~Diet is a four-letter word

First of all let me say:  Make no mistake –

this is REAL food and it’s REAL good!

You won’t find any diet/rabbit/punishment stuff here.

These are my old favorites slimmed down – and no one you serve them to will know the difference!


I happened to lose weight through Weight Loss Surgery – but my thoughts, recipes, and approach are useful to anyone trying to lose a little or a lot of weight.  We are all in the same boat – just using different oars!

After starting my new life and regimen  I realized that my favorite past time needed to be revamped….big time!

Losing over 200 pounds wasn’t easy, and I certainly wasn’t going to go backwards eating the same old, same old.  My recipe file needed to have a make-over.

Low-carb, no sugar added, or completely sugar-free is my new way of life.  But since quality trumps quantity now, I have sacrificed nothing in pleasure.  Add to that my new addiction of photographing every thing that comes out of my kitchen and, well…here we are.

So many have the impression that to lose weight and keep it off  it automatically means you will eat no more.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  The choices need to change – the portions definitely change – but the flavors and quality should actually increase.

I found that in my unhealthy-past I would eat anything – QUANTITY was what mattered to me.  The more the better.  Since having to decrease my quantity of food, now, I want it to REALLY count.  Bright flavors, fresh ingredients, quality products – that’s what I look for.

I did not want to give up good food, and haven’t.  I slimmed it down, took out some of the simple carbs, added more high-quality proteins…and feed it to my whole family.

Most of the recipes you’ll find here are, seriously, the ones I have always cooked – just made more healthy…more conducive to losing my weight and now, keeping it off.

I am constantly looking for exciting dishes to add to my files, though – and some of the recipes on here are NEW favorites.  Ones I might not have bothered to try before.

So…look around, be brave!  Pick a couple and try them – I think you’ll be very surprised at how YUMMY they are for ‘diet’ food!

I hope you find inspiration here.  And, if you do…pass it on!

Happy Cooking!



If you are a post op or looking into Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery, I’d like to recommend you go to BariatricEating.com for information that is current, cutting-edge,  and is owned and operated by Susan Maria Leach…a well-known personality in the WLS community.  There is also a message board attached to the site and a wealth of information to be had, combining the years of experience of hundreds of VERY successful post ops.
I am a columnist for the site, and my recipes can also be found there.


58 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi There!

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  2. lindafarnsworth says:

    I will definitely check it out. I’m pretty proud of my photos – especially since I don’t know what I’m doing 90% of the time…some turn out a LOT better than others!

    Thanks, Michele

  3. Melinda says:

    I’m proud of your photos too, Linda! You’re da bomb!

  4. Freddie says:


    I think your recipes may have saved my marriage! My husband and I love to cook together but I was afraid to experiment after my weight loss surgery.

    You taught me how to cook again! Your recipes taught me how to experiment and make my favorite hobby do-able once more! I am forever grateful for your wisdom and expertise!

    1. Linda says:

      Love, love, hug, hug!!!

  5. Paula (Lady K) says:

    I just found your site! Love that you started one and I plan on following it – thank you for loving food/cooking so much and sharing what you love! ((HUG))

  6. What a dive into the blogging world! These are awesome recipes for one-stop cooking! Thank you so much for your committment to our post WLS community. You have inspired me, along with countless others to love our families and insist on great tasting food for them. Congratulations!

    1. Linda says:

      Thanks, doll!
      This is so much fun and such an outlet – as if I need another place to put my recipes…

  7. nina says:

    Linda, weight-loss surgery here in SA is pretty new and still extremely expensive. Sadly all you hear is scary stories. I am so glad I found your site, it really is so inspiring!!!

    I am considering the surgery, which one did you have…permanent or not???

    1. Linda says:

      You may have to take a vacation to Seattle – my surgeon is FABULOUS! (My daughter and husband have both had WLS through him – we are thrilled!)

      I had the RNY gastric bypass. It’s the permanent one – cuts the stomach, leaving a small pouch, and bypasses some of the intestines. I’ve seen people will ALL types of surgeries be successful, though. It takes a will and dedication to do it right, or none of them will work!

