Cauliflower Ricotta bake

5 Minute Cauliflower Ricotta Bake

We all know how popular Ricotta Bake is after weight loss surgery. In fact, I already created Mini Ricotta Bake Muffins. But then I had an idea…

How can I make it even easier?

A mug meal!

Mug meals are perfect after bariatric surgery because they’re small and you can prepare them fast. It’s a win-win!

I also decided to utilize my dietitian cap and added cauliflower rice to the recipe. This boosts the fiber and antioxidants.

If you’re having a difficult time tolerating dense proteins like chicken after bariatric surgery, a softer texture protein like ricotta bake may be easier on your stomach.

How to Make Cauliflower Ricotta Bake

The easiest way to prepare cauliflower is to use a pre-made package of cauliflower rice. They used to be hard to find but now you find them in your local grocery store or Trader Joes.

If you want to prepare the cauliflower rice from scratch it takes a little more work but it’s relatively easy if you have a food processor. Check out Minimalist Baker’s Video on how to make cauliflower rice.

Once you have all your ingredients you are ready to go!

First add 1/3 cup of cauliflower rice to the your mug. Then top with ¼ cup sugar-free marinara sauce and ½ cup of part skim ricotta. Next, mix together in the mug.

Place in microwave and cook for 3-4 minutes on high. Remove mug and add 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese on top. Then place back in microwave for 20 seconds. Voila! Enjoy.

Weight Loss Surgery Tips

  • Use part skim instead of whole milk ricotta to cut calories
  • Adjust the portions to your personal needs
  • Eliminate the mozzarella if you want to save additional calories
  • Choose a sugar-free marinara sauce
  • Omit cauliflower if in the pureed phase and use a smooth texture marinara sauce.

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Bariatric Diet Recipe Modifications

Pureed:

  • Omit the cauliflower and use smooth sugar-free tomato sauce
  • Or you can puree it afterwards in a bullet or food processor

Soft:

  • Serve as is. May need to reduce portions to ¼ cup cauliflower, 1/3 ricotta and 1/8 cup marinara.

Regular:

  • Serve as is
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5 Minute Ricotta Bake

Cauliflower Ricotta bake

An easy, quick mug meal after weight loss surgery. It is high in protein. 

  • Author: Kristin Willard, RDN
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Microwave
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 c cauliflower rice
  • 1/4 cup no sugar added tomato sauce
  • 1/2 ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add 1/3 cup of cauliflower rice to the your mug. Then top with ¼ cup sugar-free marinara sauce and ½ cup of part skim ricotta. Next, mix together in the mug.
  2. Place in microwave and cook for 3-4 minutes on high. Remove mug and add 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese (if using) on top. Then place back in microwave for 20 seconds. Voila! Enjoy.

Notes

Pureed:

  • Omit the cauliflower and use smooth sugar free tomato sauce
  • Or you can puree it afterwards in a bullet or food processor

Soft:

  • Serve as is. May need to reduce portions to ¼ cup cauliflower, 1/3 ricotta and 1/8 cup marinara.

Regular:

  • Serve as is

Keywords: Mug meal

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Kristin Willard, RDN

I am Bariatric Dietitian that teaches you how to eat before and after weight loss surgery to help you feel and look your best.

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