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The Soft Food Diet: Recipes and Lists of Easy-to-Chew Food

Updated on September 10, 2014

Eating well with only a few teeth - or eating with no teeth - soft food ideas

My husband has no teeth for chewing so he needs to eat soft foods. I've become an expert in finding soft foods to cook and preparing delicious easy-to-chew homemade meals.

On this page, you will find a list of soft foods and tips on preparing meals.

So, whether you are recovering from dental surgery, or have a longer need for eating soft foods, I hope that you will find some of these ideas and tips helpful!

2013 Update:

I have recently found that eating only soft foods is a bit limiting, so I regularly cook up "normal" meals and use this hand blender to blend it into an easy-to-chew meal. This enables him to eat just about anything - from pizza to hamburgers to Chinese food! I just cut it up, and add some water or other liquid if necessary, and blend away! I usually blend it in a soup bowl with tall sides and I use a spoon to stir up the food as needed.

July 2014 Update: We found a hand chopper that works to chop or puree food without any electricity!

Above Picture: Soft Foods we commonly purchase: Instant Oatmeal, Baked Beans, Canned Tuna, Refried Beans, Canned Chicken Breast

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Keebler Townhouse Crackers are a Soft Cracker!
Keebler Townhouse Crackers are a Soft Cracker!

List of Soft Foods to Buy at the Grocery Store

A Shopping List to Follow

These are foods we commonly buy and require little preparation to become soft. There is some trial and error so please use your own judgement.

Crackers, bread, and cereal tend to get soft in your mouth if you take your time. Some brands and types will be easier to eat than others, so experimentation may be necessary!

Grocery Store Shopping List

Fresh Produce
Canned & Boxed Goods
Frozen Foods & Dairy
Misc
Bananas
Oatmeal
Tater Tots
Peanut Butter
Avocados
Cream of Wheat
Chopped Spinach
Hummus
Winter Squash
Soft Cereals (Rice Chex)
Waffles or Pancakes
Guacamole
Yams / Sweet Potatoes
Baked Beans
Ice Cream
Soft Bread
Potatoes
Refried Beans
Cottage Cheese
Pudding
Eggplant
Canned Tuna
Yogurt
Donuts
 
Canned Chicken
Eggs
Salmon or other Fish
 
Soft Crackers
Milk
 
 
Applesauce
Meatloaf TV Dinners
 
Suggestions for Soft Foods
Cottage Cheese is a Great Soft Food
Cottage Cheese is a Great Soft Food

Cottage Cheese is a Favorite Snack!

I always try to keep cottage cheese in the fridge.

He likes to spice up cottage cheese by adding garlic & onion powder, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce!

Many people also like fruit in their cottage cheese, but I think you might have to puree the fruit in a chopper first.

Prepared Foods that are Soft - For when you don't want to cook

Sometimes I don't want to cook and I don't want to mess with a food processor... So I've been trying to find things that I can buy that are already soft.

Tamales
Tamales

Tamales - These are soft and delicious! They taste great with green salsa or salsa con queso. The Del Real Chicken Tamales I bought at Costco was softer than the Delimex Beef Tamales I found at Safeway, so you may have to shop around to find the perfect brand.

Macaroni & Cheese - From the freezer section. Easy to mash! You can mix in ground chicken or beef.

Quiche - The ones I bought at Costco have a soft crust and were so tasty!

 

An Immersion Hand Blender is Amazing!! - Main Benefit: Much easier to clean than a food processor!

Cuisinart CSB-76TQ SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Turquoise
Cuisinart CSB-76TQ SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Turquoise

I use both a hand blender and a food processor.... However, since buying the hand blender, I find myself using it more than the food processor, mainly because the hand blender is easy to clean in hot soapy water (just turn it on in hot water and it practically cleans itself). The food processor is better at some things but takes me much longer to clean (I don't have a dishwasher).

