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Recipes for a tonsillectomy patient

Getting a tonsillectomy when you're older is a pain. So much more so because two weeks of ice cream and popsicles doesn't have the same allure when you'd so much rather waste those carbs and fats on cremes brulees and pig roasts. Does anyone have any recommendations for foods that won't make this surgery even more unbearable?

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  1. first thing that comes to mind is jook/congee/rice porridge...you can add your favorite minced meat, seafood, vegetables...my personal favorite is abalone, but it's so hard to find these days...


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    1. re: soypower

      I made my roommate my grandmother's chocolate mousse recipe after her tonsils came out, and she wouldn't eat it because it felt "too rich" to go down comfortably. Does this sound normal or was she just afraid of it because it has (gasp!) fat in it (mmm, cream). It had almost no sugar, only the amount they put in very dark chocolate. I thought it would be perfect. Oh well.

      She's pretty much been eating jello and sorbet, with occasional bouts of small amounts of solid foods. It's been a week.

      1. re: seattledebs

        I've heard that thick/rich foods like ice cream don't go down very easily for some people, which nixed my plans of stocking up on Cream of Mushroom soup.

    2. According to my husband, like swallowing a handful of broken glass. I just remember him writing, "no salt, it burns, burns, burns!" I think I made him a lot of okayu (jook) and bland chawan mushi-(savory).

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      1. re: mochi mochi

        Chawan mushi is a great idea! I'd prefer not to revert to jook as I don't want to gain weight while I'm "not eating."

        So if salt feels like shards of glass, what about the temperature of food? Is that something to be aware of?

        1. re: JungMann

          cold foods are going to feel a lot better (which is why so many freezer pops and ice cream) than hot, but warm should be tolerable.

          I was thinking of a soft custard made with egg substitute so it's not really fatty

          1. re: JungMann

            I don't remember him complaining about temperature, but I am sure I served it on the cooler side.
            Actually he said his throat felt like he just swallowed a handful of broken glass after his surgery. I think he was about 35 at the time. He said it was all worth it-no more strep throat.

        2. Using the criteria that the food must be smooth/soft texture:
          Blueberry yogurt smoothie (or insert your favourite fruit and blend)
          Butternut squash soup
          Corn Chowder (borders on not-so-smooth but I thought if it were pureed enough then at least you could enjoy some bacon...)
          French Toast (just thinking the one we made in the oven New Year's Day was fairly soft)
          Hummus (although if salt irritates maybe not?)

          Hope that fits the bill although I confess I don't know enough about the procedure to know if hot foods would irritate so my suggestions might be useless :\

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          1. re: maplesugar

            Love that you snuck in the bacon! I joked with a friend that I might try to puree some roast beef with stilton and creme fraiche to create a roast beef smoothie while convalescing. It made her throw up in her mouth.

          2. How about a simple Cream of Potato Soup...

            Boiled Potatoes
            Chicken Stock
            Heat Gently
            Finish with Cream
            Season to Taste

            Garnish with any of the following:

            Green Onions
            Bacon Bits
            Creme Fraiche
            sour Cream

            1. Well, I'd opt for the creme brulée over the pig roast, save for the burnt crust. You'll want to stay away from anything crunchy & crispy = pain. So yeah, pureed, mashed, liquid, mousse-y anything. And the occasional scoop of ice cream will feel fabosky. Good luck, young man. Ouch.