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Cauliflower and Chicken Curry
  • Time: 25 minutes

Cauliflower and Chicken Curry

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.
Chestnut, Roasted Pimiento and Cheese Strudel
  • Time: 30 minutes

Chestnut, Roasted Pimiento and Cheese Strudel

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.
Chicken and Basil Pizza
  • Time: 15 minutes

Chicken and Basil Pizza

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.
Chicken and Egg Fried Rice
  • Time: 10 minutes

Chicken and Egg Fried Rice

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.
Chicken Breasts with Pesto and Parma Ham
  • Time: 40 minutes

Chicken Breasts with Pesto and Parma Ham

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.
Chicken Salad with Mango and Lime Dressing

Chicken Salad with Mango and Lime Dressing

This low-fat but highly nutritious salad is ideal for picnics, deck-dining or alfresco entertaining. It is good served with crusty bread if you can tolerate it!
Chinese Style Steamed Salmon
  • Time: 15 minutes

Chinese Style Steamed Salmon

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.
  • Time: 20 to 25 minutes

Chocolate brownies with pears and nuts

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.
  • Time: 1 hour

Chocolate-protein-fix-ice-cream

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.
Chow Mein
  • Time: 10 minutes

Chow Mein

Chow mein is a tasty noodle dish flavored, in this instance, with ginger, chilli, garlic and a touch of curry powder. It is ideal for a mid-week meal but is also delicious packed up for lunch.
Cooling Fruit Salad

Cooling Fruit Salad

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!
Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

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.
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