So... I find myself reaching for the hand blender on a daily basis - often several times a day. It does do better when things are moist, so if you are having trouble, add something moist. We've recently found that we can buy Black Bean Burgers and use this immersion blender to chop them up. After cooking the burgers, I cut them into quarters and add about a tablespoon of mayonnaise, and then pile it all into the mixing cup. It comes out quite well.

 

From Homemade Stew to Puree in 5 Seconds! - Yay! Now my love can eat homemade stew with all of the good stuff in it!

I recently bought a chopper, and we have been very pleased. I used to make stew, but no matter how small I cut the meat, or how much meat tenderizer I put on it, it never became easy enough to chew. This was quite disappointing, so I stopped making stew.

Then one day we had dinner at a relative's house. It is usually embarrassing to explain how you can't eat the food they serve, but this relative was very understanding and put the steak in a chopper. The chopper cut up the steak into tiny pieces. It was then easy to eat and still very flavorful! That's when we decided that we needed to get a chopper. We had a little one, but it just wasn't up to the job.

Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor
Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor

Fortunately, we found this one. It is very affordable. It is surprisingly quiet, and very fast in chopping or pureeing the food. The negative reviews on this chopper say that it purees food too easily, but for us, that's perfect. Now I can cook steaks and stew again. I can also serve more vegetables this way! Making homemade meals with hearty vegetables makes me so very happy! :)

 

Crockpots are great for making food soft! - They also make the house smell really good :)

Crock-Pot 3-Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel (SCR300SS)
Crock-Pot 3-Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel (SCR300SS)

Making a delicious crockpot meal is one of the most rewarding things in life. Try crockpot chicken soup, or crockpot beef stew. The chicken soup will probably come out soft enough to eat right out of the crockpot. You may still need to process the beef stew in a food processor, depending upon the tenderness of the meat cut.

Just remember, the longer you cook it, the more tender it will get!

 
Cheese Puffs
Cheese Puffs

Are you wishing you could eat chips?

Here's an alternative...

Cheese Puffs are a salty snack food that's easy to chew! These soft and airy snacks are a great alternative to chips.

Tip: Crunchy Doesn't Always Mean Crunchy

Have you seen a prepared food that is advertised as both "soft" and "crunchy?" I sure have! I've found that the descriptive words on the outside of the box are often meaningless... The only way to know if a food is soft is to give it a try.

Chicken Egg & Cheese Sandwich

The first recipe I invented using the chopper

I think I got the idea for this recipe by watching the Magic Bullet Blender commercial too many times!

Ingredients

Cooked Chicken Meat

Hard Boiled Egg

Colby Cheese

Mayonnaise

Mustard

Pepper

Salt

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

* Sorry I don't have any quantities on this. I guess that's up to you to experiment! But let's just say, there was more chicken than egg and cheese!

I chopped the chicken, egg, and cheese, each separately in our new mini-chopper. Then I mixed in the rest of the ingredients. While you can eat this as a soft salad, we put it on some bread and made a sandwich out of it. When buying a soft bread, look for something that doesn't have seeds or grains in it. Sourdough, Potato, White, or Whole Wheat breads are good choices. We've found that wheat breads with added fiber are sometimes the softest! However, sometimes they are chewy... A favorite brand we used to like has recently become too chewy and so we had to switch.

Tips on Cooking Soft Meals for Someone Else

Experiment!

If you wonder if a food is soft enough, why not try putting it in your mouth and see if it falls apart without chewing. Feel free to move your tongue around. If it falls apart, then you've found a soft food.

Many recipes can be adapted to become soft foods by putting the ingredients in a food processor.. Casserole recipes are often easily adapted. Just process each ingredient, and then mix together and bake. Cover with foil to keep the top layer from becoming hard.

Most adults do not want to eat bland baby food. They would prefer to eat tasty things, even if they can't chew. Part of the taste comes from having the ingredients separated... If you mix too many ingredients together, it might be a soft meal but may not taste good. This makes cooking a challenge. Some dishes come out fine all processed together. We've found that Chinese and Asian dishes often taste quite good. For example, teriyaki chicken with rice and vegetables - it can all go in a food processor and still taste great. Also, some pasta dishes come out well when blended together.

