I hope someone can help. My daughter has to get all her top teeth removed tomorrow, due to Chemo and the need of long term use of steroids. She is 24 and petite.
When our family was really broke, in order to stretch
and fairly divide food, I often cubed chicken breast when
it was slightly thawed into 1/2 inch cubes and then did
whatever it was I was going to do with it: made bento,
or popcorn chicken which is fried chicken made with small
pieces. Same with steak. I just julienned a lot of food
into small sticks or slices after it was cooked. Great for
topping baked potatoes, everyone gets a little of everything and hardly needs a chew, yet has structure.
I once fixed bento (rice foundation, meat and veggies
fixed with soy, ginger, etc) for 6 teen boys with 2
chicken breasts, 1 1/2 carrots, one clove garlic, little
scrap of ginger, small piece onion and various spices,
soy sauce. They each got x number of cubes of meat,
over 1 level cup cooked rice, and tablespoon by tablespoon I portioned out the sauce. It was a hit, and
they had no idea how much math went into that dinner.
I did learn something from that experience though.
Thought of something else: use those tiny scoops for
fruit balls to make a lighter/soft version of meatballs
to go with mashed potatoes or spaghetti; you know how
some meatballs are harder than others. I think breadcrumbs lightly crumbed in a blender or processor
make the lightest meatballs, but feel free to correct
that impression if it's wrong. You could also make
fish balls with a fish cake recipe or salmon patty
recipe, like mini croquettes. Or tiny dumplings in a
chicken soup or chicken pot pie recipe.
may sound strange but pedisure for kids comes in great flavors like banana frost and chocolate and the strawberry cream is good too. My grandson who is 4 drinks it to add to his vitamin suppliment. They are really good, thick like a milkshake and if you let them get real cold they are even better. They are loaded with vitamins and anyone can drink them. they are sold in grocerie stores and walmart in the baby section. Walmart has there brand of it but it tastes terrible. So get pedisure its a bit pricie but is good tasting & good for you. I suppose on the banana one & strawberry as well you could even add real fruits of the same flavor to them by whipping in the blender & have a smoothie. Ensure is another way to add vitamins to your meals but I think the pedisure taste better. May God Bless your daughter & hope she feels better. hope that suggestion helped.
When my husband had this done he ate scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, over-cooked small shaped pasta (he liked it cooked in chicken broth like a soup), tuna salad - no bread, ice cream and pudding. The mouth heals very quickly so it wasn't for too many days.
How about some really good soups, just blended to make smooth?
My prayers go out to your daughter and her speedy recovery.
You didn't memtion if your daughter will have dentures made or if she will have to be on this kind of food forever?
I make something delicious I call 'fish hash.' I use mild white fish (we prefer tilapia, but any fish she likes would do fine) and saute it gently with a small amount of olive oil (or butter). Sprinkle it liberally with bread crumbs. I also add onion powder, a little garlic powder, and a little basil powder. You can add whatever spices you and she like. When the fish is completely cooked, I chop it with the edge of the spatula. You can add any number of things at this point: sour cream or a small amount of mayonaisse or pickle relish or grated carrot. Of course fish by itself isn't hard to eat, but this cooking method makes sure that the herbs and spices are mixed evenly through the fish.
Steak and chicken can be chopped fine or shredded, mixed with gravy, and eaten over rice, potatoes, soft toast.
Hearty soup can be made with chunks of meat or poultry and cooked over a period of hours -- the nmeat will be soft and easy to eat.
Many vegetables can be mashed, besides white potatoes: squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots.
If you contact the dietary department at your hospital, the dietitian will have nutritious foods for those who cannot eat much, or tolerate much, or chew well. His/her suggestions will also be nutritionally sound.
Best wishes to your daughter for the return of her good health!
Nancy in Florida
You can buy canned beef in broth. its very soft and you can just thicken it a little bit with cornstarch.
Flavored yogurts are good too. puddings that are thinned a little with milk.Add some extra protein powder or extra powdered milk for nutrition.
cooked oatmeal with some fruit preserves mixed in.
cooked mashed potatoes with finely chopped meat mixed in.
fruit pie filling that has been blended a bit.potato soup.
spanish rice. refried beans with melted cheese.small curd cottage cheese. ricotta cheese in a cup topped with spaghetti sauce and topped with parmesan cheese, microwave until heated, its like eating lasagna almost.
rice puddig with raisins. thawed cool whip mixed with thawed frozen strawberries, eat as is or freeze in cake pan and cut into squares and eat like ice cream.
shredded cabbage cooked in a skillet with butter until soft.
