Battling TMJ and having a mouth appliance (retainer and night guard) has really altered my diet to encompass a lot of soft foods as I've adjusted to having said appliances. I was one of the lucky ones as a kid who never had braces, a cavity or anything. My bite is perfect blah, blah, blah. But stress through college led to me clenching and grinding my teeth at night which led to the tempromandibular joint becoming a bit off which led to clicking while chewing, pain, a locked jaw at times, and waking up multiple days a week with a headache. Yay... not. But perhaps YAY because I've found new and strengthened old favorite recipes because of this!
New: Egg-in-the-hole, avocado style. Pretty basic, made the same way as egg-in-the-hole with bread, but use an avocado instead!
|Since my phone ate the photo I had of my food, I|
thought this was a cute substitute.
Grapefruit avocado salad: Two ingredients that complement each other so well, but that I never considered as a good match. Just grapefruit and avocado - no dressing needed!
|At two o'clock in this photo is the salad|
Bagel thins with almond butter and bananas: I eat this for breakfast lately. Nutrious and filling!
Old/improved: Tuna salad. Previously my tuna salad consisted of tuna, mayo, and relish. Thanks to Pinterest and the interwebz, I now have added paprika, cumin, and onion/garlic powder to the mix. SO tasty. Especially when you live on the not-coast like me and all tuna is strictly from a can.
Seasonally improved: the version of tortilla española (typical recipe sans onions since - while I really like them - prepping them/cooking them KILLS my eyes and I'd just rather not deal with that) I love so much has had ramps (an endemic species of leek that grows in our WV woods in the spring, similar to garlic) added to it lately. My breath reeks, yeah, but damn, the combination of sauteed potatoes, ramps, and egg goes so well together. Its quick, its easy, and its soft - my new requirement - so I'm thrilled with it. And you can't really go wrong with raw ingredients like that being super unhealthy or anything. =)
Ramp & spinach pizza: Another great seasonal use of ramps. Nom, nom, nom.
Have you found/improved/rediscovered any recipes lately? Please share!