I've had them on for 6 days now, and my teeth have been very sore! Last night I tried to chew a single chocolate chip and that just about made me cry!
Okay, so it's soft foods for awhile. I figured, for the reference of others in the community (and to give you a bit of an update on what I've been up to and which of your suggestions have been especially helpful!) I'd post a short list of foods I've been eating:
- "Mushy toast" - I've resorted to toasting bread, cutting the crusts off, "buttering" it liberally, cutting the toast into bite-sized pieces, and then microwaving it until softened, sometimes topped with maple syrup. It's kind of pathetic but it's the easiest way to chew it!
- Whole-wheat macaroni and vegetables (mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, tomato, etc). I finely dice the vegetables, so no chewing is required.
- Agar desserts with nata-de-coco.
- Canned fruit (although papaya was a little difficult until yesterday)
- Smoothies (Here's a tip - buy the frozen bags of mixed berries and pop'em in the blender with some chocolate soymilk. The end result is like liquid chocolate rasperry linzer tart!)
- Ramen noodles, broken into small pieces before cooking
- POTATOS. Mashed potatos, hash brown potatos....Potato wedges from the deli are pretty soft, too
- Canned peas. Canned creamed corn is good too but requires a little bit of chewing.
- Soup - every type of soup imaginable...especially with crackers crumbled in
- Vegetable dumplings from the asian grocery store. I've discovered that a simple sort of won-ton soup can be made by boiling them for a few minutes with vegetable broth, sesame oil and soy sauce. you'd think that these things would require chewing, but i just break them up with the side of my spoon and I'm all set!
Edited on April 5, 2007, to expand the list:
- Dahl - Lentils that have been cooked until they practically melt, and are seasoned with spices like cumin and garam masala. Just be careful using turmeric or curry powders with clear or light coloured ligs though, you could stain them!
- Rice Pudding (Check out the Racy Raisin Rice Pudding from the cookbook How It All Vegan by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer. yum! Also, here's a link to a delicious 15-minute rice pudding recipe. Just use soymilk, and an accidently-vegan instant pudding mix.)
- Polenta - Just add tomato sauce for an almost instant soft dinner.
- Tofu pudding or mousse (Click here for a delicious chocolate mousse recipe!)
- Bean dip, straight up! Hummus, refried beans...who says you need bread?
- Soy or rice-based ice cream
- Tapioca pudding
- Cream of wheat cereal
- Cupcakes or muffins, if they're soft enough that you can mush them around with your tongue.
- Mashed vegetables. Good mashin' vegetables include potato, sweet potato, rutabaga, acorn squash, butternut squash, carrots, and parsnips. Although I wouldn't reccomend a bowl of straight-up mashed parsnip..those things are kinda bitter.
- Soy yogurt.
- Baked sweet potato fries, if you take them out of the oven at that point when they've cooked soft but before they've browned
- Well-boiled carrots
Aaaand this is how I survived my first week. I'm gonna make some rice pudding tonight and hopefully that turns out okay.
Again, thanks everyone for all the help!