Stage 5 - Chicken Vegetable Bowl

As you transition into Stage 5 of the post-surgery meal plan (7 to 12 weeks after surgery) and you are able to tolerate more foods, try out this recipe!

Servings 6 servings (1 serving = ½ cup of protein (chicken, cheese, egg) and ¼ cup of vegetables)



Chicken Vegetable Bowls

  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups cooked, moist, skinless chicken shredded
  • 1 cup green beans chopped and microwaved until tender
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 avocado sliced
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Light Lemon Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste



  • Divide spinach and chicken into 6 bowls. Arrange green beans, feta cheese, avocado, egg slices, and red onion.
  • For the dressing: Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, agave nectar or honey, salt, and pepper in a small jar or container.
  • Drizzle 1 teaspoon dressing over each bowl and season with sea salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.


Chicken Vegetable Bowl

Calories: 146 | Total Protein: 17.5g | Total Carbs: 4.2g  | Total Fat: 6.7g

Light Lemon Dressing (8 servings)

Calories: 60 | Total Protein: 0.1g | Total Carbs: 1.2g  | Total Fat: 6.3g

Adapted with permission from