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Well done, for coming forward and asking.
I have arthritis in various joints around my body. My hands - both of them, it's mainly in the thumb joint. Fortunately, the hands are rarely as bad at the same time.
I'd suggest trying to have a food prep time, each day. So you could get carrots diced. sliced, wedged, whatever - and into different packets, into the freezer. And another day, get a squash prepped and away into the freezer, in various packets. etc. Some bell peppers one day. etc. etc.
Maybe one of your prep times could be cooking a big pan of mince (ground beef, or ground lamb - or turkey), then put it into containers of 1 or 2 portions, and freeze what you don't eat.
Make stock - from meat bones or trimmed fat scraps, or from scrubbed vegetable trimmings. Boil, strain, and store in usable-sized containers in the freezer.
Any of these can be done in a few minutes at a time, so shouldn't weary your finger joints too much, each time.
And once you have a load of different things like this in your freezer, then making your own mince, soup, stew, whatever, takes very little time - well, very little time in the making, maybe a bit longer in the cooking. But the cooking time isn't going to bother you unduly - that's when you get to flex your fingers, play pretend piano, circle your thumbs, whatever.
Win - win situation.
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I use a lot of the frozen dinners in bags for two or three from all of our stores as it is so hard to cook for one or two people and not get in a rut. We love them and can just grab one. I check for fiber and calories but most of them meet standards needed.
I make spaghetti and Texas Chili in a 5 quart pan and then freeze three cups in the small freezer bags, lay on a cookie sheet flat to freeze and then stack them. They zap in the microwave almost instantly. I have a cheap chopper (under five bucks) that takes care of nuts, onions, herbs, bell peppers and most items that need chopped.
I use all the different Mrs. Dash spices and we really like them. She has hers labeled as to which foods to use them on. I also use a lot of minced onions and minced garlic and parsley. I like meals I can prepare in 30 minutes or less and Rachael Ray has a cookbook that even gives you the grocery list for each recipe.
There is THE HEALTHY COOKING CHALLENGE team on SparkPeople also and you can take it for four weeks and learn how to change old recipes and make new ones, etc.
Our church cookbook just came out and your town must have some local cookbooks and they have meals for everyday folks like us in them. Easy, quick and yummy.
They have some great steamer veggies and brown rice now and meals for one at Safeway that are not frozen, but ready to zap and eat. Variety is the spice of life!
Edited by: SMILINEYESBLUE at: 6/23/2011 (17:41)
Hi and good evening.
I'm so sick of eating prepared (albeit healthy) meals. I'm lucky to live where I can order from an online supermarket who has a large assortment of whole grain, low carb etc etc meals that just have to be nuked a few minutes. They are delicious.....but also, expensive.
I'm not a natural cook, but I could whip up a dish or two and freeze them. I just need ideas. It's very painful to chop (don't have a processor), or slice & dice -- altho' I probably could for a couple of minutes. I'm cooking just for me usually. I don't eat red meat of any kind, but I eat fish and chicken.
I'm just looking for something a little more exotic than prepared stuff and/or baked fish or chicken.
Also, I'm a novice when it comes to using spices....which ones go best with which food.
Any simple, out of the box, healthy recipes would be greatly appreciated. I'm so bored.............
Thanks and many hugs,
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