Recipes For The Soft Food Diet – Satisfying Soups, Dreamy Puddings, Perfect Pasta, Savory Sides, and More
Does the dreaded Soft Food Diet have to be lacking in flavor and filling food? This is the question that has been weighing heavy on our minds. T is about to have jaw surgery which means we have been trying recipe after recipe in preparation for first the liquid diet, followed by the soft food diet. We have put a lot of time and energy into this collection, and now we hope our efforts will be just what he needs and that they can help you too.
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Here are the soft food recipes that have made the cut for us. Whether you or your loved one is looking at a jaw surgery or just the removal of wisdom teeth, these recipes may put the comfort back in comfort food for one and all.
Soft Foods Diet Menu Ideas
Soft Foods Breakfast Ideas and Baked Fruits
- Scrambled eggs. We purchased this awesome Sunday Brunch Gift Box from Etsy for the perfect collection of spices to kick up the flavor and keep things interesting. This kit is loaded up with High Peaks Seasoning (Ingredients: Salt, Shallots, Black Pepper, Parsley, Coriander, Dill Weed, Chives), Dill Weed, Biryani, Chervil, Paprika, and more.
- Pancakes: Pancakes are soft and delicious and come together quickly. You can add chocolate chips, strawberries, or blueberries. We like to add cinnamon and nutmeg to our batter. Cover them in maple syrup, Nutella, or a fruit puree (no seeds) and whipped cream. However you dress them up, we recommend the Best Ever Pancake Batter from Grace and Good Eats as a base.
- French Toast: Our favorite French Toast recipe comes from Chef Robert Irvine at Food Network. Again the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg makes all the difference. We recommend sticking with the softer, thinner slices until you are off the soft foods diet.
- Baked Apples: These Baked Apples from Suzy at Worthing Court (hold the walnuts) are a great way to partake in something soft and sweet.
- Poached Pears: This Poached Pears in Honey, Ginger, and Cinnamon recipe from Giada is amazing. I’m subbing the wine for Apple Cider and the vanilla bean for vanilla extract.
- Oven Roasted Plums: These oven-roasted plums from AllRecipes are on our menu to be served with french toast and/or vanilla ice cream. I did not add the cumin as instructed because that seemed weird, but most reviewers adore it. You do you.
- Oatmeal: Jaclyn from Cooking Classy is among my very favorite cooks. She has a collection called Oatmeal Eight Ways that we will be digging into. Obviously no nuts for us. But she has some crazy good flavor combinations like Banana Coconut, Apple Pie, and Peanut Butter and Nutella.
- Applesauce: Every Fall we make this apple sauce from Skinny Taste and it’s so very good. I’m going to make a few jars just to get us through this recovery. It’s tangy and wonderful. Hint, instead of the lemon peel we zest a lemon and use that instead. So good.
- Breakfast Banana Split: These are so good! You make a banana split using yogurt and fresh fruit and call it breakfast. Be sure whichever recipe you use to hold the granola and nuts. Our top pick for a Healthy Banana Split comes from Not Enough Cinnamon.
We are leaning pretty heavily on broths and cream soups in the beginning. As we ease into the next phase of soft foods we will be wearing out the immersion blender. Here are the recipes we have tested and approved for our tastes. We hope we have included some soup options that can please every palate.
- Japenese Clear Onion Soup: I have never found a recipe that exactly replicates the flavors of our beloved Hibachi soup but this Japenese Clear Onion Soup from Living Chirpy is the closest we’ve found!
- Wonton Soup: This Homemade Wonton Soup from Striped Spatula is so good! Flavorful and comforting.
- Potato Soup: This Instant Pot Creamy Potato Soup from Cooking Classy is just what the doctor ordered. It’s filling, ridiculously creamy, and flat-out satisfying. While you can’t serve it with the recommended bacon all crisped up on top, you can cook the bacon first in the instant pot and then use the bacon grease to cook the and celery and onions in. It adds some bacony flavor.
- Carrot-Coconut Soup with Harissa and Crispy Leeks: For those who like a sweet soup, this recipe from Bon Appetit fits the bill. Apple, carrot, coconut, ginger, and leeks.
- Broccoli Cheese Soup: My very favorite broccoli cheese soup recipe is from Averie Cooks. In practicing to make it even softer I tried using the immersion blender, but it still didn’t feel thin enough for the first stage of soft food where it needs to be almost drinkable. I tried putting it into a regular blender and really whirling it away in there too but both ways it was transformed in a way that took away from its greatness. So, this is going to stay as is and be part of our second stage of soft foods. T says this recipe slaps, so there you have it.
- Chickpea Soup: In our hunt for something really satisfying we came across this Chickpea and Celery Soup with Chili Garlic Oil recipe from Bon Appetit. Don’t roll your eyes at this one, it has reviewers raving for a reason. For our stage one Chickpea Soup, we will be going with another Bon Appetit recipe and holding the broccoli. It’s a lot simpler but our first stage requires simple.
