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    soft foods

    I'm taking care of my mom (89 advanced dementia) and of course her bottom denture broke...
    I can get it fixed next Wednesday, but in the mean time anyone have experience with tempting soft foods?
    I looked on the web and found things like this
    Warm Tofu with Spicy Garlic Soy Sesame Sauce Recipe
    It is to laugh soft recipes you know you or your old folks have enjoyed?

    Thanks, Sharyn

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    How about Mashed potatoes and soft carrots with a beef gravy? Like pot roast. My mother (Alzheimer's) loved that meal. Bless you for taking care of your mom

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    Homemade custards are nutritious because of the eggs and cream. They would slide down easy and be delicious made in her favorite flavors. Mashed potatoes with ground beef and gravy. Homemade macaroni and cheese made with ziti or other tiny pasta.

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    when I had to get dentures I would cook dry bean with hamburger. I would brown HB and then beans and waterand seasoning and I would mash my beans while they were cooking to make a thick gravy and eat as a soup.It was very filling and good protein.

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    It is Halibut season on the West Coast. Fish should be easy to eat without bottom teeth.

    Most soups can be pureed.

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    Chicken Noodle soup, or Split Pea, or Potato Soup, all soft and taste good.

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    Spaghetti, stuffed shells & lasagna
    soft chicken nuggets chopped in 1/2
    applesauce and most canned fruits and be "gummed"
    meatloaf that is crumbled

    My Dad didn't wear his lower dentures and he really could eat almost anything he wanted. He just cut some of it smaller than others.
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    My Dad likes Chile
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    You could put the food in a blender. I use to make my baby food this way when my babies were real little.

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    When I had teeth pulled waiting for dentures I made mashed potatoes with cheese melted in them. I used either velveeta or cheez whiz. I love that. The other thing was soups. Mashed potatoes with meat gravy or just any gravy was another fav. If you are worried about protein you could add baby food to gravy Oh hard boiled eggs or any eggs are good. As you can tell I love cheese and I put it in my eggs when I scramble them.
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    Homemade chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes. Custard puddings, vegetable soup (pureed if needed), potato soup with cheese, etc. I did a lot of meals and put a good serving in Seal A Meal bags and my mom could just heat them up in a pot of boiling water.

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    thank you ladies! A lot of common sense ideas here, I appreciate them.

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    I had jaw surgery a couple of years ago. I ended up being on a "No Chewing" diet for 12 weeks. Since baby food did not appeal to me, and a diet of mashed potatoes, etc, would have gotten old, I made some of my favorites. Chicken & noodles, Green Chile, Beef Noodle soup, etc, and ran them through the blender. I made full recipes, and froze them in single serving sizes. Not enough to make it "baby food", but enough to take away the urge to chew. I called it my "shovel it in and swallow it diet", but I was happy with my choices, and it was not boring
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    I worked in long term care for years. Don't be afraid to put regular items in the blender or food processor. One of the largest issues is getting the taste. I know you will think it looks too awful or you just can't bring yourself to do it but trust me, if it tastes like the real thing they will eat it. One of my personal favorites is cherry pie that has been blended. It about killed me to put a beautifully baked pie in the blender/foodprocessor... but it really tastes very good. If you need to add liquid , use something in the ingredients to help soften the item... tomatoe juice for pasta items, fruit juice for fruit based items, gravy for meats... you get the idea. Some items just need to be soaked ... cookies soak in milk till they soften, same for cake.

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    My 84 yr old mother lives with me, has mouth problems, some of these may have been mentioned, but eggs, grits, cheese, mashed potatoes, pasta dishes with ground meat, or dark meat chicken cut small, soups, for veggies, we eat a lot of petite sweet peas, canned asparagus, creamed corn, red beans cooked in crock pot til soft, frozen pot pies are cheap and really good, also may want to consider ensure.
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    Ahh my DH's parents are moving in next door to us. So I was wondering what meals I could serve them.

    All I can say is you have more patience than I do and BLESS YOU !!!! I am hoping I develop more patience with his folks and can be more humble, caring like you ... BLESS YOU !!!
    (hard to do when all they do is cut down the oldest son's wife all the time !)
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    Mashed potatoes with scrambled/soft boiled/over-easy egg. The egg can be mixed in or blended with the potatoes and should go down easily. Blend mashed sweet potato, spiced up a bit, some parsnips and some meat of choice.

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    Home made potato soup, meat loaf, chopped chicken with noodles and alfredo sauce, ground beef crumbled with spaghetti sauce, waffles, eggs : fried, scrambled, boiled.

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    I made us Cream of Wheat hot cereal this morning, haven't had it for 20-30 years, it was SO good!

    I don't have a blender but I have a fork
    I'm trying Beannie Weenies this lunch. She remembers liking a lot of foods, that when presented with them just don't appeal.

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    If you have a food processor use it to help break up the food in smaller pieces. Then use gravy or other sauce on top of the processed food so it is easier to swallow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    I made us Cream of Wheat hot cereal this morning, haven't had it for 20-30 years, it was SO good!
    I don't have a blender but I have a fork
    I'm trying Beannie Weenies this lunch. She remembers liking a lot of foods, that when presented with them just don't appeal.
    Caswews , I'm no angel. I was always the black sheep who forced herself to see her mother once a year and never stayed more than 3 hours.
    And look what I've gotten done since January!
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/attachm...-fab-stars.jpg
    That quilt is awesome with capital letters. You should be very proud. God bless you for being a caregiver!
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