We had a great response to our first The Bariatric Cookery Lunchbox Club Meal Idea 1 – clearly it’s an area where you feel you need a bit of inspiration so that boredom doesn’t set in. Hopefully we can help you to get creative and liven up your weekday or even weekend get-away meals. Posting on a Sunday we also feel helps with prep for the week ahead.
I love this cheesy Mexican quesadilla recipe and have made with any number of tortillas – plain, seeded, wholemeal, high protein, low-carb and in varying sizes. For the stats below I have used a seeded protein one (so they may change if you use something different). It’s served with a protein-rich bean salad, filled with a colourful array of veggies. Add a little dressing if you liked but my 3 bean mixture was flavoursome enough for my taste.
Again this quantity is for one ‘normal’ size portion, about 2 WLS ones, depending upon your stage post-op.
CHEESY QUESADILLA WITH RAINBOW BEAN SALAD
1 tortilla wrap (I used Super-seeded, Protein from Warburton’s)
30 g/¼ cup reduced-fat or high protein cheese (I used grated Eatlean low-fat protein cheese)
1 small spring onion/scallion, chopped
50 g/1/3 cup canned mixed bean salad
2 tbsp chopped yellow pepper/capsicum
2 cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Cut the tortilla wrap in half. Top one half with the cheese and the spring onion/scallion. Cover with the remaining tortilla wrap half, pressing down lightly.
- Heat the tortilla for 1 minute on each side in a non-stick pan until lightly browned. Remove, allow to cool and cut into wedges. Wrap in foil if you like, then put into a lunchbox.
- To make the salad, mix the drained three-bean salad with the pepper/capsicum, cherry tomatoes, carrot and salt and pepper to taste. Place in a separate container for the lunchbox.
- Chill until ready to transport.
WLS PORTION: ½
V suitable for Vegetarians
CALORIES PER PORTION: 265
PROTEIN: 22 g
CARBOHYDRATE: 32.1 g
FAT: 4.6 g
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