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Out of the hospital and need easy to chew food?

After being in the hospital all week with a migraine that no one seemed to have an explanation for, I'm still recovering AKA avoiding light, sound, and chewing. No crunchy, chewy, tough, foods at all. The sound is murderous and chewing itself seems to be slightly painful.
If anyone had any ideas for something easy, not hard to chew, and on my college-student budget, I would be eternally thankful!
My dad suggested Malt-O-Meal and Cream of Wheat, but I'm kind of iffy on trying it, after hearing horror stories from my friends.

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  1. hillary, are you in an apartment? or are you eating dorm food? Can you or someone else cook? or does this need to be off-the-self food? You didn't give us a lot of information and, I think, you'll receive better answers when more information is forthcoming.

    Meanwhile, the obvious easy answer is milkshakes, scrambled eggs, applesauce and smoothies. Puddings and custards can be either sweet or savoury. Also, try buttery-cheesy polenta and listen to your dad.

    Some years ago, I had serious jaw surgery and my mouth was wired shut for about six weeks. I could only eat what came easily through a straw. Many good-hearted people thought things like cream of chicken soup and gazpacho would work but my "meals" needed to be quite thin. If your non-chewing requirement is this strict, you might look at the Mayo Clinic website for more ideas.

    1. Mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, tomato soup, any cream of ? soup. Sounds as though you need something pre-made as cooking would require light and making something and pureeing it would require sound. Could you have someone bring you any of these things? If so, all of the above could be brought as well as something like Popeye's red beans and rice. The cold of the ice cream products may cause pain. Tuna salad would be cheap and low chew factor if you had to make something at home-just don't use crunchy items such as onions or celery, just mayo, tuna and a seasoning such as lemon pepper if salt doesn't trigger the migraines.
      ETA: packaged yogurt, pudding or jello.

      1. As someone who suffers regularly from sound sensitivity, I very much sympathize. I also want to warn you. Avoiding all annoying sounds can be very detrimental to your recovery. Once your ears get used to the silence, going back into the noisy world only gets more and more difficult. It is extremely tempting to just place oneself as far away from the pain as possible, but in my experience, forcing myself to endure those normal every day noises is what keeps me sane and able to function. Eating a cracker, putting away the dishes (oh, for me that one is the worst). In fact, I felt my best the day after enjoying a rowdy, loud, drink and dance filled wedding!

        Anyway, best of luck to you. I really do hope that this goes away. Mine fluctuates and tends to be at its worst on the hottest most humid days, so this has not been a great Summer for me. However, since I decided to not just hide from sound, I have definitely gotten better. Again, good luck.

        1. cream of wheat is good..i have eaten that since i was a kid..
          i like it with a little milk..some butter and some sugar on top.....

          when i had my tonsils out..is when i started eating mac and cheese....
          and my dad would make a helping of elbows and then mix it with cream of mushroom soup..
          still eat that sometimes on a cold day..

          1. as , a migraine sufferer, the thought of anything strong smelling (mac and cheese, red beans and rice, even eggs) is, for me, a problem--do you have a blender? a smoothie of kefir (or yougurt) mixed with oj and some frozen fruit (or even just a banana) can be good. oh, just thought of the sound of the blender....Carnation Instant Breakfast? just mix in milk. good luck!

            1. yogurt, pimento cheese, deviled eggs, chicken and rice casserole, cottage cheese, baked potato. these are just a few ideas. just remember to try to get enough protein in your diet. I also like your Dad's idea of cream of wheat. You might also try oatmeal. good luck.

              1. I'm living in a house, and can cook. I'm just at a loss of what exactly to cook. I have access to most kitchen appliances, except those blenders you stick in the pots. I managed some soup earlier, but it's depressing to think that's what I'm going to be eating. Smoothies are slightly complicated, I turn on the blender and then go in the laundry room and shut the door 'till I think it's done (the noise is awful), and then run out to turn it off.

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                1. re: hillary41

                  Some ideas along the lines of: tamales that don't have chunky fillings -- e.g., cheese or corn, soft tacos; veggie quiches, lasagna, or casseroles such as moussaka; or possibly polenta with soft veggies (peppers, onions) or pasta dishes

                  Good luck!

                  1. re: Stephanie Wong

                    i was gonna suggest quiches, polenta, and tamales as well!

                2. I used to suffer from migraines.

                  Foods needed to be comforting yet easy to eat. Quiche, scrambled eggs, grilled cheese, pasta dishes, soups, egg foo young, bread pudding, good bread and soft butter & hard boiled eggs all worked.

                  Interestingly, if I drank quite a bit of grapefruit juice as soon as the migraine began it would sometimes stop it. No idea why, other citrus juice had no effect.

                  1. There's a quite extensive thread about what to eat after dental surgery that you might find useful in your situation: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/373812

                    It's all about finding savor in softness.

                    1. I was on a soft food diet last week due to a pinched nerve in my face. It was painful to chew, plus I had limited range of motion and couldn't take normal size bites of anything. I ate a lot of hummus with very soft pita torn into small pieces, pancakes torn into pieces and dipped in syrup, frozen mac and cheese cooked in the microwave, salmon filets cooked on a Foreman grill then flaked into very small pieces, and mashed potatoes (frozen from Trader Joes).