      I started at 353 pounds – lost 208 and was rid of all my health issues caused by obesity…extreme high blood pressure, sleep apnea, aches and pains in my joints and especially my feet. It’s been a wonderful experience and I’m so excited to be free of the body-prison.

      My daughter had hers at age 21 and is 4 years out this month – lost 160 pounds. Husband is almost 2 years out and lost 120.

      I hope you find an answer that will work for you. If you would like to join a wonderful forum http://www.beforeandafterhelp.com is great. I have my recipes on there, also…but more importantly there is such good information and many successful post ops from all over the world.

      Good luck!

    2. Janice says:

      Hi Nina: Please consider all the options when going into surgery. Our daughter in law had this surgery (Nov 4, 2008) to make her stomach smaller so that she could loose weight and it got her into heaven earlier than anyone could imagine. She was doing okay while she was in the ICU and recovered somewhat well. When she was released from the hospital not too long after she was having trouble breathing. My son rushed her to the hospital and it seems she had a blood clot in in lung. This clot went to her heart and she then died from a heart attack (Nov. 25 2008). She ws only 41 years old. So please consider all the options. Surgery is not for everyone…

      1. Linda says:

        I’m very sorry to hear that, Janice. Unfortunately that does happen…and folks who have this surgery are in such a state of declining health (I certainly was) that they are more susceptible to the complications.

        It does behoove everyone to think long and hard about this. Thankfully there are fabulous doctors who are learning more and more how to make this less invasive and recovery is shorter so that things like blood clots aren’t as common….that is one of the main reasons people die from THIS surgery.

        Doing the surgery laparoscopically means folks can get up and move around quicker, helping to prevent the clots.

        I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for pointing out that we need to have completely informed decisions.

  8. MarkY4809 says:

    A wonderful site for us on the WLS journey. Your recipies have been great and this is a great way to showcase them. I have kept your recipes as a mainstay for me to live the new life. Thanks for sharing your love with us.
    Now if someone would open a cafe using your great recipes for me to sample the ones I have yet to make.
    Hope to meet you again some day.


    1. Linda says:

      Thank you, Mark! I hope all is well with your journey and you are healthy and wise!!

  9. MissMaryMac says:

    It is about time you did this — your recipes are fabulous and I’ve loved everything I tried. I’m so glad I can find them all in one place! I have a few picked out to test on my family next weekend – best of luck on this new venture.

  10. JustMarci (Marci from BE) says:

    what a wonderful blog this is! I am so proud of you for stepping out and doing this! I hope this makes you realize that success is abound and you are truly amazing! Your recipes have changed the lives of my family and when I cook or bake with your recipes, I do so knowing that you created them with love. The quality of these recipes is outrageous and never ceases to amaze me 🙂

    Thank you for all you do sweetie!!!

    1. Linda says:

      Oh, Marci-doll!
      I’m so glad you and your family love the recipes – and YES, they are created with love! (It really does make a difference!)

  11. Hi Linda!

    I’m so excited that you’ve officially joined the blogosphere! I have added your link to my blog site and am going to tell all of my fellow bloggers about your amazing creations! I wish I was more motivated to cook, but for now, I’m just going to enjoy your photos — and the *idea* of cooking!

    Cari aka CariDLC from BE 🙂

  12. Judy (Dragonfly Judy from BE) says:

    Yay!! Linda, it makes me so happy that you are branching out into the blogging world! Can’t wait to see what all you come up with, and to make what’s on here now…

  13. Kellie mjsmomx2 from BE says:

    Linda as always your food looks delicious! I have bookmarked this site as a favorite, so that it will be that much easier to find your recipes now! I am excited about trying more of your recipes–they are always all so good. I am trying to cook healthy for my entire family. I have to please 2 little ones and you never fail me! Thank you for all the time, thought, and creativity that you put into each and every recipe!