Cereal that become soft in milk!
Cereal that become soft in milk!

The Big Cereal Challenge

Cereal should get soft in milk, right?

That's what you'd think! But sometimes they don't.

There's no real way to know if a certain cereal is a soft food until you try it yourself. However, here are the ones that we've found to be soft:

Crunchy Oat Squares

Rice Chex (and Rice Pockets, and other generic brands)

Corn Chex (and Corn Pockets, and other generic brands)

Kellogg's Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites

Although I read that "Corn Flakes" is on a suggestion list of soft foods, we recently bought a box of generic brand corn flakes which didn't get soft enough in milk!

Also, we've found that Kellogg's Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites get soft enough, but for some reason their similar Mini-Wheats don't get fully soft... However we may have to try them again in awhile (or try a different brand).

With cereal, you never know without trying! It seems that a big thing is for cereal to be "crunchy." Most of the crunchy cereals really are crunchy and not good soft foods. The Crunchy Oat Squares pictured here are the exception.

Eating Out at Restaurants and Fast Food

We often order take-out so that we can blend up food at home

We just came back from vacation. Finding soft food on the menu can be difficult. Here's what we did:

Sonic Drive-In: If you are lucky enough to have a Sonic nearby, try the Sonic Chili Cheese Tots.

Burger King Breakfast: Try the egg and cheese on a biscuit sandwich. So fluffy and delicious.

Restaurants and Diners: Try Fish & Chips, and substitute mashed potatoes for the fries. Also if they have Biscuits and Gravy on the menu, that's a reliably soft food.

Finding soft food on a restaurant menu is difficult. We did bring our hand blender with and for part of the trip we bought food at the grocery store and brought it back to the room.

Supplement Your Meals with a Nutrition Drink
Supplement Your Meals with a Nutrition Drink

A Few Tips on Nutrition, Proper Digestion, and More

Please take care of your health

Remember to pretend to chew your food, even if it's all pureed, or even if you don't have any teeth. The movement of chewing will stimulate your salivary glands to release saliva, which has enzymes to begin the digestion of food. If you skip this step, your food may not be digested as well.

Also, avoid swallowing whole pieces of food. It may give you an upset stomach and you may not absorb as much nutrition.

If this is a long term situation, I recommend a chopper because then you can eat more varieties of food, which is probably healthier.

Breakfast drinks, protein shakes, and similar nutritional drinks may be a good solution if you are finding it hard to get enough nutrition.

I wish I had advice about eating out, or about eating at other people's houses. I guess you have a few choices. Eat ahead if you don't think you can eat what's being served. Be honest, and see if they can prepare a meal that you can eat, or chop it. Perhaps bring your own chopper with (we have found this hand powered one to be most portable). Remember, your health is important, even if it's embarrassing to tell people that you don't have the teeth needed to chew the food. However, remember that people's feelings may be hurt if they think you are not eating because you don't like the food, so if you tell them it's about you, not them, it might help the situation.

Improve your Diet by Supplementing with Protein Powder

Add protein to milk, smoothies, and other drinks.

I haven't tried supplementing with protein, but I know many people do. If you're interested, you can read reviews and compare prices online.

Please don't be embarrassed!

:)

There are so many reasons you might need soft food. My husband had a rare tumor removed years ago that destroyed many of his teeth and altered the structure of his mouth and sinus cavity. Despite having health insurance and dental insurance, he was unable to get dental implants.

So I know there are many reasons that you might have dental problems or problems with chewing and I hope that this page helps you and your family to not only enjoy delicious food, but to know that you are not alone in facing this challenge.

Who needs soft foods and no-chew foods?

It's more common than you may think

There are many reasons people might have dental problems, no teeth or only a few teeth, or people need soft foods because they have trouble chewing or swallowing. Possible reasons:

- Seniors may need easy-to-chew foods. Years of wear can cause dental problems that may be too expensive or impractical to repair.

