Braces Friendly Holiday Recipes

Braces Friendly Holiday Recipes
Posted on 12/22/2016

Braces-Friendly Recipes For The Holidays

Now that we’re in the holiday season, many of us are planning on attending family get-togethers and other holiday events where there will be plenty of delicious foods to enjoy. For those of you wearing braces that are bonded to the teeth, you know that you must avoid eating foods that can damage or break your appliances like hard, gooey and crunchy foods. But there are still plenty of holiday foods you can enjoy, even though it may not seem that way. Here are a few holiday recipes that are braces-friendly, brought to you by your team here at Willowbrook Orthodontics!

Easy Crockpot Holiday Meatballs

These soft and scrumptious holiday meatballs are perfect to eat when you’re wearing braces. Even your family and friends not wearing braces will want to dig in too so be sure you make plenty to go around!


1 large bag of frozen meatballs (about 40 meatballs)

1 ½ cups grape jelly

12-ounce bottle chili sauce


Spray crockpot with cooking spray. Then put the meatballs in the crockpot and cover with chili sauce and grape jelly. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high for 2 hours. You can serve the meatballs as they are or enjoy them with rice or pasta.


Soft Shortbread Cookies

This recipe only requires three ingredients, making it a super-easy and delicious dessert that’s perfect for the holiday season.


2 cups butter, cut into pieces

1 cup light brown sugar

4 ½ cups flour (divided)

Candy sprinkles


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line some baking sheets with baking paper. Put the butter and brown sugar in a bowl and mix them together until fluffy. Then add 3 ½ cups of the flour and mix until well-combined. Then on a dry flat surface, sprinkle ½ cup flour. The put your dough on the floured surface and knead it until it is pliable. Next,  form the dough into one big ball and wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for ½ hour. Then roll the dough out until it is ½ inch thick and cut out shapes using holiday cookie cutters. Place the cookies about 2 inches apart onto the baking sheet covered with baking paper and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let the cookies be for about 5 minutes then top the cookies with sprinkles and allow to fully cool.


Easy Holiday Quiche

This is a great recipe to make for a delicious and healthy holiday breakfast or lunch and it’s so simple you can whip it up in no time flat!


6 eggs

1 cup milk

2 cups filler like cooked broccoli, mushrooms, leftover turkey or chicken and cheeses

Salt and pepper

1 frozen, pre-made deep dish pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat the eggs together in a large bowl. Then add the milk and the filler ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture into the pie shell. Bake for about 45 minutes or until firm. Cut into pieces and serve immediately.

Happy Holidays from Willowbrook Orthodontics!

Dr. Yue and his team at Willowbrook Orthodontics would like to wish all our patients and their families a happy holiday season! If you’re wearing braces that are bonded to your teeth, remember to avoid eating any braces-busting foods so you don’t have to make an emergency appointment to have your braces repaired. We want the time you spend improving your smile to be a pleasant, trouble-free time so watch what you eat but enjoy every moment you spend with your family and friends during this very special time of the year!