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id="mod_29761651">Eating well with only a few teeth - or eating with no teeth - soft food ideas
My husband has no teeth for chewing so he needs to eat soft foods. I've become an expert in finding soft foods to cook and preparing delicious easy-to-chew homemade meals.

On this page, you will find a list of soft foods and tips on preparing meals.

So, whether you are recovering from dental surgery, or have a longer need for eating soft foods, I hope that you will find some of these ideas and tips helpful!

2013 Update:

I have recently found that eating only soft foods is a bit limiting, so I regularly cook up "normal" meals and use this hand blender to blend it into an easy-to-chew meal. This enables him to eat just about anything - from pizza to hamburgers to Chinese food! I just cut it up, and add some water or other liquid if necessary, and blend away! I usually blend it in a soup bowl with tall sides and I use a spoon to stir up the food as needed.

July 2014 Update: We found a hand chopper that works to chop or puree food without any electricity!

Above Picture: Soft Foods we commonly purchase: Instant Oatmeal, Baked Beans, Canned Tuna, Refried Beans, Canned Chicken Breast

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Easy to Chew Recipes - My Favorite Meal Ideas - Recipes that come out soft!

Corn Bread Recipe
Corn bread is especially soft if you serve it with a topping, like blended chili, health or maple syrup.

Fluffy Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs are a great breakfast recipe for those needing easy to chew foods. Melt cheese over them or drizzle them with maple syrup. If you have a chopper, you can cook sausage and throw it in the chopper. My mini food processor does a great jo

Feta Cheese Mashed Potatoes
A twist on regular mashed potatoes!

Good Eats Meatloaf Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network
For extra soft meatloaf, try cooking it in a slow cooker! For some amazing reason, it changes the texture and comes out almost velvety soft.

Cream of Fresh Asparagus Soup
Looking for a recipe that everyone will love? This is absolutely delicious! It's easy to make too. I serve this with grilled cheese or a chicken sandwich using shredded chicken for a complete homemade meal.
Keebler Townhouse Crackers are a Soft Cracker! List of Soft Foods to Buy at the Grocery Store
A Shopping List to Follow
These are foods we commonly buy and require little preparation to become soft. There is some trial and error so please use your own judgement.

Crackers, bread, and cereal tend to get soft in your mouth if you take your time. Some brands and types will be easier to eat than others, so experimentation may be necessary!

Grocery Store Shopping List

Fresh Produce Canned & Boxed Goods Frozen Foods & Dairy Misc

Bananas Oatmeal Tater Tots Peanut Butter

Avocados Cream of Wheat Chopped Spinach Hummus

Winter Squash Soft Cereals (Rice Chex) Waffles or Pancakes Guacamole

Yams / Sweet Potatoes Baked Beans Ice Cream Soft Bread

Potatoes Refried Beans Cottage Cheese Pudding

Eggplant Canned Tuna Yogurt Donuts

  Canned Chicken Eggs Salmon or other Fish

  Soft Crackers Milk  

  Applesauce Meatloaf TV Dinners  
Suggestions for Soft Foods Cottage Cheese is a Great Soft Food Cottage Cheese is a Favorite Snack!
I always try to keep cottage cheese in the fridge.
He likes to spice up cottage cheese by adding garlic & onion powder, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce!

Many people also like fruit in their cottage cheese, but I think you might have to puree the fruit in a chopper first.

Prepared Foods that are Soft - For when you don't want to cook
Sometimes I don't want to cook and I don't want to mess with a food processor... So I've been trying to find things that I can buy that are already soft.

TamalesTamales - These are soft and delicious! They taste great with green salsa or salsa con queso. The Del Real Chicken Tamales I bought at Costco was softer than the Delimex Beef Tamales I found at Safeway, so you may have to shop around to find the perfect brand.

Macaroni & Cheese - From the freezer section. Easy to mash! You can mix in ground chicken or beef.

Quiche - The ones I bought at Costco have a soft crust and were so tasty!

Buy Now An Immersion Hand Blender is Amazing!! - Main Benefit: Much easier to clean than a food processor!
Cuisinart CSB-76TQ SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, TurquoiseI use both a hand blender and a food processor.... However, since buying the hand blender, I find myself using it more than the food processor, mainly because the hand blender is easy to clean in hot soapy water (just turn it on in hot water and it practically cleans itself). The food processor is better at some things but takes me much longer to clean (I don't have a dishwasher).

So... I find myself reaching for the hand blender on a daily basis - often several times a day. It does do better when things are moist, so if you are having trouble, add something moist. We've recently found that we can buy Black Bean Burgers and use this immersion blender to chop them up. After cooking the burgers, I cut them into quarters and add about a tablespoon of mayonnaise, and then pile it all into the mixing cup. It comes out quite well.

Buy Now From Homemade Stew to Puree in 5 Seconds! - Yay! Now my love can eat homemade stew with all of the good stuff in it!
I recently bought a chopper, and we have been very pleased. I used to make stew, but no matter how small I cut the meat, or how much meat tenderizer I put on it, it never became easy enough to chew. This was quite disappointing, so I stopped making stew.

Then one day we had dinner at a relative's house. It is usually embarrassing to explain how you can't eat the food they serve, but this relative was very understanding and put the steak in a chopper. The chopper cut up the steak into tiny pieces. It was then easy to eat and still very flavorful! That's when we decided that we needed to get a chopper. We had a little one, but it just wasn't up to the job.

Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food ProcessorFortunately, we found this one. It is very affordable. It is surprisingly quiet, and very fast in chopping or pureeing the food. The negative reviews on this chopper say that it purees food too easily, but for us, that's perfect. Now I can cook steaks and stew again. I can also serve more vegetables this way! Making homemade meals with hearty vegetables makes me so very happy! :)

Buy Now Crockpots are great for making food soft! - They also make the house smell really good :)
Crock-Pot SCR300-SS 3-Quart Manual Slow Cooker, SilverMaking a delicious crockpot meal is one of the most rewarding things in life. Try crockpot chicken soup, or crockpot beef stew. The chicken soup will probably come out soft enough to eat right out of the crockpot. You may still need to process the beef stew in a food processor, depending upon the tenderness of the meat cut.

Just remember, the longer you cook it, the more tender it will get!

Buy Now Cheese Puffs Are you wishing you could eat chips?
Here's an alternative...
Cheese Puffs are a salty snack food that's easy to chew! These soft and airy snacks are a great alternative to chips.

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