broken ankle-- any easy recipes?
I recently broke my ankle and am on crutches for 6 weeks... I miss cooking and eating well so does anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking for easy recipes that I can make that don't require standing for long periods of time. Thanks!!!
I broke my knee in August and was off my right leg for 8 weeks. I also missed cooking and my best advice to you is to get a counter-height stool to sit on so you can chop and cook without putting pressure on your leg. I would also sit at my kitchen table and pre-chop and prepare some things for a few days (onions, garlic, chicken breasts, etc.). I also made sure I had a tray or basket that I could use to transport things from one area of the kitchen to the other...even though I have a small New York-apartment-sized kitchen, it's very helpful to have everything in one place. Good luck!
I would look for recipes you can do in steps so you can sit down in between stages.I have been having some muscle issues from medication so a lot of standing an walking can be fatiguing and also make me ache. A lot of Asian recipes are great for that kind of preparation. I made Ants on a Tree last night, the noodles soaked 20 mins while I prepared the marinade for the pork. Sit down and read the paper then prepare the sauce, back off my feet for a bit after draining the noodles. Then when we were ready to eat it was a very quick dish to put together and clean up was a snap too. Many ingredients can be purchased pre-prepped from the grocery salad bar, more expensive I now but it helps keep off your feet and I just canot get used to pulling up a stool and sitting down to cook.
2 years ago, I broke my leg and ankle and on cructhes for 3 months. Cooking was quite challenging, at the beginning I was confined into cooking something easy like roasting or broiling. As my other leg strengthen I was able to easily jump around the kitchen so thats help. The difficult part is grocery luckily my girlfriend agree or fell bad enough to do my grocery.
Having been where you are, I'd advise not stressing over the inability to cook you favorite complicated meals. Just focus on your favorite comfort foods that are easy or that you can recruit help for. Maybe make extra and freeze if possible. If you are on pain meds, they may alter your taste perception. It will go away. Invite friends over for simple potluck meals and you'll find the comraderie will do much to improve your outlook. Those first several weeks can be painful!
Have a list of a few friends who can take you shopping, again for the company as much as for the help in reaching, loading baskets, bringing in the groceries, etc.
Remember to ask for, and DO, your PT. You will thank yourself in years to come. Best wishes, I'd send over some soup if I could!
Hope you have a good recovery. I suggest using a crockpot for some simple and comforting meals.
Nicole, I have had the opportunity to wear an Ilizarov apparatus for a busted ankle for the last 7 months, so I understand. I do a lot of slow-cooked (crock pot) meals. I've had some wonderful chili, soups and stews. Anything that doesn't require prolonged standing. I wish you the best recovery.
Please complete your PT as prescribed.
Some of my favorite quick easy delicious dishes (little or no standing required)--
Giada's balsamic roasted chicken (I use all bone-in breasts and use the leftovers for chicken sandwiches or salads). Marinate overnight, pop in oven, done. She suggests boiling down the sauce which is the only Stand At Stove part, but a stool would work, and even a novice could do that part with you directing.
**Chicken marbella (Silver Palate, see November COTM)-- throw all ingedients in a ziploc to marinate overnight, then pop in oven -- again, meal is delicious, leftovers awesome too
*Oven Baked Polenta as a yummy side
*Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or roasted veggies of any sort, with a little goat cheese or feta crumbled on top to serve
*Garlic and Lemon-Marinated Chicken Kabobs (I use these to make wraps with tahini dressing, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers) -- marinate 3 to 4 hrs, pop under broiler, done.
*Tomato-ricotta toast for lunch, when you're sick of cold cuts -- drizzle good evoo on top, add lots of black pepper, basil if you have it
*Smash feta cheese with a juicy chopped tomato, a little oregano, a clove minced garlic, a little olive oil if you want -- insta-dip, sandwich spread, appetizer, treat.
*Cook chicken in milk or cream, in a glass baking dish, for incredibly moist chicken for salads
*Marinate chicken in buttermilk, coat with crushed Ritz crackers, bake at 425 for 15 to 20 mins (Nigella's ritzy chicken). Quick sauce to accompany in blender: garlic-dill-buttermilk-olive oil-feta cheese.
*Leeks sloooooow-simmered in olive oil -- wow! yum.
Let me know if you would like me to paraphrase any of the recipes for you. Sorry about your ankle!
So sorry to hear/read!
Agree w/ crockpot/baking cooking, especially easily layered casserole dishes.
You can also buy ingredients, especialy pre-chopped, pre-washed ones from the salad bar, so you don't have to stand to prep... just buy and use.
You can try doing simple dishes with more complex, gourmet ingredients.
-Butternut Squash, Gruyere, and Sage Quesadillas -just buy the prechopped bagged
butt squash and cook in micro
-Roasted veggies - precut broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, butternut squash w/
seasoning or cheese of choice
-Fish in parchment paper - just layer white fish on onions, fennel, with lemon and
herbs and some white wine, then bake
-Risotto - if you take the idea of grabbing a stool and sitting stove-side... it'll give you
the feeling of cooking!
Pressed paninis would be easy too
Desserts where you use a Kitchen-Aid are great because you can sit on the counter next to it and simply load in the ingredients... Tyler's Ultimate Cheesecake on foodnetwork.com is that way. Or, core, stuff and bake some apples or pears. Rhubarb stewed also takes little effort and is great under some melty vanilla fro yo. Cobblers and crisps are the same :)
A speedy recovery!!!
I broke my leg in September and was non-weight-bearing for weeks.
It's dangerous to try and cook at the stove in that situation and I wound up purchasing a small Nesco (4 qt.- I think) that can sit on my kitchen table. It goes from a slow-cooking temp up to about 400, so you can do soups and roasts, etc.
This enabled me to sit at the table and chop/prep and make one-pot meals without the danger of lifting pots and pans off the stove.
Husband can't cook and I was sick of bologna sandwiches...lol!