I looked through every recipe I have and found nothing. I wanted to help so much. However, Lynn Beth is right. The mouth heals very fast and in the meantime, besides the things you've mentioned, things like scrambled eggs, baked fish which falls apart easily, mashed potatoes with tiny bits of bacon for flavoring, soups, and such are going to have to do. Once the gums are healed, she find it surprising how well she can eat without teeth. Over and above Twinkies, I can think of no finger foods since by definition they need to be strong enough to hold together. May God bless you daughter. I'll most certainly include her in my prayers
This is a very refreshing thick protein drink. We drink it often! Use a spoon or a straw.
About(+-...give or take) a fourth cup of cashews.
one banana. Can be cold or frozen)
Crushed ice. (about a half cup)
About fourth cup of cold water.
Put in a blender and whip it up. Tastes like a milk shake or ice cream. REALLY! We add protein powder to boost the vitamin content. You can mix other frozen fruit like mangos or pineapple. I hope she recovers FAST!
Soup, lots of soup. Mashed potatoes. Ice cream. Milk shakes. Bananas. Most anything that can be crushed against the roof of her mouth with the tongue like many well cooked vegetables. Fish. Chemo can cause mouth sores, but doesn't always. My prayers are with you. My daughter has cancer and I can empathise with what you are going through.
Soft meatloafs with gravy or non-spicy sauces, mashed broccoli or cauliflower with cheese sauce, mashed potatoes with gravy for sure, broiled fish with butter to keep them soft, spoon bread, soft boiled cabbage or any vegetable really that doesn't have a fibrous covering. Squash or zucchini, sweetened stewed tomatoes to neutralize the acid in them, ice cream, sherberts, milk shakes, puddings, and any good nutritional milkshake like Ensure. Even the diet shakes can be good calorie sources when you drink them betwen meals. Chicken crouquettes or stuffings with finely diced chicken, mac and cheese, applesauce, jellos. God bless her and I wish her a speedy recovery.
Fruit juices. Canned fruits tend to be soft. Rice. Cornbread. Cheese grits. Shredded barbecue. Good luck and God Bless to your daughter and all your family.
I wish your daughter good health.
Here are some of the things I've thought of.
Toast and tea. -- dunk toast.
Cereal that gets soft in milk with bananas. Pancakes later with eggs. Corned beef soft fried with eggs and bread or later toast.
French toast. Oatmeal, cream of wheat.
Sandwiches not right away, ham salad, tuna salad chopped very fine, chicken salad. Sloppy Joes.
Macaroni and cheese. Hamburger helper. Goulash, chili. Meat loaf, mashed potatoes and gravy. Over cook the hamburg with water and the grease poured off.
Cooked carrots, parsnips, cooked. coleslaw very, very fine.
Rice, noodles. butter, garlic ?
Finger food not right away, Hot dogs, vienna sausages, sausages, boiled chicken, then make soup.
Cook a pot roast till it is fall off the bone tender, mashed potatoes, gravy, boiled carrots. MMMMMMMMMMMgood Ham loaf, swiss steak, both kinds, -- regular gravy or with peppers onions & tomato sauce. The longer you cook the steak with sauce the more tender they get. taste test!
Hope this helped.
You've gotten some good ideas here, I would tend to stay away from the grits and cashews. Mashed potatoes can be versitle and can have many different things added.. PLEASE check out Chemo Angels!! They are FREE and your daughter will receive lots of positive and caring support. www.chemoangels.net check it out!!
I thought of something else: steamed, stuffed dumplings.
Use wonton wrappers and fill with finely chopped cooked
mixture of pretty much anything tasty. Seal edges with water into triangles or rectanges. Put in colander,
steam over boiling water maybe 15 minutes to piping hot
Make short grain rice, which is a little sticky. Stuff in
center with tasty small tidbit, veggie or meat morsel.
Each bite a surprise. Could fill with chopped mushrooms,
finely chopped onion, and bit of ground meat mixture.
An easy yummy recipe made in a slow cooker called Overnight Oatmeal!
1 cup steel cut oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried figs
4 cups water
1/2 cup half-and-half
Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker and set to low heat. Cover and let cook for eight to nine hours. Stir and serve!
(I have other recipes that you may like, because my mom is a cancer nurse...e-mail me at MusicLover785 AT hotmail.com if you are interested.)
THANK YOU! THANK YOU so much everyone! What a great response. I have so many ideas now I barely know where to start lol. I appreciate everyone's response and well wishes for my daughter. I have a slow cooker and never thought of using that. I have printed out ALL the ideas, so that I have them on hand, especially when my daughter feels like a certain type of food. THANK YOU also Amy & Brianna for your information and email help.
THANK YOU EVERYONE! ;D Joyce & Tara xox
If you find that you need a heavy duty blender that can handle anything you put in it, try the Vita Mix.
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