SOURCE: American Association of Orthodontists

American Association of Orthodontists

August 31, 2015 10:04 ET

Three Farm-to-Table Recipes Created for Orthodontic Patients -- and Their Families

Nutritious and Delicious Food to Make You Smile

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwired - August 31, 2015) - One of the most common questions adult patients ask their orthodontist is, "What can I eat?" The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) found some answers. The AAO asked a personal chef to cook up a few ideas that patients could bite into without harming their braces, aligners and retainers.

Taking advantage of the freshness of the season, these three delicious farm-to-table recipes are easy on orthodontic patients, loaded with nutrients and simple to prepare.

"Soft, tender foods like those in these recipes are ideal for orthodontic patients because they don't risk breaking brackets, wires or other elements, which could prolong treatment," according to Morris N. Poole, DDS and president of the AAO. "It's a wonderful thing when the foods that are good for your health happen to be great for your orthodontic treatment, too."

These recipes feature fresh, quality ingredients that can be grown at home or obtained at local farmers' markets, such as oregano, basil and spinach, and require no more than thirty minutes to prepare.

Ready to get cooking?

Summer Corn-Tomato-Basil Orzo Salad with Shrimp

  • 1 pound of orzo, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 to 3 ears of fresh corn, husks and silk removed, kernels cut off of cob
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound of medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving
  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a sauté pan and cook the corn, salt, and pepper for 7 minutes.
  1. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring until pink.
  1. Toss the orzo, corn and shrimp, tomatoes, and fresh basil together. Taste for salt and pepper and serve with grated Parmesan cheese, hot, cold, or at room temperature.

Farm Stand Frittata

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach or broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 large fresh eggs
  • ½ cup low fat milk
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray pie dish with cooking spray.
  1. Melt the butter on the stovetop in a pan and sauté the onion over medium heat until tender.
  1. Mix all ingredients together and pour into pie dish.
  1. Bake 30 minutes or until frittata is set.

Farm Stand Zucchini-Garlic Fusilli with Feta (not pictured)

  • 1 pound fusilli, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced into half moons
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • ¾-1 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a sauté pan. When the oil is warm but not hot, add the sliced garlic and stir for two minutes.
  1. Add the sliced zucchini, kosher salt, a few grinds of fresh black pepper, and sauté until tender.
  1. Add the fresh oregano and cook one minute.
  1. Toss zucchini and garlic with the pasta and top each serving with the crumbled Feta cheese.

About the American Association of Orthodontists

Founded in 1900, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is the world's oldest and largest dental specialty organization. It represents 17,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The AAO encourages and sponsors key research to enable its members to provide the highest quality of care to patients, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws. Orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of specialized education in orthodontics beyond dental school at an accredited orthodontic residency program. Visit the AAO's websites, mylifemysmile.org and aaoinfo.org, for information about orthodontists, orthodontic care and to locate nearby orthodontists.

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