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KRAFT® Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, Original Flavor, Prepared

This recipe is prepared according to the package directions except that I have reduced the servings from 1 cup to 1/2 cup. You could also reduce the margarine used, which would reduce the calories and fat but this recipe uses the amounts as directed on the package.

KNORR® Rice Sides™ Chicken Flavor, Prepared as Directed, 5.6oz(158g) package

KNORR® Rice Sides™ Chicken Flavor, 5.6oz(158g) package, prepared according to package directions. Package says it makes 2.5 one-cup servings. For bariatric lap-banders I have reduced this to make five, 1/2 cup servings.

For a lower-fat version, the vegetable oil spread can be omitted, which would reduce the calories to 125 per 1/2 cup serving and total fats to 1.25 grams.

Peach Pie Filling - Home Canned

Select ripe, but firm fresh peaches, Red Haven, Redskin, Sun High, and other varieties of similar quality are suitable. This makes 1 quart at a time. Recipes are available at most canning websites for large quantities.

Splenda can be substituted for the sugar in this recipe to make it "sugar free", if desired.

Bariatric Lynn's 15 Bean Soup w/Turkey Ham

The trick to using Turkey Ham in slow cooking soups and stews is to not put it in early or else the ham flavoring cooks out of the turkey and the end result is not especially tasty, especially when expecting it to be ham-flavored. Yet I stil want a ham flavoring to this bean soup so I added 4 ounces of turkey ham chopped into 1/4-inch cubes to the bean soup at the start of the cooking process and added 12 ounces of 3/4-inch cubes just a few minutes from serving the soup. The small amount of turkey ham added early provided the ham flavoring and the small cube size mixed right in with the beans and took on the flavoring of the beans so there was no problem with the taste.

If you cannot find the Hurst's 15 Bean Soup in your grocery store, you may contact the company at www.hambeens.com or by calling 1-800-426-2336. Another comparable bean soup mix could also be used if the nutrition information is comparable.

I have given instructions for the traditional method for making this soup and a quick method but I do not recommend the quick method because it can cause more digestive problems for people. Beans cooked slowly for a long time significantly reduces any digestive problems or flatulence.

Bariatric Lynn's Cheese 'n' Chili Dip

Using 2% Velveeta Cheese and Turkey chili, reduces the calories for this party favorite. Also makes a quick lunch with some whole wheat crackers, breadsticks, bagel crisps, etc.

Bariatric Lynn's Yogurt-Tomato Sauce (Tsatziki)

This is for use with the Bariatric Lynn's Pork Gyros recipe but can also be used for other gyros, Greek salads, etc. It is really good and gets better over the next couple of days in the refrigerator.

Greek yogurt is fat-free and loaded with protein!

Bariatric Lynn's Pork Gyros with Yogurt-Tomato Sauce

This recipe calls for the pork to be marinaded for 1-4 hours. I did not include the ingredients in the marinade in the nutritional information because when the meat is removed from the marinade, it is to be patted dry before grilling or broiling.

I used pork medallions for this recipe. I started with 2 pounds. After removing all visible fat, I ended up with 1 lb + 12 oz. After cooking, the pork weighed 1 lb + 3 oz.

Don't waste the trimmings from the meat as there is usually some meat attached. I make stock by boiling the trimmings in water until the meat is done and the fat is mostly melted. Trim away the chunks so that only meat and no fat is left in the stock. Refrigerate it overnight, skim off the fat, label and freeze to be used for soups, stews, etc. later.

You will need the recipe called Bariatric Lynn's Yogurt-Tomato Sauce for this. The nutritional information for the sauce is not included with this recipe.


Very Good (1 rating)
Bariatric Lynn's Hawaiian-Style Pork Chops

This recipe is so easy to make!

Because I have a Lap-Band, I used the SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend in this recipe but if you want or need to avoid all sugar, you may replace it with 3 Tablespoons of the SPLENDA® that measures like sugar (not the packets) and you will need to find a sugar-free ketchup. The nutritional information will need to be changed accordingly.

