How to handle Birthdays while on Medifast?

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I'm sure this has been discussed somewhere before but I couldn't find another thread on it. My birthday is coming up a week from today and my mother in law wants to cook me a nice birthday dinner. She originally wanted to cook me homemade mac and cheese because it's always been my favorite but, needless to say, it's not on program so I want to have her cook me something else. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should ask her to cook? I would like it to be something everyone will enjoy so stuff like baked chicken probably won't cut it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!..

Comments (13)

What's wrong with baked, grilled chicken? You can have steak, chicken, lean pork, seafood, veggies and a salad. Then have a Medifast brownie for dessert. Yum!.

Happy Birthday!..

Comment #1

I'd go with something that's on the plainer side so that you can keep an eye on condiment values.

Grilled steaks.

Shish kebabs are fun - shrimp, steak or chicken cubes with Medifast friendly veggies like peppers, zucchini chunks, cherry tomatoes.

Lobster or crab.

Asiago baked chicken..

Comment #2

If it's your birthday, I would ask for what you want, regardless of what others may want...

Comment #3

I really don't think you can go wrong with a steak and salad dinner. She can add baked potatoes for the others! Sounds good to me!..

Comment #4

Ask her to roast a chicken! Most people love that. She can make some green beans or whatever your fave veggie is cooked, and ask her for a big salad with no croutons or cheese on it. She can make potatoes or rice for everyone else as well.

Or maybe salmon, yum...

Comment #5

I'd do burgers. I'd do the 95-97% fat free kind (6oz) or the buffalo burgers (7oz). Because you'll need some oil for part 2 of the recipe:.

1) For yours I'd season it, cook it, weigh it, cut it into pieces and put it in a big iceberg lettuce leaf and sprinkle sliced tomato, sauteed mushrooms (you can just throw them in the hamburger pan once the burgers are done for some extra flavor), and shredded lettuce on top. With heinz 75% reduced sugar ketchup.

2) microwave fry-versions of radishes. Cut them however you like and microwave them for a couple minutes until they're soft. Then brush them with oil and broil them until crunchy. Or make hash-browns out of them on the stove-top. Can also go with ketchup. With the 75% reduced-sugar type: 1tablespoon=1condiment.

Let everyone else have baked beans to add to their burgers and they can add cheese and buns or whatnot.

I'd either want that or I'd want someone to make the cauliflower pizza for me on my bday so I don't have to go to the trouble of doing it myself lol...

Comment #6

Here's the homefries recipe I found on the boards:.

1/2 C Radishes, sliced thinly.

1/2 tsp garlic powder.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Spray a non-stick skillet with Pam cooking spray and sautee radish slices in pam and garlic powder until translucent and slightly browned. Salt & Pepper to taste. (these were great! Totally tasted like mild potatoes and made me feel better that I wasn't enjoing the Corned beef and cabbage with everyone else! Yum!).

There's also this recipe I found on the boards that would count as 1 L&G:.

"macaroni" and cheese.

1 1/2 cups grated cauliflower.

1/4 cup egg beaters.

1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese.

3/4 cup of 75% reduced fat cheddar cheese(1% milkfat and 2.5 grams of fat per serving).

Mix all together and poor in a sprayed casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until golden and set.

You can take away some cauliflower and add broccoli or spaghetti squash if you'd like. Things like that. But mac n' cheese isn't completely impossible to have on your bday either ).

Have a great day!..

Comment #7

I would go with the steaks, baked potato and salad, and you can leave out the baked potato...

Comment #8

I love a good pork tenderloin or some grilled shrimp!!..

Comment #9

I have a feeling she is not going to "enjoy" cooking you something that is not fat-laden and bad for you. Might I suggest you all going to a nice restaurant for dinner? That way she doesn't have to worry about making you something you can't have, and you don't have to worry about her making something you can't have..

Or just go miniature golfing!..

Comment #10

My family LOVES baked chicken. Give them a salad and two veggies with applesauce for dessert and they are in hog heaven. Yes, I have a very weird family. Nothing wrong with asking for something you like AND can eat without picking stuff off or leaving stuff on the plate. You could always added baked or smashed potatoes for everyone else...

Comment #11

I might just have her not make anything. Celebrating doesn't have to be all about food I suppose!..

Comment #12

Kim, you hit the nail on the head. Why do we put so much emphasis on food for celebrating occasions? Why not volunteer at a soup kitchen instead? or give the food to a food pantry? Or celebrate by taking a walk together or a day at a park or at the beach? A candle can be stuck in anything, doesn't have to be food. Enjoy your day, because it's all about you. Do what you like...

Comment #13

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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