You already knew that one, I mean a girls gotta have something to look forward to am I right!? Besides ice cream I think anyone can agree that at some point the over consumption of sugar becomes OD and we need to find something more nutritious. I made a list of recipes/dishes I found to be relatively easy to make and which are soft enough to comfortably consume while you’re recovering from the horror of a dentist pulling teeth outta your damn mouth, ouch.
1. Nana Ice-cream
The “healthy” version of icecream. I’ve made countless versions of this and it’s one of my favorite ‘treat yourself’ snack/breakfast/dessert-s. Three easy steps and done!
- Ingredients include: Milk of choice, Bananas (1 is enough but more the merrier), and anything you want to add in the mix, I prefer berries OR chocolate, sometimes I add Avocado for a nice creamy consistency.
- Chop up bananas and any berries or fruit you may want to add and freeze over night.
- Mix ingredients in a mixer/processor including a splash of milk (depends on how thick you prefrer the consistency (I’d suggest starting with 1/4 a cup or less).
- BONUS: sprinkle chia seeds, shaved chocolate, honey or granola on top. You can get innovative!
I decided on Shrimp Congee since I already had most of the ingredients at home. Alex (my partner) had all the shrimp in this case since chewing 24h after surgery wasn’t really an option.
I made my Congee pretty simple and included: long grain white rice, Shrimp, sesame oil, broth, scallion, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper. I would suggest adding the soy sauce and sesame oil afterwards to taste. You may think the mix of chicken broth and shrimp is bizarre but it works just fine. I usually make mine in my rice cooker but will link a few congee variations below!
3. Beet, Carrot & Ginger Soup
This recipe is hard to screw up. You’ll need the following:
- Olive oil
- 1lbs Carrots
- 3 Medium/Large Beets
- Stock/Broth (you can use leftover from your congee!)
- Salt & Pepper
Wash and peel carrots, beets and onion, chop into smaller chunks. Bring water (enough to cover all the contents) to boil and add olive oil, salt, pepper and broth. Mince the ginger and garlic, toss in with carrots and beets, leave to soft boil for about 45 min. turn stove off when the big chunks are easy to pierce with a fork yet stay on it without crumbling. Pour out some of the liquid if you prefer your soup firm. Season as you please. Mash with a processor or hand mixer (hand mixer is much easier since you can leave the soup in the cooker).
I prefer to serve mine with sour cream although I had yet to add that when taking the picture below. This recipe is easy to play around with, if preferred you can skip the hand mixer and leave it as is after boiling.
Surprisingly if a friend asked me out for an Ample Hills date next week I most certainly wouldn’t decline. I can curve my sweet tooth for candy by indulging twice a year but ice cream is another story. Too many flavors. So creamy, so perfect.
I had Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla flavor (forgot how amazing such a simple flavor could be!?), tried Halo Top (which FYI makes you bloated af so may not go that route again) in Strawberry, Oatmeal Cookie (favorite) and Peanut Butter Cup. Definitely tastes good but it’s not the real deal plus I’m skeptical about what that prebiotic fiber ingredient is?
4. Avocado Pudding
5. Chia Pudding
Ingredients: Almond milk and chia seeds. You may want to add honey, banana, fruit, berries, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, granola etc. play around with the recipe. The very basis is simple, mix 1/4 cup of chia seeds with 1 cup of almond milk and leave in the fridge overnight. Mine wasn’t exactly pretty hence why I chose not to post a picture.
Filling and hearty, one of my go-to breakfasts that I’m glad I was able to eat this week despite my limited diet. I’m lazy so I usually do over night oats with chia seeds or quick-oats that you prepare on the stove or in the microwave. The below image was a seamless order I cheated with…
Other soft foods to consider:
- Soups (several options here for instance)
- Hummus (if you dare eat to it as a snack without any hard foods)
- Guacamole (same goes for this one…)
- Apple sauce
I hope someone found inspiration in these easy recipes that can certainly be used even when you aren’t limited to soft foods. I apologize for the pictures being so simple, I was a bit light headed from my fever and couldn’t quite find the energy to style properly.