Indulgent spiced cheese soup

Indulgent spiced cheese soup

This soup is a little more indulgent than my others on the post-gastric-sleeve liquid diet, but as it is full of cheese, and therefore high in protein, I allowed myself this treat, despite the higher fat content.  It is a tasty, rich soup suitable for all cheese lovers.  If you are following a post-bariatric surgery liquid diet, you may initially find this soup too rich – everyone is different, so experiment.  Obviously, under those circumstances, you’ll only be having a tiny amount, as I did!

Indulgent spiced cheese soup

Ingredients (for one very generous non-diet portion, or one generous non-diet portion and one post-bariatric surgery liquid diet portion – I made this for me and my mother-in-law and there was plenty for her): 

  • 500ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 very small potatoes or one medium potato
  • 1/2 camembert 
  • 50g grated chilli cheddar (if you can’t get that, use ordinary cheddar and add chilli flakes/powder, to taste)

Method: 

Peel the potatoes and cut them into small dice (so they will cook quickly and not too much stock will evaporate in the process).  Place them in a small saucepan with the stock, bring to the boil, then cover, reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until the potatoes are easy to smash with the back of a spoon. 

Place the potatoes and stock in a fine blender and blend until smooth.  

Return to the pan.  Roughly cut up the inside of the camembert (don’t use the rind for this recipe as it won’t go smooth in the soup) and add the camembert and the grated chilli cheddar to the blended soup.  Keep the soup on a low heat, stirring until all the cheese has melted.  For an ultra-smooth consistency, blend again (especially if you used chilli flakes rather than powder).  If you want to be 100% sure there are no ‘bits’, put the soup through a sieve before serving. 

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. 

Thick and creamy high-protein banana milkshake

creamy high protein banana milkshake

This is a milkshake I am enjoying for my breakfasts on the post-gastric-sleeve liquid diet.  It is important for me to add protein to what little I can ingest during this time, which means that the ingredients I use make this milkshake particularly rich, thick and creamy-tasting.  This could be a great milkshake for anyone looking for a high-protein shake to fill themselves up more or to supplement their exercise regime. 

thick and creamy high-protein banana milkshake

Ingredients (makes two small glasses)

  • half a small ripe banana
  • approx. 150ml fortified milk (To make the fortified milk, use powdered milk and follow the instructions on the pack, but instead of water, mix the powder with semi-skimmed milk;  I use lactose-free milk powder as, although not lactose-intolerant, I am a bit sensitive to high amounts of it)
  • one scoop or heaped tablespoon of powdered flavourless whey protein

Method

Place all the ingredients in a fine blender (I use my Nutribullet), blend thoroughly so all ingredients combine and there are no banana pieces left. 

Pour and serve immediately. 

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. 

Lentil soup with a hint of bacon, and melted cheese

lentil soup with a hint of bacon and melted cheese | bariatric surgery liquid diet

I am now 3 days post-surgery from my gastric sleeve weight-loss surgery and am keen to stay well-nourished and keep food interesting while I’m on the two-week liquid diet. I am also keen to create soups that other family members can enjoy alongside me, so whilst this is a soup for the post-bariatric surgery diet, it is suitable for anyone, and also very good for anyone on a reflux diet. 

lentil soup with a hint of bacon and melted cheese | bariatric surgery liquid diet
It may not be the prettiest soup in the world, but it is absolutely delicious and very nourishing!

Ingredients (for one person, or increase according to number of portions)

  • chicken stock (or vegetable stock if you want to do this as a vegetarian soup), 300-400ml (allow a generous amount as it will boil down.  I used my home-made hen stock, but you can use stock cubes/pots
  • green no-soak dried lentils, approx. 1 tbsp
  • one thin strip of lean, previously grilled, bacon
  • one low-fat cheese triangle

Method

Place the stock, lentils and bacon in a pan and cook according to instructions (I brought mine to the boil, boiled without a lid for 10 minutes, then simmered with a lid for a further 20 minutes).  Ensure the lentils are very soft by the end of the cooking time, otherwise cook for longer. 

Check the stock for taste – if it has cooked down a lot, it may be too salty and require the addition of a little boiled water. 

Remove the bacon piece and leave to cool a little.  Once it has cooled down, place the stock and lentils into a blender and blitz until there are no pieces left.  Then sieve the blitzed soup through a fine sieve, to ensure it is completely smooth (it is essential that no ‘bits’ are present that could get stuck in the surgical staple line of the sleeve gastrectomy during the first two weeks). 

When you are ready to serve the soup, reheat it gently in a pan or microwave, adding the cheese triangle, cut into small pieces so it will dissolve better.  Stir until all or almost all of the cheese has melted into the soup, 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.