Ideas for pureed food for a 30-something who is really picky
August 24, 2008 1:19 PM Subscribe
Help "a meat-atarian" nourish herself post-jaw surgery. She needs ideas or recipes for pureed-consistency foods "that aren't gross". (Her words in quotation marks - she's very picky about food.)
posted by jb to food & drink (32 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Posted for a friend, who once had a metafilter account, but then had to write a thesis. (She finished, it's all good.)
"I just had jaw surgery. My jaw isn't wired shut, but I have a splint in my mouth and elastics holding the mouth closed-ish. I can open it a little but not enough to put a spoon in. I can stick my tongue out and lick a spoon with food on it. I am not allowed to use a straw and liquids are do-able but not ideal (I actually can't close me mouth to a seal, either). I am not allowed to use a straw. Basically I eat purees. This will continue for 6 weeks and I need to eat in the meantime.
So far I've been eating pureed fruit (apple sauce, apple sauce with other stuff, and frozen pureed watermelon (yum..the best)), pudding, and yogurt. I tried a little babyfood (strawberries great, ham dinner - wierd and gross). It seems to be the case that stuff that's meant to be mushy (apple sauce, yogurt) works a lot better than pureering things that are meant to be solid. Pureed chicken in broth may taste the same as solid chicken, but somehow it's just wrong.
I need to get a little more variety and in particular, get some protein and calories. Basically I'm eating full time and I doubt I'm getting 500 calories a day and most of what I get is sugary.
When I'm not mouth-ally disabled. I'm basically a meat-atarian, though I'll tolerate a side dish to fill me up (not mashed potatoes, don't even go there!). Meet with bread or rice is a staple. If I go out its either for fast food or Asian food (sushi, chinese, thai, dim sum). I realize these aren't options for the next six weeks, but I just mention it to give you an idea what I like to eat.
I'm looking for recipes or food ideas. I'm open to both things meant to be mushy or puree-ing solid foods, presuming you have reason to believe that this would be other than gross. Bonus points for finding a way to make meat edible and delicious."