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Adzuki Bean Bowl | Bariatric Recipe

Bariatric Friendly Protein Bowl | Weight Loss Surgery Recipes

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Gluten-Free Adzuki Bean Protein Bowl for your Bariatric Diet

Adzuki beans… let’s talk about them! These little beans are a superfood and wonderful for your diet post bariatric surgery. Here’s why:

For every 3.5 oz of adzuki beans there’s 7.5g of protein and 7.3g of fiber (That’s 25% of your daily fiber intake in ONE portion). They are naturally gluten-free and have a high amount of antioxidants.

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When buying these beans, be aware that they have several different names; such as azuki beans or red mung beans. You can buy them in a can or dry, no need to soak overnight. For this protein bowl recipe, we used canned beans.

Think of this recipe as an Asian-inspired version of the Chipotle protein bowl, but bariatric friendly and gluten-free!

The flavors from the cauliflower rice, salad mix, peas, avocado, and dressing all mix in your mouth to create a perfectly balanced bite of delicious flavor! Whether you’re using this recipe because you’re post-op, vegetarian, gluten-free, or on Keto, you’re sure to be impressed.

Quick tip: If you’re making this recipe in bulk to save for later, don’t add in the dressing! Store the dressing on the side and pour it over your salad mix right before you eat it, so the ingredients stay fresh!

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Adzuki Bean Bowl Recipe | Weight Loss Friendly


2 Tbsp cauliflower rice

2 Tbsp cooked adzuki beans

1 Tbsp fresh cilantro

¼ cup diced onions

Sesame seeds to taste

½ small avocado sliced


¼ cup olive oil

⅓ cup rice vinegar

¼ cup white miso

3 Tbsp soy sauce

1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil 

Salad Mix

2 cups sliced pointed cabbage

2 small carrots shredded

1 cup sliced sugar snap peas

2 Tbsp sesame seeds


1. Add all ingredients for the dressing into a small bowl, mix well, and set aside.

2. Prep your ingredients for the salad mix (shred carrots, slice peas, slice cabbage)

3. Combine all salad mix ingredients in a medium bowl and mix

4. In a small bowl, add in bariatric portions of cauliflower rice, salad mix and cooked adzuki beans

5. Top with cilantro, sesame seeds, and ½ small sliced avocado

6. Serve & enjoy!

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We recommend our WLS Afterlife viewers follow their doctor’s dietary guidelines, regardless of our recipe instructions. WLS Afterlife is dedicated to presenting new bariatric-friendly meals weekly so you can continue to enjoy the life you’ve worked so hard to enjoy!  If we listed an ingredient you were told to avoid, write to us so we may provide you with plenty of other tasty alternatives.

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