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Soft food recipes?

My dear mother is in the process of getting partial dentures and is tired of oatmeal and scrambled eggs. Chewing is quite difficult right now. Any great recipes that might make this process a little more pleasant for her?

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  1. What about things like risotto, pureed soups (like tomato soup), and maybe even chili?

    Will she eat tofu? Hummus?

    Some salsa with guacamole on a tofu patty, paired with mashed potatoes, would make for a nice meal, and a nutritious one.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      We made mapo tofu for her last night and she really enjoyed it. Your salsa + guac idea sounds interesting.

      Do have any particularly outstanding soup recipes you'd like to share?

      1. re: soypower

        Here's a soup that is both nutritious (and easy going down the pipes) and which takes advantage of seasonal ingredients ... a chestnut yam soup with tofu.

        -Chicken or vegetable stock
        -10-15 whole large chestnuts (raw)
        -5 large tomatoes
        -3 to 4 medium yams
        -1 large ginger root, sliced
        -1 cup of soft silken tofu

        Cook the chestnuts, peel, and set aside
        Peel and cut yams into large chunks, do the same with the tomatoes
        Add the sliced ginger to the stock.
        Bring the stock to a boil, then add the yams and cook until yams are tender.
        Then add the tomatoes and bring back to a boil, then reduce heat, and add tofu and simmer for 40 minutes, partially covered. Add salt and pepper to taste.
        Remove ginger slices before plating.
        Serve garnished with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Thank you! My search skills on this site are sooo bad!

        1. re: soypower

          no worries - always happy to help!

          and actually i'm glad this thread is part of my Chow history now, because i'm having gum surgery next month and i may need a little inspiration ;)

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Oh my! I hope all goes well and you have a speedy recovery. We need you here!

            1. re: soypower

              aww, thanks doll :) i'm sure i'll be fine, and i imagine i'll be in Chowhound overdrive once i heal and can eat solid food again!

      2. Yes. Shrimp Bisque. Make a thin cream sauce (1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup flour, 1 quart milk). Put a pound or so of shelled cooked shrimp in the Cuisinart with a small piece of onion and process it not to liquidize it but to reduce it to a consistency that your mom can manage. Add this to the cream sauce and add additional milk until you get the consistency you want. Season with salt. Add a small glop of ketchup to give a slightly pink color. Shrimp Bisque is useful because it gives a lot of protein to an eater who can't chew meat or fish at the moment.

        Other ideas: baked custard, tapioca pudding (use Fluffy Tapioca recipe on Minute Tapioca box), a nice baked Idaho potato with chicken gravy, gazpacho, hot chocolate.

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        1. re: Querencia

          Yowsa. I didn't realize shrimp bisque was so easy! Thank you.

          1. They're not real recipes, but mashed potatoes, peanut butter and jelly, and tuna fish were lifesavers when my sister and I had our wisdom teeth out.

            1. Savory bread pudding with cheese.

              For some desserts, panna cotta or tapioca,

              1. Soft parmesan polenta with a tomato/marinara sauce or something more complex

                love velvety chipotle corn chowder, cauliflower cream, broccoli ( http://gordonramsaysrecipes.com/03/go... ), cheddar ale, roasted red pepper and tomato bisque, french onion soup

                stuffed potatoes (don't eat skins if intolerable) - blend flesh with some ricotta or cottage cheese for extra protein, some well-steamed broccoli pureed or finely minced, or spinach finely chopped, cheese, roasted garlic, etc and bake again

                manicotti
                pastina with butter and parmesan

                blintzes

                beans, rice and cheese
                tamales

                quiche

                egg salad

                popovers

                meringues
                creme caramel
                pavlova
                poached pears or baked apples
                trifle or tiramisu

                hope she feels chewy again soon!

                1. I had some dental issues earlier this year, and found things like rice and pasta difficult to deal with unless it was overcooked (blech!). Gnocchi with an unchunky sauce, like marinara or pesto, was a nice discovery. Also applesauce, cottage cheese, PBJ on soft bread were good things.