- People who have had dental surgery, like a root canal or removal of a wisdom tooth, might need soft foods while their mouth is healing.

- Sometimes people who have a stroke need easy-to-chew foods because of difficulty with chewing.

- Sometimes tumors, cancer, or trauma can cause the emergency removal of teeth and sometimes insurance doesn't cover complete repair or implants because they may consider it cosmetic.

Soft Foods on Amazon - Shopping online makes life easier!

Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder Drink Mix, Rich Milk Chocolate, 1.26 oz, 10 Count Envelopes (Pack of 6)
Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powder Drink Mix, Rich Milk Chocolate, 1.26 oz, 10 Count Envelopes (Pack of 6)

This provides twice the protein of an egg, plus calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin C. My husband loves this mixed into his coffee, and I often mix it into milk if I want a quick meal substitute. It is kind of sweet, though.

 

Do you have any soft food ideas? - Or other comments? I've love to hear from you :)

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Cool lens. My son is 1 and is on a soft food diet. :) He loves pasta from Chef Boyardee.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really nice lens for those who have trouble eating solid food after dental work,operations,digestive problems etc.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a wonderful idea for a lens and great information! I sure didn't know that rice was not a soft food, well done!

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      RecipePublishing 5 years ago

      I liked your lens.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Soup and more soup. If you need something nutritious, I recommend Ensure Plus.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like to make homemade mashed potatoes & fry it for breakfast the next day for breakfast.

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I have had love ones with all their teeth pulled

      Here some other ideas

      Tomato soup

      mashed boiled eggs

      Sugar free pudding

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am using a Stick blender ( an immersion blender) and it has been a tremendous find! be careful, you can have "mush" before you know it! I had to have all my teeth pulled and was starving before I found this blender.

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cracked Wheat Crackers with any kind of cheese

      Brie and Apple Butter on Wheat Bread

      Meatloaf Sandwich

      Meatballs with Raspberry Jelly

      Ever roast chicken lunch meat sandwich

      Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Cream sandwich

      Sloppy Joes

      and my favorite choice

      Picadillo

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      hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: I recently got a stick blender too! I'm amazed by it. It is so easy to eat fruit, which is normally too difficult to chew. I now make drinks and smoothies with all kinds of fruit. Just add the fruit to juice or plain yogurt. There are so many combinations that taste delicious! Also the best part of the stick blender is how easy and fast it is to clean it - just immerse the blender part in hot soapy water, turn it on for a few seconds, and it's clean.

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      hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: Great ideas! I love sloppy joes. Crackers might be difficult for some people.

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      hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: That sounds like a great comfort food!

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Panera's broccoli and cheese soup works quite well. Take out or dine in.

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @BarbaraCasey: Sounds great! Thanks for the idea for dining out.... Finding soft food to eat at restaurants is a challenge!

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      Rosaquid 4 years ago

      I hope he can get implants soon, but how wonderful that he has you!

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      Hanookai 4 years ago

      quite informative lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @BarbaraCasey: Found this at Walgreens (the stores that are expanded). I had to put in food processor still for the chunks of broccoli, but G'ma said it had a very nice taste!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: You're welcome! :) If I can make life easier for people it makes me happy! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My husband has the same issue. His teeth were all pulled after being exposed to something in Iraq that made his teeth disintegrate. I've gotten a few go to meals under my belt that he absolutely loves and has no issue chewing. Chicken or Tuna Casserole is his absolute favorite. I shred the chicken into finer pieces than usual and he has no issues chewing. My version of Chicken parm. The prepared, breaded chicken patties diced very fine are perfect in this and easy to mush up in the mouth. I mix in egg noodles and Spag sauce with parm cheese and then layer the chicken over, with cheese topping it. His favorite desert is banana pudding. I just dice the bananas finer and use sugar free pudding and cool whip. I have to let it set a day before he eats it so the wafers are super soft. And believe it or not. Stir fry. I make sure to dice everything very small and tenderize the meat by beating the crud out of it in a ziplock bag. And dice the veggies very small. He gets the taste but doesn't have to hurt his mouth chewing. Hope that gives you a few ideas I've not seen on the site. I picked up a few myself! Thank you!

