What to Eat (or, rather, Drink) when your mouth is wired shut
Hi everybody, My mouth is wired shut and will be until July 30 (for a total of 11 weeks). I've been wired shut before so I have some experience with this lifestyle. I love to cook. I have developed some recipes and other tricks to aid me in this journey. If anyone else out there has information, I would love to read it.
About food, I tend to stay away from drinks like Ensure and such -- not because they aren't good for you. They are excellent at keeping a person alive. However, the flavor tends to bore me and make me feel sad about my predicament. I happen to own a couple of excellent blenders. If you're going to be wired shut, I strongly recommend that you invest in a powerful blender. Kitchen Aid has a fine blender that retails for $99 at Bed Bath & Beyond ($79 if you have a BB&B coupon). There are other, more powerful blenders on the market, a Breville blender and the Ninja come to mind. However, these are more expensive. So it depends on your budget. The Magic Bullet makes for a great second blender to have on hand. Under no circumstances would I recommend succumbing to a cheap rinky-dink blender for $19.99 or whatever low price. While you are wired, you will use your blender at least once per day, if not more often. Being wired offers plenty of aggravations. Don't allow a weak, hard to clean blender to add to them.
One note about me: I am working during this period of being wired. I am a receiving supervisor for a national retailer. My job is a physical one in that I work in the store's warehouse receiving freight, moving pallets, lifting boxes, etc. Keeping my strength and energy up have been key to my survival.
I use straws to eat as well as oral syringes. It is hard for me to get food through the tiny gaps in my teeth. If using an oral syringe, be careful about the consistency of food you push into your mouth. If any chunks get in, you will have to swallow them whole as there is no chewing. Even with an oral syringe, your food should be blended. Oral syringes allow for blended food of a thicker consistency to get into your mouth.
I eat a lot of milk based shakes: Banana shakes, chocolate shakes, strawberry shakes, etc. My new favorite is a peanut butter shake. I am also moving to sherbet based shakes blended with apple juice as so much milk is driving my system crazy. I also eat several premade cream soups that come in cartons, either from Trader Joes or the organic section of the grocery store. And I blend up a variety of canned soups. However, my most enjoyable meals are those cooked from scratch.
Here are a couple easy recipes:
Peanut Butter Shake:
I use a Magic Bullet blender for this but any blender will work. Start with three heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream. Add a liberal amount of milk to get the shake up the straw. Add one heaping tablespoon of creamy peanut butter. Don't use too much peanut butter or it will overwhelm the shake. Then blend. Sometimes I add some chocolate syrup following the blending and loosely stir it into the shake with my straw. Quite tasty and, more importantly, filling enough to make hunger pains fade away. Sometimes I purposely make this shake super thick to travel with. I consume it at work or wherever after it has melted down a bit.
Easy and quick egg drop soup (great for breakfast):
1. Bring to boil 2 and 1/2 cups of chicken broth or veggie broth. (For veggie broth I like Better Than Bouillon's "No Chicken Base.")
2. Squeeze into the boiling broth 1/2 inch of finely chopped ginger from one of those plastic tubes of herbs sold in the produce section of the grocery store. There are various brands, the brand I've got on hand is Gourmet Garden.
3. Add 1/2 half to 1 tablespoon of soy sauce.
4. While your broth simmers, in a small bowl whip up 2 eggs and 1 additional egg yoke. Discard the egg white of the 3rd egg. Pour your whipped 2 and 1/2 eggs into the boiling broth. Stir constantly. The eggs will cook in a minute or two max.
5. Pour the egg broth mixture into your blender. Blend on high for 1 minute.
A note about blending hot liquids: Be careful. If your blender has a little hole in the lid with a removable cap, lift the little cap off immediately after you've started the blender. This allows the steam to escape as the food is being blended. Don't lift the cap off before you start the blender. Otherwise, the initial whirl of liquid will splash out of the blender. I actually hold the little cap over the hole in the lid as I start the blender.
Once the soup has been blended and is frothy, enjoy. This warm nutritional soup will work wonders. It goes up a straw easily and is easy on the stomach. Traditional egg drop soup has several more ingredients which I've purposely omitted due to the limitations of consuming it with a mouth wired shut. Plus, making this soup recipe takes only a few minutes. The soup travels well in a carry along coffee mug.
Hope that helps. Anyone else have ideas?