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geebensis Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:48 AM
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Completely lame recipe request
Wifey had dental work done, and I'm fresh out of ideas for mushy but tasty food. Mashed potatoes and ice cream are getting old.

Suggestions?

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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:51 AM
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1. Oatmeal.
Also, beans and rice.
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geebensis Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:00 AM
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6. Beans sound good
...but I'll have to make that tomorrow. The beans need to soak overnight...

Thanks.
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:53 AM
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2. Fresh, homemade guacamole
Fresh avacados, minced garlic or onion and perhaps a hint of lime juice. YUMM!!! I can really pig out on that stuff. I usually add cilantro, but that might not be mushy enough.
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:54 AM
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Try adding feta cheese to the mashed potatoes...yum
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:01 AM
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7. Garlic mashed potatoes!
nm
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geebensis Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:09 AM
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14. Agreed, but
I made enough garlic mashed potatoes with melted parmesan cheese this weekend to feed an army :)
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:54 AM
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3. if you're going to mash stuff....
why not sweet potatoes, squash, turnip etc? You can even mash up carrots.

If you bake your sweet potatoes in water, maple syrup, butter and a little brown sugar, they're dynamite. Mash them up. Terrific stuff.

Homemade applesauce is easy. Peel, cut and core your apples, put them in the pan and then 1/2 way up the apples w/ water. Add sugar and cinnamon to taste. (If you like you can leave the peels on and then pick them out when everything cooks down. Makes the applesauce a pretty pink color.)

Potato or bean soup can be a nice change... and if it's not mushy enough, put it in the blender.

Yogurt.

Oatmeal, or farina.

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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:54 AM
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4. Matzoh ball soup?
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 09:56 AM by eyesroll
Get a box of matzoh meal (I don't know where you live, but in my area it's available in the bigger grocery stores) and make the balls according to the package directions. (I like to use walnut oil instead of vegetable oil.)

If you have a bit of time, you can make some chicken stock -- use the remains of a roasted chicken, or even a supermarket rotisserie chicken with some of the meat taken off for another use. Combine the chicken, two each of carrots, celery and parsnips (cut into big chunks), a large onion (peeled and cut into 8 chunks), a few cloves, a bay leaf, a few peppercorns. Cover with water and simmer for at least 3 hours. Strain (you can add the carrots and loose chicken meat back to the soup, but they won't add a lot of flavor. I still like them, though).

Edit: If you don't have time, doctor up some canned chicken stock (I add everything but the chicken and cook for about 15 minutes). I've never tried veggie broth with this, but if you don't eat meat you could try it.

Simmer the cooked matzoh balls in the soup for about 15 minutes before serving.
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geebensis Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:06 AM
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11. That's one I've never made
The matzo meal is available at my grocery, so I'll give it a try.

I generally make my own stock from chicken and turkey bones, but I don't have any handy right now. Guess I can wing it with store bought stock.

Thanks
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eyesroll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:15 AM
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24. Oh, make sure you don't futz with the matzoh balls too much
or they'll come out golf-ball-like.

They fluff up much better if you just kind of form them and drop them. If your wife's in pain, you might just want to skip the form-into-balls step and just drop them like dumplings.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:59 AM
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5. Can you eat bean soup?
If you cook them a little longer than the recipe calls for, they will get very soft. Plus, you get your protein (I lived on this when I had my wisdom teeth pulled). All jokes aside, just tell Wifey that she's among friends. ;-)
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geebensis Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:03 AM
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8. Definitely making beans tomorrow
creole red beans and rice...

And yes, I cook them until they are completely soft. Generally takes me 6 hours to make them after soaking the beans 24 hours.

Thanks.
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:04 AM
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9. Black beans are great too.
Actually, they cook up faster than red beans. Also consider lentils.
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:09 AM
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13. Use the quick method for beans.
Bring them to a boil and cok for one minute. Turn off the heat and cover them and let them sit for an hour. Then cook as usual. The whole process takes about 2 hours.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:05 AM
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10. Gazpacho
and if she can eat spicy foods, Indian soups are also highly pureed.
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geebensis Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:10 AM
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16. Now we're talking
Got a favorite recipe?
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:13 AM
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18. The ones I had in Andalucia were nice!
I don't have the recipe, though. It seemed very simple to make. I'm sure you can find one on-line. The Andalucians add chopped hard-boiled egg or diced cucumber on serving. So delicious! And their gazpacho is extremely finely pureed, unlike most American versions. It's a beautiful soup.
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WillParkinson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:09 AM
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12. A very simple dish...
Macaroni and cheese (if she likes cheese). Before I went vegan that's what I ate when the Quack pulled out my wisdom teeth and left me bleeding.
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:10 AM
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15. Lentil soup
cooks up quickly.
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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:13 AM
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17. I dunno if you are veg or carnivores...
But just about any soup you make can be put in the blender and pureed. I've got an easy Veggie soup recipe that would give you guys a full meal and can still be pureed quite happily...

Boil one lb of stew meat in water and beef boullion. Brown the meat in the bottom of the pot first in a bit of olive oil then add the water and the bullion. (double strength stock is a good idea, so use twice the bullion that they suggest for the amount of water. Two tsp per cup of water... You will be adding enough stuff to cut the salt taste down a lot)

Low simmer the meat for a couple hours until it is soft.

Add a 12 oz can of tomato juice to the pot along with a can of diced tomatoes.

Add whatever veggies you like--potatos, carrots, corn, green beans, you name it. (I've been known to use a potato cubed up or a cup or rice if I didn't have a spud that was handy) and then add about half a bag of frozen mixed veggies along with some onion and celery.

Add garlic to taste, pepper, sugar if you like it...Italian spices can be nice too.

Simmer till the veggies are soft.

Eat up.

It reheats well, and it can be pureed quite handily...

Best of luck and I hope the dental issues are resolved soon!

Laura
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:19 AM
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19. Cook a roast and puree your wife's serving in blender. Also puree

veggies like green beans, etc. If she's tired of traditional soft foods, she'll love the change.

I wouldn't try doing pizza in a blender but lots of things will work. Think baby food made for adults.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:25 AM
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20. PEANUT BUTTER!
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radwriter0555 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:31 AM
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21. Corn soup is yummy AND nutritious... bread pudding.. any kind
of puddings are great.

Tapioca is a fave... rice puddings are easy.

Sloppy Joes if you let em sit on the buns to soak them for a while.

Squash, eggplant are easy to prep.

I'll keep thinking....
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geebensis Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:31 AM
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22. Thanks, all
Thanks for the great ideas.

I'm off to the store for gazpacho fixins...

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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:39 AM
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23. Here's one:
One can of tuna, or one lb ground turkey
One can cream of mushroom soup
one cup dry rice

If using turkey, brown and crumble it.

Mix meat, soup, rice, and 1.5 cups water together.

Add ground thyme to taste.

bake, covered, at 300 F for one hour.
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:25 AM
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25. shepherds pie?
use instant mashed pots, canned veggies, small amount of browned ground beef, little bit of shredded cheese on the top. layer meat in pan,then veggies, then taters, sprinkle cheese on top, bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes. Filling, yet still reasonably mushy.
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