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: Great ideas!! :) Thanks for taking the time to write out these recipes. And thanks to your husband for his service.

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      whats4dinner 4 years ago

      Thank you for this very helpful and informative lens.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      For me, it's good advise for after the dentist trips

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      chickie99 4 years ago

      tots can't be beat...just make sure they're fully baked!

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: Update: I made the banana pudding and it was a big hit! :)

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @chickie99: Definitely! I've started microwaving potato tots... and I will make them extra soft by cooking them with pureed chili on top of them. Plus, with a little cheese you've got chili cheese tots!

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      Awesome lens for who has difficulty in eating because of teeth. Thumbs up!

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      liamsquidoo 4 years ago

      Great job on this lens, can't wait to try it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just wanted to thank you so much for the ideas,I had 11 teeth extracted a day ago,cannot chew at all! this site was very helpful!! thanks again!

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      JULpiala 4 years ago

      wow!

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: You're welcome! I hope that you heal up fast.

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      Ibidii 4 years ago

      Great Ideas! Thank you! I have been losing more teeth as I get older. I also have to eat soft foods for stomach surgery. I like the mashed potatoes with cream cheese or regular cheese. I make instant mashed potato soup. I have the boiling water and I add spices and dry onion. Then I add the instant potato flakes and make it like a soup. Then I add a bit of milk, or butter. If I use 'RealBacon' brand bacon bits I add those first to the boiled water with the spices. This is a quick meal I can make myself when my daughter is not home to cook for me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ah baked beans and cinnamon oatmeal, they got me through four years of braces.

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Been there, done that with dental appliances. You've added some tips I hadn't thought of.

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      allishab 4 years ago

      Hate those diets.. Sweet lens though!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for posting this! Now what I need are some really good ideas for lunch for work, 10 to 12 hour days in the field make it tough when you can't find anything you can eat!

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: Yeah, taking lunch to work is tricky... A peanut butter and jelly sandwich isn't enough for a long day! Side dishes of yogurt or cottage cheese can help, but still I'm sure that gets old quick. If you have access to a microwave at work, you can bring chopped up stew, chinese food, or some other dinner type food and eat that for lunch.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I couldn't have seen this at a better time. My husband is having dental surgery and I have been wondering what I am going to feed him. Thanks, you are a life saver.

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @hazeltos: You're welcome! :)

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      Great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What kind of hand blender did you take with you when you traveled?

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: The Cuisinart CSB-76 SmartStick.

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      chat2vishakha 4 years ago

      Great post.You have done great job on this post.Thanks for share.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful, I am having implants, but face a couple of more weeks without the partial plate and orders for mush only. I'm tired of shakes. I also love that immersion blender, use it ALL the time for lots of stuff. BTW, try it on egg salad for a velvety soft food. But when I had four months of no chewing, restaurants were no problem...it's called soup! Also I found I could eat lots of Mexican food straight or with a little fork mushing - refritos, all the toppings and tamales! I thought I'd invented the chili tater tots. One more wonderful food no matter what your religion....chopped chicken liver. Just keep it in the food processor a little longer than you'd like. Also fine pate's and liverwurst in tubes is good. Add a little mayo.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just had stomach surgery and have to stick to soft foods for awhile. I can't have fried things or meats or bread. any ideas?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had 20 teeth removed 3 weeks ago, and am trying to adjust to full upper and lower dentures. I have a lot of bone spurs that are making it impossible for me to try to chew on the dentures. I have to take them out and eat the softest foods, possible. Thank you for posting this, you had some great suggestions that I hadn't thought of!

