December 10th, 2006

Eating with sore teeth - Foods that don't require chewing

Hey guys! I just wanted to thank everyone who responded to my recent post about foods I should eat after getting braces.

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:

- Oatmeal

- "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.

- Applesauce

- Canned fruit (although papaya was a little difficult until yesterday)

- Bananas

- 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.)

- Avocado

- 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!

vegan eggplant and sundried tomato sandwiches

this is my first post although I've been here for a while. These are super easy and my omnivorous husband liked them:

ingredients:

1 organic eggplant
olive oil
14-20 whole garlic cloves (you need 4-8 for one garlic-y sandwich. 16 cloves of all sizes made 3 sandwiches for me, but I'm a garlic freak!)
sundried tomatos
crusty whole grain sandwich rolls (chunky slices of an olive loaf might be good too. See "accidentally vegan" list from PETA)
fresh basil
optional garnish: roma tomato slices

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place eggplant slices on nonstick baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Place whole garlic cloves on same sheet with eggplant. Cook for about 30 minutes. Remove baking sheet and let eggplant and garlic cool. In a cup, mix olive oil (there is not set amount, basically, you're going to squeeze the garlic paste out of the cloves and mix it with oil and spread on the bread, so it depends on how thick you want to spread it. I used about a quarter cup and 16 cloves blended for 3 sandwiched).
Place halved crusty rolls in over to warm.

Squeeze garlic paste out of cloves and combine with oil and spread on bread. Stack eggplant slices and sundried tomatos and fresh basil on top. Add sea salt or pepper as you like.

chai cake

I made a modified version of THIS RECIPE for my friends birthday and had such extreme reactions to it (ie. people taking one bite and saying, shocked, "OH MY GOD this is the best cake i've ever eaten!?!") that i used the recipe again to make cupcakes to take to a psytrance rave last night. They were being given away free at a tea stall and at the end of the night the volunteers told me that they'd had people coming up to them saying "wow, there are good cupcakes, and then there are THESE cupcakes!".

Probably the most successful product i've ever made! I just wish i'd taken photos because i iced them prettily too, oh well, next time ;).

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