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Quick question... Does anyone have Medifast recipes using the african spice harissa? Looking forward for any answer. Second question.. What do you consider essential for a well stocked kitchen post WLS? I know I just spent $138 at the grocery store and I can't find a thing I want to cook for dinner! Nothing that really is appealing or easy or WLS friendly..

So, my question, what do you have in your fridge or your cupboards at all times to help you stay on program whatever your program is?.

I'll start with the easy stuff! Greek yogurt and a variety of SF torani syrups. (currently I have raspberry, white chocolate, caramel, vanilla,.

Cinnamon.

, hazelnut what "must haves" of those am I missing?).

What else?.

Shelly, I know you'll have a great list for me!!!.

Laura..

Comments (17)

Yes sir! but you might wanna make sure and wait for someone else here to confirm my answer as I am not sure. Better yet, why don't you email the Medifast guys because they can give you help better...

Comment #1

Oh, and how could I forget diced tomatoes and green chilis? Also green chili enchilada sauce. I absolutely crave it sometimes, and it's great over chicken with a little cheese shredded on top.....

Comment #2

LOL ;) Here you go. My must haves:.

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Comment #3

Thanks, Shelly, I knew I could count on you!.

I love your ideas and often go to make something and thinnk "crap I don't have that, or that, or that................" So I stick with the same boring stuff! I need to be a tad more adventurous!.

And Farmgirl, thanks for some good ideas too! I do buy good spices! There is a difference! I get all of mine from Penzey's. I mostlly do on line as there is no store close to me. Closest is about 1 1/2 hours away. I did make a drive there this weekend and it was awesome! I made a fish recipe from cooking light with penzey spices. Tried to duplicate it at the beach with cheap stuff from my friend's pantry that was well, old and not good quality. The dish just didn't taste the same!!.

Laura..

Comment #4

I always have greek yogurt (plain, 0% fat). too, along with low fat cottage cheese, some kind of fruit (right now it's crisp apples, cantelope and some frozen blueberries), avocado, green beans and zucchini, almonds and walnuts, eggs/egg beaters, chocolate protein powder and a carb countdown (brand) milk to make my shakes in the morning. I also keep lemons and limes on hand. Works great on salads with some olive oil,. And let's not forget s/f popsicles, and some jello s/f puddings from time to time..

I'm also a fan of Fanlandia brand cheese that I buy at Bj's (whole sale club) in my area. This comes in 1 oz , pre-packaged pieces in Swiss and Harvarti flavors (both 2%). I eat some with 1/2 an apple or add to a salad, or stick in my purse when I head out for a quick snack..

I also like the PURE PROTEIN brand protein bars and keep one in my purse for emergencies. They are pretty good, not good enough that I'd over eat..

Canned goods include: diced tomatoes (usually with Italian seasoning), peanut butter, olive oil, basalmic vinegar, spices Torani syrups, Herbal teas, chicken and beef broth/stock (I love to make soups using left overs and stock)..

That about does it for me...for the basics..

Cindy..

Comment #5

Love your list Shelly! I also have frozen.

Cherries.

Yummy with protein smoothies. Fresh fruits and veggies are wonderful as well as those cheeses. Fruit and veggies taste so much better to me now than they did before.

Surgery.

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Comment #6

I am having a hard time maintaining my blood sugars, so I have upped my carbs some, so I have south beach protein fit bars and almonds crunch only 7grams of sugar. I have done well with these I am down 106 lbs and 7 months out... I am older and not very sure what weight I want to have/will have. Cheeses, tuna, salmon...... but I eat all kinds of meat, spicy......

Altheia..

Comment #7

You guys are all great! I have a well stocked fridge and pantry for now anyway and some good ideas on what to do for some new and different ideas!.

Laura..

Comment #8

Laura you brought out a few of my favorite girls on this one! Maybe if you didn't ride so many miles shitty Medifast food might just sound good enough to choke down. LOL.

Luvin you Lu..

Comment #9

Cilantro, fresh.

Garlic.

, fresh.

Ginger.

