Friday, June 18, 2010

Mushies... Quite the Adventure

So I'm one week and two days post-op and I'm on the puree/mushy diet.  Its nice being off of full liquids, as my options were rather limited.

I started out with the mushy basics... soft-scrambled eggs, cottage cheese w/ pureed canned pears, cream of wheat, etc.  But it quickly became clear that I would need to expand my dietary horizons, so to speak, if I wanted to make it through the next two weeks until my first post-op appointment.

So I went to the store and got a few things to try.  First up was a chicken salad recipe I found in a WLS cookbook.  It was canned chicken (yeah, this should've been my first clue), olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, and a little chicken stock.  So I popped it all in my oh-so-handy Magic Bullet and pureed away.  It smelled *delicious* and I was excited to give it a shot.

Yeah, notsomuch.  The consistency and texture was barf-tastic and I couldn't get more than a bite or two in before I felt like dry-heaving.  So much for pureed meat-heavy meals.

My next foray into the world of mushy foods was simple... copy others who have done this already.  So I got some Chicken Tortilla soup from the grocery store and pureed it at home.

It.was.delicious.  The texture was perfect.  Still very soup-like but more like a thick bisque.  And it was very healthy too!  Plenty of protein.

I made egg salad (with fat-free mayo thankyouverymuch) and pureed it in the Magic Bullet.  It reminded me of the filling of a deviled egg, but it was still good.  And, as required, lots of protein.  I still have some in my fridge that I'll probably have for lunch today.

I also pureed some baked potato soup that my mom made.  DE.LICI.OUS. 

Spaghetti?  Into the Bullet.  (although I won't do that again cuz the noodles are empty calories)

I'm looking for more mushy/puree meals that are new and different.  What are your faves?  What were your go-to mushies?  What can't I live without these next two weeks?  


  1. After fills (and after surgery) I positively LIVED on the tomato soup from Panera Bread. You can buy the "Soup for a Group" for $10 and it would last a few days. Delicious. That's my tip du jour.

  2. I dunno if you like anything in your Cream of Wheat, but shredded cheese makes it taste absolutely fantastic!

    I also ate a lot of refried beans (fat free) with light sour cream and melted cheese. Good on protein and tasty!

  3. I also tried the refried beans--topped with melted cheese (low-fat), salsa, & sour cream (also low fat). Yummy!

    I'm a little over 2 weeks out from surgery. I've been eating a lot of eggs and beans--not together. Even though it's "legal" to eat ground meats at this stage, I just haven't been able to work up an appetite for it.

  4. Jenny, I just found your blog and am following you. I might need to buy a Magic Bullet. I have't bought a food processor yet and love the infommercials on this product.

  5. I also did the refried beans, cheese and sour cream - so good. I also loved ricotta cheese with some tomato sauce, mashed potatoes - I used greek yogurt in them(it tastes like sour cream but adds protein). I also really like pureed chili(protein & fiber).