Dinners for after a friends surgery
A friend of mine had surgery last week and will be coming home this weekend. I've offered to make food for her, and want to do something that's we can have together and then she can easily do for leftovers and or another dish that she can pop out at a later date. My normal go-to's in a situation like this are all wintery things (chili, stew, meatballs), but Jersey has hit a spring stride that's making me try to think of other ideas. What are good things you've brought as a meal for someone who is trying to stay off their feet?
I had sugery a couple summers ago and found that soups were exactly what I wanted for the first couple weeks I was home. Someone made me a couple different kinds of soups and froze them in individual servings so that all I had to do was take it out of the freezer and microwave. Small things to pick at were very welcome as well, like fruit, nuts and chocolate. I had a serious craving for sweets!
Individually-packed things are great!
I would think about making really nutrient-rich stuff to help her body heal. Healthy protein, good fats, lots of veggies, maybe nuts and seeds as snacks to boost minerals, etc. Soups are great for that -- minestrone comes to mind as something incredibly healthy that's also comforting and not too wintry.
What about packing fruit, ice-cubes of yogurt, ice-cubes of milk/almond milk, and protein powder into freezer bags so she can throw together a quick smoothie?
Also, I think it's a real kindness to stock up with ice, ginger ale, OJ, coffee, milk, etc. -- that's something a lot of people don't think of and it can be a huge help for a recovering friend not to have to venture out to the grocery store unless they want!
Some chicken salad with fruit and nuts is always a tasty meal. A mixed bean salad keeps well over several days. A pasta salad with some type of protein would be a nice spring like meal with a lemon dressing. I think the meatballs are a great idea.
I'd think comfort food is perfect regardless of season. Maybe share a meal including some mashed potatoes and roast chicken. Leave the leftover roast chicken behind for sandwiches, salads, thrown into pasta, etc. or just to pick at as-is.
what a nice friend, and wishing her a speedy recovery...
-individual shepherd's pies
-fixings for tacos/tostadas/burritos - chicken, fajita veggies, beans, seasoned rice, salsa, sour cream, guac, tortillas... and she can make whatever she likes in the coming days...
-pre-portioned oatmeal servings that can be frozen individually
-roasted chicken - she can use the meat for many things
-lentils - stew, soup, salad
-mini muffin-sized frittatas
[in case you were taking more for snacks:
...any laundry delivery services in her area? maybe a coupon to one of those :)
Depends what kind of surgery! Abdominal surgery, may want to avoid gas-forming foods, roughage, etc. Eye surgery with bandaged eyes, may want something easy to locate on plate. Oral surgery, may want something that doesn't have to be chewed. Etc. For goodness' sake, ask about any dietary or situational requirements before cooking. Consider also any medication the pt may be on---for example, antibiotics often cause severe diarrhea, in which case chili or a big salad will not be welcome. A cancer pt may be starting radiation or chemotherapy and feel sick. A pt with a new colostomy will have requirements different from those of a bunion surgery pt. Ask.