Eating after oral surgery can be very challenging. The chewiness and texture of foods that were never an issue before can be beyond painful. At the same time, you crave good, comforting food.
Nutrition is essential while you heal, but so is satisfaction. So, going into yet another round, I am trying to think of some new soft meal options for my recovery.
I'm hoping to enjoy a larger selection of food and flavors this time around. Here are some of my favorite foods, soft diet style.
Mexican - Huevos Rancheros, Refried Beans, Red or Green Chili, Sopa, Rice, Tres Leches Cake.
Indian - Vegetable Tikka Masala, Curry, Tarka Dal, Palak Paneer, Rice, Mango Lassi, Gulab Jamun.
Italian - Fettuccini Alfredo, Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce, Risotto, Tiramisu.
American - Eggs, Baked Fish, Bread Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Yams, Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce, Whipped Cream.
Asian - Egg Foo Yung, Rice, Sweet and Sour Tofu, Egg Drop Soup, Miso Soup, Rice Pudding.
Spanish - Poached Fish, Gazpacho, Tortilla Espanola, Paella, Flan.
Irish - Potatoes (Soup, Mashed, Colcannon, Champ), Shepards Pie, Baked Beans, Salmon, Mushy Peas, Cabbage, Carrots, Parsley Sauce, Trifle.
Mediterranean - Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Lentil Soup, Orzo, Feta Cheese, Shakshuka, Cream Cake.
Depending on your procedure, you may want to prepare these at home so you can control the ingredients and texture to suit your needs.
Disclaimer: These meals were approved by my dental provider and were specific to my procedure. Please follow post-op instructions provided by your dentist.