High Protein Chicken Vegetable Puree for Bariatric Puree Diet

High-Protein Chicken and Vegetable Puree - Bariatric Puree Phase Recipe

High-Protein Chicken and Vegetable Puree


A Nourishing Blend for Bariatric Patients

Special Considerations: This puree is crafted to align with post-bariatric surgery dietary guidelines, especially during the pureed foods stage. Free from gluten and dairy, it caters to common dietary restrictions. However, always consult your healthcare provider or registered dietitian before incorporating new recipes into your post-surgery meal plan.

This High-Protein Chicken and Vegetable Puree, is a nourishing and delicious meal designed specifically for bariatric patients. This puree combines tender chicken, a medley of nutritious vegetables, and a hint of aromatic herbs, resulting in a dish that is both satisfying and gentle on the digestive system. With its smooth, easy-to-swallow texture, this puree is an ideal choice for those going through the post-surgery recovery period.

A Gentle Reminder: On your post-bariatric surgery journey, remember that every individual's path is unique. Prioritize lean protein to support your body's healing process and maintain muscle mass. Be mindful of portion sizes and introduce new foods gradually. Most importantly, stay well-hydrated and closely follow the personalized guidance provided by your healthcare team to ensure a safe and successful recovery.


Tailored for Bariatric Wellness

  • Protein Powerhouse: Lean chicken breast takes center stage, providing a concentrated dose of essential protein to support post-surgery healing and preserve lean body mass.
  • Nutrient Density: A colorful assortment of vegetables, including carrots, zucchini, and cauliflower, delivers a spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants crucial for overall health and recovery.
  • Gentle Digestion: This dish minimizes digestive strain, reducing the likelihood of discomfort or complications following bariatric surgery.
  • Satiety Support: The protein content promotes a lasting sense of fullness, assisting with portion management and sustainable weight loss.
  • Flavorful Variety: With a subtle blend of herbs, this puree offers a delightful flavor profile that keeps mealtime engaging and satisfying during the post-surgery dietary phase.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prep the Pot: In a large pot, combine the cubed chicken, chicken broth, carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, onion, garlic, thyme, and basil. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
  2. Let It Simmer: Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and allow the ingredients to simmer gently for 30-40 minutes. The chicken and vegetables should be incredibly tender when done.
  3. Give It a Rest: Remove the pot from the heat source and set it aside, allowing the mixture to cool slightly. This brief rest period will make the blending process safer and more effective.
  4. Puree to Perfection: Using an immersion blender or transferring the mixture to a food processor, puree the contents until they reach a smooth, creamy consistency. If a thinner texture is desired, gradually incorporate additional broth while blending.
  5. Taste and Adjust: Sample the puree and add salt and pepper to taste, ensuring a well-balanced flavor profile that suits your preferences.
  6. Serve and Savor: Ladle the warm puree into individual bowls. For a touch of elegance and freshness, consider garnishing each serving with a sprinkle of finely chopped parsley, if approved by your healthcare team. Enjoy this nourishing, protein-rich dish as a comforting and satisfying component of your post-bariatric surgery meal plan.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

Calories Approx. 180
Protein 25g
Carbohydrates 8g
Fat 5g
Fiber 2g
Sugar 3g

Expert Tips and Suggestions

  • Safe Storage: Transfer leftover puree to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, warm the puree gently in the microwave or on the stovetop, stirring periodically to ensure even heat distribution.
  • Freezer-Friendly: For longer-term storage, portion the cooled puree into freezer-safe containers and freeze for up to 1 month. To thaw, transfer a portion to the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
  • Veggie Variety: Keep your taste buds engaged by experimenting with different low-carb vegetables like spinach, bell peppers, or broccoli. Introducing variety can also help you obtain a wider array of nutrients.
  • Protein Boost: If your healthcare team approves, consider stirring a scoop of unflavored protein powder into your puree for an extra protein boost.
  • Blending Basics: To achieve the silkiest puree, use a high-powered blender or food processor. If using an immersion blender, ensure that the mixture is thoroughly cooked and tender to facilitate smooth blending.

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