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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
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Braces Friendly Winter Recipes

Dec 26

Written by: By: Cook Orthodontics
12/26/2013 10:50 AM  RssIcon

Braces-Friendly Winter Recipes

If you're wearing braces, you know that you need to avoid certain foods and snacks that can damage or even break the wires and brackets that make up your braces. Crunchy, hard and chewy foods, such as pizza crust and bagels, are a big no-no as are sticky treats like caramel and taffy. It can seem like the list you were given with all the foods to avoid while wearing braces is never-ending and enough to make your stomach rumble just reading it!

No one enjoys being told what they can and cannot eat. But remember the reason you're wearing braces is to obtain straight teeth and a terrific smile! To reach this goal, it's necessary that you hold up your end of the bargain by avoiding certain foods that can damage your braces and slow down the treatment process. However, it's not all gloom and doom as there are some foods you can enjoy while you're in orthodontic treatment.

During the winter months when the temperatures drop, many people enjoy eating a variety of foods and snacks that help ward off the wintertime blues like chewy & gooey spareribs smothered in barbeque sauce and candied sweet nuts. We'd like to share a few braces-friendly winter recipes you can try this winter without feeling like you're missing out.


Crock Pot Taco Soup

This delicious taco soup is a cinch to throw together and has great flavor so you'll forget all about eating those hard & crunchy taco shells. 


1 16 oz. can pinto beans

1 15 oz. Can white or kidney beans

1 small can corn

1 11 oz. can diced tomatoes w/ chiles

1 11 oz. can regular diced tomatoes

1 4 oz. can chopped green chiles

1 envelope Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix

1 envelope taco seasoning mix

1 pound ground beef


Brown meat and drain. Add all ingredients to crock pot and stir. Cook on medium for 2 hours. Put into soup bowls and add shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top. Serve and enjoy!




Baked Ham & Eggs

This dish is perfect in the morning when you're craving toast, crispy bacon and eggs. Plus it's delightfully delicious so expect to be asked to share!



3 cups frozen, shredded hash brown potatoes, uncooked

¾ cup cheddar cheese, grated

1 cup diced ham

4 eggs, beaten

1 12 oz. can evaporated milk

1/8 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease a 2-quart casserole. Spread shredded potatoes on bottom of dish. Top with cheese and ham. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, evaporated milk and salt. Pour the egg mixture over the ham mixture.

Bake for 40 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Serve and enjoy!




Hot Baked Cinnamon Apples

There's nothing that smells quite as sumptuous as apples & cinnamon baking in the oven!


5 apples, cored, peeled and sliced thinly

1 tablespoon cinnamon

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

dash of nutmeg

Whipped cream or ice cream


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Put cut & peeled apples in a mixing bowl and gently toss with all the ingredients together.

Place apples in a non-stick pan, cover with foil and put into the oven.

Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

The dessert is done when the apples are soft and the cinnamon sauce thickens.

Allow to cool slightly. Then top each apple with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.



Dr. Cook and her staff here at your local Rancho Santa Margarita orthodontist office would like to wish all our patients and their families a very happy holiday season!

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