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Braces-Friendly Fall Recipes

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, which means many of us are making plans to get together with loved ones to give thanks and enjoy turkey dinner with all the trimmings! The doctors and staff at our Green Bay dentist office want all our patients and their families to have a wonderful Thanksgiving! But for those of you who are wearing braces, Thanksgiving may present some problems as you may think you cannot enjoy all the delicious foods that help make this November holiday special.

However, we have good news for you! While it is true that you do have to avoid eating some foods that can damage or break your braces, such as hard, crunchy, and sticky foods, there are many foods you still can enjoy. Here are some braces-friendly Thanksgiving fall recipes to consider trying this year:

Cheesy Broccoli Patties

These easy to make broccoli and cheese patties are perfect for the Thanksgiving table. They are so tasty that you might want to double or triple the amount you make as even your family and friends not wearing braces will want some too!


  • 16 oz package of frozen chopped broccoli (thawed & drained)
  • 1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Form small patties and place on parchment-covered baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the patties over. Continue baking for another 10–15 minutes until lightly browned.


Spicy Baked Apples In A Bag

While everyone else is enjoying sticky pecan pie and apple pie with thick crust that can bust your braces, you can dig into this warm and delicious dessert that is a breeze to make.


  • 1 large apple
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ tablespoon cornstarch


Cut the apple into slices. Then put the apple slices and the rest of the ingredients into a Ziploc bag and seal closed. Shake it up gently and microwave for 2 minutes on High. When done, be careful when opening the bag as the steam will be hot! Pour the contents of the bag into a bowl, top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and enjoy!


Soft Honey Roasted Carrots

Many people wearing braces complain about not being able to eat carrots. These sweet, oven-roasted carrots are super easy to make and go great with turkey and mashed potatoes!


  • 8 carrots, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the whole carrots in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and mix until the carrots are completely covered. Pour on the honey and then season to taste with salt and pepper, mixing until evenly coated. Bake in preheated oven until tender or for about 35 to 40 minutes.

Visit Your Local Green Bay Dentists Today!

The doctors and staff at Oral Health Associates would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! Our practice is proud to provide comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages living in Green Bay and the surrounding communities. Whether you are looking for a family dentist to care for your children’s teeth or are interested in dental implants or cosmetic dentistry for yourself, you can rest assured that we can meet all your family’s dental needs!

Dr. Adam Koch, D.D.S.

About the Author

Dr. Adam Koch, D.D.S.

Dr. Adam Koch is proud to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather as a third-generation family dentist in Green Bay. He received his undergraduate from the University of Northern Iowa and earned his board certification and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry. Dr. Koch is also a member of the advisory board for the NWTC Dental Hygiene Program. View Dr. Koch full bio>>

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