I'm 58 and had my tonsils out on July 23. The absolute best thing I've found to eat has been instant mashed potatoes. I've been practically living on them. The first day, I ate things like jello and pop-ice. On Day 2, I discovered that miracle called instant mashed potatoes. I had some trouble keeping that horrible liquid pain medicine down until I started eating some mashed potatoes before and after the meds. My antibiotic was in capsule form and I didn't have any trouble taking it, so on Day 4 I called my ENT and asked to be switched to a pill. So...much...easier for me to take! But, I digress...
- INSTANT MASHED POTATOES: They've been a Godsend. I thin them with milk when my throat is having a bad day. I also use only half the salt called for. I have them for breakfast every morning and they're part of my lunch and supper every day.
- BABY FOOD: That's how I added a little meat and veggies/fruit to go with my mashed potatoes.
I tried macaroni & cheese, but little pieces of macaroni would go where no macaroni had gone before. Ack!
Ramen noodles taste good, but they create the same problem as the mac & cheese. It does help if I chew them up real well, then get some water in my mouth to swallow them with. Ditto with cooked-to-death green beans. This would probably also work with the mac & cheese.
As for soups, on Day 3 my husband brought me some potato soup from a local restaurant. Really thick and creamy with big chunks of soft potatoes. I had no problem chewing the potatoes and it went down beautifully and tasted wonderful.
Gum! Gum! Gum! Chew lots of gum!