                      1. I might catch hell for this, but chef boy-ar- di overstuffed italian sausage ravioli in the can is not that terrible as some may think, mash it up a little before (no Parmesan/Romano cheese though, bad for migraines). I feel very bad for you, I've had friends suffer terrible. Only about a buck a can most places.

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                        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                          Cream of wheat with bananas brown sugar or maple syrup is good, french toast, angel hair cooked on the softer side goes down really easy, noodles with sour cream and cream cheese, tuna on wonder bread, pbj, soft fish like salmon with some mayo and a little mustard rubbed on top and broiled or pan seared, frozen spinach, softer cooked zucchini, there is pancake batter that comes in a whipped cream type of can thats organic but dont know how it is, Grillers veggie burgers are pretty soft even if just microwaved in the plastic they come in, lasagna, carrots cooked softish, sweet potatos, lumberjack instant mashed arent bad and real easy, hummus.Give us more food preferences for more specific ideas. Good luck!

                          1. re: chompie

                            The pancake batter in a spray can can be found at Costco and is really good! A nice way to have pancakes occasionally for one or two since you don't have to mix up more than you'll use.

                        2. Lots of good ideas here already. I ate lots of different variations on mashed potatoes when I had my surgery a couple of years back. Some of my favorites were mashed with cream cheese and chives, chipotle mashed sweet potatoes, or Yukon golds mashed with the flavor packets of various kinds of ramen from an Asian market: MaMa brand Tom Yum and IndoMie Mi Goreng are far better than the 5-for-a-buck supermarket ramen. Ramen soups themselves are a good cheap option too, along with the old dorm standby of drained ramen noodles with butter & ½ the packet.

                          For an easy shortcut version, the Idahoan brand instant mashed potatoes are not bad.

                          I'll add my voice to the others and say don't write off the Cream of Wheat- I like mine with butter and honey but it's also good savory style with garlic and cheese. Cheese grits are excellent and easy too. Same goes for oatmeal- I dry-toast oatmeal before cooking to maximize the flavor, and eat it with brown sugar, but again there are lots of savory options if you do a recipe search...

                          On egg dishes, I don't think anyone's suggested egg salad yet. And tender omelettes with all sorts of soft fillings- cheeses of course, but also things like roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, and canned artichoke hearts if they're not too chewy for you. Don't overlook a jam omelette, too. With a good European jam.

                          Crepes are soft too, a wonderful vehicle for all sorts of tasty stuff. Or Austrian pancakes, Palatschinken, really more like an eggy crepe than our American flapjack.

                          If you're up to soft well-cooked pasta, one of my favorite comfort foods is Hungarian noodles- egg noodles with cottage cheese, sour cream, canned mushrooms, garlic, black pepper and paprika (I do mine with smoked paprika). You can do overcooked egg noodles with Alfredo sauce, peas (canned ones cause they're soft), and thinly shaved prosciutto or smoky ham.

                          There's a long list (over 400 posts) of great things to do with cottage cheese on this thread:

                          Somebody suggested hummus with torn pita, I'll add baba ganoush and say that they're not bad on soft white bread if the pitas sound too chewy for you. BTW there are many other soft eggplant options. Zucchini and yellow summer squash are quite soft when cooked, and there are lots of other squashes that are great mashed or as the basis for soups, like the curried squash soups that become popular again every Autumn.

                          Speaking of curry, an Indian/Pakistani dish like mattar paneer or palak paneer is an option too, if you omit the rice it comes with. And creamed spinach or other creamed vegetables. Creamed chipped beef over soft toast maybe. And corned beef hash with a fried egg on top.
                          Tender biscuits with honey butter or herb butter, or with cheese baked inside...

                          Somebody suggested well-mashed tuna salad: if you like celery flavor you can add celery seed for the taste without the crunch. I might add salmon salad and perhaps even crab salad to the list too.

                          Bread pudding has savory variants as well as the sweet ones. And rice pudding is pretty soft and mighty tasty. Then there's polenta, not too chewy & quite flexible...

                          My favorite rice and cheese casserole has a tender version, listed with the recipe here:
                          It could be made with white rice but after baking even the brown rice is not very chewy at all.

                          And, don't forget good old jello!

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                          1. re: eclecticsynergy

                            When I had my tonsils out at 18, I remember my mom made soft scrambled eggs which were wonderful because they took almost no chewing and just slid down my poor sore throat. I also love grits with butter and sugar cinnamon or salt, pepper and a grated cheese like parm or romano.

                            1. I like Malt O Meal. You do have to cook it, but flavored with butter and the milk of your choice, and a little brown sugar, you could do worse.

                              I hope you are feeling better by now.

                              I also recommend making yourself a cup of tea. Regular or herbal. A cup of tea is often soothing.

                              1. What about steamed things? Soft steamed carrots and flaky fish. Stewed fruit too. Peaches and pears with cinnamon.

                                Pea or lentil soups break down with out a blender too.

                                Feel better soon.