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May 30, 2008 06:59 AM

Recipes for my brother

Hello my name is Mandy and I need recipes for my little brother. He was brutally attacked almost two weeks ago and his attackers dislocated his jaw, broke his jaw in three places and literally knocked out all but about five or six teeth clean out of his mouth. Now his jaws are wired shut and he has two metal plates in his chin and in the roof of his mouth. He has lost eighteen pounds since his attack and is only able to "eat" nutritional drinks and broth. Well, lastnight I was able to cut up tuna fine enough with mayo added for him to suck it through his wires. He was EXCITED to eat something normal...LOL. Well, now I need some recipes so I can make him some more stuff to eat other then just una. So, if anyone has any ideas, that would be great!!


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  1. A blender is his friend! You can turn just about anything to drinking straw or sipping consistency. When I had difficulty eating, courtesy of my dentist, I found canned soups to be interesting, especially Campbell's "Soup in Hand." You can make blender smoothies with all sorts of cominations using yogurt or cottage cheese. And when I wanted something "substantial" potatoes, carrots, gravy and a little beef in the blender were great.

    Hope your brother recovers quickly and fully with no after effects. Well, except for setting off alarms in airports! And bless you for being such a caring sister!

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    1. re: Caroline1

      Just be careful that any soups aren't too hot- did you ever drink hot chocolate out of the stirring straw- it shoots to the back of the throat and burns!

      What about rice pudding or cous cous?

    2. When I had my wisdom teeth removed I made or bought my favorite kinds of soup (lots from panera) and blended them until I was able to "eat" them through a straw. There are so many options and it's nice to have some variety.

      I also made mac and cheese (out of a box-don't judge), put it in the blender with a little extra milk and blended it until smooth enough to drink.

      Best of luck to you and your brother.

      1. I'm so sorry to hear about what happened with your brother.

        I remember a friend of mine who'd just had his wisdom teeth out ordering a plate of refried beans a la carte. They can really be delicious on their own ... Also, you can make mashed potatoes really wonderful with cheese, butter, sour cream, cream cheese--to your heart's content since it sounds like he could use some calories. I do Yukon Golds, leave the skins on & throw them in the KitchenAid with milk (you could make that cream) & butter. Oh, my mother also used to add eggs to our mashed potatoes & they're very good that way.

        Tell your brother we're thinking about him ...

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        1. re: foiegras

          Maybe some nice creamy scrambled eggs....

          Poor guy, that really stinks. Speedy recovery to him.

        2. sorry to hear about your brother. Wishes for his speedy recovery. In the meantime, here is a recipe for a pea soup that I make....very "creamy" but still real food. The soup is adapted from a similar Ina Garten recipe from the food network.

          Minted Pea Soup with Saffron Cream
          Serves 6

          2 tablespoons unsalted butter
          2 leeks, chopped (white and light green parts only)
          1 small yellow onion
          4 cups chicken broth
          5 cups frozen peas
          2 sprigs fresh mint leaves (apx. 2 tablespoons when chopped)
          Fresh ground salt & pepper to taste

          Melt butter in a large saucepan, add the leeks and onion and cook over medium-low heat until the onion is tender. Add the chicken broth, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Add the peas and cook for 5 minutes, until peas are tender. Remove from heat and add the mint, salt and pepper.

          In a blender, puree soup in batches (to avoid overflowing, start with a small amount in the blender and pour more soup in through the vent hole in the blender lid). Pour pureed soup into a large bowl and repeat until all soup is pureed.

          Serve warm or cold, topped with a dollop of saffron-infused sour cream (see recipe below) and a sprinkle chopped green onions.

          Saffron-infused sour cream

          5 sprigs saffron
          1/2 cup lite sour cream
          1/2 cup freshly chopped green onion

          Place saffron in a small, microwave safe container with 1 Tbs water. Microwave for 1 minute. Strain saffron-infused liquid into sour cream, along with 1/2 cup chopped green onion.

          Good luck getting some nutrition in him!

          1. I would give him a milkshake -- you can add banana or strawberry for more nutrition, but ice cream and whole milk have a good amount of calories, so at least he'll get some more calories into him.

            Pureed soups are a good idea as well.