Creamy smoked salmon and dill soup

Creamy smoked salmon and dill soup

One of the ways I have kept things interesting during the post-bariatric surgery liquid diet is by using ingredients in my soups that the rest of the family were eating in their meals (it’s usually just me and hubby most of the time these days, but my mother-in-law kindly came to stay for a couple of weeks to help me out – e.g. driving me everywhere – after the surgery, and we had our eldest daughter’s 21st Birthday the middle weekend, so lots of family meals to take into account!). 

On this occasion, my family were having penne (pasta) with smoked salmon and cream, so I went with the theme 🙂

Creamy smoked salmon and dill soup

Ingredients (for 2-3 small post-bariatric surgery liquid diet meals, or one medium portion):

  • 200ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 50ml ‘fortified’ milk (make up skimmed powdered milk according to pack instructions, but using semi-skimmed milk as the liquid, instead of water).  If you are not making this soup as part of a post-bariatric surgery liquid diet, you can just use extra milk, or add a dash of cream, instead, to replicate the creamy consistency.
  • Approx. 1 tbsp of smoked salmon trimmings
  • 1 very small potato
  • A pinch of fresh dill
  • Sea salt, to taste

Method:

Peel the potato and cut it into small dice so it will cook quickly.  Place the milk, fortified milk (or cream), potato and salmon into a small saucepan and gently bring to a simmer.  Simmer gently (take care not to burn the milk) for approximately 10 minutes or until the potato is fully cooked and easy to mash with the back of a spoon. 

Turn off the heat and add a pinch of fresh dill (only the fine parts, not the stalks).  Leave to cool for 5 or so minutes. 

Place in a fine blender and blend until all ingredients have liquidised, then pour through a fine sieve to ensure there are no ‘bits’ in your soup. 

Re-heat gently on the stove, serve and enjoy!

Gloriously simple, gloriously good!

Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian or medical professional.  These are simply ideas based on meals I have created to suit my own dietary needs and, as I’ve enjoyed them, I wanted to share them. If you are unsure about the suitability of any ingredients or recipes on my blog for your own requirements, please check with a health professional first. 

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Seared tuna steak with salsa and cous-cous

Another low-cal, low-fat, low-carb quick lunch / dinner

seared tuna steak with salsa and cous-cous

This is another one of my quick lunches for the pre-surgery diet before I have my weight-loss surgery, though of course it’s a delicious dish in its own right.  If you are not following a strict pre-op diet for bariatric surgery, feel free to adjust the quantities, of course, though I found this to be surprisingly filling!

Ingredients (for one person)

  • small tuna steak (approx. 100g)
  • 3 small tomatoes
  • 2tbsp cooked cous-cous (seasoned with a pinch of salt at time of cooking)
  • salt (to taste)
  • garlic (to taste; fresh or granules – if fresh, crush or chop very finely)
  • chilli (to taste; fresh or powder – if fresh, chop very finely)
  • coriander leaves (to taste; fresh or dried – if fresh, chop finely)

Method

Cook the cous-cous and set aside. If you really want to give the whole dish a kick, you can add garlic and chilli to the cous-cous straight after cooking.

Cut the tomatoes into very small chunks, season to taste with salt, garlic, chilli and coriander leaves.  I used dry store-cupboard ingredients for this as I wanted a fuss-free, quick lunch, but of course you can use fresh ingredients for an even richer, fresher flavour! Set aside. 

Pre-heat a griddle or non-stick pan until it’s sizzling hot.  Lightly season the tuna with salt, garlic and chilli (powders work best here so you don’t burn the fresh ingredients, and they stay on the tuna steak better).  Place on the hot griddle and sear for a minute or two, then turn over and sear the other side.  The aim is for the middle to stay nice and pink (that’s how I like it, but of course you can cook it more thoroughly if you prefer your tuna well-cooked). 

Serve the tuna with the tomato salsa and cous-cous on the side. 

Gloriously simple, gloriously good!

Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian or medical professional.  These are simply ideas based on meals I have created to suit my own dietary needs and, as I’ve enjoyed them, I wanted to share them. If you are unsure about the suitability of any ingredients or recipes on my blog for your own requirements, please check with a health professional first. 

Monkfish in spicy tomato sauce

This is a simple low-cal, low-fat, low-carb dish of monkfish poached in a spicy tomato sauce, served with cous-cous. 

monkfish in spicy tomato sauce

I cooked this for my lunch today, as I’m currently following the 10-day pre-surgery diet before I have bariatric (weight-loss) surgery next week. 

Ingredients (for 1 person)

  • 1 monkfish fillet (approx. 60g uncooked)
  • 200g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • salt, chilli (flakes or powder), garlic powder, to taste
  • 2tbsp cooked cous-cous

Method

In a small frying pan, bring the tomatoes to the boil and add salt and chilli to taste.  Add the monkfish fillet, turn down heat to a simmer, and cover. 

Cook for approximately 5 minutes, until the monkfish is cooked through, turning halfway through cooking.  

Serve with a small amount of cous-cous.

Gloriously Simple, Gloriously Good!

Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian or medical professional.  These are simply ideas based on meals I have created to suit my own dietary needs and, as I’ve enjoyed them, I wanted to share them. If you are unsure about the suitability of any ingredients or recipes on my blog for your own requirements, please check with a health professional first.