It is important to begin with very fresh and very lean boneless pork chops. I found a large Family- Pack of 6 chops that weighed 2.30 pounds. When I removed every last bit of fat, I ended up with exactly 2 pounds of lean meat.

Other similar recipes call for the sauce to be cooked and thickened before pouring over the chops but I found that the sauce thickens very nicely on its own without pre-cooking it, thus saving a step and time!

Just a side note: The first time I made this, I forgot the ketchup and it was still delicious.


Very Good (1 rating)
Bariatric Lynn's Fried Cabbage & Turkey Ham

This has more protein (3 oz per serving) in it than is usually used in this type of recipe to meet our protein needs. I like to serve this with a small Yukon Gold baked potato on the side to make a complete meal.


Very Good (9 ratings)
Bariatric Galabki (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls) tlh

I like these because they are a complete meal-in-one. Meat, vegetable and a little starch all wrapped up in each bundle.

This recipe makes up quicker than most when using a pressure cooker but it can be baked in the oven or in a Dutch oven on top of the stove.

There is some brown rice in it but the percentage of carbs is low and the protein is high. Ground turkey could be substituted for one or both of the meats but the nutrition information would need to be changed.

There are many different kinds of stuffed cabbage recipes originating from many countries. This is more like the Polish-type (pronounced go-wum-ki) and is simpler than others. If your lifestyle is like mine, simple is better!

Bariatric Lynn's Potato Soup with Chicken, Bacon & Veggies

I wanted a soup that would be creamy but low in fat as a side dish to a meal I was serving but I also wanted it to have some protein in it to add to the meal so I came up with these recipe.

Bariatric Lynn's Tofu Veggie Egg Pita Scramble

I took TAMOLIE's recipe for Tofu Carrot Scramble and added ingredients to bump up the protein and make it more colorful and flavorful. I hope you'll like the changes. I had it for lunch today and it was delicious!

Bariatric Homemade Turkey Soup by tlh

Extra meaty for those of us with Lap-Band's or gastric bypass surgeries. Simple and tasty.


Incredible! (2 ratings)
Homemade Turkey Stock

An easy homemade turkey broth perfect for soups and stews.

I like to use a large-size slow cooker for this but a large stock pot or soup kettle can be used instead. Just be sure to watch the water level if using anything other than a slow cooker to be sure that bones remain covered with liquid.

The stock is flavored by whatever stuffing or aromatics have been placed inside the turkey during roasting. If I'm in a hurry and don't want to deal with stuffing, I like to use some aromatics loosely placed inside of a raw turkey that has been rinsed out and patted dry with a clean towel. Coat the inside with Kosher salt, coarsely ground black pepper and ground cinnamon (or use a couple cinnamon sticks); then loosely place some quartered onions, chunks of sweet raw carrots, celery cut into 4 inch pieces, leek, and a red apple or two that has been quartered and cored into both the front breast cavity and the main body cavity of the turkey. Roast however you prefer. I like to preheat my oven to 500 degrees F. and put the turkey in a roasting pan on the lowest rack. Make a tent out of aluminum foil to put over the breast portion only. Roast for 30 minutes at 500 degrees. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue roasting, basting every 30 minutes until meat thermometer registers 161 degrees F. Turn off oven and let turkey sit until temperature reaches 180 degrees F. (Turkey will continue to cook even with oven turned off.) This makes a beautifully browned,moist and tender turkey with lovely pan drippings to use for this stock recipe.

Bariatric Zucchini Squash & Tofu Skillet

The zucchini and onions can be cooked to whatever degree of tenderness needed to make this dish easy to digest for those of us with Lap-Bands. If in the early stages post-op, the squash could be peeled and, if necessary, the seeds removed, although it would lose a significant amount of its fiber and nutritional value by doing so. This can also be pureed.

The tofu takes on the flavor of the other ingredients yet adds a nice texture to this dish in addition to some always-welcome protein!


Very Good (2 ratings)
Bariatric Quik 'n' Easy Apple Crisp for One

This is a quick microwave recipe that makes a yummy snack! It could also be pureed but may need a tablespoon or two of hot water added.