    1. Linda says:

      Thank you, doll! It does mean so much to me when people are using these recipes on their whole family.
      That’s the idea…we only need to cook ONE meal!!
      I hope you find many more dishes that become favorites of your household, too!

  14. Debby (Debado) says:


    So glad I found your site. Your photographs are simply amazing. There isn’t a recipe of yours I haven’t liked. If it wasn’t for you changing old stand-bys and new creations, I would probably be incredibly bored with this weight-loss lifestyle. A great big THANK YOU!

  15. ChloeA says:


    Like so many others who’ve written to you, I too am so impressed with your site. I’ve tried several of your recipes and you really do have a gift for “healthifying” the old favorites. My favorite is your version of the Betty Crocker Warm Minis–although I admit I somtimes add a sprinkle of chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, pecans or other goodies–since I don’t eat completely sugar free.

    Thanks for your kindness and generosity in sharing your excellence in cooking.

  16. DOREEN SOINE says:

    I just found your blog through Closet Cooking! Your blog is now in my Top 10 List! You have a great story and a great blog. Did I read in one of your blogs about the Puget Sound.

    Always nice to read a blogger from my home area

    Good luck! I look forward to reading and cooking more!

    1. Linda says:

      Yes…and right now the Seattle area is SO gorgeous. These late September days are fabulous here.
      I’m glad you found me and I hope to create some dishes you love!

  17. Angee says:

    Linda, LOVE LOVE LOVE your recipes. So glad you have taken the time to put them out here. I have tried BUNCHES of your recipes and they are always a hit. Cant wait to see what else you have in store for us.

  18. amy says:


    I am looking into the weight loss surgery. I find your writings inspirational with good information. It is great that you are helping others with posting this info. Would you do the surgery over again if you know now what you do about the whole procedure? amy

    1. Linda says:

      I would absolutely do it again…I felt better immediately and it was an exciting journey. My daughter had WLS at age 21, has lost 160 pounds…and my husband had it two years ago and has lost 120. We’ve all felt that our health has been returned to us and are SO thankful for the second chance!!

  19. synuay says:

    i just wanted to write you and let you know how much we enjoy your recipes. My DH is considering WLS. And in my efforts to make that road smoother for him, changed my way of cooking using your recipes. this entire week we cooked ONLY from your website. Next week I was going to go back to our ‘old’ routine and gradually work WLS recipes in until it was just normal. But now I dont have to worry about that, no one wants to go back to the ‘old’ style of food! After 3 days of eating your recipes only, we had a Dr. appt several hours away, we stopped and got ‘fast food’ breakfast. Neither of us wanted to finish eating it, it tasted like cold grease. And on top of that, we were miserable the rest of the day with tummy aches, bloating, gas, etc….You have truly changed our life! I look forward to each new recipe, it will definitely be added to our kitchen. Wishing you only the best, Crystal.

    1. Linda says:

      CRYSTAL!!! Thank you so much for the kind words. They are very much appreciated and I take them to heart.

      I love that you are changing the way the whole family eats. That is very important for a WLS post op and their success. AND you’ve found that eating this way is NOT deprivation or punishment!!

      Stay tuned…I’ve got LOTS and LOTS of recipes that need to be put on here (I’ve been creating them for a few years and it takes time to get them all organized and posted). I know you’ll find many more dishes that become your family’s favorites!

  20. Brianna says:

    I am on the path to get the Realize Band in January. I have been having a hard time with the fact that I can’t have my favorites anymore. You said that you had to change your mindset and it was about quality, not quantity. That is exactly where I am working to get. I just found your blog and want to thank you for all your awesome recipes.
    My only comment is, could you please list what a single serving would be size-wise? Is it a cup, half cup, etc… Thank you for everything and good luck to you and your family on your journey!

    1. Linda says:

      You’ll do great, doll…if you wrap your mind around the fact that some of your favorites may have brought you to this place. Makes you not think too kindly of them, all of a sudden!!

