Recipes (Meal Ideas) for someone who doesn't cook?
I would be very thankful for any ideas on this subject!
Little background: The question is for my father. He is in his 60's and recently diagnosed with diabetes. He cannot cook (and will not try much!!!) although he did ask me how to make scrambled eggs the other day. After his diabetes diagnosis (about a year and a half ago) he lost a ton of weight and was doing very well, however because he doesn't cook and was living on chicken breasts, canned tuna, salads, and frozen veggies old habits started creeping back in when he got bored of eating the same four things.
I am trying to come up with some ideas for easy meals for him. I've taught him about eggs and how to add on some simple items to what he is eating to add variety. He has to limit his carb intake so pastas, rice, and breads must be very limited. He also can't eat veggies like corn, or peas and fruit with a lot of sugar or carbs (apples, bananas) are a big no-no.
As you can see he's limited...and I am running out of ideas. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated. I do cook meals for him (and freeze portions) so even ideas that are diabetes and freezer friendly would help me help him. I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, so thank you in advance!
I'd start with large-batch foods, such as soups and stews.
Creamy vegetable soups that are pureed so no real cream is needed (butternut, cauliflower, pumpkin, asparagus)
Chili with a ton of veggies and ground turkey
You get the idea- make it once, eat it several times.
Can you get him a slow cooker? It might be helpful to sell him the idea that all he has to do is a bit of prep and dump in the morning and forget about it for the rest of the day.
Definately use the slow cooker! There are a ton of websites dedicated to them.
I just found this from cooking light:
A while back i kept seeing a recipe for salsa chicken- baically a jar of salsa and chicken. Done. I'm sure google can help you find the "recipe", i never made it (i'm vegetarian).
Teach him how to make hard boiled eggs-perfect for a snack or adding to salads.
Also teach him how to roast veggies- just the basic olive oil (make sure he measures it) and salt/pepper whatever seasonings he likes. Everyone gets sick of steamed veggies since they're often mooshy and water-logged. Then he can roast broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, etcetc.
Salads are the perfect no cooking fast food, but so many people get stuck in a boring greens and dressing rut. I have my own "formula" for a meal sized salad, you could make him a handy little chart with examples that are his favorites and appropriate for his diabetes.
I do: base of greens (i switch from mixed greens, arugala, spinach etc) + chopped raw veggies (most groceries even sell pre chopped veg now) + a whole grain (quinoa, brown rice, etc) + protein +small amount of fat (nuts, seeds, avocado, cheese) + really flavorful salad dressing
Great salad toppers include left over roasted veggies, beany thick chili, olives or capers, pickled veggies, or whatever is leftover in the fridge.
salsa can be tossed onto most proteins - salmon, chicken, turkey chops - and then throw it in the oven and bake - it'll keep the protein moist and flavorful with very little effort and very healthy. spices are also his friend - paprika, garlic powder, onion powder - can all be sprinkled on chicken and then thrown in the oven and baked for dinner with very little effort.