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Gastric Bypass Dinner Ideas: 5 Easy and Quick Recipes

Gastric Bypass Dinner Ideas

Gastric bypass surgery transforms the structure of the digestive tract to help with weight loss; it is a life-changing technique.

Patients can maximize the benefits of gastric bypass surgery and achieve long-term weight loss and better health by following a well-balanced diet and by making changes in their lifestyle.

After surgery, changes in diet are critical for good healing and long-term success.

Patients need to understand which type of food they must avoid, and which foods are necessary for managing their after-surgery journey successfully.

Avoiding high-calorie, high-fat foods, sugary snacks, alcohol, and dairy products will help you avoid pain and consequences including the illness known as dumping syndrome.

The advantages of this surgery include further weight loss, increased mobility, metabolic health, and quality of life.


Here are some recipes for gastric bypass dinner ideas for picky eaters and vegetarians. 

5 Easy Gastric Bypass Dinner Ideas:

There are five meals with recipes and benefits for eating after surgery that can help us recover and meet our health maintenance targets. 

1. Chicken and bean bake:

Chicken and Bean Bake for gastric bypass patients
Chicken and Bean Bake for Gastric Bypass Patients [Picture Source]
After gastric surgery, consuming chicken and bean bake gives a high protein supply for tissue regeneration, low fat for digestive comfort, and fiber for digestion.

According to post-surgery diet guidelines, this balanced meal supports nutritional intake, weight management, and portion control. 


  • Two cans of your favorite beans, such as navy or kidney beans, or three cups of cooked beans.
  • 1 cup green beans, either frozen or fresh
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh herbs, like oregano and basil.
  • Use 1/2 teaspoon each of kosher salt and black pepper.
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • Add red pepper flakes as needed.
  • 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil.
  • 6 skinless chicken breasts.


In a dish, mix the beans, herbs, garlic, and spices. Place the chicken on top, then pour the oil to fry and season. Bake at 425°F for the time required.


2. Thai turkey lettuce wraps:

quick and easy peanut thai turkey lettuce wraps recipe
Quick and Easy Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps [Picture Source]
Thai turkey lettuce wraps provide gastric bypass patients with high-protein, low-carb, nutritious meal options that aid in healing and weight management, after surgery, offering a delightful and satisfying eating experience.


  • ½ cup water
  • Four onions.
  • ½ teaspoon chopped red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sesame
  • 1 pound of 99% ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • ¼ cup pars oil.
  • 1 teaspoon of fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of mirin


Cook the ground turkey in a large skillet sprayed with canola oil over medium-high heat for five to seven minutes, stirring and chopping with a spoon to break up the pieces. 

Add the other filling ingredients, cover, and continue cooking until the meat is done. Add more water as needed.

In a separate small pan, combine the sauce ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until fully combined and of nice consistency.

Add more water as needed. To serve, place one washed bibb leaf lettuce on a dish and fill with 1-2 Tbsp filling. Top with sauce and enjoy. If preferred, add a Thai-style vegetable salad.


3. Light and creamy tomato soup:

creamy tomato sauce for gastric bypass
Creamy tomato soup [Picture Source]
After gastric bypass surgery, light and creamy tomato soup is low-calorie, full of nutrients, a meal that helps in weight management and digestion while also giving hydration and meal satisfaction within dietary limits. 


  • 1 tablespoon organic canola oil.
  • 5 cups of chopped red onion.
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin.
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt.
  • ¼ teaspoon hot smoked paprika
  • 4 chopped cloves.
  • 28 oz chopped, unsalted San Marzano tomatoes.
  • ½ to 1 cup vegetable stock (depending on how thick you prefer your soups)
  • ¼ cup fat-free milk.


Cook the onion, cumin, salt, and paprika in oil. Combine garlic, tomatoes, and stock. Add the milk and blend until you get what you want in thickness.


4. Shrimp salad:

gastric bypass dinner ideas Perfect Shrimp Salad
Gastric bypass dinner ideas: Perfect Shrimp Salad [Picture Source]
Shrimp salad contains the necessary protein for tissue repair following gastric bypass surgery, while also being low in calories and fat, helping with weight management.


  • 8 ounces peeled and deveined 26/30 prawns with tails removed and cooked
  • 1 tablespoon mustard.
  • 1 teaspoon honey.
  • ¼ cup delicious corn kernels.
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of low-fat sour cream.
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes.
  • ¼ cup diced red onions.


Mix all of the ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


5. Vegetable frittata:

vegetable frittata
Vegetable Frittata [Picture Source]
Vegetable frittata is a high protein, filled with nutrients dish that improves tissue repair and muscle preservation while also improving general health and attention to restrictions on diet following gastric bypass surgery.


  • 8-10 cherry tomatoes (halves)
  • 5 asparagus spears
  • 2 scallions.
  • Two large leaves of Swiss chard.
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
  • Six big eggs.
  • ¼ cup shredded reduced-fat cheese.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.


Preheat the grill to high. Clean all vegetables and slice them into bite-sized pieces. Spray a medium skillet with canola oil.

Sauté the vegetables and herbs in a skillet for 3-5 minutes. Cover the pan for a few minutes to ensure that the vegetables are fully cooked.

Spread the vegetables equally in the pan. Place the eggs in a separate bowl and whisk thoroughly to combine.

Gently add eggs into the pan to cover the vegetables. Cook the eggs over low to medium heat until they are almost set.

Sprinkle cheese over the eggs and cook for another 2-3 minutes under a grill. Serve immediately. Frittatas can also be refrigerated overnight and reheated for breakfast the following day.


Foods to Avoid After Gastric Bypass Surgery:

1. High-fat meats:

Avoid high-fat meats such as bacon, sausage, bologna, and salami after a gastric bypass since they are rich in fat and calories and can cause digestive problems.

2. Sugary foods:

During surgery to avoid weight gain, health problems, and excessive calorie intake we must avoid foods like cakes, candies, pastries, cookies, ice cream, and excessive calorie intake.

3. Alcohol:

Limit your alcohol intake and avoid high-calorie beverages. It is not suggested to drink alcohol after the procedure as gastric bypass changes food absorption.

Toxins and excessive amounts of calories may cause liver damage and weight gain.

4. Dry foods:

After gastric bypass surgery dry, crunchy food like almonds, crackers, and pretzels should be avoided as they cause stomach blockage and nausea.

We must eat softer and less processed foods that are easier to digest.

5. Dairy products:

After gastric bypass surgery, we must take low-fat items like milk and yogurt and avoid high-fat dairy items in order to avoid nausea, vomiting, and dumping syndrome [Ref].


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Written by Dr. Ahmed

I am Dr. Ahmed (MBBS; FCPS Medicine), an Internist and a practicing physician. I am in the medical field for over fifteen years working in one of the busiest hospitals and writing medical posts for over 5 years.

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