This is a mild and beautifully tender chicken curry that has been a firm favourite from my bariatric cookery book ‘Return to Slender’ (available from www.bariatriccookery.com) It can be made with 3 tbsp masala curry paste instead of all the separate spices mentioned in step 3 below if time is short. I have also given a vegetarian version for those who want to avoid meat.
Here’s a fabulous vegetarian alternative to the usual turkey or ham fare for holiday eating. It is delicious both warm with seasonal vegetables and cold with salad. It can also be prepared well ahead but is best baked on the day of serving.
Pizza ... you never thought you could have it again after weight-loss surgery? Well you can. OK, so not the fat-laden, deep and stuffed-crust version anymore (without running the risk of weight regain or worse) but here is the bariatric option.
This is a Chinese dish that can be made faster at home than any take-away delivery and has the virtue of being endlessly versatile because you can add any number of ingredients to it. I often throw in a few cooked prawns/shrimp, some diced ham or shredded spring onions/scallions for variety. I have also made this recipe with ‘cauliflower rice’ instead of the traditional type (simply steam cauliflower until tender crisp, drain and chop in a food processor until it resembles rice grains) – a prefect alternative for those who don’t tolerate rice too well after weight-loss surgery.
Here is a fantastic main course chicken dish that is easy to make, looks impressive and is loaded with protein … in fact a normal portion has a massive 33g. You could use red pesto or sun-dried tomato puree instead of the traditional green pesto if preferred.
This is the perfect light dish for bariatrics and cooked and on the table in no time … succulent salmon on a bed of flavored vegetables. To make the dish a little more substantial for non-bariatrics serve with a little cooked rice or egg noodles.
These sugar-free brownies will never be quite like the chocolate laden classic ones but they come pretty close! The pears and nuts add texture and flavour and help to keep the brownie squidgy. Don't over cook or they will become dry rather than moist and fudgy. They can also be served warm with a little orange-flavoured half-fat creme fraiche or yogurt as a specially indulgent treat.
I always prefer to get my protein from food but concede that occasionally I have fallen short, especially in the early days post-op. This was when I turned to a good many protein drinks for a boost and why I now find myself with a vast array of flavoured protein drink powders from plain vanilla to exotic Pina Colada gathering dust in a cupboard. I tried many powders but some were just too sweet for my palate and so I decided to try freezing them to make an ice cream (knowing full well the sweetness would diminish). I have made countless versions but this chocolate one is still a firm favourite. Serve with fresh fruit, a squirt of sugar-free low-fat cream and a crisp wafer if liked.
Here is a twist on a classic fruit salad that is sure to please during this heat wave. The Asian influence of coriander/cilantro and coconut milk make this an unusual but refreshing change to the run-of-the-mill offerings. Try it, you won’t be disappointed!
I have always loved turkey with cranberry sauce, but after weight-loss surgery found the original recipe I used to make too high in sugar … ditto any commercial offering. So I have tweaked my home-made version to make it bariatric-friendly.