10 Single Serving Meals You Need in Your Bariatric Life

Bariatric Recipes for Staying on Track

Planning healthy meals that work

with your bariatric diet can be tough.

You need these recipes in your life!


If this is how you feel when trying to plan out healthy meals then you need to try these recipes:


Traditionally we find ourselves in one of these two boats:

– Tasty, but unhealthy

– Healthy, but not tasty

Try our alternative: Tasty and healthy

Have your bariatric meals left you unsatisfied? The dietary restriction that comes with being a bariatric patient can be frustrating to put it lightly. What if you didn’t have to sacrifice the foods you love or your weight loss progress?

Weight loss is a numbers game, plain and simple. If we are regularly in a calorie surplus we gain weight, if we eat fewer calories than you burn we lose weight. It really is that simple. Then why can it be so hard to lose weight on a consistent basis? One possibility is that we are accidentally eating more than we think we are.

Effective meal preparation and portion control solve this problem altogether. If you want guilt-free, delicious and portion controlled meals that work with any meal plan you need to try these recipes!

All of these are single serving which makes portion control as simple as it can be. Make an entire batch and save the rest for days to come for stress-free meal planning and deliciousness!


Chicken, Bacon and Ranch Wonton Cupcakes

Chicken Bacon Ranch Wonton Cupcakes

This recipe brings all of your favorite flavors together in a tight, organized package. Who says you can’t enjoy the perfectly married flavor of bacon and ranch while losing weight?

Light ranch seasoning, bacon and lean chicken breast make this an unbeatable option for healthy eating.


Makes 12 Wonton Cups


1 lb uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon ranch seasoning

2 teaspoons canola oil

5 slices center cut bacon, cooked crisp and chopped

¾ cup yogurt-based ranch dressing (such as Bolthouse Farms)

24 wonton wrappers

4 oz 2% shredded sharp cheddar


152 calories

10 g carbs

6 g fat

14 g protein



Sesame Chicken Wonton Cups

Sesame Chicken Wonton Cups

If Asian fusion in a crispy package isn’t enough to get you excited then we have a bigger problem on our hands. Chicken doesn’t have to be boring and bland. Don’t forget the sesame seeds and the cilantro to really make this one stand out!

Makes 24 Wonton Cups


8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast

cooking spray

24 wonton wrappers, about 6 oz.

2 tablespoons tahini

2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari sauce

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

½ cup thinly sliced snow peas

½ cup shredded carrot

½ cup thinly sliced scallions

2 tablespoons chopped basil and/or cilantro

black sesame seeds for garnish, optional


152 calories

10 g carbs

6 g fat

14 g protein



Meatloaf Muffin with Mashed Potato Frosting

Skinny Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting

While this one is a different play on the cup-cake you must give it a chance. If you like the staple of meatloaf and mashed potatoes you’ll love every perfect bite of this healthy pairing.

Use lean ground beef or turkey (at least 93% lean) and you can fit this into any diet.

Makes 12 Cupcakes


For the Meatloaf Cupcakes:

1.3 lb 93% lean ground turkey

1 cup grated zucchini, all moisture squeezed dry with paper towel

2 tbsp onion, minced

1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs

1/4 cup ketchup

1 egg

1 tsp kosher salt


For the Skinny Mashed Potato “Frosting”:

1 lb (about 2 medium) Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved

2 tbsp fat free sour cream

2 tbsp fat free chicken broth

1 tbsp skim milk

1/2 tbsp light butter

kosher salt to taste

dash of fresh ground pepper

2 tbsp fresh thyme


120 calories

12.25 g carbs

4.25 g fat

9 g protein



Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Wonton Cupcakes

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Wonton Cups (1)

When you want a healthy meal it normally won’t include creamy Alfredo at any capacity. Luckily you’re reading this recipe and will love how it can fit easily into your bariatric diet whether you are maintaining your current weight or are still on your journey to your goal weight. The Italian seasoning and light Alfredo sauce makes this feel like a cheat meal, you will come back to this one many times!

Makes 12 Cups


1 ½ teaspoons olive oil

1 cup broccoli florets, chopped small

2 cups cooked shredded or diced chicken breast

1 cup light Alfredo sauce

½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

24 wonton wrappers

1 ½ cup shredded 2% Mozzarella cheese

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese


130 calories

9 g carbs

5 g fat

13 g protein



Skinny Meatloaf Muffins with BBQ Sauce

Skinny Meatloaf Muffins with Barbecue Sauce

This one is just in time for summer! No need to kick the bbq for good when options like these delicious muffins are in the cards.

Using lean turkey or ground beef makes it a no-brainer for the health-conscious and the foodie alike. Don’t skimp on the Worcestershire sauce and experiment with different bbq sauces!

Makes 9 Servings


1 package (~1.25 pounds) 99% fat-free ground turkey breast

½ cup bread crumbs

1 cup onions, finely diced

1 egg

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

½ cup barbecue

¼ teaspoon salt

Fresh ground pepper, to taste


115 calories

18 g carbs

2 g fat

18 g protein



Crunchy Taco Cups

Crispy Taco Wonton Cups

Mexican food is normally packed with cheese, cream and unnecessary fats. These traditionally calorie dense choices lead to blissful overeating. If you make these taco cups you’ll get the best of both worlds: delicious, south-of-the-boarder taste without the guilt that normally follows!

