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Thread: Wanted: suggestions for dh who is toothless this Thanksgiving...soft foods

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    Wanted: suggestions for dh who is toothless this Thanksgiving...soft foods

    that will make his Thanksgiving special. Started with Sweet potato biscuits recipe...looking at a dressing cupcake with gravy-turkey bits topped with soft-cooked cranberries, but he may not be able to handle that. Meal will end with Grandma's pumpkin pie and dream whip. Any suggestion is welcome. Thank you in advance.

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    Broccoli florets w/cheese (the florets will cook up very soft but avoid stems)

    Mashed potatoes w/cheese - throw in a dollop of sour cream, to make it extra yummy

    (can you tell I love cheese? LOL)

    Throw some turkey into a blender and then mix with gravy. Serve over a homemade buttermilk biscuit, seasoned with oregano, marjoram, basil, and whatever else you like. The biscuit ends up tasting much like stuffing. The gravy will make it very soft.

    Baked (peeled) apples slices w/cinnamon, brown sugar, splash of lemon juice . . . .

    Potato salad can also be made, without 'chunky' stuff. Think mashed potatoes, chopped egg, juice from pickle relish, onion juice instead of onion, etc.
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    He is also diabetic, so not too many sweets, please. He does have a Ninja blender to blend up his drinks, milkshakes, and proteins.

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    Stove top stuffing with turkey and gravy over top it/mashed potatoes with gravy along side. You have the pumpkin pie for dessert so that would make a nice meal for me.

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    We grow a garden and can the produce. Lots of sweet potatoes, apples from the orchard. Yes, he loves cheese and sour cream in his potatoes. Thanks for the suggestions.

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    Ugh that is no fun! Maybe lots of pies.

    Oh after I posted I noticed the diabetic note. All those carbs and sugars would not be good. I like her idea of blenderizing the turkey into the gravy. I always find turkey stringy and dry but gravy would remedy that.
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    My brother has the same problem. He cannot have dental work done because he has very weak bones in his jaw...so he has lost a lot of his teeth....I take whatever we are having for dinner and put it in a food processor and chop to a fine texture.....it has all the flavor...just already in tiny pieces. When I fix a roast, I put the meat in, chop, add gravy on his plate with mash potatoes and I also chop the carrots in the food processor. Be sure to add butter and seasoning to the dishes. Deserts are pudding with vanilla wavers in the pudding so they are soft. My bother, too is a diabetic, so I fix a lot of suger free jello with whipping cream poured over it with no sugar in the cream...he loves the taste anyway. I also use whipping cream and crumbled chocolate cake mixed together. After all, it is about taste even if it doesn't look great. So cooked turkey, ground up put on top of cornbread dressing (with lots of chicken broth to make mush) and gravy on top.
    Cranberry sauce....you can make this sugar free...with sweetner after you cook the cranberries and run through the processor. Best wishes to your family.

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    cook aside dish of salmon it's delicious and easy to eat
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    Poor hubby!
    Quiche is always good and you can add in whatever you like. Good for diabetics, I'd think.
    Bread pudding - you can make a savory version if you want to avoid sugar.
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    For the taste of turkey, Turkey croquettes are loved by my family. Also a great way to stretch leftover meats and poultry of any kind.

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    All the above ideas. My Hubby has almost the exact issues and has to have deviled eggs. Must grind additives very small. Could do a version of candied yams with Splenda(reg or brown).

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    My family loves spinach casserole
    1 box chopped spinach
    12 oz sm curd cottage cheese
    3 eggs
    6-8 oz sharp cheddar cheese grated( buy bag of sharp if easier)
    Thaw spinach and squeeze as much juice out as possible. Mix with other ingredients until well blended and spoon into a tube pan or a bowl with a glass in center. I have a corning glass ringed dish I use. You can bake at 350 until
    bubbly and edges are brown or put in microwave for 15 min(0r more) until cooked through. This can be made with
    broccoli floretts....my family likes spinach better.

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    Redwarrior, that recipe sounds very good. Will have to try that. Think I will make smaller dishes that he can choose from on the table, and let others try his if they wish...thinking stronger about the muffin tins lined with dressing with mashed potatoes with turkey and gravy on top dish, lightly browned. That spinach would make a good side dish. Thank you everyone for your suggestions. Sweet potatoes with apples, no nuts, brown sugar and marshmallows is a dish I fix for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cranberries, cooked with red cherries from the orchard, and add oranges to it with sugar free jello will be another dish that we like. We have fresh eggs to use as well. Duck and chicken eggs.

