Category: Recipes for Difficulty Chewing or Swallowing

Wonton Soup Recipe

A Chinese restaurant classic. The warm ginger and hearty pork dumplings make this delicious soup a classic comfort food.

Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

Strawberry Mango Smoothie Recipe

Sweet and mellow, with a perfect creamy consistency. Mangoes play a secondary role to the strawberries, while still adding depth to this recipe. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet. Weight is medium. Texture is smooth. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects.

Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe

Sweet, delicious, and refreshing. This mixed berry smoothie is both filling and refreshing at the same time! Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet and tart. Weight is light. Texture is smooth. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry and banana puts the smooth in smoothie! There is no better way to describe the blending of tart strawberries and mellow bananas in this recipe. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet. Weight is medium. Texture is smooth. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects.

Cherry Mango Smoothie Recipe

A tart and refreshing hot weather smoothie. The smooth mango flavors blend with the cherries and the citric oranges to create a filling yet delightfully cooling beverage. This recipe is perfect for days when metallic tastes are really strong. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet and sour. Weight is light. Texture is smooth. Good for people […]

Bananas Foster Smoothie Recipe

Sweet and decadent with a touch of spicy cinnamon to finish. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet and spicy. Weight is medium. Texture is creamy and smooth. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects.

Kiwi Apple Orange Smoothie Recipe

A tart but light smoothie. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is tart. Weight is light. Texture is smooth. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects.

Banana Smoothie Recipe

Sweet and mellow bananas mix with Greek yogurt to create a delicious and refreshing smoothie. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet. Weight is medium. Texture is smooth and creamy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects

Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

A refreshing light and tart smoothie. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is tart. Weight is light. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects.

Blueberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

A sweet smoothie that is full bodied without the typical weight of a banana smoothie. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is mellow sweetness. Weight is medium. Texture is creamy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects.

Blueberry Lemon Smoothie Recipe

A refreshingly tart smoothie, perfect for cleaning out metallic tastes. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sour and sweet. Weight is light. Texture is smooth. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects.

Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie Recipe

Light and smooth with a perfect balance between sweet and sour. This smoothie is a perfect all-weather smoothie. Tasting Guidelines: Taste sour and tart. Weight light. Texture is smooth but pulpy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Shake Recipe

This high protein shake is packed with delicious and decadent flavors. It tastes so good that you’ll think it was a dessert! Mellow bananas mingle with savory chocolate and nutty peanut butter. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet. Weight is heavy. Texture is smooth. Good for people with low to medium treatment side effects.

Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

A Jewish Classic! Matzo Ball Soup is the Jewish equivalent of Chicken Noodle Soup, with the biggest variation being dumplings made from matzo meal instead of pasta. This is a very filling and delicious soup full of warm flavors that will make you feel loved. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is salty and savory. Weight is light. […]

Corned Beef and Colcannon Recipe

Corned beef and colcannon is a traditional meal eaten in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. This salty, savory dish is highlighted by its use of salted beef, boiled in a pot until tender. While it may be strange for the uninitiated no American-Irish St. Patrick’s Day would be complete without it. Tasting Guidelines: Taste of […]

French Onion Soup Recipe

French onion soup is a classic French recipe loved the world over. Rich savory beef broth, caramelized onions, crunchy croutons, and melty Swiss cheese create a symphony of decadent flavors. In France, onion soup is used as a hangover cure after a long night of wine drinking. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium. […]

Mediterranean Lenten Soup

This Lenten soup is a variation of the classic lentil soup found all across the Mediterranean. Savory yet light in weight, it is perfect for the coldest winter day or even the hottest summer day. Lentils are a great source of protein and fiber. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and spicy. Weight is light but […]

Greek Ratatouille Recipe

Very similar in construction to the French version but with a Greek twist. It features the addition of bell peppers, Feta cheese, mushrooms, peas, and potatoes. This makes it a much heartier meal. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and hearty. Weight is light but can be balanced with savory. Texture is soft. Good for people […]

Dressing Recipe

A savory and aromatic staple in holiday meals. Most often paired with turkey, but also goes well with chicken and ham. This recipe has been modified with the chemotherapy patient in mind. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium and can be lightened with red wine vinegar. Texture is soft and moist when cooked […]

Turkey Gravy Recipe

What would a delicious turkey dinner be without gravy? To me, sauces are the most interesting part of a meal, especially when you are cooking large cuts of roasted meat. You can achieve much more complicated and complex flavors inside of a sauce than you will ever be able to transition consistently through the entirety […]

Green Bean Casserole Recipe

What would a holiday meal be without a green bean casserole? As a kid, you tend to stick up your nose and this goopy, unappetizingly colored dish. But as an adult, you realize that green beans drenched in bechamel sauce is a beautiful and tasty combination. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium but […]

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

No Thanksgiving is complete in my family without some overly sweet dessert-like sweet potatoes! This recipe is sure to delight everyone from the youngest to the oldest. The combination of brown sugar, butter, cloves, and ginger gives the sweet potatoes an almost decadent flavor. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is very sweet. Weight is medium. Texture is […]

Tabouleh Recipe

Pronounced Tuh-Boo-Lee. A classic Mediterranean dish. Traditionally made with cracked burghul wheat. It is a perfectly light side dish. The recipe has been Americanized slightly by substituting couscous for the wheat. But it still maintains its texture, palate cleansing effects, and pop of freshness. This dish is a perfect palate cleanser because it contains not […]

Pesto Recipe

A northern Italian favorite. A simple sauce made from basil leaves. It is incredibly versatile and can be placed on anything that is of a lighter weight. Especially good with chicken. Pesto was huge in the 80’s and 90’s, which was captured in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld where George (paraphrased) says, “Ya know? I just […]

Peperonata Recipe

A classic Italian dish. It is extremely versatile and can be used in many different ways, such as over pasta, as a condiment on a sandwich, it can be eaten by itself with some crusty bread, served with a grilled salsiccia, and many other pairing options. In this book, I offer a recipe that uses […]

Hummus Recipe

Ten years ago, people would have looked at you as if you had five heads when you talked about hummus. Now, it is in every grocery store across America. It is a bean paste made from the chickpea aka the garbanzo bean. Hummus is actually the Egyptian word for chickpea. Due to its high protein […]

Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

An old family recipe. No meal in my family is complete with out these cheesy potatoes. I’ll never forget the year when my uncle declared he did not like the cheesy potatoes and had never liked the cheesy potatoes after 30 years of eating them. We were all in shock. The only thought that came […]

Home-Style Marinara Recipe

A classic marinara sauce made with approval from my wife’s Sicilian family. Savory and aromatic with sweetness to balance out the acidity of the natural tomatoes. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, sweet, and be aromatic. Weight is light but can be balanced with sugar. Texture is saucy .Good for people with low to severe treatment […]

Perfect Mashed Potatoes Recipe

These mashed potatoes are exactly as advertised. They are perfect. Not too heavy. Not too light. Perfectly savory. Tasting Guidelines:Taste is savory. Weight is medium but can be balanced with salt. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic American.