories (if I'm going to workout and not eat dinner much until later),

Cucumber and Hard boiled Egg with honey mustard

1 Hard boiled Egg Sliced into 3 -
 Laughing Cow Cheese 1 wedge divided into 3,
Smear on 3 Brenton Crackers
Hard boiled Egg slices, Honey Mustard on top.

Protein Shake 


Hard boiled egg salad

2 Hard Boiled Egg Salad,
1 tsp Mayo 1/4 tsp honey mustard

Hard Boiled Egg with Salad Balsamic Vinegar

Hard boiled Egg, cucumbers, roasted peppers, 1/4 sliced apple, lettuce, 2 baby carrots Balsamic Vinegar

Breakfast Meals or any meal

Breakstone  2% Cottage cheese,  1 Tsp Almond butter, 1 tsp  Blueberry jam
with  no sugar added Sliced peaches, cinnamon, 1 tsp peach jam
Ezekiel Toast with 1 TBS Almond Butter, 1/4 banana slices

Ezekiel Toast with 1 Tbs Cream Cheese, 1 Tsp jam

Ezekiel Toast with 1 Sunny side Egg, 1 oz cheese
Cold cuts Roll ups - Virginia Ham, Mortadella,  roll up with only 1 oz cheese.

2 Slices Roastbeef with side salad

Hard Boiled Egg smeared with honey mustard. Stringbeans, 1/2 Feta cheese

Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms Pizza Caps. Recipe on this site.

Home made Chili: Recipe on this site

Cauliflour Arncini (riceball) on this site

Soups on this site:
Italian wedding soup recipe on this site
Cucuzza Soup. Recipe on this site
Homemade: Chicken Burger with String Beans and feta cheese
Homemade Chicken burger with salad

Homemade Chicken Burger. Recipe on this site.

Grilled Chicken Salad

Chicken Tender Salad
Grilled Chicken and Zucchini Soup recipes on this site

Omeletes - Endless mixtures.
In Frying Pan Place  1 TBS Olive Oil and 1/2 tsp chopped Onions 
cook until onions are 1/2 way cooked.
ADD (Veggies about 1/4 of  any or all Asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, )
 ADD Meats (Sliced 1/2 slice chopped Ham or 1 slice bacon chopped)
Cook for 1 min.
ADD Egg mixture . ( 1 Egg whisked, a Pinch of Salt, pepper, garlic powder, 1/4 tsp grated cheese)
ADD: CHEESE: (Feta, Munster or Mozzarella etc)
Lower Heat.
 Place lid on top. cook for 1 minute

then Flip egg over cook until cooked.
1 Egg Omelet - veggies
can add 1/2 oz feta cheese ,Munster or Provoloni


Asparagus, onion, cheese egg Omelet

Ham, mushroom, onions, feta, Omelet



Baked Omeletes

Cook Veggies as stated above.

Put Egg in bowl  with 1/2 tsp grated cheese,
 a pinch of Salt, pepper and garlic - 
whisk it .
Add 1/2 oz Feta cheese or Mozzarella 
Add Cooked Veggies and Meats.
Place in cupcake holders and bake on 350 for 15-25 min.

After Cooling off you can place in ziploc bag and freeze.
Take out and place in fridge night before to use next day.
Microwave for 30 seconds.