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Aug 24, 2006 03:15 PM

Six weeks on liquid diet

My daughter is having jaw surgery today. She will be on a liquid diet for six weeks. Looking for ideas to keep her happy and food interesting while she recovers at home in the next 3 weeks. Last 3 weeks will be away at a dorm and dining commons--next challenge.

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  1. Gazpacho maybe one healthy and tasty idea.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Yes, soups may be one of the best ways to get a balance of nutriton, especially proteins. I use the boxed soups from Trader Joe's as a base and add from there. You can go in any direction you like with flavorings and add-ins.

      Egg drop soup, too, or milk based veggie soups. Also smooties based on yogurt or other low-fat dairy.

      Since she'll be denied texture, go for robust flavors. This may be the time for her to try new flavor combos!

      There are lots of soup cookbooks out there, and almost anything can be liquified. Maybe get her an immersion blender to take with her to school?

      here's a link I found googling 'eating after jaw surgery'

      best of luck to you and your daughter!

      1. re: toodie jane

        Depending on liquid the liquid has to be, it may be worth getting a chinois to strain - you end up w/ a flavorful but thin soup.

    2. Would very thin porridge count as a liquid? You could cook it in chicken/pork/beef stock, or even puree small amounts of beef and vegetables into it. I drank a lot of porridge after having my wisdom teeth out.

      I love avocado milkshakes. Calorie dense, and you can add honey for sweetness. It's a great breakfast and sticks with you longer than other shakes. Papaya works well too.

      Almost any soup can be blended into a "bisque." Sometimes I cook whatever vegetables I have (carrots, onions, tomatoes, and something green is a good basic) in chicken stock until soft, then puree it in the blender.

      Cauliflower soup or asparagus soup are delicious. Somehow the flavor of the vegetable changes a little when it's pureed. Again, cook in chicken stock until soft, then puree. Salt and pepper to taste.

      1. Quite a number of years ago, after some serious jaw surgery requiring wiring, I was also restricted to liquids. By liquids, I mean anything that came easily through a straw. Thick liquids, milkshakes and creamy soups, were out. During the three months (!) of this, clear soups and Ensure were my friends. I finally invested in a juicer and my diet improved greatly. Strained ginger-carrot juice, strained fresh mint-pineapple juice and strained mixed fresh herbs were delicious, they also saved my sanity when I was despairing of ever eating again. It will finally go away and your daughter will be able to eat again. Good Luck to you both.

        1. rule number one: use a blender, not a food processor.

          1. I love my chowhound community! You people are amazing! Thank you for all the ideas and the kind encouraging words. You've given me a great start. Keep the ideas coming! Thanks so much.