      I also have a recipe suggestion for you. It's crockpot tater tot casserole:

      Brown 1 1/2 lb ground beef in skillet with 1/2-1 onion. Put beef in crockpot, stir in 2 small cans cream of mushroom soup, 1 bag tater tots, and 1-2 cups cheddar cheese. Let cook on high for 1-3 hours, or low for 2-4, until tater tots are soft, and cooked through. Add cheese to top, close long enough for cheese to melt. Mix well and serve. I've been making it that way for years. Long before I had a need for soft food recipes. My entire family, and family friends love it! Cheap, easy, soft, and good!

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: Thanks for the recipe! It sounds delicious. It's great to have another recipe that everyone will enjoy :)

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: Yogurt, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, pancakes, potatoes... I'm sure there are vegetarian meals that are soft that I'm not aware of. Maybe someone else can chime in?

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      Ivylore 4 years ago

      Finding food that my 95 year old Mom (with very few teeth remaining) will eat is a real challenge! Thank you for all of your great ideas. One of her favorite bedtime snacks is milk with some type of pastry. She really enjoys the muffins that I make. I use a box of "spice cake" mix per instructions. But I add an over-ripe banana and a little cup of applesauce to the mix and bake in cupcake tins. They come out extra moist and soft.

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      hotbrain 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @Ivylore: Sounds delicious!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for your great ideas! I've got Invisalign on my teeth and it's causing my TMJ to flare. I've been living on yogurt and mashed bananas but am going shopping now with your list!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Very helpful! Pinned to my special diets board.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      BTW - this lens is personal, thorough, well-written, helpful - all of which makes it one of the lenses that is the best Squidoo has to offer in my humble opinion.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I had all my teeth removed and was supposed to have my dentures same day but went to a bad dentist and have been eating smashed potatoes for a week. I can't close my gums together so i have to be on liquid diet. I was 100lbs when i started this journey and have been looking for more ideas to eat and try to gain my weight back. I will be on this diet for a while and want to know if anyone has any ideas. I see a different dentist tomorrow and hope to have teeth soon but until then i have to drink my meals and nothing seems to taste good. Help with a more liquid diet....

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      hotbrain 3 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: What have you been drinking? The things that come to mind are: Ensure Nutritional Shakes, Protein drinks (the powdered kind you mix with water), Milkshakes, blended fruit cocktail, fruit smoothies. Use whole milk because the fat in it will give you extra calories. I hope this helps and I hope that things get better for you fast.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Thank you so help full!!!!!

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      mariannetoy 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Annie watch out for the liver, it stains the dentures. I had an epileptic attack a few weeks ago and ground my teeth so hard they all came loose beyond repair and I had to get al my teeth pulled. I decided that I could now eat some of the foods I really like and liver is one of them. well some got stuck under my denture, I am still trying to learn to eat with them, and when I removed the dentures to clean them they were gray around the couple of teeth my dentist said could be saved. my dentist laughed when I told him the stains were not from my not cleaning but from eating liver. he tried some stuff they had in the office and the dentures are still stained. I am so glad this happened with the temporary plates. guess I will not be eating liver any time soon. I did buy a turkey breast and roasted it as normal but instead of slicing the meat I pulled it with a fork added stuffing and gravy with canned mushrooms(they are very soft, rinse them first to get the excess salt out) and spinach. it was delish.

      good luck to you.

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      mariannetoy 3 years ago

      @anonymous: veggie burgers are delicious. try them with white gravy(if you are allowed milk) with mashed potatoes.

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      mariannetoy 3 years ago

      @hotbrain: sweet potato sprinkled with sugar cinnamon is tasty and filling. I have also made frozen mixed veggies in chicken or beef broth. the veggies when cooked are soft enough to mash with a fork and if you want to make the soup a bit thicker break up a handful of egg noodles and cook them until they are soft, mix in the broth and the veggies, and the best part is the ingredient are such small pieces you don't have to chew.

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      mariannetoy 3 years ago

      @Ibidii: yummm, that sounds good. I never thought of using instant potatoes to make soup. thanks for sharing, I will have to try it.