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    why not ground turkey meatballs (they are edible without teeth) and turkey gravy over them? no blending, real looking food .. we eat with our eyes right? the biscuit and turkey blended with the gravy sounds ok but would look horrible I think. things cooked well like carrots etc as noted mush up really easily in our mouth.. you can cook cranberries with sugar free sugar lol.. and its not going to taste like the stuff we eat but its going to be a nice sweet soft foil for the heavy turkey gravy. I say thanksgiving my dear is about the company not the food.. is he wanting the traditional foods? or is he happy with something else.. you can make turkey soup cream of.. or cream of butternut squash or mushroom soup as a main filler also. you should post here what you ended up making and how it worked out for others with troubles like this to reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat View Post
    why not ground turkey meatballs (they are edible without teeth) and turkey gravy over them? no blending, real looking food .. we eat with our eyes right? the biscuit and turkey blended with the gravy sounds ok but would look horrible I think. ...
    I see you aren't from the South!
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    The dressing is used as a 'crust' with the mashed potatoes in the bottom & sides and topped with the gravy & turkey bits and can have a small bit of cranberry relish on the top for color. Looked good in the recipe. I am trying the recipe offered by Red-Warrior for us to have for the evening meal. I 'throw' things together, started with 7 oz of thinly chopped sharp cheddar cheese, about 10 oz of cottage cheese, two packages of frozen spinach and 3 eggs. Added a pinch of kosker salt, put a thin layer of panko bread crumbs on top and sprinkled with paprika and nature's seasoning. I like things to 'look' appealing to the eye before tasting it. To me to grind up the meat, tends to give it a different flavor; to chop it up with kitchen scissors tastes better. I can do the cranberry relish with my Kitchen Aid attachment and it tastes better than doing it in the Cuisinart Food Processor that also chops. Cranberrys, a fresh bag with 3 oranges, two are peeled, 3 stalks of celery, 2 apples through the Kitchen Aid grinder attachment with 3 cups of sugar makes a wonderful relish dish. Cuts the cranberry taste down a bit. You can use it with Sugar free jello and let it set up.

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    when I had my teeth pulled I put my food in a blender. could eat any ting that way

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    Here's one of our favorites: Broccoli Rice 1 10 oz. box frozen chopped broccoli, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 jar cheez whiz, 2 cups cooked rice. Cook broccoli as directed, drain, melt together cheez whiz and cream of mushroom soup, stir in broccoli. Place 2 cups cooked rice in casserole dish, pour broccoli mixture over rice, mix well. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. YUMMIE!!!
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    Do you know the number one recipe that is downloaded from www.Foodnetwork.com more than any other? Cheese and Marconi. Schwans now have a cheese and mac "ball" not unlike a meatball...lightly breaded and looks so good. Love Broccoli, too, rice not so much. I still enjoy the different views of 'soft' food through the eyes of various people who share their thoughts and hints. Thank you.

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    We just had this last night & it was wonderful! I got it from a "cheese" magazine:
    1 large cauliflower, broken into florets
    4 cloves garlic
    2 TBSP ( 30ml) olive oil
    salt and black pepper to taste
    1 pkg (200 gram) Dofino Havarti Cheese, Roasted Garlic, coarsely grated
    cup (60 ml) cream (I used evaporated milk)
    2 TBSP (30 ml) butter
    1 TBSP (15 ml) fresh chives, finely chopped

    Preheat oven to 375*F
    Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Place cauliflower & garlic on the sheet in a single layer, drizzle with olive oil & sprinkle with salt & black pepper. Roast for appox. 25 min. or until cauliflower is fork tender.

    Remove from oven & carefully place in bowl of food processor. Add cheese (set aside 2 TBSP for garnish) and cream, butter & season to taste with additional salt & pepper, process until chunky smooth (or as long as you want). Top with chives & additional cheese and serve.

    Makes 4-6 servings.... but actually more like 3.

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    I make a dessert every year that gets rave reviews, and I am a diabetic, so I altered it just for me.

    Christmas Foam (named by my then 4 year old daughter, since I never had a name for it.)
    1 small container low fat small curd cottage cheese
    1 small container sugar free dream whip
    I small container of fat free sour cream
    I small box sugar free jello (any flavor)

    Combine first three ingredients in a medium sized non-metal bowl. Sprinkle dry jello over top. Mix in well. Set in the refrigerator for at least an hour. We like to add fruit to ours, but you don't have to. (Yes, it sounds like a strange combination, but give it try. You will be amazed.)
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    Blend each item separately for him.
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    My DH also has no teeth & he eats everything except nuts & I don't have to put anything in a blender & never have had to. He still east things like Doritos, corn chips, crisp bacon & even corn on the cob. He has dentures but won't use them. My best friends DH is the same. Eats everything but won't wear dentures.

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    broccoli casserole that has cheese, broccoli and rice is delicious and easily eaten without teeth. Green bean casserole without the french fried onions, carrot coins, dressing with ground turkey giblets. A sweet potato with Splenda and cinnamon is delicious. No salt, but use a little margarine or butter.
    Nice blessing that you have him.

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    If you have any left over ham, you could make ham salad, I started doing that last year and love it.....

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