Life After Bariatric Surgery Group Recipes of the Month – March

Avocado Breakfast Bruschetta
Serves 4

1 ripe fresh avocado
2 medium tomatoes
1 green onion
½ cup chopped fresh basil, plus 2 Tbsp for garnish
4 eggs, hard-boiled
12 slices whole wheat baguette bread
¼ cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
Cracked black pepper to taste

1. Dice avocado, tomatoes and green onions.
2. Peel and chop hard-boiled eggs.
3. Reserving 2 Tbsp basil for garnish, gently toss first five ingredients in a small bowl. Add pepper to taste.
4. Toast baguettes slices and smear with ricotta cheese.
5. Top with avocado mix and garnish with chopped basil.
Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories: 340, Total Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 17g

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Eating Well Energy Bars
Makes 12 bars

1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup crispy brown rice cereal
1/2 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats
1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
1/4 cup dried blueberries
6 dried apricots, diced
3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
5 tablespoons brown rice syrup or light corn syrup

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch-square baking pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
2. Combine peanuts, rice cereal, oats, pumpkin (or sunflower) seeds, blueberries, apricots and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Drizzle with syrup and gently stir until thoroughly combined. Spread in the prepared baking pan. Coat another piece of foil with cooking spray and place on the bar mixture, sprayed-side down. Place another pan on top and press firmly to compress the mixture. (Pressing before baking helps the bars hold together after baking.) Remove top pan and foil.
3. Bake until just beginning to turn golden at the edges, 20 to 24 minutes (metal pan) or 30 to 35 minutes (glass pan). Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
4. Carefully lift the baked square out of the pan by holding the edges of the foil and place on a cutting board, leaving the foil underneath. Cut in half, then cut each half crosswise into 6 bars. Let cool completely before lifting the bars off the foil.
Make Ahead Tip: Store airtight between sheets of wax paper for up to 1 week. Or individually wrap in plastic and freeze.
Nutrition Facts per Serving (1 bar): Calories: 167, Total Carbohydrates: 19g Protein: 5g
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