December 25, 2023

Bariatric-Friendly Christmas Dinner Ideas

The holiday season is a time for joy, family, and delicious food. But for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery, navigating the festive feasts can be challenging. Fear not! With a little creativity and some mindful choices, you can enjoy a bariatric-friendly Christmas dinner that’s both satisfying and kind to your post-surgery needs.

1. Creamy Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer that can be adapted for Christmas. These protein-packed delights are always a crowd pleaser. Try the classic recipe or get creative with variations like BLT Deviled Eggs or Creamy Jalapeño Deviled Eggs. They’re not just for Easter anymore! 🥚

2. Creamy Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are another holiday favorite. Whether you’re hosting a pre-Christmas party or bringing an appetizer to a family gathering, these savory bites are sure to please. Plus, they’re easy to make and can be customized to your taste. 🍄

3. Rosemary Turkey Tenderloin

If you’re not cooking for a large crowd, consider making a simple turkey breast instead of the whole bird. Rosemary-infused turkey tenderloin is a flavorful and bariatric-friendly option. Pair it with roasted vegetables or a light salad for a complete Christmas meal. 🦃

4. Fall-Inspired Turkey Sausage Tomato Sauce

While this might not seem like a traditional holiday recipe, the bold flavors of this tomato sauce evoke warmth and comfort. Imagine a marriage between thick and hearty chili and a marinara sauce. Serve it over zoodles (zucchini noodles) or spaghetti squash for a low-carb twist.

5.Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup:

• Roast 4 Kapya peppers in the oven, peel, and remove seeds.

• Roast 4 tomatoes in the oven, peel.

• Sauté 2 tablespoons of chickpea flour (humus flour) in 1 tablespoon of plain oil.

• Add peeled Kapya peppers and tomatoes processed in a blender to the roasted chickpea flour. Cook, stirring.

• Pour bone broth until it reaches the desired consistency. Reduce heat, add salt, and simmer.

• Once cooked, strain the soup through a fine sieve. Your tomato soup is ready. Enjoy!

6.Sweet Potato Salad:

• Dice sweet potatoes and boil in salted water with black pepper.

• Thinly slice leeks, iceberg lettuce, and finely chop fresh mint.

• Add oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

• Squeeze lemon over the salad.

7.Turkey Fillet Rolls:

• Use 200g of thin turkey breast fillet.

• Stuff with roasted eggplant, roasted bell pepper, 70g dill cheese, 30g strained cheese, minced garlic, and fresh basil.

• Drizzle with 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, add salt, and tie with green onions.

• Cook the rolls.

Feel free to adjust quantities and cooking times based on your preferences. Enjoy your meals!

8.Cauliflower Stuffed Pilaf:

• Grate cauliflower until it resembles rice.

• In a rice cooker, add a bit of extra virgin olive oil and sauté the cauliflower. When cooked, add:

• Salt

• Allspice

• Cumin

• Cinnamon

• Pine nuts

• Currants

• Sauté the mixture thoroughly.

• Reduce heat, cover the pot, and let it steep on low heat for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.

• After resting for 10 minutes, your pilaf is ready. Serve with strained yogurt for a delicious and light meal. Enjoy!

9.Sugar-Free Quince Dessert:

A red dessert is perfect for New Year’s Eve.

• Peel and halve 2 large quinces, removing the seeds. Keep the seeds.

• Don’t discard the quince seeds.

• Prepare 4 Jerusalem artichokes by removing the seeds and blending them.

• Add 4 tablespoons of red beetroot juice and 4 tablespoons of crushed walnut to the quince halves.

• Spice with cloves.

• Hollow out the quince halves, ensuring the beetroot juice is evenly distributed.

• Fill the hollowed quinces with the blended mixture of Jerusalem artichokes, dates, and walnuts.

• Place the filled quinces in an oven bag. Add cloves and the saved quince seeds to the bag.

• Seal the bag and make a few holes in it.

• Bake at 160 degrees Celsius for 1 hour.

• If you like it creamy on top, mix 1 teaspoon of honey and quark. You can replace cream with this mixture. Sprinkle chopped pistachios on top for a delightful presentation after the quince dessert has cooled.

Enjoy this sugar-free quince dessert with a touch of creativity!

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