While eveyone else is having a high-fat, high-sugar dessert at Thanksgiving, make this yummy alternative in a jiffy for yourself! But, watchout! Everyone else may want one, too!

Bariatric Pulled Barbeque Chicken

This delicious alternative to classic pulled pork will be a hit any way you serve it! Serve with Nabisco® Reduced-Calorie Triscuit® Crackers or 1/2 of a small whole-wheat hamburger bun, if tolerated. Nutrition information is not included for these serving options.

If you are in the early post-surgery stages, this can be pureed, also.

Bariatric Lynn's Vegetable Mixed Bean Soup

This makes a yummy, easy-on-the-tummy soup for a cool Autumn or Winter Day. This is also good pureed for early post-op eating plans.

Bariatric Lynn's Creamy Caramel Pear w/Cocoa Granola Breakfast

This is only for Lap-Banders whose restriction will allow them to eat the very small amounts of coconut and nuts that are in the granola cereal. The coconut and nuts do soften during the cooking process and, if well chewed, should be tolerated by most.

I used the caramel sauce with this because it is what I had on hand but I think that the DaVinci Sugar Free and Fat Free Chocolate Sauce would be delicious, too. The nutrition information would remain the same.

Bariatric Egg & Cheese Quesadilla or Burrito

I received my Lap-band on 5/19/2008. I created this recipe especialy for people who have had bariatric surgery, particularly Lap-band, but it is healthy for anyone to eat.

This is very quick-to-fix. It makes a large and very filling entrée for lunch or supper. If you have had bariatric surgery, cut it in half and save the other half for the next day or a snack later the same day (if your family doesn't gobble it up first)!

Remember to take small bites and chew each bite at least 25 times before swallowing!

Bariatric Baked Rutabaga with Pine Nuts & Raisins

Prepare this recipe as written if you are more than 6 months post-op and have received permission to eat the nuts and raisins. Otherwise, prepare without the pine nuts and raisins and save about 31 calories per serving. May also be pureed for early post-op Lap-Banders without the pine nuts and raisins.

Bariatric Choco-Pear Granola Breakfast Dessert

Too yummy for words! Serve warm!

Could probably be made with pears that are canned in water but microwave time would be a lot less.

Bariatric Berry Hearty Kashi® Parfait

This recipe may be used for your entire family but the portions are especially adapted for those who have had Lap-Band surgery.

This delicious dessert or snack is for persons who are at least 6 months post-op as the fresh berries may be problematic if eaten sooner.

Bariatric Chicken Stuffed Peppers Pressure Cooker Recipe

For color, I like to use a variety of red, yellow and orange peppers. I prefer the sweetness of those colors to the green peppers but the nutritional difference is not significant so you can use what you like.

This could also be pureed for those early post-surgical stages.

We follow a low-sodium diet in our home so the sodium in the pasta sauce was enough for us but for those who prefer, you may want to add salt and/or pepper to the mixture.

Bariatric Butternut & Pear Soup

This is for Lap-banders who are 6 months or more post-op unless you do not use the pecans. Without the pecans, it can be used anytime from the soft-foot stage on.

Caramel Apple Cider

My dietitian said that as long as I am doing as well as I have been doing that I could have 4-6 ounces of apple cider occasionally but no more than once a day.

This is a nice recipe to split with a friend on a cold, rainy fall day.

If you have problems finding these ingredients in your local grocery store, check out www.SplendidLife.com to purchase them online.

Makes two servings. About 6 ounces each.

Bariatric Quick & Easy Skillet Chili

This is only for Lap-Banders who are at the stage where they can tolerate ground beef if it is well-chewed. It has a higher beef to other ingredients ratio to it than chili normally would.



Recipe Collections I've Shared:

    Bariatric & Lap-band Surgery Shared Recipes
    I received my Lap-band on 5/19/2008. I am creating and collecting these recipes especialy for people who have had bariatric surgery, particularly Lap-band but they are healthy for everyone to eat--just adjust the portion size. This is a work-in-progress that I will add to as I go along.