Not being able to chew doesn’t have to be limiting when it comes to eating. Think beyond the standard puree or mashed potatoes – while delicious, there’s more to soft food than just blending it up and serving it.
With the right ingredients -- think carrots, squash, eggs, and chicken, all of which soften when cooked -- and techniques in the kitchen, you can have a variety of delicious dishes to choose from that don’t require any chewing at all.
Creamy casseroles, deeply flavored soups and stews, and protein-packed smoothies are just a few of the ways you can get all the nutrients you need in a meal without chewing a single bite. Read on for our guide for 10 soft food recipes that will show you how you can make your kitchen an impressive and chew-free zone.
- Creamy Chicken Casserole with Butternut Squash
- Carrot and Coriander Soup
- Spinach and Feta Bake
- Easy Potato Soup with Sneaky Cauliflower
- Vegan Cherry Protein Smoothie
- Easy Vegetable Soup
- Healthy Soft Serve
- Easy Tofu Scramble
- Super Soft and Custard-y Japanese Style French Toast
- Soft-Cooked Summer Squash with Onion
Creamy Chicken Casserole with Butternut Squash
This casserole is lean and packed with veggies, but the creamy sauce brings everything together for a soft consistency that doesn’t require chewing.
30 minutes 150 calories Easy
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Carrot and Coriander Soup
Healthy and delicious, this soup is flavored with coriander for a fragrant soup you’ll want to drink straight out of the pot.
45 minutes 205 calories Easy
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Spinach and Feta Bake
Eggs are a great soft food that can also be dressed up to be far more exciting than just scrambled eggs on a plate. This bake is stuffed with onions, spinach, and creamy feta for a flavor-packed dish you can have for breakfast or lunch.
35 minutes 200 calories Easy
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Easy Potato Soup with Sneaky Cauliflower
This rich and creamy soup has all the best qualities of a loaded baked potato, but with no chewing required. Plus, the added cauliflower provides some added depth and nutrition for a soup you won’t feel bad about eating.
30 minutes 300 calories Easy
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Vegan Cherry Protein Smoothie
A protein-packed smoothie is a great way to get plenty of nutrients into a meal – all you need is a straw to enjoy it. Be sure not to add any ingredients that won’t blend well, like seeds or nuts, since they may require some chewing.
5 minutes 360 calories Easy
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Easy Vegetable Soup
Vegetable soup is a great way to pack a meal with healthy veggies that takes minimal effort. As the ingredients cook in the soup, they become softer, meaning you can have some whole veggies that don’t require any chewing.
20 minutes 120 calories Easy
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Healthy Soft Serve
For a sweet treat with no chewing required, whip up this healthy soft serve. Just three ingredients are all you need for a creamy, decadent bite.
5 minutes 120 calories Easy
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Easy Tofu Scramble
For a plant-based alternative to the standard breakfast scramble, use tofu instead. The texture is soft and the tofu can take on all your favorite seasonings for a tasty morning meal.
25 minutes 150 calories Easy
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Super Soft and Custard-y Japanese Style French Toast
French toast may not seem like a dish you can enjoy without chewing, but this version is soft and custardy on the inside and slightly crisp on the outside.
30 minutes 200 calories Easy
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Soft-Cooked Summer Squash with Onion
This healthy side dish requires just a few simple ingredients for a soft and easy side dish that’s bursting with bright flavors.
1h 00m 75 calories Easy
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