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Soups

Soups
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.
Gazpacho
  • Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Gazpacho

Here is a recipe for a classic Spanish cold soup that is perfect served with croutons (if you can tolerate them), small bowls of chopped olives, cucumber, hard-boiled/hard-cooked eggs etc. The choice is yours, but the latter will certainly boost the protein content. The soup can be served pureed or chunky. I like to serve mine chunky rather like a gazpacho shot, if you agree then simply do not puree the vegetables in the recipe below.
Minted Pea Soup
  • Time: 20 to 25 minutes

Minted Pea Soup

This has to be one of my most favorite soups, developed in the summer but I eat all year round. If you have concerns about digesting peas skins then pass the soup through a sieve before serving.
Miso Broth with Tofu and Pak Choi
  • Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Miso Broth with Tofu and Pak Choi

This quick soup with noodles and tofu is nourishing and most fragrant. It’s substantial enough for a main meal for a wls patient. If you want to make a meat type alternative, try substituting cooked chicken chunks for the tofu…add at the first stage of cooking, along with the mushrooms.
  • Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Thai chicken and vegetable soup

This is a chicken soup, flavoured with Thai ingredients, which is enriched and thickened with vegetables. It is an all-time favourite that freezes beautifully both chunky and smooth, I prefer the latter. High in protein, low in fat and sugars it is the perfect nutritious light lunch dish or starter. It was one of the first pureed dishes I tried after surgery and really hit the spot after bland-tasting liquids. If you are pre-surgery, why not make a batch and freeze away for those early post-surgery days when you may not feel like cooking.
Thai Coconut Chicken Soup with Beans and Peas
  • Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup with Beans and Peas

With all the classic Thai flavors of lemongrass, lime and coconut, this chicken-based soup is a meal in itself. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients … the resulting flavorsome soup is well worth the effort. For the early soft and pureed stage of eating (what I call the Amber stage at www.bariatriccookery.com) this soup can be processed in a blender before serving.
Tuscan Ham and Borlotti Bean Soup
  • Time: 30 minutes

Tuscan Ham and Borlotti Bean Soup

The Italians make many a fine soup … think minestrone, using tomatoes, vegetables, pasta or rice. Here is a different one but just as flavorsome using canned beans, ham and shredded cabbage. You can use other canned beans and legumes like butterbeans, chickpeas or kidney beans, but borlotti beans give an authentic taste. A little grated Parmesan over the top and a little crusty bread (if you can tolerate it) makes this a filling one-pot meal.
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