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DS-Friendly Recipes

Okay – so I admit it.  I love food.  I know – fat girls aren’t supposed to admit that.  Here’s the thing though – it doesn’t rule my life any more.  It is now just a lovely playground as a DS post-op.  Food is no longer the enemy!

As post-ops we sometimes struggle with trying to think of foods that are good, or okay, or just plain sound good.  Some of us have recipes of stuff that without we thought we’d go stark raving mad without at some point in time along the journey.  So here are some of the things we have liked a lot along the way.  If you have something you’d like to add here – just email me!  dinacmcb@comcast.net


Chili Cheese Dip
Marvelous Meatballs
Monterey Cheesecake
Warm Blue Cheese and Garlic Dip
Zesty Mexican Layer Dip
Zesty Refried Bean Dip


Fresh Mint Cooler
Kay’s Ginger Drink

Baked Goods

Bacon Cheddar Chive Muffins
Sambica Coffee Cake

Breakfast Options

Breakfast Potatoes in Cream
Chili Relleno Casserole
Dina’s World Famous Granola
Exceptionally Easy Potato Pancakes
Fluffy Oven Eggs & Bacon
Ham Quiche
Hash Brown Bake
Mexican Brunch Puff
Sausage and Cheese Potato Casserole
South of the Border Quiche Squares
Tortilla de Patata

Main Dishes

Beef Brisket with BBQ Sauce
Black Bean and Avocado Toss
Carnitas to Die For
Crab Meat Casserole
Creamy Shells & Sausage
Easiest Casserole Ever
LeeAnn’s Killer Teriyaki Wings
Mom’s World Famous Meatloaf
Russian Chicken
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


Cucumber and Green Onion Salad
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Mom’s Amazing Potato Salad
Mom’s Crazy Chicken Salad
Mom’s World Famous Rice Salad
Not Your Average Macaroni Salad
Patatas Aioli
The BEST Egg Salad Ever

Sauces, Dips, etc.

Dill Weed Dip
Dina’s Favorite French Salad Dressing
Dina’s Favorite Spinach Dip
Dina’s Favorite Tartar Sauce
Fresh Guacamole
Fresh Pico de Gallo
Home Made Mayonnaise

Side Dishes

Zucchini Crisps


Cabbage Roll Soup
Dina’s Favorite Corn Chowder
Dina’s Italian Wedding Soup
Seafood Corn Chowder
Taco Soup


  1. Oh I am so excited to try some of these Dina :)

  2. Marci says:

    The dill dip is AMAZING!!

  3. Hope Garvey says:

    I am beginning all over again. Hopefully your recipes will help. I never counted carbs so I only lost 100 lbs and have regained 40 of that. My sister Ellen is in about the same place. We are vigilant about medicines so labs are good. Wish me luck!

    • Dina says:

      Hope – the big key is to focus on protein, fiber, and fat. Sugars and simple carbs will never help you. Choose whole foods – i.e., the less processed the better. Organic, home-grown, clean foods will work WITH your body – not against it, like so much of the industrialized food we’ve all settled for for so long. Let me know if I can help! HUGS!

  4. Hope Garvey says:

    Ty what are simple carbs?

  5. Hope Garvey says:

    Hi Dina…..Well, I am into this new life again about a month and am down to 241 from 254…….scale is not moving down, actually moving up..:-( ….but I am not giving up…..I have never been a fast loser………How much protein, fiber, fat and carbs should I be taking in daily? and water? ty……….Hope

  6. Tanya says:

    Please, how can the Sambica Coffee Cake be DS friendly with all the flour and sugar?

    • Dina says:

      Here’s the thing Tanya. The DS is all about real life. It means being honest about the quality of the calories that go into your body – because food is fuel. If you have a heavy balance of refined carbs in your diet, then your body isn’t going to be working well – no matter who you are, whether you’re a post-op or not. Flour isn’t evil. Sugar isn’t evil. Used in moderation, there’s nothing wrong with something fun now and then. My personal philosophy is that if I make it at home I at least know what’s going into it and can tip the balance to ingredients that I know are healthier.

  7. Mindy Charles says:

    I struggle to find something for breakfast that I can grab and go, eat on the go, doesn’t require any prep or reheating or anything in the morning, and is low carb. ??? I love something with my coffee in the mornings, English muffin, biscotti, etc. BUT, it’s all carbs and I get hungry again soon after. I want something higher in protein and fiber, but not anything I have to prepare or heat up, etc. I need to be able to put it in my purse the night before and eat it on-the-go the next morning with my coffee. Suggestions anyone?

    • Dina says:

      Hi Mindy! Honestly? The best start the day low effort breakfast for me? Sliced turkey or ham and slice cheese. I roll them up and munch on them while I drive to work. If I’m disciplined and have some time at home (which I’m trying to do more consistently before heading out to work) I will heat up a slice of the spinach artichoke crustless quiche. It takes 1 minute in the microwave to heat up, and the flavor is phenomenal – plus, great protein, fiber, and fat! Here’s a link to a recipe if you’re willing to try it: https://livingthedslife.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/ds-friendly-eating-spinach-artichoke-crustless-quiche/

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