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Monday dinners & my new ER-influenced diet

Posted March 14, 2016

Roasted asparagus

My weekly menu is a little different this week after a trip to the ER on Friday.

I truly thought I was having a heart attack so when they determined it was actually a gallbladder attack, I was definitely relieved.

Thankfully, my heart is "good to go", as they say. Unfortunately, the gallbladder may have to go.

I'll know more after seeing my GI doctor (hopefully this week).

In the meantime, I have to eat a seriously low-fat diet to prevent another more-painful-than-labor attack.

If any of you has experienced a gallbladder attack or the "joy" of eating a GB-safe diet, please share your tips, menus and experiences. I'd love to know what you are able to eat.

Feel free to e-mail me if you are willing to share your gallbladder surgery experience/tips for recovery. My e-mail is .

And for everyone else, here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening or the week, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like.

We'll be having the following meals this week:

My meals will all be amended to exclude most of the fat like cheese, cream sauces, butter, taste (ha ha).

* Tortilla roll-ups with grilled chicken breast, spinach, tomato, cheese, avocado and salsa with a side of roasted veggies.

* Veggie and cheese omelets, turkey bacon, biscuits, clementines and kiwis. (egg white omelet with veggies for me)

* Steamed shrimp on chopped salad with veggies, croutons, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds and a light vidalia onion dressing. Side of croissant rolls.

* Veggie burgers on wheat bread with classic burger toppings, sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli or green beans.

* Lemon Pepper Tilapia on saffron rice with roasted veggies (carrots, mushrooms, onions, asparagus)


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  • jdouglas13 Mar 14, 2016

    GatorGirll, I love your Pi day menu!

    All these pics of pizza here on the blog have me craving pizza now! That would really be an 11 pm dinner if I start now. I'll have to make some dough so we can have it later this week maybe.

    I think tonight is going to be old faithful. I can't come up with anything else and the clock is ticking LOL. :p

  • Gator Girll Mar 14, 2016

    In honor of Pi day we're having chicken pot pie, green beans, Caesar salad and finishing it up with an apple pie.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Mar 14, 2016

    ascherer - Happy Anniversary!

    jdouglas13 - Yikes! Sorry you had such a long night. Hope your dinner (at around 11 pm tonight, I imagine) is tasty! :-)

  • jdouglas13 Mar 14, 2016

    Ascherer, happy anniversary to you DH! I'm so sorry you can't spend it together, but enjoy your special dinner this weekend.

  • jdouglas13 Mar 14, 2016

    Faye, I'm so sorry. Nothing like a trip to the ER on a Friday afternoon to kick off your weekend. And why is it emergencies always happen at such odd times like evenings and weekends? I am going to do a hunt on Pinterest for GB-friendly recipes/meal ideas.

    DW and I were awake all night, and never fell asleep until around dawn, so I'm a bit embarrassed to say I just got done with coffee. How the Naughty Princess let us sleep that late with no breakfast for her is a mystery! Dinner is not quite on my radar yet, but I'll post again in a while once the brain fog clears a bit. :)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Mar 14, 2016

    vlynn - very interesting. And good to know. Thanks for the info! I really don't eat much red meat, though. Mostly lean or non-animal proteins like chicken breast, veggie burgers, tofu, nuts and eggs. Red meat once every couple of weeks. And I usually eat light cheese so I really didn't add more fat, just more protein and less carbs. I average about 40 - 45 grams of fat per day. But I do think that the lower amount of grains is probably a factor. That and the heredity link.

    ybaverage2003 - thank you for the suggestions! I have an appointment for Thursday with a surgeon so I will know this week if the the little guy is coming out for good.

    Everyone's dinners sound great! Take an extra bite for me. :-)

  • vlynn Mar 14, 2016

    Hey Faye, sorry to hear about your ER trip. Definitely no fun! I think you are right about the high protein/low carb thing, but I think it's the big increase in meat and cheese. That adds a ton of fat to your diet. The fat is what usually causes problems. I know two people who had major problems after trying the high protein/low carb thing (one ended up having surgery to remove gall bladder, but the other one was able to deal with it by changing their diet).

  • ybaverage2003 Mar 14, 2016

    Faye, hope you feel better soon. Avoiding fried/greasy foods will help keep that gb calm. Watch dairy , butter and heavy foods. You may want to try some extra liquids..clear broth or light soups. Good luck & hope you get in to the GI doctor this week !
    Tonight will be Turkey Milanese, with roasted broccoli (LF .99/lb this past weekend) and cous cous or pasta.

  • lindabates Mar 14, 2016

    Faye, sorry to hear about your gallbladder trouble!
    Tonight: baked pork chops, mac n cheese, buttered corn, and for dessert yellow cake with chocolate frosting

    Tuesday: lasagna and garlic bread
    Wednesday: breakfast for dinner
    Thursday: fish and fries
    Friday: not sure yet

  • earlychd99 Mar 14, 2016

    Faye- Glad your heart is healthy,sorry to hear about your gall badder. I will be praying for you. Tonight we are having lasagna( the request of my ten year old) and a salad. I use ground beef and Italian sausage from recent trip to commissary, mozzarella and ricotta cheese, both from HT, sauce from ht too, I will be putting lasagna is oven soon before it too hot outside.