What To Eat During Recovery for Wisdom Teeth Removal

After dreading this day for LITERALLY years, I caved and got my wisdom teeth removed last Friday. I put it off for as long as I could, hoping they would never cause me problems, but ALAS (picture all the angst in throwing oneself onto one’s bed and dramatically sobbing), my other teeth began to cause me pain because of the pressure of my two darn bottom wisdom teeth.

My dentist was incredibly professional and caring and the whole thing was not even 10% as bad as I expected. The surgery went well – I was sedated and hardly remember a thing (not even the episode of Downton Abbey my husband and I watched when we got home – of course, I had to re-watch it later!) and my recovery has been relatively easy.

I know that wisdom teeth removal and other oral surgeries are super common, so I wanted to share some of my tips and ideas for eating during recovery. It can be challenging, but I have some great recipes below that you can try out for you or your loved ones you’re caring for to help give you fuel during recovery, even when you can’t hardly open your jaw or chew!

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July Highlights

Welcome to AUGUST!

What. A. Month. Busy to the max. Hottttt in Denver. Good food on the table.

Just this past weekend, my husband and I went on a camping trip with a family from church. I like camping, but I am still trying to master the whole camping food situation. On one hand, I really want to indulge in fantastic camping-esque food while in the beautiful mountains. On the other hand, I don’t want to go crazy as the pancake batter falls in the fire and the grilled sandwiches are covered in ash and the crumbs that fall around the picnic table make me terrified that bears are gonna come eat us.

So – the bottom line is, I want easy and yummy and no-hassle and memorable and delicious.

This trip, I think I got one step closer to that goal.

We started off the weekend with grilled veggies and chicken over the fire. I cut the veggies at home before we left and the chicken marinated on our way there. We dumped the veggies and chicken over the fire grill, turned them every once in a while, and there you have it – super easy dinner! Of course, we supplemented it with goodies like pasta salad (made in advance), grapes, chips, and pretzels (all of which have no prep!)

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Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

A hummus with some heat and a how-to on roasted red peppers!

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See this beautiful pepper below? That is a red pepper that has been roasted to perfection: the raw flavor is mellowed and the texture is soft and smooth. Basically, it belongs in TONS of recipes that call for deliciousness and you will love it in this hummus recipe today!

Quick tutorial: How to Roast Red Peppers

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut your pepper in half and remove all the seeds and flesh.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and and drizzle or brush with a little olive oil.
  4. Cook until the skin is browning (just like the picture above!!) about 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and peel the charred skin off. It will peel off super easy (and will be super satisfying if you’re into that type of thing – haha).

See? Super easy! All of four minutes of active time!

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So, let’s get to this spicy hummus. The hummus is made by throwing tons of goodness into your food processor. I love this part (and so will you) because this is an appetizer/snack that you can throw together in TEN MINUTES. And that’s what we all want (or NEED), right?? Plus, you will love this because hummus is truly just a trick to eat more veggies – a delicious trick, that is.

The base of this hummus is like most hummuses: chickpeas, olive oil, and tahini. Then, we’re gonna add some flavor: lemon juice, cumin, cayenne pepper, and garlic. The cayenne pepper is gonna give your hummus this awesome heat and how much you put in is 100% up to you and your taste buds. I added 1 and 1/2 teaspoons and that gave it a nice spiciness. If you’re not a fan of spicy, reduce it to 1/2 teaspoon or leave it out completely. If you like the feeling of your mouth on fire, add a whole tablespoon! Taste and adjust to your preference!

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Easy Greek Pizza

A flavorful pizza inspired by Mediterranean ingredients!

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I am ALL about Mediterranean ingredients lately. Feta is one of my favorite cheeses, red onions are always a favorite, and lately a small miracle has happened – my husband started like Kalamata olives. Seriously, he started liking them. It was like one day he didn’t, the next day he did! He tried them a few times and finally some warm hummus topped with feta, cherry tomatoes, and Kalamata olives won him over!

I can’t tell you how much more fun it is to serve a dish when no one is picking around their least favorite ingredients! (But really, I love him so much, if he really wants to leave his plate full of olives, he can. And 99.9% of the time, he loves what I serve him!)

Do you have any stories like that? Was there ever a food you hated and somehow grew to like? I feel like this must happen a lot and I want to hear your stories!

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Blueberry Buckle with Streusel Topping (& Video!)

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A totally indulgent breakfast (or dessert) made with the best berries!

Blueberry Buckle with Streusel Topping // A totally indulgent breakfast (or dessert) made with the best berries! // www.mesacookingco.com

Right now, you’re going to need to forget your diet. Don’t think about your skinny jeans. Tell yourself (just this once) that healthy eating is over-rated – and feast your eyes on this Blueberry Buckle! (PSA: There’s a million names for these types of fruit desserts: crumble, crisp, cobbler, etc. A buckle is a cake-like bottom layer with a streusel top layer and you probably need this in your life.)

There’s a time for eating healthy and there is a time for eating yummy food.

(JK, I think healthy food is totally yummy – check out my archives!! But sometimes you just gotta indulge and never look back! And you might need to lie to yourself for a short time while you eat your third helping – blueberries are healthy, blueberries are healthy, just keep telling yourself.)

This thing is basically a breakfast cake (or a fruity dessert, really). The main layer is super cake-like: it’s fluffy, soft, and light. You’ll fold in the super thick batter with three cups of blueberries and it’s just gonna be PACKED with them. So delicious and beautiful too!

The top layer is this amazing streusel magic that you’ll sprinkle over the batter and you’ll probably sneak a few crumbs off the top while you’re waiting for your oven to preheat. I really don’t know if it’s possible not to do that – I never have!

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