Turning on the oven is the last thing I want to do in the middle of summer. Are you with me? I want an easy, light, no-fuss bariatric diet lunch to pack for the office or even put on the table for a light dinner. Well…I found one.
Bariatric Diet Lunch
My Dill Chicken Salad comes together in less than 10 minutes and is high in protein to help keep the hunger hormones at bay and may help aid in weight loss. Did I mention it tastes good too? It’s a perfect bariatric diet lunch!
This dish uses cottage cheese instead of mayo to provide a creamy texture yet still be high in protein. The dill and lemon give it a refreshing flavor and the grapes provide the perfect amount of sweetness. This tastes great stuffed in a vine-ripened tomato or served in a lettuce wrap. The walnuts add a nice crunch and an extra nutrient boost. You could also top it off with one of my coconut avocado lime popsicles and it would be the perfect summer meal.
I used celery seed in this recipe but feel free to use regular celery if you do not have any digestion issues with it. If you are in soft diet stage you can omit the walnuts and grapes and use onion powder instead of red onion.
Bariatric Diet Lunch Recipe: Dill Chicken Salad
- 1 cup cooked chicken, cubed or shredded (I used a rotisserie from my local grocery store to keep it easy)
- ½ c cottage cheese
- ½ tsp celery seed
- ½ tsp of dill
- Juice of ½ lemon
- ¼ c sliced grapes
- 2 Tbsp walnut, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Blend all ingredients together in a small bowl. Adjust seasonings as desired. Let sit for 10- 15 minutes in fridge if you really want the flavors to come together. Serve with a vine ripened tomato or wrap in lettuce.
See what I mean? Easy peasy 🙂 You can even save the leftover chicken from the rotisserie for other meals throughout the week. Voila!
Helping you find balance on and off your plate,
Kristin Willard, RDN
Content is the opinion of the author and does not constitute or is a replacement for medical advice.