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Hellolaura Mar 12, 2010 05:33 PM

OK, so after a long work week, I can only think of Margarita's right now...and of course my friend who is laid up in bed with a broken Femur bone and a torn ACL from a skiing accident last weekend. She will be out of commission for several months and I believe her husband is pretty helpless in the kitchen.

So as I sit here sipping away, I thought I better figure out some good dinners to whip up for she and her husband.

Any good idea's? I'm a pretty decent cook, but my creative juices just aren't flowing right now....I blame that all on work!


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    HungryinBmore RE: Hellolaura Mar 12, 2010 05:37 PM

    Liver and Onions!

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      Hellolaura RE: HungryinBmore Mar 12, 2010 05:48 PM

      HungryinBmore!!! No offense but I've never made Liver and Onions and I doubt I ever will! I don't think they will eat it, but you never know!

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        Quine RE: Hellolaura Mar 12, 2010 06:06 PM

        In this case your overcooking is a bonus for them! Divide, portion and freeze! yeah (when is Sam ever wrong?) fiber is a thing to ramp up. Think a stew, think a chili think a lasagna a meat loaf..Then think freeze in portions!!!!!

        Show hubbie how to microwave frozen veggies (fiber) and buy salad mixes. Buy her tons of reading materials. :-)

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      yesidid RE: Hellolaura Mar 12, 2010 05:41 PM

      Your poor friend, thank goodness she didn't break more than her femur and a torn acl.

      Anyway this shouts comfort food. Does her and her hubby have dietary restrictions, as are they vegan or have allergies?

      Baked pastas are always good, lasagna, baked ziti or rigatoni with meat sauce, stuffed cannelloni. Dinners along the lines of that or casseroles could be good because you could make them at your home and then take them over to be reheated. Maybe make some salads also.

      Sweet stuff too, chocolate chip cookies, brownies.

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        Hellolaura RE: yesidid Mar 12, 2010 05:50 PM

        Thanks, I was thinking of that....and I'll probably do something along those lines, just as long as make sure I don't make too much...every time I make these types of dishes, I swear I can feed an army! We have frozen leftovers for months!

      2. Sam Fujisaka RE: Hellolaura Mar 12, 2010 05:50 PM

        What do you like to cook. What do they like to eat???

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          Hellolaura RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 12, 2010 05:52 PM

          I cook just about anything....right now we've started to enjoy grilling since the weather is breaking a bit. They are not picky eaters, either.

          I was thinking of at least 1-2 meals a week.

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            Sam Fujisaka RE: Hellolaura Mar 12, 2010 05:57 PM

            Let me come up with some concrete ideas as this thread develops. In the meantime, I would add a (ahem) concern. Your active friend now laid up in bed will probably need a bit more fiber to stay regular; and a bit less of the usual in order to avoid ... well, you know. Ahhh ... have another margarita ...

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              Hellolaura RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 12, 2010 06:06 PM

              Thanks, I was on thinking along those lines, too. Plus, it will have to be more on the calorie conscious side as I'm thinking she'll fret about weight gain! I could just bring over the Margarita's...:) I'm sure she would like that.

              Anyway, I've thought of a Tilapia recipe I have, Chicken Parm and maybe some marinated chicken her husband can throw on the grill (I'm pretty sure he can grill).

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            Val RE: Sam Fujisaka Mar 12, 2010 05:54 PM

            I'm with Sam here...what does your friend LIKE to eat??? Whatever those foods are, make them for her! And it's so nice of you to do this!

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              greygarious RE: Val Mar 12, 2010 06:06 PM

              Legume-laden dishes are filling, economical, and healthy for the GI tract. Lentil, black bean, and split pea soups, chili with beans, three-bean salad, franks and beans.

              Chicken Marbella (a prune's best friend), apple crisp, oatmeal cookies, corn pudding,

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                karykat RE: greygarious Mar 12, 2010 08:35 PM

                Yes, there is a version of chicken marbella on this board that uses boneless chicken which can be cut into strips for flexible meals to portion and serve with rice or noodles.

                How about stews (like mahogany stew from epicurious) with lots of vegies added (for taste and the aforementioned fiber).

                Or chicken noodle soup! With vegies. Light and good.

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                miss louella RE: Val Mar 12, 2010 07:52 PM

                As someone who was the recent recipient of many sweet intentions, I would heartily second/third/infinity asking your friend what she wants. Or mentioning what you're making for dinner and asking if she'd like some of that.

            2. dabest RE: Hellolaura Mar 12, 2010 05:54 PM

              awww that sounds bad

              well i love making curries, souvlakis, nachos, tagines or just a simple steak and veggies.

              hope i could help

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                appycamper RE: Hellolaura Mar 12, 2010 06:30 PM

                sweet of you to pitch in! a quick saute of shrimp and garlic with melted butter and white wine over cheese grits.

                some grilled marinated flank steak and onions with crispy tortillas and beans. drain 2 cans of pinto beans. heat in chicken broth. melt in some grated cheese and piquante sauce.

                ham steak, mac and cheese, and steamed peas.

                build some grilled cheese sandwiches already buttered that only need a turn on the griddle. tomato soup.

                eggplant parmesan with great bread to make sandwiches.

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                  Hellolaura RE: appycamper Mar 12, 2010 06:34 PM

                  Great ideas, thanks!

                2. cosmogrrl RE: Hellolaura Mar 12, 2010 06:43 PM

                  I once made a friend of mine a whole weeks worth of soups after she had oral surgery. I made a huge pot of potato leek soup, and then flavored them with various herbs, like watercress. Also made tomato soup and varied that with rice, and i a separate batch tomato veggie soup.

                  You could also make some pasta sauces (bolognese, marinara, pesto)and then hubby just needs to boil up some pasta.

                  Stew is a good one too.

                  1. enbell RE: Hellolaura Mar 12, 2010 06:50 PM

                    You are truly thoughtful, and while soups, stews and casseroles will surely be appreciated - fresh fruits, veggies and salads sure hit the spot for me when I feel under the weather. Perhaps you could stop by and help prep some fruits and veggies so your friend can throw together a nice stir fry or salad to change things up a bit. Asparagus is out in my area and berries are starting to show up as well. That said, stuffed bell peppers, mushroom tacos, veggie fajitas, cabbage rolls, quinoa salad and maybe some stuffed acorn squash. Maybe some bran muffins or zuchinni/banana bread.

                    1. Emme RE: Hellolaura Mar 12, 2010 08:29 PM

                      how about some veggie-heavy casserole type dishes that can be frozen and baked off as desired?

                      -zucchini/eggplant lassagna with the veggies replacing noodles

                      -mexican strata - layer whole wheat tortillas with shredded cooked chicken, green chiles, low fat sourcream, low fat jack and cheddar cheeses... baked and served with salsa

                      -oatmeal - prepared with brown sugar and maple syrup, then frozen in single serving portions

                      -turkey meatloaf with mushrooms

                      -chili using lean ground turkey and/or beans and/or TVP

                      -salmon croquettes

                      -frittatas with veggies and skim milk and egg whites

                      -cabbage and meatballs with lean ground turkey or chicken

                      -bran muffins

                      what a nice friend you are!

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