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I burned the everloving heck out of my left hand (sloshed hot oil on myself) and it is pretty much immobile for the moment. I can't survive for more than 24 hours on what my husband can cook, and don't really want to have him chopping things for me because he gets home late and has no idea what he's doing. I can manage to lop the ends off of onions and smash garlic to toss in the food processor, but anything more than that is beyond me. I can get help opening cans. Any thoughts on what I might be able to cook, without resorting to boxed mac or Hungry Man dinners? Tonight I threw some brown rice in the rice cooker and then made soup with homemade chicken broth, lentils, canned tomatoes, frozen green beans, and food processored garlic and onions, and I can always resort to seared protein+frozen veg, but I'm looking to maybe make lemonade from the lemons and add some no- or low-chop meals to my repertoire.

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  1. Many grocery stores sell mirepoix. Buy a jar of chopped garlic. Buy those already-cut fresh veggies in the produce section. I don't buy those things normally but wouldn't hesitate if I were in your situation.

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    1. re: sweetpotater

      Your grocery store's salad bar is also usually a good place to forage for already-chopped veggies!

    2. Packs of ready-chopped stir fry vegetables and packs of ready-shelled prawns with rice, or noodles if you can drain the pan. Maybe do it in a heavy pan rather than a wok so you can do it one-handed. Pasta sauce made with cherry tomatoes - saute them whole then squash them when they're softened. Add frozen seafood, frozen peas, goats cheese, or jarred antipasto peppers. Frittata using whole cherry tomatoes, pancetta lardons, antipasto peppers etc, assuming you can break eggs one-handed (you can definitely fish out bits of shell one-handed!) Even with two hands, steak and jacket potato and a bag of salad is a respectable dinner.

      1. I feel your pain. I broke my arm last winter and for months had to avert my eyes when my husband began wielding a knife. How can you reach the age of 62 and not know how to peel an orange?

        Here's a tip for when you get the urge for fresh herbs. I recently needed basil. I haven't planted a garden in our new home yet and what they had at the grocery store looked terrible. Next to the fresh herbs were a couple of varieties packed in oil in plastic tubes. The basil certainly wasn't up to real fresh but it was a hundred times better than dried or none at all.