,rooster sauce.. you know the one with the green lid, cottage cheese,low fat, thin sliced lunch meat, laughing cow cheese, peanut butter...have a hard time with nuts around..cant keep out of them! different things to drink... right now I'm loving iced.

Coffee.

, chai tea latte, pumpkin spice latte..all home made, tazo passion tea for iced tea..and those are a few of my favorite things!..

Comment #10

What do you consider essential for a well stocked kitchen post WLS? I know I just spent $138 at the grocery store and I can't find a thing I want to cook for dinner! Nothing that really is appealing or easy or WLS friendly..

So, my question, what do you have in your fridge or your cupboards at all times to help you stay on program whatever your program is?.

I'll start with the easy stuff! Greek yogurt and a variety of SF torani syrups. (currently I have raspberry, white chocolate, caramel, vanilla,.

Cinnamon.

, hazelnut what "must haves" of those am I missing?).

What else?.

Shelly, I know you'll have a great list for me!!!.

Laura..

Comment #11

Thanks for all the suggestions! I find myself eating the same stuff day after day. I get bored. Then I look at Shellly's website and think "OH that looks good", then as I read the recipe I think "Crap! I don't have that or that" And then I don't make a list and I go to the store and buy the same stuff I 've been getting and eat the same old stuff!.

Maybe if I actually compile a list get some new and different things in the house, I'll start cooking and try something new..

Laura..

Comment #12

I cook for a family of 8, I always have a protein. Mostly chicken, beef (roast and ground) and pork loin. They all cook up pretty moist. For the nights that I cook things that don't agree (the kids love baked ham, I can not tolerate it) with me I bought lean cuisine( roast chicken & mashed potatoes). It is a small portion that is mostly protein, I can eat mashed potatoes and it's easy to cook..

I also found nut snacks, high in protein and in small packages... individual cheese snacks, string cheese, yogurt (just watch the sugar)...

Comment #13

For me it's low-fat ham slices. I love squirting some mustard on them and rolling them up, it's one of my staples..

Krista..

Comment #14

I'm kinda with Krista on this, I eat very simply for the most part. Good god I eat so litlle it just seems senseless to go to a big production so I can fill my fork up 6 times..

Being at almost a year out now I just don't think I'd change up a ton of things as I really like my very simple life and Medifast diet these days. When I see how much Medifast food my kids cook for a 5 man dinner it almost makes me cry..

Maybe in time I might require more out of the sitting down deal of eating but for now I'd rather look at myself in the mirror than eat. I just love me.

Lu..

Comment #15

I have to agree with the tomatoes and green chilis! I always have about half a dozen cans around. I put them in everything. I recentley made a recipe called Tuscany beans and chicken, only I made it into Mexican beans and chicken! I always have greek yogurt, peanut butter, frozen meatballs and Classico pasta sauce on hand too. I found some frozen Buffalo chicken wings at Walmart that are high protein. I thought I would save money on grocery but so far that hasn't been the case! If you buy small portions, they are expensive. If you buy regular sizes of things it lasts forever and you get tired of it so you go buy something different! I also have discovered watermelon.

I also have Jenny-O turkey patties in the freezer. I can pop one out for lunch and cook it in no time. Lots of protein. I must admit, most of the time I eat pretty simply too...

Comment #16

Laura, I have had the same issues before..i try to keep a little list of spices etc that I read about..i get these in the bulk section of central market...im in texas, just can buy a dab and have them on hand.. I also keep chopped green chiles, lemon and lime..my son likes to cook and just throws things together so I keep some crazy things sometimes.but eggface recipes use lots of different ingredients... we are pretty adventurous eaters! my new fav is spicey chipotle shrimp tacos..so easy and good.....

Comment #17

I keep a shredded rotisserie chicken, cheese (an assortment), apples, peanut butter, soymilk for lattes, and my fav at the moment is a very under done egg with a splash of lite soy sauce.... it might sound weird but it has good protein and it is tasty, kind of curbs my oriental Medifast food craving..

Comment #18


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