How to Make Vegetables the Main Diet after Surgery?

Medically Reviewed by Katelyn J. Mock, US-Registered Dietician (R.D.)

Question: How do you include vegetables as the main dish at a meal?

Our US-Registered Bariatric Dietitian answers:

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To start including vegetables more often as the main dish at meals, it is helpful to think of them as the “star” of the show. Just replace your diet of meat and potatoes with vegetables!

Focus on the broccoli you picked up at the grocery store or the butternut squash that was at the farmer’s market. There is so much more you can do with vegetables besides steaming and serving with some butter, salt, and pepper.

Cube and roast the butternut squash, then add it as a topping on a spinach salad with dried Craisins or cherries, walnuts, gorgonzola or bleu cheese, and a vinaigrette. With the broccoli, you can make a vegetarian stir-fry and add other vegetables in your fridge, then top on brown rice.

Look up some of your favorite recipes online and simply type in “vegetarian” at the beginning.

For example

  • Vegetarian Stroganoff
  • Vegetarian homemade burgers
  • Vegetarian lasagna
  • Vegetarian casseroles
  • Vegetarian soup

Here are some other examples of yummy recipes to look for and try:

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  • Grilled Portobello burger instead of a regular hamburger
  • Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
  • Winter Vegetable Chili
  • Asparagus Frittata
  • Chickpea, Tomato, and Feta Salad
  • Crustless Broccoli & Cheddar Quiche
  • Vegetarian Stir-Fry

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