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Braces Friendly Foods
Posted on 12/07/2015

Braces Friendly Foods

What To Eat With Your Braces

Once you get your braces on you will have to eliminate certain foods from your diet in order that your orthodontic appliance doesn’t get damaged. Hard, sticky, and sugary foods in particular can do a number on your braces. Therefore, in order to help you transition your diet, our staff has come up with a few delectable recipes for you to try at home. 

Mexican Egg Casserole

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Ingredients

1 small onion, finely diced

1 small green pepper, finely diced

1 can tomatoes & chiles (get mild if you don't like spicy food)

1 log of chorizo sausage (get mild if you don't like spicy food)

1 can of beans (I used the kidneys I had left from my red beans & rice, but black beans are nice also), drained and rinsed

1 c. + 1/4 c. shredded Mexican blend cheese

1/2 c. milk

6 eggs (or the equivalent amount of liquid egg substitute)

A dash each: salt, pepper, cajun seasoning blend

For those who do like spicy food:

2 serrano peppers, finely diced, seeds included

A dash of cayenne pepper

Directions:

Spray a skillet with nonstick (ie. Pam) and throw in your onions, green peppers and serranos. Let them cook until tender.

Cut your chorizo out of the casing and add to pan. Brown it as you would ground beef. Add tomatoes and chiles and warm through.

In a large bowl, beat your six eggs with your milk and add any seasonings you like. Add 1 cup of cheese and beat again.

Spread meat/veggie mixture out in a casserole dish.

Pour egg mixture on top and gently fold.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until completely set. Sprinkle additional cheese on top and allow it to melt as the casserole cools.

Chilled Garden Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

1 (16 ounce) package uncooked tri-color spiral pasta

1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots

2 stalks celery, chopped

1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup chopped green onion

1 (16-ounce) bottle Italian-style salad dressing

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Directions

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water until al dente. Rinse under cold water, and drain.

Mix carrots, celery, peppers, tomatoes, and green onion together in large bowl. Add the cooled pasta and mix together. Pour the dressing over mixture, add the Parmesan and mix well.

Chill before serving.

Pumpkin Pie Bars

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Cookie layer:

1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar

2/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature

1 eggs, at room temperature

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pumpkin layer:

1 cup sugar

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine, at room temperature

2 eggs

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice OR apple pie spice OR cinnamon

2 cups pureed pumpkin

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon 

Cookie layer:

Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat to combine.

Add in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix until combined.

Spread the mixture in to a greased 9x13" pan and Bake on 350 F for 5 minutes. It will still appear raw. Remove from the oven.

Pumpkin layer:

Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the two eggs and mix to combine.

Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and beat to combine. Stir in the pumpkin puree until smooth. Pour the mixture over the cookie base.

Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the bars. Return to the oven and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Call Us & See If You’re Recipe Is Braces Friendly!

Not sure if your recipe is ok to enjoy with braces? Not a problem. Contact your Erie, PA orthodontic team, tell us your recipe, and we will make sure that its ok to eat. If you’d like to contribute a recipe to our site, let us know! We love sharing delicious recipes to our patients.