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I LOVE all the new input for the easy to eat list!!! THANK YOU!!!! All great ideas and so helpful to others who are struggling to eat. One day I hope to redo the easy to eat list so everything is right there on one long list. With the new additions, looks like I need to do this sooner rather than later smile Keep those great ideas coming!!!

Everyone reading the easy to eat list probably has their own local specialities where they live which are unavailable in other areas. Where Im located in the US theres a few foods only available in my northeast PA area. Things like fried scrapple (soft breakfast meat made from port scraps, usually available at diners, its fried until crisp on their flat grill or at home in a fry pan), pork roll some know it as Taylor Ham, its also fried and and most diners serve this as a breakfast meat, (Ive always eaten it as a sandwich with cheese, a slice of raw onion, and ketch up on a potato roll.... (unfortunately thats something I used to eat before my OC made regular eating impossible for me), potato rolls (or bread) arent available everywhere either its one of the PA Dutch foods from my area, halupkies (hamburger mixed with rice in a red sauce rolled in cabbage leaves after they're softened up by cooking in boiling water), pierogies can be something most might be able to eat if they're boiled instead of pan fried (its a filling made of mashed potatoes and cheese in a soft dough) either boiled, fan or deep fried until crispy with sautéed onions and sour cream (polish and/or PA Dutch dish), halushkie fried cabbage and noodles (sounds weird but its awesome!!! and boy do I wish I could eat this like I used to!!!), my recipe was adding a couple things to make it more of a complete meal... Id peel and slice then pan fry a few fresh carrots and throw in some chunks of leftover ham), and Im certain there are a great many more things to add to the new list. Many things Ive altered to better suit my extremely limited eating capabilities. Things like fried tomatoes (red ripe ones...not the green kind) I coat with AP flour then pan fry with lots of butter until they're soft and a nice deep brown crispy color...I only lightly brown them now and puree it to make it easier for me to eat without choking (I also add a pinch of salt and sugar then finish with a little butter and dip in sour cream which helps cut the acidic nature of tomatoes, gnocchi in plain tomato sauce... (mash the gnocchi to make it easier to swallow) all the teeny tiny flecks of parsley and random spices make this one quite a big challenge for me to eat without choking!!! Its unbelievable the teeniest little thing like a tiny piece of parsley makes me choke. I also dip in sour cream to help make it easier to swallow and mellows out the acidic tomato sauce. Theres so many other things that are not commonly found across the US, especially difficult for me is SW US with the spicier foods so prevalent.


Im always watching for different foods I might be able to eat or to easily adapt how its made so I can eat it. I noticed when Im watching an International cooking show Ive seen a great many things I never knew existed. Thanks for adding a few items, Diz that Im not familiar with here in the US. When I go to the grocery store, Ill have to check the international aisle.

Thanks again everyone!!!! Brainstorming all together to share new food ideas and recipes, hopefully this will help patients to come up with new options specifically for our limited capabilities and diets smile


Christine
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-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
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You're very welcome. I'm always looking out for different foods that be adapted, even the international foods are a great source of inspiration as I google it and then try to find it in the UK or see if there is an alternative. I have a lot of foodie friends who have been incredibly supportive, so when I've needed inspiration, they've stepped up and helped.

Experimentation is they key, eg I bought a can of cream of chicken soup, but it wasn't 'meaty' enough. So I mixed in some pate, which melted nicely. It was wonderful. I now add a drop of pate to gravies to enrich them.

I'll add pierogis to the list. I've got a pack of frozen vegetable gyoza (dumplings) which I'll boil. They come with a dip, but I have some mayo on hand just in case.

My husband and I are going to have a 'picky' lunch, which will be some different foods for me to try gradually throughout the day.

I choked on a piece of mushroom, and I nearly choked on some oats, so I totally understand where you're coming from.


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I am in my 7th year of remission from OC...
Right now my income is limited...and l am surviving on a very tight budget.
My current diet is 80% liquid.
Most of the available supplements such as Boost & Ensure are life savers..but they can be expensive...especially when you need to drink 6 or more bottle a day.
I have found that adding a can or two of evaporated milk daily is a fairly inexpensive way of adding calories.
A regular can ( 12 oz) costs about $1.30....much cheaper if you buy the store brand from Walmart.
I also add condenced milk to my coffee, shakes and smoothies for extra calories.
Granted, Boost & Ensure are more nutritious with more protein....but right now it's more important for me to retain weight and keep up stamina ..

Good luck...

Happy 4th to all members.

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Try adding a couple of cans of evaporated milk to your daily diet.
480 calories in one can..


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Warning ....
The site added by this poster is a porno site...nothing to do with food etc.,


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If you are going to comment about something on a thread that is at least 15 pages long in tons of posts and multiple years, please be so kind as to point out where that web site link is. I don’t see it, and it obviously changed destinations since the original posting(we check them as they are put up as we don’t encourage outside links in general, and we need to delete it.


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Hello Brian.
Just now read your reply to my previous post.
The post l refer to was written by ChristineB (patient advocate) on 4/21/2011.
I found it on the forum titled "List of easy foods"
The poster added two links ...and it was the first one 'Tiramisu photo/info ' that referred me to a porno site.

Hope this helps..

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The links have been removed. In general we do not like people to add links into their posts, they tend to be web addresses outside of our own domains, that can get hacked, and we can’t monitor every link that is not part of our own actual website. Linking to things in the hundreds of pages in the OCF websites is OK, those are all on secure servers.


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You're welcome!!!!


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