For me food has always meant “family”. Whether it was Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter, birthday dinners, or simply just a regular Tuesday night, food was always shared with family. It was a time to gather, reconnect, reminisce about the past, or share the day’s events. The meal was always homemade and always delicious!
When I was diagnosed with dysphasia in 2014 I was told that I would have to be on a puréed diet from that point on. I was concerned that food would no longer be flavourful and taste good. Puréed food has never had a very favourable review and I didn’t want to miss out on the thing that had been so important to me over the years.
I searched for websites that catered to persons on puréed diets and found limited resources. Of the resources that I did find I didn’t see many recipes that were inspiring and appealing to me. My family and I at this point got in the kitchen and started testing the recipes that we liked to make often to see how they would adapt to being puréed. After some trial and error, we began to learn what would purée easily and what kinds of things to avoid.
It was at this time that I came to the realization that I am not the only person who is on a puréed diet and trying to navigate through this whole new world of food preparation. I decided that I needed to share my experiences and knowledge with others, thus Smooth Bites was born!
I want others to not have to struggle to find tasty, flavourful food when they end up being on a puréed diet, whether it be for a few weeks or forever. I believe that everyone deserves the right to be able to share a meal with their family and eat the same food they do, perhaps just a different texture.
Until next time, keep it smooth and keep it tasty!