Soft Diet Post-Operative and Sore Throat Recipes


After four tonsillectomy surgeries, two wisdom teeth surgeries and countless sore throats and soft diet prescriptions, I’ve gotten very good at cooking nutritious, post-operative meals. Here is my arsenal of soft diet recipes for healing. These recipes contain foods rich in vitamins and protein for post-op recovery, plus they focus on soft, easily digestible foods for those with sore throat or teeth problems.

Creamy Egg Custard:

Custard has long been a favorite for post-operative diets. Made with eggs and milk, custard is loaded with protein, yet easy to swallow and digest. In a blender, mix until creamy and smooth:

  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups milk (low fat for those on special diets)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. saltĀ (Check out our recommended salt and pepper grinder sets!)
  • several dashes of nutmeg

When ingredients are blended, pour into glass casserole dish. Set in pan of shallow water (about one inch) and bake for 50-60 minutes at 325 degrees. When custard is done, it will resemble pudding. Knife inserted will come out clean. For caramel custard, replace sugar with brown sugar.

Editor’s Note: Lately I’ve been using the Ninja Blender to make this rather than my Magic Bullet. The texture comes out much better. This is the blender I have.

Pumpkin Custard:

Loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene, this hearty, nutritious recipe is perfect for post-operative sore throat or sore teeth. Blend together:

  • four eggs
  • pumpkin from one pared, cleaned cooked pie pumpkin or one 29 ounce can cooked pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • milk from refilled pumpkin can (this also ‘rinses out’ remaining pumpkin in can) or two cans evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger or allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 T. flour

Bake in glass 9×13 baking dish at 350 degrees until pumpkin custard is ‘set’ and inserted knife comes out clean (about 50-60 minutes).

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