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Pureed food ideas for gastric sleeve diet

Instead of writing a load of recipes for the pureed food phase of the post-gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy) diet (pureed food does not LOOK all that attractive in photos! lol), I have decided to list some ideas, based on the food I’m eating over this two-week phase.   I will keep adding ideas as I try more foods!

For the most part, I am trying to plan meals for me and my husband that I can just puree and eat alongside him, so there is no need during this phase to constantly cook different meals for yourself. 

Also remember that when you move onto pureed food from your liquid diet, some foods may initially ‘get stuck’ on the way down and you may feel uncomfortable as a result.  If that is the case, try them again a week or so later to see if it’s any easier. 

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. 

Bangers and (sweet potato) mash

I cooked a delicious sausage in onion gravy (best to use a high-meat content sausage so you’re not filling yourself up with ‘fillers’ put into the sausage meat.  I particularly love ‘Heck 97%’ gluten-free sausages.). 

For the onion gravy, I browned a red onion cut into wedges in a bit of spray cooking oil, then made up the gravy with a Knorr Onion Gravy Pot and water.  

I also cheated and bought ready-made sweet potato mash.  Once the sausage was cooked, I blitzed the sausage with a bit of gravy and a couple of pieces of onion, served on the side of the sweet potato mash, then poured a little bit of the gravy (no onions) over the top.  It was DELICIOUS!

Smashed avocado (breakfast, but not only!)

I took a very ripe avocado, mashed up half of it with a fork, adding a drop of lime juice, a sprinkling of sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, and a drop of extra virgin olive oil.  

Make sure you chew any remaining chunks really well and eat it nice and slowly. 

Slow-cooked lamb shank with red wine, garlic and rosemary

I have made little cuts in the lamb shank and placed chunks of garlic into them, then sprinkled dry rosemary over the entire shank (it’s even nicer with fresh rosemary – just insert some sprigs into the cuts with the garlic).  

I then seasoned generously with sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, browned in a hot non-stick pan with a bit of olive oil and placed it in a slow-cooker.  I then de-glazed the pan with a small bottle of red wine, which I poured over the lamb in the slow cooker. 

Once the lamb was cooked, I made gravy with the juices, cornflour, gravy browning and some chicken stock.  To serve, I blitzed some gravy,  a small and very tender piece of lamb, and a tiny amount of cooked vegetables (carrots & broccoli), and served it alongside some mashed potato. 

Chicken liver paté

It’s really simple to make a low-fat, nutritious chicken liver paté.  Here is my recipe, which is also reflux-friendly.  The beauty of chicken liver paté is that it is rich in protein and iron – both essential after bariatric surgery. 

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hearty broccoli and gorgonzola soup

Hearty broccoli and gorgonzola soup

On this occasion, my family were having steaks with cream and gorgonzola sauce, so I again decided to stick with the theme and have a matching soup as part of my post-gastric sleeve liquid diet. 

This soup, however, is so rich, indulgent and delicious, that the whole family can enjoy it, regardless whether they need to follow a liquid diet or not! It is a bit higher in calories, and of course cheese with higher fat content contains less protein than low-fat cheese, but as a soup for special occasions, it works!

hearty broccoli and gorgonzola soup

Ingredients (for 4-5 post-bariatric surgery liquid diet portions, or one generous portion for someone not following the diet):

  • 200ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 very small potato
  • 2-3 broccoli florets
  • 50g gorgonzola*

*Note: I couldn’t get hold of any strong gorgonzola on this occasion, so I actually used a delicious, strong yet creamy Saint Aigur blue cheese.  If you use gorgonzola, make sure it’s not Dolcelatte, or mild gorgonzola, or gorgonzola e mascarpone – all of these are amongst my favourites to eat, but are not strong enough in a soup or sauce. 

Method:

Peel the potato and dice it.  Cut the broccoli florets into small pieces, similar to the potato pieces.  Place broccoli, potato and stock in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer gently for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes and broccoli are well-cooked and soft. 

Add the gorgonzola in small pieces and stir on a low heat until the cheese has melted. 

Place everything in a fine blender and blend until all ingredients have liquidised, then pass through a fine sieve to ensure there are no ‘bits’ (if you are following the post-bariatric surgery liquid diet, otherwise skip this last step!). 

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. 

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.