Ideas and recipes wanted

As you know Hubby is having surgery to repair part of his stomach and solve his reflux problems. It means he will be on a liquid diet for 3 to 6 months afterwards.
I am concerned about food and would appreciate any offers of recipes or ideas for meals that can be blended into soups, shakes, or smoothies.
We’ve invested in a blender (not a food processor) so can do small amounts to suit.

All we know so far is that he can only have clear liquids for the first few days, so we have ideas of black tea, lemon tea, black coffee, clear juice, water and oxo stock.

As always, I appreciate your input and feedback.
Thank you so much.




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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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27 Responses to Ideas and recipes wanted

  1. I hope the hospital gives some dietary suggestions. They usually send you home with a list of do’s and don’ts and maybe some recipes. Will he be able to have acidic or flavorful foods or just bland diets?

    • To be honest Kate, I don’t know. I think he’d avoid acidic anyway, but there has been a great response to my post and I’ve got
      plenty of ideas. We’re hoping he can have soups and shakes, but it will be another learning curve for both of us.

  2. cagedunn says:

    I’m not a doctor, nor a dietician, but a fellow gut-sufferer. I found things such as seeds and grains (and stalks! celery needed to be cut small before mushing) to be very painful to deal with for months, even if very well cooked. I had to stick with soft vegies (used a stick-mixer to turn it to mush) and occasionally stewed meat (also mushed and in with vegies). Most vegies were okay, but not corn or anything with seeds (including eggplant — well, any of the nightshade vegies, including potatoes, capsicum, chilli and tomatoes). Not too much cabbage (gas can be painful).
    Most other vegies, roots, green leafed, etc. are fine.
    The side effect of mushy food — always feel unsatisfied because it’s almost like the food is predigested and it gets dealt with faster than normal. I’d suggest four lighter ‘meals’ for the day rather than three so he isn’t tempted to head to the biccy jar.
    I feel for both of you.

    • Thank you so much. This too has been added to my file. Hubby has been eating little and often throughout the day for months as he could not handle larger portions. Bikkies will be off the menu so I’m not buying them, but soups and stuff like it will be on it

  3. Liz says:

    I don’t know what might be ideal at the beginning, but when your husband is on smoothies, you could get a tub of protein powder. It comes in different flavours. I don’t remember the brand I had, other than I bought it from Holland and Barrett nd I had strawberry flavour. I added it to my smoothies, just to give me a little extra, when I had to watch what I eat for some weeks after surgery in my mouth, as I had to only eat soft foods for some time. I couldn’t eat anything that involved chewing.

  4. Sadje says:

    Chicken broth is both light and nourishing. The food supplement drinks like ensure are good too.

  5. murisopsis says:

    Gelatin before it sets up is tasty to drink – I especially like the peach, apricot and pineapple flavors from when I was liquid only. The Boost Plus chocolate fudge is a good choice. The Ensure makes an Egg Nog flavor that is pretty good. Just stay away from the walnut flavor – that is truly awful! My father lived on protein drinks – 1 cup milk, 1 scoop chocolate ice cream, 2 scoops protein powder, 1 T. peanut powder. It was pretty good stuff but he sometimes had to add more milk if it was too thick… It works with strawberry (or any flavor ice cream) but you have to leave out the peanut powder. As for regular food, you have to be able to blend it and it has to be pourable, some things work better than others. Pasta gets very glue-like and is impossible to drink. I have a recipe for Spinach Leek soup that is good. I also have a Pumpkin Curry soup that is delicious! Let me know if you are interested and I can email you the recipes.

    • Hubby likes leeks but not spinach (I have a good recipe for leek and potato soup), and he doesn’t like pumpkin either. Any other suggestions would be welcome though. I’ve started a file.

  6. quiall says:

    I am sure you could puree this:

    2 medium potatoes pared and cut into 1/2 in cubes
    3 tbsp butter or margarine
    3/4 cup finely chopped onion
    1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
    1/4 cup finely chopped celery
    3 tbsp flour
    2 1/2 – 3 cups milk
    1/4 tsp pepper
    salt, optional
    2 tsp Dijon-style mustard, optional
    1 cup finely chopped ham
    1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
    chopped parsley for garnish

    1) Simmer potatoes in 3/4 cup water in a covered saucepan for about
    10 minutes or until tender. Reserve any liquid for soup.

    2) Melt butter in large saucepan. Sauté onion, carrot, and celery until
    golden and soft. Do not brown mixture.

    3) Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes, stirring well.

    4) Add milk, potatoes with liquid, pepper, salt, and mustard.
    Bring to a simmer.

    5) Add ham and cheese. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes.

    6) Serve hot or keep warm over very low heat with lid until ready
    to serve. Serve with croutons, if desired. Garnish with parsley.


  7. quiall says:

    My favourite:


    1 bag of Hash Brown Potatoes or several fist sized potatoes diced
    3 to 6 medium size sausages
    2 TSP Chicken stock
    1 C Milk
    1 C Water
    1 TSP Flour
    1 TSP Water

    Remove sausage casing and fry, remove excess grease.
    Slice potato into small cubes and cover with 1 cup
    Water, (may need more), bring to boil and simmer for
    About 15 – 20 minutes. A fork should insert easily.
    Add 1 cup milk, bring to boil, add 2 tsp chicken
    Soup base, reduce heat to low. Combine 1 tsp flour
    With 1 tsp water, add mixture to soup and stir
    Until desired thickness. Add sausage (or cooked

    2 teaspoons = 10 ml
    1 cup = 250 ml
    1 teaspoon = 5 ml

  8. The Gentle Donkey says:

    I had a poisoned tooth when I was young extracted – had to live on liquids for awhile. My mother would make runny flavoured oatmeal for breakfast or runny polenta (probably not the best if you need true liquid) with soft cooked egg, (the runny part.) Smoothies (fruit, yogurt, milk) especially green as they help iron. Bean soup well puréed- Miso soup is really healthy, kambucha has probiotics but check with dr as may conflict with meds.

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