January 08, 2009

Soft foods

My husband had some dental surgery, and for the first couple of days he could only have liquid or very soft foods. I made sieved applesauce cooked with three varieties of apples, a cinnamon stick and crystallized ginger; arrowroot pudding made with soymilk and maple syrup with a swirl of chocolate chips; baked pumpkin pudding with blackstrap, agave and spices; and red lentil soup with ancho chili pepper and truffle oil. Just because the diet is soft doesn't mean it has to be bland. I know the photo above makes the pumpkin look really weird and kind of like dried dog poop, but it tasted amazing. It's on my "why didn't I measure anything and write it down" list.

As soon as he could have soft vegetables, we had Garden Bolognese Sauce adapted from a recipe in "Vegan Italiano" served over oven-baked polenta.

The next day, I bought some gluten-free rice lasagna noodles, and used the (thinned a little) leftover sauce, sautéed zucchini and eggplant, and some tofu ricotta to make lasagna. The noodles were the kind that don't need to be precooked, so it was an easy dish to prepare.


  1. I hope Ken is feeling better!

    Where did you get the rice lasagna noodles?

  2. I got the noodles at Willy St. Coop. They were really good.

  3. Lucky hubby to have such delicious dishes even while recuperating! And that pumpkin looks great--nothing like poop at all ;)

  4. Actually, I changed the photo to one that showed less of the pumpkin. The original was way too scary.

  5. Poor thing! Is he feeling any better? It sounds like he was well looked after though :)

    You intrigued us with your talk of dried tomaotes from the garden. So I plundered your blog for the post. Hope you don't mind.

  6. He's quite well, thanks.

    Of course I don't mind. I'm honored to appear on your amazing blog. The dried tomato thing is a labor of love, and takes over the kitchen for days. It's hard to believe that all those tomatoes end up in so few bags!

  7. You were so good to your husband! I know he's feeling better with all that good food. I've had lots of dental surgery, so I know how he feels!


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