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Dysphagia-Friendly Brunch Recipes for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day brunch is a timeless tradition for families to celebrate the moms in their lives with delicious food and drinks. But for those with swallowing difficulties, sharing a meal with family can be stressful if modified options are not readily available. If you or a loved one has a swallowing disorder, these dysphagia-friendly brunch recipes, purées, and thickened beverages can help you prepare a safe and tasty Mother’s Day brunch at home.

Puréed Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice (1 oz) white bread, sliced with crust removed
  • 1/4 cup Thick-It® Clear Advantage® Thickened Water Mildly Thick (Nectar)
  • 1/3 cup Thick-It® Omelet with Sausage and Cheddar Cheese Purée

Directions:

  1. Prepare PU4 Bread: Place bread slices on a sheet pan in an even layer. Pour Thick-It® Clear Advantage® Thickened Water Mildly Thick (Nectar) over bread. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate. Allow bread to thoroughly soak for 2-4 hours or overnight.
  2. Cut prepared PU4 Bread into 1/4 inch cubes.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, place Thick-It® Omelet with Sausage and Cheddar Cheese Purée. Add prepared PU4 bread cubes and gently mix to combine.
  4. Cover and microwave on high for 30–60 seconds until hot and steaming (165°F). Stir. Hold at 140°F or higher until served.*

*ALTERNATIVE METHOD: Heat Thick-It® Omelet with Sausage and Cheddar Cheese Purée in a sauce pan until hot and steaming (165°F), stirring occasionally. Hold at 140°F or higher until served.

  1. Test Puréed Breakfast Casserole per IDDSI Testing Methods (Puréed Diet, PU4) using the Fork Drip Test and Spoon Tilt Test before serving. Refer to IDDSI.org for details.
  2. Portion with 1/2 cup. If desired, garnish Puréed Breakfast Casserole with prepared PU4 Bread cubes.
  3. Discard any unused portions of prepared recipe.

Puréed Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Thick-It® Maple Cinnamon French Toast Purée
  • 2 Tbsp Thick-It® Caramel Flavored Apple Pie Purée
  • 1 Tbsp Cream, Half & Half
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tsp Sugar, granulated
  • 1 Tbsp Whipped topping, prepared
  • 1/2 tsp Thick-It® Original Food & Beverage Thickener

Directions:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine Thick-It® Maple Cinnamon French Toast Purée with Thick-It® Caramel Flavored Apple Pie Purée, cream, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well.
  2. Cover and microwave on high for 30–60 seconds until hot and steaming (165°F). Stir. Hold at 140°F or higher until served.*

*ALTERNATIVE METHOD: In a sauce pan, combine Thick-It® Maple Cinnamon French Toast Purée with Thick-It® Caramel Flavored Apple Pie Purée, cream, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix well. Heat until hot and steaming (165°F), stirring occasionally. Hold at 140°F or higher until served.

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine whipped topping with Thick-It® Original Food & Beverage Thickener. Mix until thickened. Chill and hold at 40°F or lower until served.
  2. Test Puréed Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake and Thickened Whipped Topping per IDDSI Testing Methods (Puréed Diet, PU4) using the Fork Drip Test and Spoon Tilt Test before serving. Refer to IDDSI.org for details.
  3. Place 1/3 cup of Puréed Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake on dessert dish. Top with 1 Tbsp of Thickened Whipped Topping. Serve immediately.
  4. Discard any unused portions of prepared recipe.

For these and 9 other recipes, including nutrition facts and presentation instructions, download Variety Comes to the Table.

Also make sure you have ready-to-drink beverages available during your Mother’s Day brunch, such as Thick-It® Clear Advantage® Thickened Orange Juice Blend and Thick-It® Clear Advantage® Thickened Coffee (caffeinated or decaffeinated).

Purées are also excellent options for those with dysphagia to enjoy brunch classics—simply try the Thick-It® Maple Cinnamon French Toast Purée, Thick-It® Omelet with Sausage and Cheddar Cheese Purée.

Enjoying a meal with a loved one who has swallowing difficulties doesn’t have to be stressful. Planning ahead this Mother’s Day with a variety of delicious, modified foods can ensure a safe and enjoyable celebration for everyone.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have about a medical condition, treatment, or the use of Thick-It® products. The information contained herein is for informational purposes and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment in any manner.

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