      I also believe that giving ourselves permission to have a bite or two of anything we want – after our protein and supplements – prevents us from going into that “mourning mood” … where a lot of people find themselves standing if they cut something out of their life forever. It only serves to push us over the edge and binge. Giving ourselves permission means we can have it…later…or tomorrow…or next week – and most of the time “later” never comes – because we aren’t obsessing about NOT having it!

      I hope all this makes sense! And I will take your suggestion….thank you! I hope you stick around and find some NEW favorites!!

  21. Anne says:

    I was just banded on 10/29/09 and perusing the web for recipes when I found your blog. The photos are fabulous and the recipes look totally yummy. I know I’ll be back. Hope you don’t mind if I link from my blog!

  22. Congrats to you on overcoming such obstacles! Life is so much better when we are mindful and in control of our bodies and how we feed ourselves. Food sustains us, it is so fun to be passionate about what we eat. We just need to learn how to make the right choices…..once we do it is quite simple to stay on track!!

  23. Linda, just swapped all my favorite foodie bloggers over to RSS feed. Can’t find your e-mail here to let you know. I am a huge fan, but letting go of all e-mail subs cause I need everyone in one place, easier to follow!

    1. Linda says:

      Oh, I know…the old inbox gets a real workout! I sometimes don’t check for days later and then I’ve missed something FABULOUS!!

      Thanks for following, doll!

  24. Leeci says:

    Linda….thank you so much for this wonderful blog and all your hard work. I really appreciate all that you do and the fact that you have such a big heart and share it all with us. I had RNY in December 2009, and have been having problems getting in enough protein and the vitamins/ supplements. Don’t really care for ANY protein shakes/ drinks that I have tried and don’t like any of the protein bars, etc. And by using “real” food, after just 3 bites I felt like the food was sitting tight in my chest and I wanted to throw it up. So…after a recent talk with my RNY surgeon, we figured out that a lot of the problem was just fear (and something in my head telling me not to eat). Also that I was taking too big of bites, and eating those bites too close together instead of putting the fork down and waiting in between bites. But the best thing has been finding your blog – it has helped me lose some of that fear. I’m trying your recipes and trying to make up my own so that I can incorporate more protein into my diet. Your are such an inspiration. Without getting my head together and trying to get back on track with the protein and vitamins/supplements, I was definitely headed in the wrong direction. I have lost 74 pounds to date and have about 130-150 or so more to lose. I’m not sure I would have been able to continue without stumbling onto you and your blog. Thanks again for your work and your big beautiful heart!!

    1. Linda says:

      THANK YOU for those words, doll! It means a lot to me that people actually find help and inspiration here…and see that it can be a great journey!

      I know that you will have continued success and this next year will bring fabulous things into your life.

      GOOD LUCK!!

  25. Tom says:

    I just went through WLS this past week. I stumbled on your site while watching the olympics. This is just one great site. I love to cook, all the men in my family did the cooking.

    Unfortunately weight gain is also a problem along with the co-issues.

    Going into the surgery I knew I could eat good food again, but in small quantities. Your site really brightened my day and confirmed that cooking and WLS go together. The “tool” will actual let me cook and live long.

    Also nice job on the photos and all the work that goes into this site.

  26. sandy says:

    Hi Linda, your receipes are great!!I am glad I found your site.I had my rny over 2 years ago,and I needed help cooking foods without all the sugar and fats. Please keep adding yummy receipes to your site!!!I love to cook and bake for my family again! great pics too!

  27. Yvonne aka rts_girl says:

    I re-found your page again and Once again Thank you!!! Every time I run across something from you, it always snaps me back to where I need to be!!

  28. Derinda says:


    This is such a great website, and I just love your receipes. I have a family that is not over weight and I want to be able to make them great foods that they will enjoy and be band friendly to me .

    Im getting my band in a couple of weeks so this will come in very handy !!

    And by the way you look awesome !! congrats on all the weight you lost

  29. Ronnie says:

    I have been referred to your site to complement my eating plan with new WLS-friendly recipes!

