beef and mushroom puree

Savory Beef and Mushroom Puree


High-Protein, Flavorful, and Easy to Digest Bariatric Puree

Dietary Concerns: This puree is suitable for post-bariatric surgery diets, particularly during the pureed foods stage. It is gluten-free and can be made dairy-free by omitting the optional garnish. Always consult your healthcare provider or registered dietitian before making changes to your post-surgery diet.

This Savory Beef and Mushroom Puree is a delicious, protein-rich dish designed to meet the needs of bariatric patients. Combining tender beef, earthy mushrooms, and fragrant herbs, this puree offers a satisfying blend of flavors and textures that is gentle on the digestive system. The smooth consistency makes it easy to consume and well-tolerated during the post-surgery recovery period.

Friendly Advice: As you progress through your post-bariatric surgery diet, remember to prioritize protein intake to support healing and maintain lean muscle mass. Introduce new foods gradually and pay attention to portion sizes. Stay hydrated and follow your healthcare team's guidance to ensure a smooth recovery.


Bariatric Benefits

  • High in Protein: Lean beef provides a concentrated source of protein, essential for healing and maintaining lean muscle mass after surgery.
  • Nutrient-Dense: Beef and mushrooms offer a variety of vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc, and B vitamins, supporting overall health and recovery.
  • Easy to Digest: The pureed consistency makes this dish gentle on the digestive system, reducing the risk of discomfort or complications post-surgery.
  • Promotes Satiety: The high protein content helps promote a feeling of fullness, aiding in portion control and weight management.
  • Flavorful and Satisfying: The savory combination of beef, mushrooms, and herbs creates a delicious, comforting dish that can be enjoyed during the restricted post-surgery diet.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean beef stew meat, cut into small pieces
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large pot or slow cooker, combine beef, mushrooms, onion, garlic, beef broth, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf.
  2. Cook Until Tender: If using a pot, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1.5-2 hours or until beef is very tender. If using a slow cooker, cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  3. Remove Bay Leaf: Discard the bay leaf before pureeing.
  4. Puree: Using an immersion blender or food processor, puree the mixture until smooth and creamy. For a thinner consistency, add more broth as needed.
  5. Season: Taste the puree and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Serve: Divide the warm puree into bowls. If tolerated and approved by your healthcare team, garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Enjoy this savory, protein-packed dish as part of your post-bariatric surgery diet.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories Approx. 150
Protein 15g
Carbohydrates 5g
Fat 7g
Fiber 1g
Sugar 2g

Tips and Additional Info

  • Storage: Leftover puree can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stovetop, stirring occasionally, until warmed through.
  • Freezing: Portion the cooled puree into freezer-safe containers and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Flavor Variations: Experiment with different herb combinations or add a splash of Worcestershire sauce for extra depth of flavor. Always introduce new flavors gradually and consult your healthcare team.
  • Protein Boost: For an extra protein boost, stir in a tablespoon of unflavored protein powder before serving.
  • Blending Tips: For the smoothest puree, use a high-powered blender or food processor. If using an immersion blender, ensure the mixture is well-cooked and soft for easy blending.
  • Additions: Some mashed potatoes added as a side dish is a great compliment while also being a pureed style food.

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