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Recipes for dysphagia patients

Updated February 21, 2017

Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing food. Most food can be pur�ed in a food processor or a blender to prevent choking. Liquids need to be thickened, as well, to prevent choking. Protein mixes, baby food, and dietary vitamin drinks like Ensure can also be used for patients with dysphagia.

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Meat loaf Recipe

For this recipe you will need to combine 2 cups of bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of minced onion, 2 eggs, and 1 227gr of hamburger in a large bowl. Then add the vegetables and spices. This recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of celery salt, 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, 2 1/2 cups of barbecue sauce, and 2 1/2 cups of ketchup. Mix all ingredients together well. Shape into a loaf or put into greased loaf pans at 177 degrees Cor 45 minutes to an hour. You may pur�e in the blender when meat loaf is cooked and cooled.

Ham and Potato Recipe

For this ham and potato recipe, you will need to combine 1 1/2 cup of chopped ham, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon minced onion, 1/8 teaspoon of pepper, 1 cup of shredded American cheese, 1 cup of shredded carrots, 3/4 cup of soft bread crumbs, and 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Dice four cups of potatoes and use half of these to form a layer in the bottom of a two-quart casserole dish. Spoon half of the ham and carrot mixture over the potatoes. Spread the second half of the potatoes into the dish, then spoon the rest of the ham and carrot mixture to cover the potatoes. Sprinkle entire casserole with cheese. Bake at 177 degrees Cor 45 minutes. You may also pur�e this meal once it is finished cooking and cooling.


Several desserts are good for those with dysphagia, like pudding, Jello and some cream pies. Any type of dessert may also be pur�ed for those with difficulty chewing or swallowing.


Liquids should always be thickened to prevent choking or aspiration. Any meal can be liquefied or pur�ed in the blender or food processor. If someone in your family suffers from dysphagia, you may cook as you normally would (observing any of their diet restrictions if any, like low-sodium or low-sugar) and then pur�e or blend the meal for that family member. That way you would only have to prepare one dinner for everyone.

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About the Author

Amanda Ballard Coates

Amanda Ballard Coates is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and a member of the American Association of Professional Coders. She is also a freelance writer and photographer. She writes mostly nonfiction and has been published on several informative websites. Ballard Coates' writing has been published on websites such as Healthmad.com, Quazen.com, Gomestic.com and Socyberty.com.

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