Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Soft Foods: Refried Beans

Refried Beans Public Domain Image From Wikimedia Commons
This week I will begin reviewing soft foods that can be prepared and eaten while going through the process of getting dentures. Before you receive your denture you will have your teeth removed and the gums are quite tender. Your dentist will recommend that you eat only soft foods for a while. Trust me, you will have no problem complying with his or her recommendation! Your gums are so tender at that point, you will not want to even think about having to chew food of any kind. The dilemma becomes what foods can you eat that are soft enough, yet nutritious enough for you to eat.

The first few days of my denture journey about all I could consume was ice cream and milkshakes. The cold felt really good on my swollen and tender gums. I knew that I could not remain on a strictly dairy diet and began to look at foods that would be easy to eat. Foods that were soft enough that they could be mashed or processed in my blender. I knew that it would be important to have a source of protein and fiber so my mind immediately went to beans. Refried beans became a staple in my diet for the first 2 1/2 months of my journey towards getting my new teeth.

Refried Beans Recipe 

Ingredients:

1 tblsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp chili powder
1 16 oz can pinto beans
1/2 cup chicken broth
salt & pepper


Instructions:

Drain the beans in a strainer and rinse thoroughly, set aside. In sauce pan, heat olive oil. Saute the garlic and onion in the heated oil. Add chili powder and chicken broth, bring to a boil. Add beans and cook for 5 minutes until beans are soft. Use a potato masher to mash the beans until the desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.

A very easy and quick recipe for a soft food that you can add to your diet when soft foods are required. I would sometimes add a dollop of sour cream and some shredded cheese for extra flavor.

Of course, refried beans can be used in any diet as a substitute for meat. Pinto beans are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, potassium and iron.

Join me next week for another suggestion and recipe for soft foods.



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10 comments:

  1. Mmmm, I can almost taste the garlic. Your refried beans recipe sounds easy, delicious, and nutritious!

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  2. I have never actually made refried beans at home, but I certainly do enjoy them in restaurants. I appreciate the recipe! I am always glad to add a new recipe to my ever expanding recipe book. Just one last thought, how very awful that you had to adjust your diet for 2 1/2 months! That is a really long time where food is concerned.

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    1. I had not made refried beans at home, either. Once I found out just how easy they are to make, I wondered why I had never tried to make them before. Yes, 2 1/2 months seemed like forever and even after the denture is delivered those gums are still tender. No one prepared me for all of this and that is why I felt compelled to start this series, perhaps I can help someone else understand the process they will be going through.

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  3. I admire your fortitude in enduring such a long process getting ready for your dentures. I never realized what was involved; never thought to ask as a child when both my grandmother, then my mother went through the process. Thanks for the recipe.

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  4. I've never made my own refried beans before, I always bought them. Now I have a new recipe to try. and I'm all in for the garlic!! Sorry for the 2-1/2 month wait, hope you're doing much better now.

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  5. I'll have to try this for the refried beans recipe and keep it in mind in the event I ever need soft foods.

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  6. Yum to the refried beans. OMG to having sore gums for so long. I confess I would probably do milkshakes every day. LOL

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  7. I've never made refried beans before, but your recipe sure looks easy so I might have to give them a go.

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  8. When I was waiting for my implants I also had to on a soft foods diet. I also ate a lot of refried beans during those weeks. I used my food processor a lot to puree other foods. I even ate baby food sometimes. I've never made my own refried beans, though. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  9. When I was waiting for my implants I also had to on a soft foods diet. I also ate a lot of refried beans during those weeks. I used my food processor a lot to puree other foods. I even ate baby food sometimes. I've never made my own refried beans, though. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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