cheese into recipes can be a great way to add more calories and protein to the
dish. This can be helpful for someone that is trying to prevent weight loss
and/or trying to gain weight.
someone that has lactose intolerance, you can try making this with cheese and
milk labelled as lactose-free. For
someone that follows a vegan diet, you can try making this recipe with vegan
more variety (with a mince diet), you can also make this recipe using quinoa, couscous, or short
grain rice in replace of the macaroni. The rice or grains should not be sticky
or gluey and should not separate into individual grains when cooked and served.
Rinse the grains well under water before cooking them. It will then require a smooth,
non-pouring sauce to moisten and hold the rice together. In this case, the
cheese sauce will hold it together.
Mince Diet: For
a minced diet, all food should be served finely mashed or chopped to 4
millimeters lump size. Then served in a thick, smooth, non-pouring sauce or
- *Fork Test: The slots/gaps between the prongs of a standard metal fork typically measure 4 mm, which meets the particle size requirement of foods on a Minced and Moist diet. Use a fork to gently press down on the food and check that the food pieces easily fit between the prongs of the fork
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Puree Diet: On
a pureed diet, the pureed foods should have
a smooth texture with no lumps. They should hold shape on a spoon, but should
still be able to easily fall off the spoon when it is tilted.
- **Spoon Tilt Test: The
food sample should hold its shape on the spoon and falls off fairly easily if
the spoon is tilted or lightly flicked. The food sample should not be firm or
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Important: If you notice changes in your ability to chew and swallow, it is important to let your doctor know. Your doctor can refer you for a swallowing assessment.