During my first ever flare of trigeminal neuralgia, I lived on room temperature yoghurt. I wasn’t prepared for a life where there might be a very sudden need for soft, room temperature foods! I remember my boyfriend searching our flat for something soft for me to eat and emerging from the kitchen with a tin of ravioli.
Sometimes on a high pain week, I don’t want to do a lot of chewing, so it’s very tempting to stick to soups and yoghurt, but that isn’t very exciting.
I’ve compiled a list of my favourite soft food ideas to have a little pick at when I can’t manage a proper meal..
A ‘soft roast’ – a roast dinner, but the trimmings are mashed potatoes, mashed carrots & soft veg, like sprouts or cauliflower. Instead of the meat, I might just have a bit of stuffing.
Quiche without the crust
Shredded chicken curry (but spice can cause some people to flare, so pick your flavour carefully if you’re one of those people!)
Couscous – I like mine with tuna
Corned beef hash
Stews – stews of all kinds! Usually cooked to within an inch of their life, so the veg is incredibly soft
Smooth pate (on soft bread, no toasted breads for me!)
Overcooked pasta – because no one wants al dente when chewing hurts – with a simple sauce
Mac and cheese
Weetabix (pour milk on top & then microwave)
Veggie burger (made of beans, not a meat substitute)
Shepherds pie/cottage pie
Jacket potato, but leave the skin
Baked salmon or cod, with rice
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