The 10 Best Pureed/Soft Food recipes After Bariatric Surgery - Bariatric Moms (2024)

heather0927 April 29, 2019 23 Comments

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Stage 2 post-op weight loss surgery is soft and pureed foods.

I was so flippin’ excited to be off liquids that I experimented with EVERYTHING.

2 important things before our recipes!

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Second, this Ninja processor set is something I used ALL THE TIME during the first two phases (and still do now). This is the one I used but if you need a cheaper version click here. You will definitely need a food processor for the Soft food/pureed stage.

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I use it to make smoothies all the time (for the whole family)! I also use the food processor to make cauliflower rice for MANY dishes! The uses and possibilities are seriously endless.

Since you have decided to invest in your future with weight loss surgery, you need to invest in the necessary tools for success. This seriously was the easiest and most convenient set I’ve used! It was a huge help during my pureed stage but honestly, I’ve used it ever since as well!

Ok….well, let’s get to what you came here for! Here’s some fav recipes of mine during the pureed stage.

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Crustless Quiche

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  • Visit this link to watch my YouTube (HeatherIsh) video making a Crustless quiche
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cheese
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • Veggies cooked and softened (pureed if in pureed stage)
    • Whisk eggs together in baking dish
    • add milk, cheese and melted butter
    • add veggies (after pureed if necessary) (I love mushrooms and spinach)
    • cook at 375 degree for 25-30 minutes (ovens may vary)
    • Tip: if you double this recipe, there is more then enough for family and meal prep leftovers

Refried Beans

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  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1/2 cup mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp Goya Adobo seasoning
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2-3 tbsp Cholula (more/less to taste)
  • Mix and heat all together
    • Topping: 1 low fat string cheese pulled apart and added on top; then, heated for 20 seconds in microwave to melt

Baked Squash Casserole

  • 2 medium yellow squash
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crushed ritz crackers (save some for topping)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (Save some for topping)
    • Cut squash and onion into medium-sized chunks
    • Steam together for about 20 minutes or until tender
    • Let cool slightly and puree in food processor; set aside
    • In another bowl, combine egg, mayo, cheese, Ritz crackers, salt & pepper, and melted butter. Add squash mixture and stir to combine.
    • Pour into greased casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Blackened Tilapia & Mashed Cauliflower

  • Blackened Tilapia:
  • Lay 2 Frozen tilapia filets (whatever brand you favor) on baking sheet
  • Top tilapia with extra virgin olive oil and pepper (as blackened as you like)
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes
  • Mashed Cauliflower:
  • Cut 1 head of cauliflower in to desired pieces
  • Boil whole head for 20-25 minutes until fork tender
  • Strain all water
  • Mash cauliflower with fork (or use food processor)
  • add 3-4 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sweet Potato Puree

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1-2 Tbs orange juice 1 Tbs half & half or milk
  • 1 pkt stevia or 1 Tbs brown sugar
    • Cut off ends of sweet potatoes
    • Wrap in wax paper & microwave for 5-6 minutes or until soft
    • Scoop potatoes from skins into food processor
    • Add remaining ingredients & puree until smooth
    • Place on dish & sprinkle with nutmeg.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken

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  • 2 cans of canned chicken
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 8 oz low fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup Chalula (or favorite hot sauce)
  • 1/2 mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
    • Pour all together in food processor. Blend and puree. Serve Hot or cold.

Ricotta Bake

  • 8 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 large beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 marinara sauce
    • Mix ricotta cheese, parmesan, beaten egg, seasonings together and place in a oven proof dish.
      Pour marinara on top and top with mozzarella cheese.
      Bake it in the oven @ 450 for about 20-25 minutes (best) or nuke it till hot and bubbly.
  • Sample Bariatric Meal Plan


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Imitation Crab Meat

  • 2-4 oz flake imitation crab meat on plate
  • put 1 tbsp butter on plate
  • heat for 1 minute in microwave

Chili Puree

  • 1 can Pinto Beans
  • 1 Can Chili Beans
  • 1 lb turkey meat
  • 1 packet chili seasoning
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
    • Cook ground turkey, green pepper, onion in frying pan
    • combine all ingredients in large pot after turkey mix is done
    • cook on low heat for 1 hour to marry ingredients (stirring occasionally)
    • Puree your serving if needed with the Nutra Ninja

No Chew Cheeseburgers

  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb ground meat
  • Salt & pepper
  • Worchestershire or Bragg Amino Acids
  • Pickle juice
  • Mayonnaise, mustard, or condiment of your choice
  • Bread or cracker crumbs
    • Saute onion & garlic in olive oil over medium high heat
    • Add ground meat and brown. Drain excess grease
    • Add salt & pepper to taste
    • Add Worchestershire or other seasonings of your choice
    • Cook about 1 minute to blend flavors. Puree meat mixture.
    • Shape meat into patties on a plate & dress with your favorite condiments like mustard, mayo, ketchup or whatever you like on your hamburger
    • Add cheese if you want a cheeseburger
    • Sprinkle with bread or cracker crumbs and enjoy!

