Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: raleigh, NC
Re: Soft foods (besides applesauce & mashed potatos) to eat post-extractions
If you go search for archwired (site for braces) they have a lot of foods listed that are soft.
here are some of their suggestions:
Smooth yogurt, or yogurt without a lot of chunks. You could also take chunky yogurt and puree it in a blender to break down the chunks. Also, try the new yogurt in a tube, available at most grocery stores.
Various soft cheeses, such as brie, cottage cheese, and thinly sliced Swiss, cheddar, harvarti, etc.
Breads and Baked Goods
Any type of soft bread that does not have seeds, nuts, or pieces of whole grains. If you like whole-wheat bread, look for one that has a smooth texture. Tear off the crust if necessary.
Muffins without nuts or chunks
Corn bread, corn muffins
Tortillas (corn and flour, microwaved or steamed until soft)
Saltine crackers and matzo are often soft enough to smoosh at the roof of your mouth with your tongue
Soft-cooked rice, risotto
Farro wheat (cooked very soft like risotto)
Meats and Poultry
Bar-b-que type soft cooked meat
Thinly sliced lunch meats
Many meat recipes that you make in a crock pot or pressure cooker are very tender
Chicken nuggets cut into very small pieces
Tofu can be made in many ways and is always easy to eat.
Fish croquettes (salmon, tuna)
Fish loaf (tuna, salmon)
Tuna, salmon, or whitefish salad
Frozen flavored fish filets
Fish sticks (non-crunchy, cut into small pieces)
Look in your local grocery store for soups that either don't contain chunks, or have very mushy ingredients.
Soft-cooked carrots, squash
Smooshed potato salad
Spinach or corn soufflé (Stouffer's makes a frozen one)
Fresh spinach, chard, kale, or other greens, cooked very soft or steamed and cut up.
Beans (mashed it necessary)
Hummus, various Middle Eastern dips
Fruit juice, juice smoothies (protein powder can be added)
Other ripe fruits that get mushy
Ice cream without nuts or chunks, frozen yogurt, sorbet, sherbet, granita
Most cold drinks make your teeth feel better - iced tea, iced coffee, etc. But be careful not to inadvertently drink too much caffeine!
Cheesecake that has been microwaved for 30 seconds to one minute (it gets a bit mushy and easier to eat)
Custard or flan
Shakes and Bars
Protein shakes, Slim Fast, etc.
Zone Perfect Bars (when you can chew a little bit. These are the least chewy protein bars I've found so far, with a texture like Rice Krispy Treats).
here are some more:
Scrambled eggs. Add cheese for more protein.
Frozen cheese blintzes (available in some grocery stores)
Hot cereal (oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc)
Cold cereal that has gotten mushy with milk
Muffins without nuts or chunks
Matzo brie - soak a piece of matzo in water until soft, drain water, mix mushy matzo with one or two eggs, fry in butter or cooking spray until mixture is cooked. Serve plain or with cinnamon sugar.
Breakfast grits made with milk and butter
Macaroni and cheese
Ramen noodles, chopped up
Spaghetti, chopped up. Canned varieties are usually very soft.
Tuna or chicken salad
Various soups: Miso, egg drop, chicken, etc.
Thinly sliced lunch meat, broken into bits
Noodle side-dishes (Lipton makes one, for example)
Bean and cheese Mexican dishes (burritos, enchiladas, etc) You can find some frozen ones in your grocery store.
When eating out, look for dishes that obviously have soft foods, and no nuts or hard-to-chew chunks.
Soft cooked fish - steamed or simmered is usually best. Or fish cakes/croquettes.
Bean and cheese enchiladas or burritos
Chili (mash it up if necessary)
Sloppy Joes. Try making them with various sauces for more variety, such as bottled Indian sauces, Creole sauces, or your favorite marinating sauce. Substitute ground chicken or turkey for variety. A great BBQ chicken sloppy joe uses boneless chicken thighs. Mince in a food processor until they are a gooey mess, then fry it in a pan until it looks like ground chicken. Add BBQ sauce and cook down -- on soft bread they are easily eaten by semi-chewers. Non-chewers can cut it up with a fork into small bites.
Cooked steak, shredded in a food processor. Top with caramelized onions and/or shredded cheese (or a dipping sauce - BBQ, Teriyaki, etc.) and it becomes a shredded hot salad.
Asian fried rice or noodles with tiny bits of meat and soft veggies
Enchilada Pie (layers of corn tortillas, beans, cheese, and sauce. Add bits of meat if desired)
Hope that helps,