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Would like some suggestions of recipes , recipe books that have easy and fast meals . Am always looking for short cuts to making caregiving a little lighter. Yeah, healthy is good as I need to start watching the waist line shrink. My waistline, that is! lol. If you have come across some tasty tried and true recipes feel free to share them.

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I bought a cookbook, several years ago, (one of only three that I own!) that is just wonderful. I decided that I wanted to eat healthier foods and add more vegetables to my diet. But, in my family, vegetables were always a "side dish." This cookbook is for vegetarian main meals and they are soooo good. The directions are simple and you can search recipes by the ingredients you have on hand. Also, the recipes make large enough quantities that I can freeze leftovers. I use this book a lot in the summer and fall when fresh veggies are plentiful and inexpensive. My Mom was able to eat most of the dishes because cooked vegetables are softer. And I liked that she was getting more nutritious meals.
Cookbook: "Vegetarian Pleasures: Main Course" by Jeanne Lemlin.
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InService, if Mom can eat what you cook for you and hubby that is wonderful, try the cook ahead routine, if you can get someone to help watch Mom, cook different things that can be turned into other meals.. Rachel Ray has a show I believe something like 1 day cooking 5 days eating..lol.. Towards winter a lot I like to cook up stews, soups, and other dinners that can just be reheated on the wood stove if we lose power.

If she is having trouble swallowing or chewing, there isn't anything that can't be put in a blender, unless of course it has bones..lol.. I just typed soft food/meals into my browser and you would be surprised the number of sites that came up.. spaghetti in a blender might look gross, but it can be done and is eatable.

Trying to keep weight on mom, I used ensure they have one for gaining/maintaining weight, the carnation breakfast.. kept little puddings, jello's, ice cream, fruit cups, etc.. for her.. some days, the little puddings were all that I could give her she'd keep down. She loved her ensure mixed half and half, half chocolate, and have vanilla..

At 81, and we knew she was dying of cancer, who cared what she ate? as long as she ate something.. We try our best to provide healthy meals for our charges, but sometimes at their ages, why not just let them have what they want to have.

If I make it to 81, I want a 10 pound box of chocolates next to my bed, and if it gets down to 1 pound, want another 10 waiting in the wings..rofl..
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Yeah Jeanne, I do keep an eye on the nuts,and snacks. Good point about coughing/chocking risk. I'll keep a check on that.
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Yeah, Mom loves her sweets as well...cinnamon toast...or a breakfast roll..."mainlines cinnamon rolls" lol. Yeah... I could do that too ...lol..but I don't , thank God. Thanks so much for all the detailed info, and ideas! But please your making my mouth water...so quit with the Italian Cream Cake already!! lol.
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InService, first let me make it clear I am all in favor of letting 'em eat what they can eat. Many people who need their food cut into small pieces and to have gravy and sauces on foods do not do well with nuts. Alas, that is one thing hubby can't eat any more. If your loved one doesn't cough or have apparent problems with nuts, more power to you both! But I'd keep an eye on it and determine it is safe. Nuts are a really healthy snack and hubby and I are disappointed to give them up, but the increased coughing/choking risk just wasn't worth it.

Here's a "recipe" we like, especially when nothing seems to appeal: ice cream, milk, Carnation Instant Breakfast zizzed in a blender to make a milkshake. Sometimes I add a banana and peanut butter and chocolate sauce (for Presley special), sometimes canned peaches, fresh strawberries, or other soft fruits I have on hand. Even without the add-ins this provides nutrition and calories when hubby just doesn't feel like eating.
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Amen Jeannegibbs! How about some italian cream cake!
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Thank so for much for the ideas! Sorry I didn't respond earlier but had a very busy week. I'm tired but I feel better coming here , learning and sharing. Hope to hear more ideas for meals. I have been using the fruit, tapioca,etc. But the Gerber toddler meals is a new idea! I'll check it out soon. Mom can eat most meals that my hub & I eat, but I just modify them for her. She likes some spicey foods because she's losing the sense of taste. I just make sure she doesn't over do it. I also cut up her food add a little bit of gravey or juices to it. Small portions of everything. I try to have snacks available for her so she can just come into the kitchen and get some fruit or nuts to munch on. Chat later.
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Tigerlily -- Ma mainlines frosted cinnamon rolls. Thanks for the laugh.

I hope if I make it to 90 some do-gooder won't try to stuff me with whole wheat and tofu. :) Pass the chocolate pie, please.
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Jeannie I agree with the doctor. If she is doing fine at her age you can't ask much more. I figure I wasn't my mother's keeper until 3 years ago and she survived. She is still capable of making her own decisions and since I don't live with her I have only so much control. She often agrees with me when I am there and then I find she does the opposite the minute I am out of sight. I figure she has already outlived 3 husbands and 3 children. Mom is fine even if she main lines fritters.
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@jeanne I figured the not. lol -sounds like your mum is getting a decent diet with meals on wheels - nothing wrong with some sweets for many people as long as they are getting the good stuff - in my view. Mother at 99 actually eats less sweets than she did. My sig other is 6'2", 185 lbs and very active and eats well but loves his sweets and he burns them off. Personally, I don't have a lot of faith in doctor's knowledge of nutrition in general or in the well publicized food pyramids

Hippocrates said “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.” - Much food nowadays is not nutrient dense - poor soils and processing and also are high in additives, preservatives and so on. This does no benefit us.

However a number of us survive quite well despite this. Nonetheless that there is an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease on this continent cannot be denied and the latest research attributes that to carbohydrates (sugar etc) not fats as has been thought. . There are people in their 90s who smoke and do not have lung disease. That does not say smoking is not harmful in general. I am not saying low carb is for everyone - not at all.

Moderation is all things, especially moderation..

Anyway, I digress and Inservice asked for recipes. Gosh for main dishes I don't use them any more for most things. If I need some info I look on the internet for ideas.
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