Soft, Easy-to-Chew Meal Ideas for a Recovering Patient?

updated May 2, 2019
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Q: I’ll be giving post-operation TLC to someone next week will have undergone nasal surgery. I need suggestions for easy to chew, simple foods to buy or prepare.

“Soft” foods that aren’t thermally hot or heavily seasoned are recommended, and I figure there’s only so much Jell-O this guy will be willing to eat. Smaller, more frequent meals as opposed to three square meals a day are suggested to combat nausea and fatigue.

Sent by Joey

Editor: Joey, there are some good ideas in this thread:

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We’d suggest soups, of course, but also think about soft purees like cauliflower, potato, and whipped rutabaga, which can be both nourishing and satisfying. These can also be made ahead in big batches and reheated.

Readers, any experiences or tips to share?

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