Best Tips to Break Monotony

  • Sticking with a goal long term can be a real task; especially when juggling being mom as well! Sometimes keeping routine and the “same ole, same ole” is a good thing. When it’s not so great is when it bores you to the point of giving in to behavior that is counterproductive.
  • When you dread working out because that treadmill feels so boring, or you don’t want to spend the extra 20 minutes driving to and from the gym on top of the work out time, it’s time to switch it up. If the gym is not the answer for a brief time, turn on some music, and have a dance party in your living room. Do some yard work for burning calories. Walk the mall for 30 minutes alone or window shopping with the kids.
  • The same can be said about your eating habits. If you’ve eaten the same circle of food so much it makes you nauseous to think of it, it’s definitely time for a switch-up. Spend about 20 minutes researching a handful of new recipes. Snack on different fruits you don’t normally. Prepare dinners from a diet you don’t normally practice (paleo, weight watchers, keto). Some times I look up these “diet” recipes to find ones I know are healthy but different than I’d normally research!
  • You can also look for an accountability partner or coach. This is actually something I help with. Visit this link to check it out to join Team No Excuse Ninjas! You all inspire me just as much as you are looking to get inspired by me :)! It’s so fun.

What is Monotony?

  • Monotony can be a curse and a blessing. It’s really nice to have routine in some areas of life. We want that constant spouse, constant job, constant house. We need something different in the smaller areas of our lives. The big constants are great, but the family plans, foods we eat, and activity we engage in does need to change up. Not only will it keep our bodies guessing and reacting, but it fuels our minds and mental health. Our mental health and care and maintenance has to be tended to. It’s the foundation to how all other actions and relationships carry on in our lives.

Understanding the pros and cons a little more:

  • Routine is good, monotony is bad.
  • 5 reasons routine is good:
    • it creates consistency
    • it connects us with our beingness
    • we can be more present
    • it keeps indecisions at bay
    • it makes life simpler
  • 5 reasons monotony is bad
    • It can turn into an unhealthy addiction
    • it restricts cognitive functioning
    • it’s associated with high levels of stress
    • it prevents being attentive
    • It can lead to unhealthy addictions such as alcohol abuse, drug abuse, overeating, etc.

Best Tips to Keep Your You Time Poppin’

Me time (or you time) is ANYTHING we do for ourselves. It’s so important to invest in yourself and not fall into a monotonous abyss. You must make the most out of the little me time you can get. It doesn’t have to be a night on the town with the girls. It can be a manicure, pedicure, bath, hair appointment, meal planning for your diet, reading a book before bed, meditating during lunch hours, or exercising. It can vary from the big things to the teeny weeny little things we do for ourselves.

What are some things you do with your “me” time that you’d like to share?

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There is one expense I have kept for myself continually since 2 weeks before surgery. I don’t normally do this kind of thing or even brag about these things to others but this one I just have to. If you are on this post because you are about to embark on weight loss surgery (or you already have), you deserve the best advice. I am 16 months out from surgery and 100 lbs down! Yes, you read that right.

I preach a lot on self care since weight loss surgery. Mostly because I lost myself for so long and gained it again since my surgery. My surgery was a wake up call to never forget little things for myself again. Maybe 1 small thing a day, a week, or a month adds up to big changes in the end! Never forget that!

So here’s my secret: I am a budget mom through and through. I don’t have tons of extra money to spend on myself but I have found different ways to put aside $10-$20 a week for myself to add up to this expense. About once a month, I order about $60-$75 worth of products from Thrive Market.

Yes, there are some products at Thrive that you can find at grocery stores, BUT there are a lot that you will not for various reasons (whether not local or just sold online). Thrive lets you shop by Diet, shop for clean wines, shop for bath and beauty products, or snacks. And allllll of them are as clean as clean can get! That’s what I love about them. You don’t have to do the research for good, clean products, they are all in one affordable place for you!

Click below and check them out now, for a short time you can get a phenomenal deal of a $20 shopping credit! I originally started out buying collagen peptides, electrolyte products, and my soups from them.

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  1. Do you have all of the calorie, carb, protein counts and serving size for these? I am just starting puree stage and want to be as exact as possible!!


  2. This has been extremely helpful! I am transitioning from full liquids to puree, and having some trouble with the idea of putting ALL THE THINGS in a blender. For some reason, this article made everything seem … easier. Thank you!


    1. Great!!


  3. The 10 Best Pureed/Soft Food recipes After Bariatric Surgery - Bariatric Moms (9)
    A well detailed and handy article. Thank you for sharing,
    it’s bound to help lots of people out there. You always publish
    handy advice, some of which I share on Fb.