- Chicken Soup: Once we have progressed to a place where we can finally eat some chicken, we will be fixing our favorite Chicken Soup Recipe. It comes from Food Network and the use of the whole chicken and the addition of the ginger root make this so satisfying.
Soft Foods Side Dishes
- Mashed Potatoes: We happen to love Carrabba’s Mashed Potatoes best so we use their recipe. But there are a lot of great recipes that allow you to infuse flavor into a basic mashed potatoes recipe. Try boiling your potatoes in chicken broth or fold in some cheese.
- Baked Beans: There are a lot of good bean recipes out there but we adore The Best Baked Beans Ever recipe from The Pioneer Woman the best. Skip topping them with bacon to stay soft. They’ll still be amazing.
- Macaroni and Cheese: This Creamy Baked Mac-N-Cheese Recipe from The Chunky Chef is crazy good. T sometimes swaps the Gruyere for Smoked Gouda and we tend to go a little more heavy-handed with the Paprika but you can’t go wrong with this recipe. Seriously good and seriously filling.
- Grits: These Cheese Grits from Food and Wine are loaded with flavor and reviewers adore them.
- Sweet Potato: We like ours baked in the Air Fryer. Just clean, dry, rub some olive oil over the skin, pierce it, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 40-45 minutes at 425 degrees. That said, this Sweet Potato Casserole from Spend with Pennies is on our menu. We are trying to prevent weight loss so this recipe is really appealing. Obviously, we will be forced to hold the nuts. We add maple syrup to the top of this dish and a dash of nutmeg to the potatoes. Other than that we follow the directions exactly.
- Roasted Carrots: We eat a lot of roasted vegetables in our house. This recipe for Roasted Carrots Two Ways from Chelsea’s Messy Apron offers sweet and savory options and both are really tasty.
- Beans: Now it’s not just because Granny Gwen and I share a name that I adore this recipe. And it’s not because this recipe was the 2012 Side Dish Smackdown Winner! It’s all about the flavor in Granny Gwen’s Beans that makes it a great choice for a soft food diet. These are filling and comforting. We will be swapping the bacon for salt pork. Also, I like to add just a dash of liquid smoke and a dusting of paprika to mine.
Main Dishes for A Soft Food Diet
- Garlic Parmesan Pasta: You don’t need to be on a soft food diet to appreciate how awesome and how simple this Garlic Parmesan Pasta from Damn Delicious is. Our only tweak, we add baby peas.
- One-Pot Pasta: This super simple Pasta Dish from Rasa Malaysia is quick, easy, and flavorful.
- Salmon: So any flaky fish will do the trick but this recipe for Honey Soy Glazed Salmon from Tasty is already our favorite way to do fish. It’s so good.
- Cod: For really simple but flavorful Cod we turn to Rasa Malaysia again for her Baked Cod recipe. Lemon and cayenne season this perfectly.
- Tuna: We like this Tuna Salad Recipe from Cooking Classy. We use capers and pickles.
- Chicken: Eventually, we will be allowed some chicken and this Baked Chicken Recipe from Gimme Some Oven is where it is at. We add a little pickle juice to the brine but the recipe is amazing as is.
- Tuna Casserole: I’ve mentioned this Tuna Casserole from Skinny Taste before and with good reason – canned tuna, mushrooms, peas, and noodles in a creamy sauce!
Dessert Recipes for A Soft Food Diet
- Jello Jigglers: These aren’t very filling but they are fun, tasty, and something easy to chew.I like this Jello Jiggler recipe from Squirrels of a Feather.
- Custard Cake: The Vanilla Magic Custard Cake from OMG Chocolate Desserts is our top pick but there are plenty of custard cakes to choose from.
- Banana Cake: If Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction says this Banana Cake is the moistest cake she’s ever tasted then I suspect it’s likely the moistest cake that has ever existed. Bananas are loaded with potassium and supply vitamin B6, fiber, and some vitamin C. Super moist, super soft, and delicious!
- Souffle: Again, the options are endless when it comes to souffle but we adore Sally’s Chocolate Souffle the most.
- Nutella Pudding: Looking for something decadent to really ease that sweet tooth? This Nutella Pudding from Trial and Eater has got you covered!
- Butterscotch Pudding: Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction became my hero for recipes like this one. Her Unbelievable Butterscotch Pudding is a must for anyone on a soft foods diet.
- Cheesecake: I had a hard time recommending just one Cheesecake because we are kind of obsessed with this particular treat. You can check out our Cake Board on Pinterest for more of our favorite cheesecake recipes. For a soft food diet, I have to recommend the Tall and Creamy New York Cheesecake recipe from Art and The Kitchen because it’s amazing cheesecake and it has no crust so it’s the softest version.
There we have it! What a collection! If we discover anything else crazy wonderful as we get through the next four to six weeks, we will add it for you. So stay tuned. If you have a kiddo that will be getting braces or having wisdom teeth removed, save this page. You could pin it…
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