Our Favorite Bariatric-Friendly Holiday Recipes

Updated: Dec 19, 2020

We love exploring all of the ways we can meet our bariatric nutritional goals during the holidays with new and exciting recipes! Below you will find our community’s favorite holiday recipes that are entiehr created by our members or by our favorite food bloggers and recipe testers!

Check back often this week as we will be adding in new recipes every day. If you have a recipe you would like to submit, email us or click the link in our Instagram bio to be taken to a Google Recipe Submission form! If you try one of these recipes, post on your feed and tag us so we can marvel at your kitchen accomplishments!

Happy holidays, ya’ll!


Holiday Themed Crude and Charcuterie Boards!

  • There are SO many creative ways you can arrange crudites! I have even seen some very clever looking wreaths too! We recommend pairing your festive holiday showstopper with a simple ranch dip- Hidden Valley Ranch Dip packet and substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream! No one will ever know the difference and you have packed it with protein!

  • And do not be afraid to mix veggies, fruit, meats, and cheeses! Give your guests the full charcuterie experience in a festive tree layout!

  • Get creative with your cookie cutters! You can use them to cut out cheese to create the perfect "ornaments" for your veggie tree!

  • We love this idea from Two Healthy Kitchens of making a hummus "wreath" that is sprinkled with basil and tomatoes and roasted red peppers- so creative and very bari-friendly!

  • You can also pair it with the Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Dip featured below!

Stuffed Peppers

  • Stuffed peppers is one of those versatile recipes that can be whipped up in a flash with ingredients you already have! And, you can turn any recipe that calls for regular sized peppers into an appy by swapping mini peppers for the large ones!

  • Our very own Becca loves this recipe from Green and Keto!

Stuffed Mushrooms

  • This is another one of those "things" that you can almost always make with ingredients you have on hand. And the versatility of the basics is what makes this such a powerful tool in your recipe arsenal.

  • If you have guests who have an aversion to mushrooms, you could add the stuffing to peppers to change up the look and flavor profile.

  • If you are craving a crab rangoon, try making this amazing, bariatric-friendly version from Culinary Hill!

  • Natalie has her very own go to that creatively uses all parts of the mushroom and we are all here for that! See her recipe below.

Deviled Eggs

  • A classic and versatile appetizer, April has been known to make these into a whole meal! Check out these 50 * different * versions of the party favorite from The Food Network!

Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Dip

  • This is a staple at all of my gatherings- there is never any left!

  • Roasted garlic is a magical food for me. The depth of flavor just makes my mouth water. I also recommend making this dip with Garlic Confit and of course, I follow the amazing Teri Turner's No Crumbs Left recipe!

  • If you omit cheese and make with vegetable broth or water, it becomes a wonderful plant-based dip. If you want to kick it up a notch, sprinkle in some blue cheese or gorgonzola cheese- delicious!

  • Check out this versatile recipe from Simply Scratch!

Side Dishes

Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Sesame Seeds

  • This versatile and savory dish will wow your tastebuds. And it makes for a beautifully presented side dish! Another fabulous creation from No Crumbs Left!

Raspberry Jello-O Mold

  • What makes this side so magical is its versatility. It can be served as side similar to the traditional cranberry sauce or as a stand alone show stopper as a "salad". No matter how you serve it, it will be a hit.

Grandma Anthony's Creamed Onions

  • If there was ever a recipe that invoked memories for me, this is the one. My grandma makes these every year just for me and she recently passed the recipe on so I can carry the traditional forward. I love this dish because it is the perfect combination of sweet and savory with a little "crunch" from the onions. (April)

Main Events

Easy Salmon

  • This recipe from Ereka Vetrini is so *simple* yet so delicious, you will be making it again and again and AGAIN! Ordering salmon in larger quantities from local or national distributors means you will also have a go-to high protein option in your freezer that will please your most discerning guests.

Maple Chicken and Squash Skillet by Emily Bites

  • A wonderful way to incorporate seasonal ingredients and color in a one-pan dish! Great for a week night or dinner party with pickier eaters, it will make a statement on your menu.

Ricotta Bake by Leite's Culinaria

  • This was one of the *first* things we all made when we graduated to the "soft" food stage and it was the most glorious thing we ever tasted!

  • The nice thing about this dish is it can be served as a main for anyone, and when accompanied with a big side salad and some rustic bread you will have quite the fest for you and your guests!

  • When April makes it, she omits anything spicy, but sky's the limit when it comes to modifying this dish to meet your needs and taste!


April’s Decedent Roasted Pears with Caramel Sauce

  • I really have embraced Teri Turners philosophy- simple ingredients CAN be marvelous! It does not get any easier- or tastier- than this. And the protein in the ricotta makes this a decedent and protein packed option! (April)

Pumpkin Pie Bars- The Person Kitchen

  • These simple and delicious bars were recommended to us by our friend Shelby @corrinne_83 and she reported that even the kids loved these bars!

15 Bariatric-Friendly Desserts from BariLife

  • If you are looking for more dessert inspiration, check out this great list compiled by Bari Life! No matter your stage of bariatric recovery, you will find a recipe here!


After bariatric surgery, some of us might find that we are transferring of food dependency or addiction to other things. And research has told us that the #1 "thing" WLS patients transfer to is alcohol. So if you are wanting a special beverage to accompany your celebration but you don't want to turn to alcohol, make yourself and your guest's a MOCKTAIL!

A mocktail is beverage that is served in traditional cocktail glasses with the normal accutroments, but devoid of booze :) You get the same taste and look, without the alcohol. And if you think you won't enjoy them as much, we challenge you to think outside the bottle and try one of the fabulous mocktail recipes!

And if you cannot tolerate sparkling waters or beverages, substitute for a flat water (Hint Water) or the non-carbonated juice option.

April's Favorite- Cranberry Pineapple Mocktail

  • I love pineapple. I love how they taste. I love how they smell. I love where they grown. I love how they look. I love them so much I adorned the walls of my powder room with them- thank you Rifle Paper Company! I love this drink equally because the flavor lifts my spirits and takes me back to the beaches of Hawaii.

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