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      Malaynabrynn 3 years ago

      Just got an appliance for my braces (its called the Herbst if you wanna look it up) and got them tightened with chains to close gaps. Boy oh boy it has been very painful, I had troubled drinking a milkshake the first day from trying to use a straw. Your list has really helped me! The kirkland corn chowder in a blender or food processor is really good with soft bread! It very sweet but spicy at the same time! :) Thanks!

      -May

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      andrei-soldan 3 years ago

      I don't have the two upper wisdom teeths/the central molars and I'm 15... :( (maybe from too much sweets)

      I have some questions for you:

      Your husband pretends to chew when he eats?

      Has he ever had constipation/diarheea/digestive problems because of soft diet?

      Thank you!

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      hotbrain 3 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @andrei-soldan: I think he uses his tongue a lot to "chew" and his digestion seems to be fine. Thanks for your interest.

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      ssphia 3 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      rachelle-huntpittsley 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for all of these ideas. Myself and two of my children have Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. It is a slow progressing neuromuscular disease. Recently I have started having problems chewing some items and one of my children has gone downhill with this even more rapidly. Swallowing is not yet a problem for either of us, put trying to get protein into her has been a challenge.

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      hotbrain 3 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @rachelle-huntpittsley: You're welcome! It always makes me happy to hear that my ideas are helpful :) Thanks for taking the time to comment, and I hope all of the best to you and your kids.

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      judy-l-richardson 3 years ago

      the pressure cooker,does it all

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      EKW 23 3 years ago

      Wow I was done at corn bread, feta cheese mashed potatoes and those beautiful fluffy scrambled eggs. Will definitely give me both ideas in both the kitchen and with my next lenses.

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      nuxa76 3 years ago

      i love eating soft food

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      progressiveillness 3 years ago

      I would like a recipe for macaroni and spinach, using no cheese and no meat. I would like to make it into little muffins and then freeze for a handy snack. There can be no garlic or onions or any spices used, just something simple and very bland that will stick together when baked in a cupcake pan. I'm guessing I must use some milk, maybe an egg, maybe a few panko crumbs or whatever to hold the macaroni and spinach together. Any advice will be most appreciated. Thank you. jnana

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      progressiveillness 3 years ago

      I entered a question 20 minutes ago and see that it apparently did not meet your criteria so shall look for another site which is more user-friendly.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very helpful information. Thanks!

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      hotbrain 3 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @progressiveillness: Sorry, I've been away so it took me 4 days to get to approving new messages. I think your recipe idea sounds good, but I don't have the cooking expertise to add any suggestions to it.. Maybe someone else will have some ideas.

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      balletabi 3 years ago

      I'm 14 and had an operation to reveal two impacted canines in my upper palette in my mouth yesterday and am finding it incredibly hard to chew as I currently have a chain attached to the two canines and stitches holding them on... if I eat solid foods I may risk ripping out these stitches so it is important just to eat soft foods and liquids! unfortunately, being 14 and growing a lot, I eat an awful lot of food and finding something that fills me up is very difficult- there is only so much soup and smoothies you can eat on one sitting!! I was wondering wether you had any soft food ideas that are more nourishing and leave me less hungry? Also, a suggestion, for a breakfast idea, heat up milk and pour it on oatibix, if you put anough milk on it goes really soft and is also very filling!! Weetabix does the same thing but isn't as filling... thanks!!

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      hotbrain 3 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @balletabi: Just looked up oatibix... Never heard of it before, but it sure looks yummy!! Some ideas:

      Yogurt

      Cottage Cheese with spices or pureed fruit

      Refried beans with cheese and guacomole and maybe even add pureed salsa...

      Pureed Teriyaki Chicken and Rice (add a little water and extra sauce if needed)

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      Julie 2 years ago

      My BF has has most of his teeth pulled due to infection that he can't get over and the implants that he spent his last dollar on are failing too. His upper plate doesn't fit right.

