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I’m just a little bored on this soft food/purée phase. I’m making ricotta bake tonight. I did a puréed chicken salad with Greek yogurt and some other seasonings to eat on this week for lunch. Lots of other recipes I’ve tried but guess I’m just bored now. All suggestions welcome !

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Shrimp salad, crab salad. Shrimp and avocado. Thai style chicken Soup, Casserole and veg. I am only 10 days out and was planning my next phase today. These were some I fancied

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I had a lot of moist pureed chicken seasoned or cod with whatever sounded good. Plain chicken=add Better than Bullion. Mexican=add taco seasoning plus a bit of refried Beans. italian=garlic, oregano, Italian seasoning. Buffalo, ranch, everything bagel, Cajun are also options depending on your spice tolerance.

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I got steamed chicken and vegetables from a Chinese restaurant. The steamed chicken is super tender. I didn’t eat the rice and only used a tiny amount of the sauce. I made 3 meals from the chicken and the vegetables will stretch even further. I mixed 2 oz of the chopped vegetables with my egg this morning. I wasn’t crazy about purées either, but it was better than liquids.

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There are lots of recipes online for the pureed stage if you use google search. There are also many bariatric cookbooks available that cover all stages from home-made Protein Shakes, soft, pureed, and "normal" food. Here are some of the cookbooks I've accumulated.

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I was obsessed with refried Beans. They tasted so good! I often added some shredded cheese and FF greek yogurt. I don't know if you're allowed this yet, but ground turkey and chicken were great, too. I added taco seasoning or other spices and ate them with ff greek yogurt.

Also mozzarella cheese sticks.

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