Three weeks from tomorrow I go in for some surgery on my esophogas (sp) to correct a congenital defect and to fix the rather bad hiatal hernia. I will be recuperating for 4-6 weeks and they tell me that I can only eat soft foods “like Jello and pudding.”
I am now trying to make a list of foods to stock up on, since I am a single man and they also tell me I will not be able to drive for the duration.
So far I have:
Peanut Butter (does that count?)
Yogurt (Oh Lordy, how will I live through this?)
I’m really bad at this, so please chime in and recommend some good soft foods to stock up on.
If you’ve got bananas and OJ, just add some more fruit/milk/yogurt/ice cream and you’re set. Very filling.
The blender can also help you make easy soup out of nearly anything (canned or dried are salty and unpleasant in comparison to something you can make easily yourself, I find - and if you’re recovering from an operation you may not have too much else to do!) : fry some onions/garlic/jalepeno, add water and veggies of your choice, boil until veggies are soft, remove water, blend (adding more water if necessary). Good combos: squash and leek; tomato, roasted garlic and basil; cream of broccoli (add some milk before blending, and cheese if you want); carrot and curry; etc, etc. Put in a potato or two if you want it thick. Experiment with milk, cream, coconut milk …
Actually a blender could probably make nearly anything “soft” - if not palatable !
Well, in theory I can cook, but in practice I rarely do. And besides, from what I’m being told I will be in so much pain I won’t be able to drive, so I doubt that I’ll feel like cooking. So, I guess to answer your question, I’m stuck with prepared foods and generosity of others.
I’m at work, holding our copy of the “Non-Chew Cookbook” by J. Randy Wilson. Ideas :
Baby food, spiced up with seasonings
Use of a blender to puree things
Recipes that sound appealing to give you some ideas :
Mango Frappe (mango, equal or sugar, ice, vanilla, and lime juice, blended)
Sweet Potato and apple casserole (mashed cooked sweet potatoes, applesauce, honey, orange juice, and margarine, baked at 350 for 30 min)
Also, eggs count as soft food. So, scrambled eggs and juice for breakfast.
Souffles are yummy.
Cottage cheese is another one. I’ve made a meal of a baked potato with cottage cheese mashed through the innards - it tastes good and is nutritious. Eating the skin of the tater would be out of the question, of course.
How about braising tofu with mushroom stock (or mushrooms), sesame oil, soy and ginger and cooking it looooong till it turns to a congee sort of consistency? It’ll give you a nice change of pace flavor wise.
If you’re not up for cooking for the first few days, creamed soups offer good filling meals with a little variety thrown in. Strain the mushrooms out of cream o’shroom, cream o’potato or split pea but don’t eat any ham bits, cream of tomato is good to go as is.
Your restrictions sound quite similar to the restrictions a person having the gastric lavage/bypass surgeries face. When my sister had it done, her post-op diet started with broth and water, then she moved up to applesauce and baby food fruits and veggies, then fat-free cream soups at week 3.
Since you won’t have quite the same restrictions, try using soups to top baked potatoes, or soak bread until soft, it won’t exactly be something you can chew, but it might be a bit more of a satisfying meal.