Spiced Carrot Lentil Bariatric Puree

Spiced Carrot and Lentil Puree


Flavorful, Nutrient-Dense, and Easy to Digest Bariatric Puree Recipe

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

This Spiced Carrot and Lentil Puree is a delicious, nutrient-packed dish designed to meet the needs of bariatric patients. Combining tender carrots, protein-rich lentils, and aromatic spices, 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 listen to your body and follow your healthcare team's guidance. Introduce new foods gradually and pay attention to portion sizes. Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet to support your recovery and long-term health goals.


Bariatric Benefits

  • High in Protein: Lentils provide a good source of plant-based protein, essential for healing and maintaining lean muscle mass after surgery.
  • Nutrient-Dense: Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals, offering concentrated nutrition in each serving.
  • 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 combination of protein and fiber helps promote a feeling of fullness, aiding in portion control and weight management.
  • Flavorful and Varied: The warm, aromatic spices add depth and interest to the puree, making it an enjoyable option during the restricted post-surgery diet.
Spiced Carrot Lentil Puree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large pot, combine lentils, vegetable broth, carrots, onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and ginger. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Simmer: Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the lentils and carrots are very tender.
  3. Cool Slightly: Remove the pot from heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
  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 dollop of Greek yogurt or a sprinkle of fresh herbs. Enjoy this comforting, nutritious dish as part of your post-bariatric surgery diet.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories Approx. 120
Protein 7g
Carbohydrates 18g
Fat 2g
Fiber 6g
Sugar 5g

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 spice combinations or add a squeeze of lemon juice for brightness. 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 or a dollop of Greek yogurt 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.

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