In the last 3 days I have visited 2 people and boy am I feeling it. It isn’t the nicest knowing you will suffer for leaving the house and spending time with people you care about. Cooking in bulk is an absolute must so is a freezer. If you have a chronic illness these two things mean even on terrible days/weeks you can still eat well.
Here are the must do/haves for eating well with chronic illness and disability
Bulk cooking – I am the only plant based eater in my household so when I make a recipe for 4,6 or 8 people it means I can freeze several portions. I try to choose days when I have my home carer to cook more intricate recipes. Bulk cooking means even on my worst days my hubby can take it out of the freezer, defrost it and heat it through. It means he doesn’t need to worry about cooking anything extra or reading a billion labels to make sure I can eat it.
Freezer- we recently got a chest freezer and it is my baby! I could not be eating healthy without it. Some days I can barely make toast so to think about cooking an elaborate meal is just impossible. The freezer and bulk cooking means I dont have to think. Just choose and eat.
Soup maker – I love it! Love, love, love it! Chuck veg and stock in. Choose smooth or chunky. Go for a nap! It is that simple. Soup is a great way of getting veggies into my teens so this item means I still feel like mum.
Food processor – involuntary movement and knives dont go well together. I can chop the occasional veggie but not for a sustained time. My food processor means I can be a bit more independent. I love cooking. I could never live without one. Chop, grate, mix it does it. Happy me!
Slow cooker – I used this when I was able to work. Dinner was ready when we got home. Now it means after meal prep when I am tired I can snooze. It wont burn dry. It is such a useful kitchen item.
Today when we got home I proccessed beetroot, carrot and onion for a salad to have with left over spiced rice.
PREP TIME – 3 – 5 mins
- 4 cooked beetroot ( I used vacuum packed)
- 1 large carrot
- 1 small red onion
- Peel and grate carrot
- Grate beetroot
- Grate or finely chop the onion
- Mix all together
- Serve with your favourite dressing or mayo
My food processor did the work and I had a healthy dinner thanks to bulk cooking a veggie rice dish yesterday (one pot dishes are my favourite easy peasy meal) . I am now in my pjs tucked up in bed.
I might not be a poster child for plant based eating but I feel that with the right equipment we (chronically ill or super busy modern person) can look after ourselves as best as possible. Even if it is just a salad and rice.