Helen Bauzon’s recommendations to make Lap Band Friendly Meal includes:

  1. make sure the meal is eaten with a knife and fork to take 1 tsp mouthful portions at a time.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 rashers rindless bacon, chopped
  • 1 small brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 x 400g cans borlotti beans, drained, rinsed
  • 4 wholegrain English muffins
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves



  • Step 1

Heat oil in a deep, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan using a slotted spoon and set aside.

Step 2

Add onion to frying pan. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion is tender and light golden. Add garlic and paprika. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Step 3

Return bacon to frying pan. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste and beans. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Split muffins and toast. Spread with butter. Place on serving plates. Spoon over baked beans. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve.


Source Super Food Ideas – May 2007 , Page 52

Recipe by Tracy Rutherford