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Old 12-02-2018, 03:44 PM
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I'm in a long recovery from a brain surgery. Currently I go out for lunch everyday with my father. I realize I could save a lot of money by eating at home, my difficulties lay in my uncertainty in what I can make. Sandwiches? Any other ideas? I'm currently in a wheelchair with one hand working. So ideas are helpful.
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Old 12-02-2018, 06:14 PM
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Hmm... rather difficult in a wheelchair and with one hand! I know when i had my hand in plaster i couldn't hold a knife safely, and since i always got my shopping delivered i just opted for ready chopped veg and meat, that i could chuck in a pot to make a stew or soup, or pasta sauce or whatever with, then i'd stick tubs of it in the freezer so i could microwave them throughout the week. I needed supervision because of the epilepsy when cooking anyway, so it might be worth seeing if someone can come round and help you out with the chopping and cooking (especially with heavy pots!), then you'd have a good stock that you can just take out and nuke. It'd be an hour or two's work but then you'd be set for the week.

I also used a lot of pasta and noodle pots, you know the kind where you just add water and wait a few mins? And things like tortilla wraps with premade salads and cooked meats so it could be folded one handed.
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I second the idea of making a big meal that can be eaten throughout the week. Chicken breasts are pretty easy to bake

I also like the soups that come in a carton -- you don't need a can opener, and they are pretty filling, usually good for at least four serving, especially if you add a side salad or other greens, and maybe a piece of bread. Veggies that can just be microwaved in the bag are a good choice for one-handed eating.
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Old 12-04-2018, 08:07 PM
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pasta and olive oil will become your friend. and if you can tolerate ramen with an egg dropped in it

I put a few feelers out for you, a few people hit a few home runs

someone else suggested Crock pots are amazing. Dump and go. Most butchers will cut your meat up if you ask.

someone suggested this a veggie chopper for stuff

and they found this pressure cooker that is small and locks down so if you drop it

and this adaptive cutting board

and a one handed knife

and automatic jar opener,

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Old 12-05-2018, 05:43 AM
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When I busted my shoulder 8 yeara ago a lot of things I cooked were with one hand. I cooked things like spaghetti and meatballs - all hand made, though utilising unconventional items around me or my body weight to get things done. Using a knife was the toughest part for me given it was my dominant arm that was injured so accuracy wasnt a strong point.

Interestingly to this day, I am able to do a lot of things ambidextrous that I couldn't do pre injury.
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:11 PM
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I agree with Nakamova and Loopy Lou. Have someone help you cook some meals that you could eat later. I have plastic containers that have three compartments in them - one for meat, one for vegetables and another for what ever else is made. The person who helped you cook could cut up the food for you and put it in these containers. All you'd have to do is put it in the microwave to heat it up and eat.
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Cook in mass qty

Get good tupper ware containers and things will last while still tasting good for 3-6 days depending what you get
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Since burning myself during complex partials, I only use the stove when another person is with me. I started cooking things for my family in double the quantity & freezing half of it in plastic containers.
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Hi finalpoet,

I remember after I had my brain surgeries I only wanted to eat soft foods because it hurt to chew. I ate a lot of mac and cheese along with some applesauce until I was able to chew food okay. I wish you the best of luck and May God Bless You!

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