Cooking-for-1— “Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp and Asparagus”

This lemon garlic shrimp from “Carlsbad CRAVINGS” is another perfect meal to make for 1 person. Pick up a frozen bag of extra large shrimp and only thaw the amount of shrimp at a time that you need for each meal. That way you don’t have leftover cooked shrimp that goes to waste (Let’s be honest- it is NOT good reheated!)

Here are the changes to make when cooking 1 serving:

3-5 frozen extra large shrimp (Run cool water over shrimp in a colander for speedy thawing- just pat shrimp dry afterward)

5-10 fresh asparagus stalks, fresh

1/2 lemon, cut into thin slices (Do not use bottled lemon juice for this- it’s just not as good)

Toss the asparagus in olive oil and seasonings and move to one side of the pan, just as the recipe says. Then lay your lemon slices in a single layer on the other side. Place the shrimp on top and then season. (If you want even fewer ingredients, sprinkle with Italian seasoning blend instead of garlic, paprika, parsley, salt, and pepper- this comes in a packet at the grocery store next to the chili and taco seasonings.) Then use 1/2 Tbsp butter on both the shrimp and the asparagus.


Cooking-for-1– “Clean Kitchen” Cookbook

You talked? We listened! So many post-bariatric surgery patients admit they don’t attempt to cook because they end up wasting a lot of food that is leftover. Here is the first post in our new series “Cooking-for-1” that helps you cook in small portions with minimal ingredients!

The first recipe we want to share with you is from a locally created cookbook “Clean Kitchen: The Cookbook,” by Jamie Page and Kellar McAlister. These are two stellar Clean Kitchen coaches from Versus Strength and Conditioning Gym right here in Hattiesburg, MS. Keep in mind that this program is not catered to post-bariatric surgery lifestyle, but 90% of the recipes are perfect for it!! Here’s one of our favorites- tailored to one small portion size.

Chicken Parmesan Bake:

1 Chicken breast, completely frozen (Literally- right out of the freezer)

1 Tbsp. Cottage cheese

1-2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup Marinara sauce (We recommend using a pre-made sauce ONLY in order to skip a few steps and ingredients- our pick is Newman’s Own Marinara Sauce because it has no added sugar)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Place chicken breast in greased baking dish.
3. Top with Marinara sauce.
4. Spoon cottage cheese over chicken breast.
5. Top with Parmesan cheese.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Roasted Green Beans:

1 handful frozen green beans

1 Tsp. Extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1. Toss green beans in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and lay in a single layer on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
2. Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want them.

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