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Oatmeal Herb Bread & Tuscan Chicken Soup

soft foods for jaw painWith the incredibly windy, cold weather here in Georgia and all over the US, we thought some nice, warm comfort foods were in order.. Enjoy!

Herbed Oatmeal Bread


  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1 cup rolled outs (not quick or instant oats, but regular)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pkgs. active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 7 Tbsp. butter, melted

Grease two 8″ square cake pans and set aside. Bring water and orange juice to a boil in medium saucepan and stir in rolled oats. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup butter. Cool to lukewarm.

Combine 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Add cooled oat mixture and egg, and beat until blended. With spoon, stir in enough flour to form a stiff dough. On floured surface, knead in enough flour until dough is firm, yet smooth and elastic, about 5-6 minutes.

Shape dough into a ball & put in greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Punch down dough and press into prepared pans.

Cut diagonal lines into bread, about 1-1/2 inches apart, cutting completely through the dough. Repeat in opposite direction, forming a diamond pattern. Cover and let rise in warm place until light and doubled, about 35-45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In small bowl, combine cheese, basil, oregano and garlic salt. Spoon 2 Tbsp. of the melted butter over each pan of dough and bake for 15 minutes. Brush remaining 3 Tbsp. butter over partially baked pans of bread and sprinkle with cheese-herb mixture.

Bake an additional 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, then remove bread from pans and cool.

Quick Tuscan Chicken Soup


  • 2 cups diced roasted chicken (Tip: Grab a pre-cooked whole chicken from the market on your way home to save time)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup frozen carrots and peas (you can also use any of your favorite frozen veggies)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (32 ounce) carton College Inn Bold Stock Rotisserie Chicken
  • Fresh basil (optional)
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Cook chicken and onion in oil in a large saucepan for 3 minutes (less if you are using pre-cooked chicken).
2. Add peas and carrots and stock.
3. Simmer 5 minutes.
4. Garnish with chopped fresh basil and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

What are your favorite TMJ friendly comfort foods?

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