  30. Stotaglio says:

    Hey Linda,

    I am a Hypnotherapist of 30 years and have had many come to me for help to lose weight. You have done what I have preached for so long to so many “It’s your life, take Control”. That is exactly what you did and you should be so very proud of yourself. Congratulations!

  31. Cheryl Nichols says:

    Hi! Do you have pureed recipes? Thanks!

    1. Linda says:

      Hi Cheryl!

      Any of my custards are wonderful on the pureed stage. I have lots of variations on those.

      Also most of my soups can be whizzed up and blended to be used then. Especially the black bean, split pea, Edamame, and Zucchini ones. (I wouldn’t be too keen on blenderizing chicken…but you might not be as picky!)

      I used a lot of refried beans with sour cream and guacamole. Ricotta cheese is SUPER yummy with some Splenda and spices, or made savory with a spoonful of spaghetti sauce and some freshly grated parmesan cheese.

      Plain Greek or regular yogurt – stir in a couple tablespoons of protein powder, Splenda or a drizzle of the sugar free flavored syrups…even with some creamy peanut butter stirred in…SO GOOD!

      Hope this helps!

  32. von says:

    Linda!!! I finally found you! I was wondering why I never see new recipes from you over at BE. I pop in from time to time and learned that u were gone. Well, Im glan I googled and found you, lol. I love ur recipes! Was wondering if you will be posting any vitamin recommendation soon? von

  33. Kristi Landis says:

    Linda, I found your blog recently and I’m loving it! If possible, when you are working out the nutritional value of your recipies it would be great to see the carb and fiber content on all of them too (I know carb is in most, but missing in a few I saw), so that those of us on Weight Watchers can figure out the point value nice and easily! Thanks!

  34. Ro says:

    So happy I found your site via Pinterest. you are an inspiration!

  35. luahfontana says:

    Wow, I am so extreeeeemely happy I found your blog!!!!
    I started going through the recipes and hours went by…haha They’re all mouthwatering. I love food, cooking, eating…and I don’t always eat that healthily, but my mom does, and since she doesn’t have a lot of time to cook, I end up making all the meals at our house. I’m pretty young still, and have been cooking since I was even younger, but lately I have been trying to cook things that aren’t so…well, bad for me.
    So thank you so much for this blog! It is awesome! You’re awesome!!!! 🙂

  36. WOW! WOW! My daughter and I are on an new way of eating! She needs to loss 35 and I 100. You have inspired us to do it!!!! And your recipes sounds so delicious!!! Congratulation on your success!!! I’ll visit soon!!!

  37. Sandy Andreasen says:

    Thank you sounds so inadequate ….. But THANK YOU!!

  38. Judy Jones says:

    This blog is wonderful. I found you on Pinterest. However, I do not see any recent responses from you and hope you are still posting new things here. I just wanted to share with you a wonderful product or group of products that have really helped me create some delicious low cal dishes that are enjoyed by my friends and family and they don’t even know my secret. For instance, Waldon Farms makes a calorie free Coleslaw dressing that is delicious. They also make a mayo that I use to make sauces that works great and tastes fabulous. Fat Free, Sugar Free, Calorie Free and nothing bad in them. Please check them out. I look forward to new recipes and posts from you.

  39. Jillian says:

    Hello —
    I’m so happy I’ve found your blog! I’m a dietitian specializing in WLS. I’m constantly looking for new recipes and ideas for my patients and clients. Your recipes look delicious! I can’t wait to try them!


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  41. Janyce Duncan says:

    You used to have a list of products you recommended on the right side of page. There was one that I used to order tomatoes, eggs, beef, oils, etc. from. I can’t remember the website but would love to start ordering from them again. Do you remember what it was. The gentleman had a story of how he came about starting his business that was quite interesting…entitled “Peace of God”. Hoping to hear from you.

    1. Linda says:

      Hello Janyce! I took those down for awhile to redo them…so many had gone “silent” or were no longer working links.
      The one you want Is Healthy Traditions. LOVE their stuff! The coconut oil and cream are excellent. https://healthytraditions.com/grassfedtraditions

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