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Hey all,

I love my rice and at the same time, the bane of my weight problems. After the procedure, I wasnt allowed to eat bread, rice, and Pasta - since they expand with moisture - not to mention high carbs. I'm looking for something to substitute rice...and I was thinking about couscous...is this a good idea or am I out of luck? I'm 3 weeks postop close to 4 and Im still on pureed foods...today I brought my kids to a japanese restaurant (God, I miss sushi!), I had my usual miso Soup, but I got adventurous and order a baked black cod on miso and rice vinegar sauce - I passed on the cup of rice it came with and just worked on the fished...chewed the hell out of it and my kids were done while I ate mine for a good 30 minutes, lol...they were so annoyed at the slowness...but yeah, I miss the rice a lot...

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My aunty has had the band for over a year now and she says that risotto made correctly doesn't cause her any problems? Just a thought.

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I eat rice, Pasta, bread , cous cous and don't have problems with any of them. However I am eating very small amounts - probably a large tablespoon . i find eating carbs with my Protein satisfies me better than protein on its own.

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Just a thought but I understand quinoa pronounced (Keen-wa) is the latest grain getting all the attention. It's about the same texture as couscous but is very high in Protein, gluten free, low glycemic index and has been shown to stabilize blood sugars. Can be found at the health food stores although some supermarkets are now carrying it. I have some gluten free crackers made from quinoa, brown rice and sesame that I just LOVE!

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Risotto & quinoa haven't given me any issues. My mom makes a phenomenal lobster risotto and I've had that w/o any issues. Those are the only two carbs I've had since surgery. I'm not adventurous enough to try anything else :)

Best,

Lauren

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@ Shelley1057 - Would you mind sharing the name of those crackers, they sound good. Thanks.

@ Lauren - LOBSTER RISOTTO!!!! What time is dinner???? Or just send your mom to Texas - she can adopt me.

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You guys are awesome!! Thanks for the info and tips!!!

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Hey Viv- The name of the crackers are Crunchmaster. I get them in a big box at Sam's Club. But our supermarket, Publix now has them in the deli section.

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I've heard grated cauliflower is a good substitute for rice. For Pasta I've been using spaghetti squash. Delicious!

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Hey Viv- The name of the crackers are Crunchmaster. I get them in a big box at Sam's Club. But our supermarket, Publix now has them in the deli section.

Cheers Shelley, I'll look for them on my next Sam's trip.

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You guys are awesome!! Thanks for the info and tips!!!

I am not allowed to have rice Pasta or bread ... But my doc said cous cous is fine in moderation. I have limited my carb intake and have been losing great. i have lost 30 since surgery day... not counting what I lost before. I have my next appt on thursday... I get the whole grain cous cous, little less calories and whatnot:huh2:

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@ Shelley1057 - Would you mind sharing the name of those crackers, they sound good. Thanks.

@ Lauren - LOBSTER RISOTTO!!!! What time is dinner? ??? Or just send your mom to Texas - she can adopt me.

LOL Viv... I rent her out on holidays :) I've tried to duplicate her recipe and it doesn't even come close. However, I do make a version if Giada's from the food network that is quick and yummy too.

Brown Butter Risotto with Lobster Recipe : Giada De Laurentiis : Food Network

Best,

Lauren

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Just a thought but I understand quinoa pronounced (Keen-wa) is the latest grain getting all the attention. It's about the same texture as couscous but is very high in Protein, gluten free, low glycemic index and has been shown to stabilize blood sugars. Can be found at the health food stores although some supermarkets are now carrying it. I have some gluten free crackers made from quinoa, brown rice and sesame that I just LOVE!

Quinoa is very high protein and delicious eaten hot or cold with veggies and all that shelly said!!! Great for diabetics or anyone watching Carbs!!

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LOL Viv... I rent her out on holidays :scared2: I've tried to duplicate her recipe and it doesn't even come close. However, I do make a version if Giada's from the food network that is quick and yummy too.

Brown Butter Risotto with Lobster Recipe : Giada De Laurentiis : Food Network

Best,

Lauren

Hi Lauren, how sweet of you to post the link to the recipe! Thank you. Wednesday is our 31st wedding Anniversary and that dish sounds so good, I think I'll make it for DH for our special day. Thanks again - hugs, Viv

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