Braces-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Braces-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Those of you wearing braces may be wondering if you’ll be able to eat all of the delicious food on your table this Thanksgiving. After all, our Medford and Marlton orthodontist Dr. Sarkis Euksuzian has told you to avoid eating crunchy, hard, chewy and sticky foods because these types of foods can damage or break your braces. But the team at Euksuzian Orthodontics has good news for you! Even though you must avoid foods that can harm your braces, there are still many foods you can enjoy!

Here are a couple braces-friendly recipes to try for Thanksgiving that you and even your family and friends not wearing braces will love.

Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

This casserole full of creamy chicken and broccoli won’t bust your braces and it’s perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. Plus, it’s a breeze to put together, which means you won’t spend too much time in the kitchen.


1 8 oz package cream cheese spread

½ cup milk plus 2 tablespoons (divided)

1 tsp garlic powder

2 cups frozen broccoli, thawed & drained

1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded

1 ½ lb boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese spread, 2 tablespoons milk and the garlic powder until blended. Add the chicken, broccoli, cheddar cheese and rest of the milk and mix. Put the mixture into a large baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Soft Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

These pumpkin bars can be enjoyed while everyone else is eating sticky pecan pie and other chewy desserts you must avoid.


3 eggs

1 2/3 cups sugar

¾ cup vegetable oil

30 oz can pumpkin puree

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp salt

Frosting Ingredients:

1 8oz package soft cream cheese

1 cup butter, softened

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 cups powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, mix together eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until well blended. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Stir the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well. Put the batter in a 10 x 15 ungreased baking pan and bake for about ½ hour or until done. Allow to cool.

To make the frosting, combine all the frosting ingredients together in large bowl and blend together well. Frost the pumpkin bars when completely cool and cut into squares and serve.


We hope you enjoy these braces-friendly recipes! Dr. Sarkis Euksuzian and his staff would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!