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  1. emta

    emta Registered User

    Aug 24, 2012
    4
    my husband has been diagnosed with swallowing problem and I am struggling to provide a variety of evening tea. I have got my head round dinners by processing his veg and meat but at the moment find providing tea difficult. I am waiting for a prescription for thickener for his drinks until then he is on smoothies and milk shakes which are adding to the cost of living! any advice would be appreciated
     
  2. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,556
    Female
    England
    #2 jaymor, Apr 26, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2015
    cheese and potatoe pie, scrambled eggs or a thick soup. Sandwiches with soft fillings like tuna, egg or grated cheese cut into fingers with crusts removed. Puddings can be ice cream, mousse, rice and cheesecake. My husband likes sponge and custard and it is mixed together so it becomes a thick paste. Does not look so nice but tastes good. Cheesecake with cream added. My husband's usual pudding is mousse.

    Shepher's pie and corned beef hash are also soft foods.
     
  3. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,746
    Female
    London
    There are companies like Wiltshire Farm Foods that provide softer and puréed meals but if you get them on a daily basis, it's not exactly cheap either. Jaymor's suggestions sound good to me.
     
  4. Chuggalug

    Chuggalug Registered User

    Mar 24, 2014
    8,007
    Norfolk
    Really sorry to know you're facing this as well, Emta. Jaymor has got it sussed. Well done, Jaymor
     
  5. emta

    emta Registered User

    Aug 24, 2012
    4
    thank you Jaymor I do the sandwiches but wasn't sure I should other suggestions great but he is allergic to cheese. think I needed assurance as would not like to cause him more problems EMTA
     
  6. emta

    emta Registered User

    Aug 24, 2012
    4
    I agree with you about Wiltshire foods especially as budget gets stretched anyway
     
  7. patsy56

    patsy56 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2015
    839
    Fife Scotland
    B has this with his Parkinson's, we use soft stew mince and cottage pie, beans are good and of course Wiltshire farm are good.
     
  8. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,556
    Female
    England
    Quiche and potatoes croquettes are good too as long as the croquettes are not over cooked with the coating getting too hard. Veg is fine as long as you give it a bit of a blitz in a blender. Any meat is ok as long as that is blended and steamed fish either on it's own or mixed with mashed potatoes.
     
  9. patsy56

    patsy56 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2015
    839
    Fife Scotland
    With B the pastry on quiche is out, and bread crumbs not good. Instant mash oh spaghetti hoops are good
     
  10. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,556
    Female
    England
    Sorry did not make it clear it is just the top of quiche, my husband does not eat the pastry.
     
  11. patsy56

    patsy56 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2015
    839
    Fife Scotland
    #11 patsy56, May 12, 2015
    Last edited: May 12, 2015
    With you now, sorry but B is one of those gentlemen who always said "real men don't eat quiche", sorry darling will make you an omelette.

    He does like black pudding and chopped tomatoes, thats another standby. Haggis, neeps and tatties with plenty gravy.

    macaroni cheese, now and again. What I also do is get tinned meatballs and mshe up, and also tinned hamburgers they mash well to.
     
  12. patchworkamber

    patchworkamber Registered User

    Jan 6, 2014
    45
    south east wales
    My hubby is not too good with cutlery so looking for more finger food. I came across an excellent article on the internet ,Eating well: supporting older people and older people with dementia by Helen Crawley. Its really good with a range of menus for finger, soft and pureed plus lots of other dietary info. I printed it all of in work, shhh, its a 125 booklet! But of course you can read it online.
    Hope this helps.
     
  13. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    19,277
    Male
    North Manchester
    "...Eating well: supporting older people and older people with dementia by Helen Crawley..."

    You can get it >>>HERE<<<
     
  14. Jessbow

    Jessbow Registered User

    #14 Jessbow, May 14, 2015
    Last edited: May 14, 2015
    Teatime suggestions....

    Soft scrambled egg in in thin white bread with no crusts
    smooth Pate , again thin cut bread, pate perhaps softened a bit with milk

    Tinned rice pudding and fruit puree?
    Angel delight/instant whip

    Yoghurt- bits free- kids ones are good
    Mashed banana sandwich- my mum favourite sandwich!

    Philly cheese sandwich - doesn't taste like cheese

    jacket potato with lots of butter?Mash it for him before sevring


    Porridge/ready brek - once in a while wouldn't hurt

    Blancmange/milk jelly
     
  15. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    59,942
    Female
    Dundee
    What an excellent resource Nitram. Thank you. I've had a quick 'skite' through the first 20 pages or so but will print it out so I can read it properly.
     
  16. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    19,277
    Male
    North Manchester
    Thanks are really due to patchworkamber.
    Hope you find it useful.
     
  17. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    59,942
    Female
    Dundee
    Indeed. You're right. Thank you patchworkamber. Much appreciated. This has come at just the right time for me.
     
  18. Roses40

    Roses40 Registered User

    Jan 25, 2015
    473
    manchester
    I put grated cheese (only a little as he is not good with dairy in general) and grated onion plus butter in the scrambled eggs to increase the calories. He is also good with skinless sausages. Depending whether a fully puréed diet is required I am finding that garlic (good for lowering blood pressure, naturally) and onion dip is very acceptable with tuc biscuits ( seem to melt in the mouth). As with others syrup sponge pudding n custard goes down without problems. My Dad now takes two sugars in his drink whereas he never used to. Simple sugars seem to be more desirable for many. Love Rose x
     
  19. patsy56

    patsy56 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2015
    839
    Fife Scotland
    #19 patsy56, Jun 1, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2015
    well B and I have just had a very nice tin of chicken in white sauce with mashed potato. I won't mention the brand as that is advertising but it starts with P and they do meat pastes, and other tinned meats and in particular salmon. I shreaded the chicken and there was a lot of sauce... no chocking or coughing. :)
     
  20. Roses40

    Roses40 Registered User

    Jan 25, 2015
    473
    manchester
    Isn't it satisfying when they eat a meal without any coughing or choking. Love Rose x
     

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