We like reduced sodium taco seasoning. It tastes just as good and it’s best to avoid excessive sodium when we can. If you are feeling “fancy,” substitute the Rotel tomatoes with some freshly diced tomatoes. The fresh tomatoes and thin layer of melted cheese makes this an instant classic.

Makes 12 Taco Cups


1 lb lean ground beef, browned and drained

1 envelope (3 tablespoons) taco seasoning

1 (10-oz) can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles

1½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (or Mexican blend)

24 wonton wrappers


178 calories

10.4 g carbs

7.3 g fat

16.8 g protein



Chicken Cordon Bleu Wonton Cupcakes

Chicken Cordon Bleu Wonton Cupcakes (1)

Chicken Cordon Bleu may make you think of a generic banquet hall buffet, but give this a try and you’ll have a change of heart.

One thing that Chicken Cordon Blue has gotten right is the combination of smooth cheese and delicious ham paired with lean, healthy chicken. Those aspects aren’t lost here in this perfect “cupcake.”

Makes 12 “Cupcakes”


12 oz (2 ½ cups) cooked diced or shredded chicken breast

3 oz thinly sliced deli ham, chopped

8 wedges of The Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese Wedges, chopped

1 teaspoon mustard

24 wonton wrappers

6 slices 2% Swiss Cheese, each cut into 4 equal pieces

0.75 oz seasoned croutons, crushed


152 calories

10 g carbs

4 g fat

17 g protein



Crab Salad in Crisp Wonton Cup

Crab Salad Wonton Cups (1)

We need variety in our diets, otherwise we get burnt out on foods we may even love and have loved for years!

Chicken and beef are great, but we need an offering from the sea to round out our diet. These crab salad cups are just what you need if you’re missing that taste of the ocean!

Makes 18 “Cupcakes” (6 Servings) 1 Serving is 3 Cups!


For the Wonton Cups:

Cooking spray

18 wonton wrappers

2 teaspoons canola oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Dressing:

1 teaspoon lime zest

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/4 teaspoons salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Salad:

1/2 pound lump crabmeat

1 stalk celery

1/2 cup finely diced mango

1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves


170 calories

17 g carbs

7 g fat

9 g protein



Thai Chicken Salad Wonton Cups

Asian Chicken Salad Wonton Cups

Chicken salad can be about as fun as waiting at the DMV, are we right? Add some Thai flavor to this bland classic and you’re really onto something here.

Chicken can be so versatile and that is apparent in this delicious chicken salad cup. The wonton cup gives the necessary crunch to the salad. The lime and sesame seeds really give this the distinct Thai flavor you are sure to love.

Makes 12 Cups


12 wonton wrappers


1 garlic, smashed

1½ tbsp lime juice

2 tsp rice vinegar

2½ tsp fish sauce

1 tsp soy sauce

1½ tbsp canola oil (or grape seed, vegetable or other neutral flavoured oil)

1 tsp sugar (or honey)

1 – 2 birds eye chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (or 1 – 2 tsp of chili paste or hot sauce)

Chicken Salad:

1½ cups shredded cooked chicken

1½ cups finely shredded cabbage

¾ cup carrot, finely julienned

⅓ cup finely chopped shallots/scallions


Sesame seeds

Fresh coriander/cilantro leaves


74 calories

6.4 g carbs

2.4 g fat

6.2 g protein



Buffalo Chicken Cups

Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups

Are buffalo wings healthy? Of course they are not. Can we enjoy the taste of buffalo wings and still lose weight? Of course we can.

This recipe takes lean chicken and delicious buffalo sauce to create a myriad of sinfully delicious flavors. These will be your new favorite over even the traditional hot wings! If you aren’t a fan of blue cheese, no problem. Just substitute a couple of drops of fat free ranch dressing and there you go.”

Makes 24 “Cups”


2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1/2 tsp. chili powder

24 wonton wrappers

1 Tbsp. butter, melted

1/2 cup cayenne hot sauce

1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles

3 scallions, sliced thinly


70 calories

4.6 g carbs

2.7 g fat

6.5 g protein



The Bottom Line:

While bariatric surgery is not the “easy way” as some people think, you should be enjoying life! Enjoying life to the utmost involves enjoying great-tasting food. The goal for life after bariatric surgery should be to improve your health, but also enjoying life.

Of course the bariatric life requires discipline and commitment, so use these recipes to stay on your path to a “new you” and stay away from bland, tasteless meals!


What are your thoughts on these

recipes? Let us know in

the comments below!

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8 Responses to “10 Single Serving Meals You Need in Your Bariatric Life”

  1. Carla

    I am excited about trying all of these recipes for myself first and then for my family and friends!

  2. Polly Martin

    wow very good ideas here!! thanks so much can’t wait to try most of them! I am going to make a tin full of different ones maybe two of each type!!

  3. Kim Barrett

    Can’t wait to try these!! They all look so delicious.


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