Earlier this year when I had a peripheral neuropathy diagnosis, because my Guillain Barre Syndrome had not yet been suspected, I had a hard time preparing meals. (Keep in mind, I'm a wife and mother.)
First there was the fatigue. I simply couldn't stay up long without feeling like I would just collapse. But, there was also the pain in my feet, my loss of balance and coordination and challenges with my grip, strength and unsteady hands. I remember once trying to cut a carrot and thinking I was going to stab myself or cut off some fingers.
Thank goodness, my husband and I had already started using Blue Apron some weeks -- because we were tired of the same old meals and didn't have time to look for recipes and go out collecting ingredients. As my husband and kids took on more of the meal preparation responsibilities, so I could stay safe, they were able to more efficiently prepare meals. Keep in mind, my family caregivers were also having to drive me around, bring me things, start laundry, clean the kitchen, help me walk up the stairs and pick me up when I fell. They were getting tired, so Blue Apron, or any of the other mail delivery services are a great option for those who need the extra support - and want a few more healthy meals.
Then there was the time insisted I do something for my youngest daughter who had really stepped up to help me. I wanted to make cookies for when my she got home from school. My only option was the packet of chocolate chip cookie mix I found in the pantry. They were good, but they weren't homemade because I didn't have enough stamina. A couple of weeks later, I came across Scratch & Grain Baking kits. Just like Blue Apron, everything you need is in the box (with the exception of milk, water and eggs - as needed). As I improved I could handle this and the chocolate chip cookies did taste more like something I would have made. The only difference, is they have a healthier twist to the ingredients.
This brings me back around to that carrot I mentioned earlier. Since Scratch & Grain, I've also learned about Straight From The Root and their veggies that are sous-vide cooked and vacuum packed in portion sizes. The most amazing thing was how fresh the potatoes tasted; given the unexpectedly long refrigerated shelf-life. Wow! This means I can cook with veggies without great risk to my life or limb! Can you imagine me cutting a butternut squash this Fall?
Is this all a little more expensive? Perhaps a little, but the portion controls also mean less waste of leftover foods. I also like to factor in the time and the cost of driving (if you can drive) around and buying ingredients. How many of you have spices or other ingredients sitting in your pantry that you haven't used since they were purchased for some recipe?
Visit the sites above to learn how you can receive these deliveries or where to purchase. In the case of Blue Apron, I have a couple of free trial offers I can share with my readers. Just send me your email address. If you are aware of other meal prep supports for people with functional limitations, leave a comment and don't forget to include a link.