      Appreciate everyone's ideas. Keep posting. God bless everyone who stands by our loved ones. Not everyone understands how hard it is to eat or smile without teeth.

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      just me 2 years ago

      really rarely go on computer - love your sight and the comments - don't know if i can go to some of the comment people or not - might try -

      as a tween - old enough to remember, but too young to understand - my father had no saliva - so soft food, moist food was something we did, but was kinda hard to understand.

      anyway (40 years later) i am about to have all my teeth pulled and dentures the same day - but need a soft food diet for 2 weeks (i am already having a hard time eating food even though it seems to change from day to day ( soft bacon - no crisp bacon ok) bread - sometimes work sometimes cannot. this is now - do not know what it will be like after 26 teeth pulled (dentures) -do not want to live on jello, pudding mashed potatoes, applesauce and ice cream. this is why your sight has been so helpful!!!!! - some suggestions for food - see below

      deviled eggs

      ham - small can (deviled) - like tuna to make a salad for lunch

      possibly tiny shrimp (not sure) - but they are tiny in can to use as salad or maybe in a chinese dish (may or may not work as shrimp can get chewy)

      spaghetti & meatballs

      taco meat - refried beans - spanish rice (however i am not sure on the rice right now)

      i am sorry that i do not know the brand but very good - pulled pork or pulled chicken - we usually make a sandwich with them and they are very soft meats

      perogies - usually only do the mashed potato ones - but are soft and tender

      my simple dumplings

      1 egg

      1/4 cup water

      1 cup flour

      drop by teaspoons into boiling water (about 5 min)

      also can do in 1 cup milk and 1 cup water to make a soup and can crumble the mixture above to very small if needed

      hopefully will get back on here soon - teeth 1-2 weeks and would like to add anything i can about my experience (that i am not looking forward to - but am at the same time)

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      just me 2 years ago

      okay - hope all is going good for you and your hubby - this is kinda where my problem comes in - I am the one with the icky teeth - my husband loves to eat - this is why I thought your sight was so wonderful, because I have to cook for him and myself (kinda hard when one can eat and one cannot) - maybe will give you my wonderful menues for 2 weeks

      lets just take it step by step

      p.s have you tried going to your (community heath department??? (or health aid???) - I am not sure but one of my coworkers -just had 8 teeth pulled - tells me that is the way to go - I am already set up for what I am doing (I think) - but the state or county might be able to help! - I have not been there tofind out (probably should have - maybe cheaper) - also check out dental schools (we used to have a couple of them here as they do work almost free of charge) - just some options for you to look into!!

      once again - love your sight and hopefully will get back on - I just really don't go on computer very often.

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      honeymar 2 years ago

      Thank You ,Thank You for all your great ideas so I can help my dad

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      two centss 2 years ago

      Great information, thanks for sharing. I would recommend if anyone (or loved one) is on medication, has an illness, or side effects from treatment that causes dry mouth -- work with your doctor and dentist to manage it -- as long-term effects from dry mouth can cause you to lose your teeth.

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      happyhelena 2 years ago

      I just had 29 teeth pulled and for 3 days only ate yogurt and applesauce. I won't be getting teeth for three months. So this site was a blessing. Thank you

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      Denise 19 months ago

      My mother-in-law has swallowing problems due to a tremor, so she needs soft foods so she can swallow them easier. Thanks for your great ideas.

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      Carlo 14 months ago

      Thank you for your work, very satisfying, thank you.

      www.ilcucchiaiodilatta.com

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      Tina V 9 months ago

      This was the most helpful article that I have found on the internet. It actually had real home Foods rather than gourmet dishes that I would not enjoy. thank you for being thorough and understanding.

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      Daniella 8 months ago

      Thank you so much for posting this. I recently had to get a molar removed which was seriously compromised by a wisdom tooth leaning on it. It has left me with major depressoon because I get very upset I can eat like I used to. Your article and other people's comments have given me hope!

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      Robbin Stevenson 3 months ago

      Thank you

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