What to Eat After Oral Surgery

Here are some diet suggestions that might help you after oral surgery when you need to eat near liquid foods that don’t need chewing.

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I had a dental implant put in last week and ever since have not been allowed to eat anything that needs chewing. Vanilla yogurt and applesauce were  just right for the first two days when I was still pretty knocked out. But by day 3 they were getting old. If you are ever in the same boat, here are some suggestions that are pretty easy:

  • 1. Take something you like and run it through the blender to liquefy it. I like bean soup. Campbell’s Bean with Bacon was good for two days at the rate of a can a day. You might prefer another variety. The next day I made a simple black bean soup that blended into a very thick and satisfying soup.  Then I sprinkled some feta cheese in and stirred until it was almost melted. Very tasty! I’ll put the recipe for the bean soup below. Make it before you have the surgery.
  • Baby food is a convenience food for the first day or two.
  • Make custard or pudding before surgery or buy a good brand of tapioca pudding in the deli section. It’s better for you than ice cream.
  • Bake a yam or yellow squash and mash it with a fork. Add whatever you like to add flavor.
  • Bake a potato, mash the insides with a fork, and stuff with whatever gooey topping you like. I used butter and plain yogurt. Don’t eat the skins. I gave them to my husband, who adores them.
  • Get some frozen creamed spinach or make your own if you feel up to it.
  • Make a smoothie. I really enjoyed blending about a cup of vanilla yogurt with about 6 canned apricot halves, but any fruit will do.
  • Mash a ripe banana and eat with spoon.
  • If you go to a buffet type restaurant, there are some things you can eat. At Hometown Buffet, I was able to eat mashed potatoes and gravy, Jello, baked yam ( mashed with fork), banana pudding (mashed with fork), and even the refried beans, which come pretty mashed already, mixed with some of the finely grated cheese stirred inside until it melts.

If you combine enough of these items in various ways, you will be able to keep up your strength and get some fruit, veggies, and  fiber in your diet, as well as an assortment of flavors that include savory, as well as sweet. I can’t do anything about crunchy. That’s still forbidden.

Here’s the simple black bean soup recipe I mentioned. It’s more economical than buying two 10-oz cans of condensed soup, and it’s also tastier.

Ingredients:

  • A chopped onion
  • Two or more cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon each or more (according to taste) of oregano and thyme
  • 1 can each (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, black beans, and chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Any compatible left-overs. (I had some small pieces of minute steak with some of the tomatoes it had been topped with. Add when you add the canned ingredients. If there is cooked meat or poutry, cut it into small pieces before adding.

Heat the olive oil for a minute in a three-quart saucepan. Don’t let it get hot enough to smoke. Add the onions and garlic and stir them around at medium heat to keep  from burning, until tender. Add spices herbs and stir another minute. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and drained beans and leftovers if available.  Bring to boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes. Put in blender, part at a time, until it is liquefied (or completely blended so you won’t need to chew it.)  Serve hot and stir in some feta if you like, to add flavor.