5 Holiday Celebrations Tips for the Person Who Needs Puree

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How to Attend A Holiday Event The best part of a holiday meal is the atmosphere. The gathering of family and friends, the decorations, the music and the games, all of these are as important as the meal itself. Eating with family and friends can be magic. Then again, if your family suffers from a little or a lot of dysfunction, you have developed your coping strategies. I shall say no more. As long as no one goes to the hospital or to jail. How can the person with dysphagia … Read More

Latkes for Jewish New Year

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Get Out Your Spiralizer and Twist Your Wrist Latkes are potato pancakes. They are traditional at Hanukkah, but may be eaten at any holiday. They are usually made with russet potatoes, but you can make a substitution in this recipe. I make sweet potato latkes and include two tablespoons of lightly sautéed scallions. I like the balance of the savory and sweet. This is a tweaked version of the traditional recipe, flash roasted in the oven instead of shallow fried in chicken fat or schmaltz. If you use lower sodium … Read More

A Hanukah Menu from the Jewish Kitchen

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As Hanukah begins on December 24th in 2016, I’ve included a recipe for turkey, plus three fantastic recipes for side dishes from the Jewish kitchen. These are perfect for puree. These are dishes that can accompany a classically roasted turkey. If you have a family, roast the turkey with your family, as usual. Or, you can get a roast breast or roast leg of turkey from the deli counter of your supermarket by special order. In my eBook, The Purees of Fall: Delicious Under Pressure, I include a recipe for … Read More

Post-Bariatric Surgery Recipes Made Easy with the Essential Puree Guidebook

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Sometimes bariatric surgery, or gastric bypass, saves a person from the health complications caused by morbid obesity. Success depends on the post-op period when a person must learn new eating habits. The post-op period is a time for a clean diet and a new start. Post-Surgery Diet Recipes Though widely successful, those who are in the post-surgery recovery period for gastric bypass or bariatric surgery can struggle to maintain proper eating habits due to the more restrictive diet, including the need for liquid or pureed foods. Many find this to … Read More

Herbed Brisket with Chickpea Risotto

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A New Year Menu from the Essential Puree Jewish Kitchen My favorite cook for clean eating recipes from the Jewish kitchen is Tori Avey. Tori has created a delicious risotto for the Rosh Hashanah meal. I adapt it for the dysphagia kitchen in the following manner. Tori makes her risotto on the stovetop and her brisket in the oven. Both of these are long cooking methods. For the dysphagia kitchen, I suggest shortening the cooking time with an electric pressure cooker. The flavor and the texture are perfect for puree.  … Read More

Introducing the Foolish: Greek Yogurt with Warm Black and Blue Sauce

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A Quickies for Caregivers Sweet Snack: Ready in Twenty Minutes The Fool is the easiest and most basic dessert in the world. It can also serve as a snack at four o’clock in the afternoon, when there’s a dip in energy and a person might want a light snack. This combination of blueberries and blackberries is a treat for the eyes as well as for the tastebuds. I call this version a Foolish because a Fool, the almost abandoned traditional English dessert, is properly made of a layer of fruit … Read More

The Portable Snack: Three Ways to Eat On the Go

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The Tailgate, the Portable Shake and the Instant Milkshake Fall is almost here. The weather is about to be spectacular. Within a month, it will start to get cooler and soon the leaves will begin to turn. Even if you live in a warm climate, such as in California, Arizona or Florida, the air becomes cooler and the humidity drops. People want to be outdoors, and that includes the dysphagia patient. The biggest social event of Fall is attendance at a sporting event, like soccer, football, or lacrosse. The family … Read More

Ripe Plantain Arepas: The Latin Kitchen Series

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Arepas de Plátano Maduro The arepa is one of the most popular foods in Colombia and Venezuela. It is probably equivalent to the English muffin or the scone but with a Latin flavor profile. This is a breakfast food, with a flavor like a banana biscuit with savory to balance the sweetness.  It can also be served as a side dish for meat or poultry. The arepa is made from ripe plantains. It is also made with masarepa, or corn flour. (available at specialty markets or from Amazon). The arepa … Read More

The National Dysphagia Diet: Guidelines for Purée

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The National Dysphagia Diet is the standard for dietary treatment of swallowing difficulties. Patients have their level of puree determined by healthcare providers. When using the Essential Purée Guidebook, please consult your healthcare provider (this includes the physician, speech pathologist and dietitian). The language and Lingo of Modified Foods and Beverages In 2002, the American Dietetic Association (now called the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) set the standards for the “National Dysphagia Diet: Standardization for Optimal Care”. As of the summer of 2015, the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative is working … Read More

How To Balance a Pureed Meal

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The blue graphic to the left gives you an idea of how to balance a meal. Fruits, Veggies, Grains, Proteins and Dairy. If you notice, the veggie portion of the plate is bigger than all the others. The fruit portion is a little smaller. Grains are a bigger proportion of the late than proteins. This system replaced the Food Pyramid about four years ago. It is easy and it is handy. Know thy proportions. If you don’t serve all the food groups at one meal, you can add them in snacks … Read More