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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!!

Thanks!

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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. Mandy...so 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.

            1. Homemade soups are a good option:

              Split pea
              Ham & Bean
              Potato Soup
              Tomato Soup
              Vegetable Soup
              Clam Chowder
              Cream of Asparagus
              Chicken & Vegetable

              Any of these could be pureed to give him some good nutrition.

              Boil a few chicken breasts and put through a meat grinder or food processor and make some chicken salad...dress it up with some spices and finely minced green onion and celery.

              Best of luck to both you and your brother. I hope he recovers well from such a horrible ordeal.

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              1. re: kkak97

                I'm interested in knowing why you were wired shut. I'm going on 7 weeks wired shut and would like to hear from someone who has gone through this tortue before. Are you back to normal eating and functioning now. I had a bike accident on may 31 and havent eaten since

              2. I am so sorry for your brother, I can relate as I was wired shut for 3 months that seemed like an eternity! While my oral sugeron gave me a collection of recipies from past patients that included everything from your basic shake to a chili dog in a blender, I still lost weight. While others have listed some ideas, you really need to blend the consistency to a fine liquid (unless he has room in the back of his mouth, I had no gaps). I had to supplement with a ton of ensure/boost because to get normal foods down to a drinkable consistency, they didn't taste the same. One of the things I hated most was not being able to brush the inside of my teeth. My temporary solution was to squeeze a tic tac through the back of my mouth and use my tongue to scrape the inside with the tic tac as best I could. When I was unwired I reach for my toothbrush so quickly! You really *can* blend anything, just be sure to add enough liquid (milk, broth, gravy, ect.). BEST WISHES!!

                1. I would take beef shanks (on the bone), sliced onions, chicken broth, and a touch of V8 juice and cook it all together for about 2 hrs. Then add potatoes and carrots and cook for another hour.

                  Then take the veggies and some of the broth, and blend up in to a pureed soup. It will probably look funny, but the taste of beefy potatoey soup will be delicious! I dont know how smoothely the beef would blend in, but even without it the flavor will be great.

                  You could also puree chicken noodle soup into a drinkable mix that would get through a straw.

                  This thread has a ton of ideas for soft foods:
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/373812

                  1. I had my mouth wired shut for a whole summer and a broken jaw when I was in high school. I still have pins and wires in my jaw that you can see in x-rays. I lived on blended soups (these were the BEST), Jamba Juice (or Juice it Up or whatever one you have in your area), mashed potatoes with just about ANY sauce (cheese sauce, gravy, just about ANYthing Asian like Teriyaki - I loved that one), grits. I had a friend who thought she was doing me a favor and she would try to blend up all sorts of things for me to eat....and some things just aren't meant to be blended together. BLECH! Also, as gross as this is, please keep in mind that he can't brush the inside of his teeth. So, while tuna may have tasted good going down, it may not taste so good on the back of his teeth in a few days. I actually whined and complained enough about it that they finally put me back to sleep on day and brushed the inside of my teeth. They can not do this while you are awake...one little wrong move and you will totally rebrake your jaw so they can't chance it. Also, when the wires do finally come off, his jaw is going to be really stiff and he is going to be on soft foods for awhile. They day I got my jaw opened, my friends took me out for pizza...I couldn't even open my mouth enough to take a bite...soooo disapointing!

                    1. Sorry to hear about your brother! I love pureed vegetable soups.

                      Saute red peppers and garlic until tender and puree with chicken stock in the blender. Add sour cream if desired. Really great.

                      Do the exact same thing with cauliflower, and if you like deep flavors, make sure you get a fair amount of browning on the cauliflower, then puree with chicken stock. Rich and delicious with only the fat you used to saute.

                      Do the same thing with iceberg lettuce!!! Yes, try it, it's quite tasty. Add black pepper, maybe some sage.

                      Hope your brother makes a great recovery!