I had an exciting start to my spring break yesterday-- a visit to the oral surgeon to have my wisdom teeth removed. This is something I've been putting off for at least the last 10 years, since my orthodontist first told me it would be a good idea. When we moved to Illinois, my new dentist was the third person to tell me it was a "good idea." Since my spring break is a week earlier than Chad's this year, I figured now was as good a time as any and finally made the appointment.
I don't know if the doctor gave me a few extra doses of Novocaine or what, but I couldn't tell the difference between my tongue and my bottom lip for a good six hours! Chad enjoyed making fun of me, since I could barely swallow enough water to take my antibiotics and pain meds. I finally tried to eat some jello in the early afternoon, which was not as easy as you might expect. I couldn't move my jaw enough to chew, so I basically slurped it by the spoonful and swallowed the chunks. I decided if I was going to go through the effort of "eating," I needed to try something a little more worthwhile... which is where the blender comes into play. We had some leftover Mexican Bean and Rice Bake and broth from last weekend, so Chad threw that in the blender and the resulting drink was much more satisfying than globs of jello. The other two quick, yet nutritious and delicious "cup-friendly" meals I had are listed below. The soup was so good, that I might make it again with a big loaf of homemade bread when I can actually chew again!
1/2 head cauliflower, washed and broken into large pieces
1 medium carrot, cleaned and cut into thick coins
1/2 c veggie broth
1/4 c cheezee sauce (I used extra from AVK)
Prepare steamer on stove top and add veggies. Steam until soft, about 10 minutes. Combine veggies, broth and sauce in a blender. Blend on high until smooth. Add more broth or water to achieve desired thickness. Serves 2.
Blend 1 ripe banana with 2 cups milk (I used unsweetened almond) on high until no chunks remain. Pour into glass and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
I have a feeling I'll continue using the blender a lot more often than usual in the next week...