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I'm about to spend a week with my MIL and she recently got a set of dentures that are very painful for her to use.

I know of a lot of dishes, mashed potatoes or veggies, soups, my stuffing and a few others but I need more inspiration so I can make really great dishes for her. I'm covered for desserts, I'm looking for more savory dishes. The hubby hates chicken pot pie, so that's not really an option either.

She can chew some, like a slightly less than al dente (but not soggy) veggie, but a stew doesn't quite work (just because the meat can be hard for her). But a shepherd's/cottage pie would work with ground beef.

Thanks for your ideas!

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  1. Chicken and noodles, macaroni and cheese, quiche or other egg dishes.

    1. meatloaf, meatballs, meat sauce? if you make them very soft? my dad has the same issues, ongoing, and yeah, we do a lot of ground meat. cottage/shepherd's pie is a good one because it combines ground meat and mashed potatoes - sometimes i make it with mashed potatoes, and you can vary it with ground lamb, or ground chicken even.

      1. Polenta is great for this. Top with a tomato sauce and cheese.

        1. I went through this after a TMJ crisis: no chewing diet. While I got tired of lots of stuff I was always happy with: Lasagne with plenty of sauce (probably other baked noodle dishes too). Definitely polenta. Sweet potato. Cornbread or other bread soaked in warm milk. I ate a lot of peanut butter off the spoon :)

          1. sformato, in general (literally, "unmolded") - and this one looks really good. http://www.italianfoodforever.com/201...

            this one too:
            http://mygem2.blogspot.com/2010/07/sf...

            just google it. there are so many variations!

            1. Tofu, very delicate fish, savory custard, some kind of cheesy stuffed baked squash dish, pate on soft bread with the crusts removed, terrines

              ~TDQ

              1. Almost anything can be pureed, even that stew meat--just add a bit of liquid. However, would also strongly recommend a return trip to the dentist for either refitting the dentures or a cream to treat the sore spots.