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Tooth problems and recipes [Sep. 30th, 2013|02:43 pm]
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Hello everyone!

I was wondering if anyone has any recipes that are more on the liquid side and don't have any chewy bits. I'm currently having some tooth problems that make it very difficult for me to chew. I'll be undergoing surgery for it soon, too, and for at least one week I'll still be unable to chew (though I may be able to move on to soft foods by the end of that week). Right now, even things that require a spoon are to complicated for me since the spoon inevitably hits the problem tooth/teeth, but after surgery I'll be able and even encouraged to do it.

Recipes for after the surgery are welcome too, though I think I have my ground covered. Right now I mostly need things that are liquid enough I can just drink it from a tall glass or something and which don't have any bits I'd be required to chew. They can be any kind of recipe, from soups to milkshakes and smoothies. Anything drinkable that adds some diversity to what I've been eating, basically, so things that are more unusual or less predictable than just basic vegetable soup ran through a blender. I'm not at all picky so I eat anything vegetarian, except mushrooms.

I know I could just look through recipes online and that's what I've been doing, but sometimes it's hard to tell if there are any chewy bits that could be a problem, so I figured asking here would be easier because people would know whether the recipes they're sharing are like this or not.

Thank you so much! Sorry if this sounds weirdly incoherent, and also if you see it twice because I'm cross-posting it to vegetarian.
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[User Picture]From: hatebiscuit
2013-09-30 03:25 pm (UTC)

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When I had my wisdom teeth out, I just ate nothing but blended soups. I made a variation on this for weeks:

- Cook chopped onions in olive oil until translucent. Add any spices you want to this (I tend to go with cumin, cayenne,tumeric and white pepper)
- add 2-3 cups of vegetable broth
- add one can of lentils
- add one potato, diced small
- add one sweet potato, diced small
- 1.5 cups chopped kale, chard or spinach
- add 1 cup of frozen corn
- cook until boiling, then turn down to simmer. Cook until veggies are tender.
- In a blender or food processor blend the soup until all the chunks are gone. Be careful because the soup will be hot and I'd advise blending it in small amounts. As in only a few ladles at a time. Any more than this will make it come out the top of the blender and possibly burn you.

I like this recipe because with the lentils you've got your protein covered and with the greens you've got iron and vitamins. The corn and sweet potato make a nice sweetness and the potato will give it a smooth texture when you blend it. I tend to make a big batch and either freeze it in serving sizes or just keep it in the fridge.

Other than that, smoothies are super customizable and tasty.
[User Picture]From: hatebiscuit
2013-09-30 03:26 pm (UTC)

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Also, you don't really need a spoon for this soup. You could just put it in a mug and sip it.
[User Picture]From: kaishin108
2013-09-30 04:32 pm (UTC)

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Have you tried or heard of Garden of Life Raw Meal? There is a Vanilla Chai flavor that is awesome and replaces a full meal. I add it to green juice or alternative milks like rice or almond. Just a thought to get your nutrition during this tough time. Good luck!
[User Picture]From: gymx
2013-09-30 05:49 pm (UTC)

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Cream of Kohlrabi with Turnip and Celeraic.

I made this just the other day and had some for lunch just now.

Chop onions, kohlrabi, turnips, and celeriac into half-inch dice. Other root veggies can also be used.
Saute with butter and/or olive oil until softened.
Add broth/water and milk/cream/sour cream/etc and simmer until veg is cooked.
Season with salt, pepper, parsley, garlic, and smoked paprika.

You can either cook the veggies down to mush, or put it through the blender. Either way is good.
[User Picture]From: amethystian
2013-09-30 07:27 pm (UTC)

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I feel your pain- I have to get a root canal done in the next couple of weeks (having to arrange it around work and uni) so I'll be in the same situation.
[User Picture]From: crystalyne
2013-10-01 05:49 am (UTC)

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My brother actually put his burritos in the blender when he had his wisdom teeth out.

Butternut squash soup.
1 butternut squash
2 large carrots
2 sweet potatoes/yams
1 large onion
garlic cloves, crushed, optional
salt, pepper and sugar to taste

roast squash and yams in oven.
peel & saute onions and carrots (and garlic) until soft.
remove peel and seeds from squash and yam
puree everything with an immersion blender. Add water to desired thickness and blend again. Add spices.
[User Picture]From: cleodhna
2013-10-01 10:25 am (UTC)

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How about a curry/lentil?

Sautee some onions/shallots/other nice things in olive oil. Add stock and lentils and cook until the lentils are soft. Add your favourite curry mix, or a pre-mixed curry powder. Add stale bread or some cooked rice; that'll complete the protein. Blitz the lot and you'll be able to drink it through a straw.
[User Picture]From: vanillalatte88
2013-10-03 05:25 am (UTC)

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But remember, don't use a straw if you are having any teeth pulled/removed. The suction will pull out the clotting tissue & cause a dry socket, which is essentially an open area all the way to the bone & it HURTS.