  4. I think you know nothing of bariatric weight loss surgeries!!! No butter is allowed! No oils! Everything thing is about health and better choices! Plus even the cheese can’t be much ever. Especially in the beginning. Do research before you claim for the weight loss surgeries


    1. I think that’s so interesting….since I had VSG in 2019!! MANY people do keto and low carb after WLS surgery. You should definitely NOT speak for everyone since you are CLEARLY NOT a nutritionist. People find health in lots of different ways.


    2. Try not to be so mean to people. Every doctor has their own eating plan. My Dr gave me a food manual to strictly follow and I am allowed to cook my eggs in butter. And a quality evoo is a good fat, just don’t cook with it. Maybe do your own research or stick to your own eating plan that works for you before you criticize with harsh words 🙄


    3. That’s interesting. Do you really think people after surgery have none of these. I’m part of a very large wls community and we personally shared these recipes. Certainly you’re not simple minded enough to think that doesn’t happen.


    4. I had a sleeve surgery and recently a revision due to acid reflux. Different surgeons. Both had very different diet plans they wanted their patients to follow. I wasn’t allowed to have black pepper after my sleeve but was allowed after my revision to bypass. Butter was not allowed after my sleeve but encouraged after my revision. After my sleeve I had to stay on puréed for 2 weeks but for my revision it was 8 weeks! My point is, every Doctor and program is different. Follow yours and if this doesn’t agree with your program move on and find something that does. Personally I am very happy these recipes were shared with me. Not all of them I can use yet on my journey but several I can. Very helpful ideas.


      1. Hello! Similar situation for me and I’ve not come across many who had VSG revision surgeries; mine was 5 days ago to RNY almost 6 years after VSG, also due to acid reflux. If you know of other revision-communities, I welcome the recommendations!


    5. Maybe do YOUR research…every Dr has a different plan. Mine allows for butter and, in fact, healthy oils are encouraged! Even some carbs are allowed if you focus on eating protein and non-starch veggies first.


  5. They told us we couldn’t have pepper or any seasonings until week 6. Where did you have surgery?


    1. Well I would never share my personal info on a public comment but in NC. Surely you’re smart enough to realize every surgeon and dr is different. And once you’ve been in the wls community long enough you will realize drs tell ppl different things to do.


  6. I just wanted to say of course you should always check with your provider and go with what your body says but my nutritionist said all of these are fine as long as my body tolerated it!


    1. 🥰


  7. I applaud you! I had my RNY in 2009. Way back then, I couldn’t then have an egg for two weeks after surgery…actually I was on liquids only for two weeks. Once I was up and about, I had the roast beef from a kid’s Arbys sandwich and almost puked in my neighbor’s yard! LOL fortunately I made it to mine not I threw up into a small box I was carrying. Anyway, everyone is different and every dr is different. I’ve known folks who are eating soft foods way before I was even out of the liquid phase. And that didn’t make them better or worse bariatric patients than me. And I am not so vain about it that I think everyone should be like me to even say anything to them about it in such a deconstructive and mean manner!! How rude!

    I lost more than 100# after my surgery within 7 months. My goal weight was 130 and my lowest was 107 which was officially 110#. Then I hit the end of the honeymoon phase and regrettably I gained most of it back (193#). I had also developed one of the rare side effects of extremely severe hypoglycemia.

    My endocrinologist started me on Ozempic to stabilize my low blood sugars and I’m down to 158. I gained from 145 but still, I’m pretty happy with myself. My sugar is a hundred’s times better than it was pre-Ozempic which was the goal. Weight loss was a bonus.

    So anyway, I digress. Everyone’s journey is their own. Respect that in others and in yourself peeps.



    1. I developed hypoglycemia too. However, we figured out that I need to eliminate most carbs from my diet and focus on protein and veggies. I have just started a whole system reset to help figure out what foods were causing my episodes. So far no episodes in 2 weeks. I have also been drinking mostly protein shakes and eating eggs kinda like when you go back to the post surgery diet. I am just starting over again. Luckily I started getting a handle on it before my weight gain got out of control. The hypoglycemic episodes were getting more frequent and very scary. So I said I need to figure this out now. Wishing you luck and I hope to get to the bottom of my hypoglycemia soon too. Its very scare because it sneaks up on you so fast and so quickly after eating. And you can’t possibly eat any other food because you are already so full from just eating. It was getting very scary for me.


  8. Thanks for sharing these, they sound super yummy!
    Also, kudos to you & stay strong for having to dealing with a few grumpy people. 🤜🤛


  9. Thank you for the suggestions! It’s greatly appreciated!


  10. Thank you so much for the burger recipe, it makes pureed meats seem so much nicer to eat and retains a bit of normalcy 🙂 I have my VSG in 4 days and im getting nervous but also staying prepared.


  11. Hello, I’m making Christmas brunch next weekend for all and needed something for myself. Your crustless quiche will be perfect!! I’m a visual learner so I appreciate the video you made. I will be 18 days out of surgery.


  12. What supplements did you order from thrive to experience no hair loss? Thanks for your suggestions! I plan on using some of these!


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