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Dinner recs needed STAT for teen beast with tooth extraction!

My nearly 18 y/o son, The Lima Bean, is having a tooth extraction for a recently infected wisdom tooth this afternoon.

He can consume twice his body weight in one sitting and has been known to empty fruit bowls by osmosis, simply by walking past them.

Someone suggested chicken and corn soup, but I am a bit worried about the "bits".

Apart from 5 litres of custard, what can I feel this manchild to a) satisfy him and b) not irritate his tooth?

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  1. Refried beans are good ...

    There's jello ... if the regular stuff has too much texture, my grandmother used to serve it hot. Jello soup!

    Will he tolerate pureed food?

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    1. re: foiegras

      pureed food makes me urp a little bit, but I can try it. I was thinking congee without the "lumps", but I guess that just makes it porridge rice!

      Also, he isn't allowed anything hot.. like tea or coffee for 24hrs, as it has to keep the socket moist.

      What would you do with the refried beans?

      1. re: purple goddess

        Umm, nothing ... when my friends & I had our wisdom teeth out, plate o' refried beans was something we could eat & order in a restaurant ;) You could puree salsa and put that on top.

        You could easily serve the Jello lukewarm.

        Cream of wheat ... you could add lots of brown sugar & maple syrup. Cheese grits ...

    2. Oatmeal

      Milk toast

      Ice cream


      Eggs, scrambled or boiled


      Mac N Cheese


      Mashed potatoes

      Creamed spinach

      1. Leek & Potato Soup (Vichyssoise)

        I have had many tooth related procedures and my mom would always make this. As a tall 16-year-old boy this would always fill me up.

        Served either cold or hot, it is very filling and nutritious in a time where its hard for the body to get all of the necessary nutrients.

        My mom's recipe included blending all ingredients after cooking in a blender. Also, white pepper was the key to tastiness.

        So good.

        1. Creamy polenta/grits, oat bran, quinoa flakes, or a combination. I can't attest for it myself, but friends of mine swear by blending any whole grain at all- wheatberries, quinoa, barley, bulgar.
          Mashed squash, pumpkin, parsnip, other root vegetables, with smooth sauces, gravies, sour cream, and other toppings like caramelized onions- best when roasted with herbs, garlic, etc. beforehand for extra flavor.
          Soft scrambled eggs, egg salad, tofu 'egg salad'.
          Greek yogurt, cottage cheese.
          Hummus, muhammara.
          Dhal, saag paneer.
          Avgolemono soups, egg drop soup, matzoh soup, split pea soup, french onion soup, cream of anything, etc. etc.
          Guacamole, with strips of roasted red pepper.
          Bread puddings, sweet and savory.

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          1. re: gwendolynmarie

            When my daughter had her wisdom teeth extracted last summer, two of the things that really helped to get her through were cold potato/leek soup ( per Mike CP) and hayayakko tofu - cold tofu with finely grated ginger and soy sauce, hold the scallions for another time! Both were flavorful enough to be satisfying and the tofu has plenty of protein. And of course yogurt and puddings.

            1. There have been numerous posts about wisdom teeth extractions/jaws wired shut...all with great advice. For my 20 yr old son a few years ago with all 4 out at once, Carnation Inst. Breakfast with whole milk worked very nicely but they do get tired of sweet stuff quickly and he wanted MEAT. So I mushed up some beef & potato soup to a puree and that helped. He also like Deviled Ham (I know, kind of yucky) but it worked nicely on junky white bread; he said it all kind of dissolved in his mouth with minimal chewing.

              1. When my son had all 4 of his wisdom teeth out, he was in such a foul mood that all he consumed for the 1st 2 days was Gatorade and frozen italian ice. He especially like the latter because the cold was soothing on the gums. I'd made all sorts of culinary plans & he just was not interest. The good news was that after 2 days, he started recuperating very rapidly and started eating fairly normal foods, including lots of solids so long as they were in small pieces -- e.g., hamburger on plate, not on a roll.
                Since your son is only having one out, he should be able to chew on the other side of this mouth. I would think that he could eat normal food fairly soon after the surgery.

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                1. re: masha

                  Excellent point! I had all 4 out at once, and wasn't even thinking about *the other side of the mouth* ...