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#1 GreenEyedGirl

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:05 PM

I have recently broken my ankle & have had surgery & am not allowed to put any weight on it & am on crutches. DH works FIFO & will be away for 2 weeks from next Wednesday. I obviously cannot cook since cannot be on my feet for any length of time & was wondering what options I have.
The easiest would be ready meals as just stick in oven/microwave but which ones are good?
I love food & hate eating something that tastes bland n boring.
Please help + won't even be able to go shopping as can't wheel a trolley and manage crutches grrrr even though I probably will be able to drive as its my left ankle. So bothersome. No idea how I'm going to do so many things!!

#2 GreenEyedGirl

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:13 PM

Forgot to add since cant walk so I'm off work too so need something cost effective too

Edited by fefe76, 28 January 2013 - 08:14 PM.

#3 Riotproof

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:20 PM

Ready meals aren't ever going to be cheap. Can you get your dh to make up some batches of things for the freezer?

Otherwise, the fresh Coles curries are pretty good. Tasty bite makes some good veggie curries in the Asian food aisle.
You can make a quick pasta sauce with a halved onion, tin tomatoes and a knob butter. Simmer for 40mins but requires no other attention.

#4 knittingkitten

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:21 PM

I just feed four kids with scrambled eggs with vintage cheese and toast. They loved it.

Bag of salad leaves, hot smoked trout (from Coles), cucumber and tomatoes.

Baked frozen fish and salad.

Shove a chicken in the oven. Serve with steamed beans. And roast potatoes.

All easy.

Edited by knittingkitten, 28 January 2013 - 08:23 PM.

#5 trebambinibelli

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:26 PM

Oh no OP sad.gif  Hope you're ankle heals up quickly.

Do you have access to home delivery grocery shopping?  I wouldn't even attempt to shop in your condition!

As for dinners, pre-prepared quiche, pizza, lasagnes and curries are probably the somewhat cheaper option for quick meals.  Try to get your DH to cook up meals before he goes.  Lots of soups, spag bol, shepherd's pie, curries and lasagne freeze well and cook without too much fuss.  Where do you live?  Are there any EB members close by or friends or family that can help you out?  If I live close to you I could make some meals for you.

Take care.

#6 intd242

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

I'd go lite n easy in that situation.

#7 GreenEyedGirl

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

I'm in the western suburbs of Brisbane. I had thought I'd get hubby to cook a few things and freeze them for me. MIL could have helped but she's away on hols. I guess I could get groceries delivered.
Think will be doing alot of 1 pot curries & rice & pasta bake things!! I can stand for a bit but its agonising after a while.
I'm sure I can manage :-) bit of a challenge!!

#8 Kitty Fantastico

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:45 PM

Could you do some food prep sitting at a table? Then you could chop up vegies etc and just put some meals together without having to stand too much? I'm imagining spag bol, curries, quiches, stews, soups - foods that you don't need to stand and stir or watch too much. Hope your ankle heals soon.

#9 trebambinibelli

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

Oh I'm about 1500km away from you, probably a bit too far away to send you dinners lol!  Lite n Easy is a good suggestion if you can afford it.  Then you don't have to shop for much, just have UHT milk and frozen bread, you're good to go.  

Do you have microwave large soup cups (I have the Decor ones)?  I do up a big batch of soup and then freeze multiple cups so I have them handy for lunches.  Or cup a soup packets are quick and easy.  I have a yummy easy red lentil and brown rice soup recipe if you want.  That does me for a month :-)

#10 GreenEyedGirl

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:51 PM

Yep suppose I can do prep sitting down. Just so hard having a broken ankle. Brings to light those everyday things that become so hard when you can't walk and have no free hands while trying to move around. Someone needs to invent some carrying tray or something for crutches!!!

#11 ComradeBob

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:02 PM

I ruptured my Achilles' tendon a few years ago and was on crutches for about  8 weeks.  I found that a cheap office chair was an absolute lifesaver, because I could whizz around the house on it, and I could raise the seat up enough that I could perch my bum on it while resting my good foot on the ground while I made dinner. While I could scoot round the kitchen on it, I didn't find it easy to bring pans of pasta from the stove to the sink for draining for example, but it did make it a lot easier than it otherwise would have been.

Good luck, it's a pain in the backside being on crutches  sad.gif

#12 Speshelle

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

I second lite n easy. About $130 for everything you need per week (but milk). Includes breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and dinner. Food is pretty good too. Delivered to your door!

#13 GreenEyedGirl

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

I'll see how I go week 1 & if its too hard I'll go lite n easy. Was already considering that as an alternative. I have had their meals before & they aren't too bad

#14 cward

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:38 AM

My DP broke his heel a few years ago and was off work for ages and was home alone most days.  Best thing we did was hire a wheelchair.  He could then make his lunch at the bench while standing on one foot and ballancing, get drinks from the fridge, carry stuff back to the lounge and then fling himself on the lounge to relax!  Is that an option for you, similar to the office chair I guess

#15 Green Witch

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:46 AM

A few years ago when I was living away for work I bought a bunch of different frozen lasanges to taste test which one was best. I was really surprised that my favourite was the Woolies home brand one. The small single serve in the freezer section.

Also, there are lots of good soup, curry and stew options in the fridge sections of supermarkets which are on the fresher side (rather than proper frozen meals).

#16 *cough*

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:47 AM

My mum has had several knee ops, the latest a knee recon just a couple of weeks back.

She pulls up two stools at the kitchen bench, one to sit on, one to rest her leg on. I then fetch all the things she needs etc.

Could you collect all the things you need and then do that?

Edited by *cough*, 29 January 2013 - 09:48 AM.

#17 FiveAus

Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:00 AM

My favourite frozen meal is the Cole Thai Green curry, eaten with a bag of unsalted cashews.

#18 Funnington

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:29 AM

I 'third' Lite n Easy.  My friend used their services and said the food was fantastic.  There are different packages you can get - you don't have to get 3 x meals per day and snacks.  So, maybe just find out about the cost of evening meals for at least a few nights then use some of the other great ideas posted here that don't involve putting pressure on your feet and getting your groceries home delivered.  Even if you don't have Woolworths or Coles online, most of the IGA supermarkets have home delivery service for the elderly (or anyone for that matter).

#19 LittleMissPink

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:36 AM

Coles/woolies online shopping, or lite and easy for sure!

I dont envy you, broke my ankle 2 years ago, was only on crutches 2 weeks, but that was long enough!

Can you get someone to come and stay with you for a few days to help? Rotate friends to make you meals?

#20 9ferals

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:50 AM

I understand - I lived alone when I broke my ankle and it was tough.
I was lucky enough to have my mum come to stay for the first two weeks, after that I had to manage on my own.
My suggestions:
- put a stool in the kitchen so you can sit down to prep/eat. It's impossible to carry a hot plate safely on crutches, so I just ate perched next to the microwave.
- crockpot meals would be a cheap and relatively easy option for you.  If you google recipes you'll find lots that involve checked breast or other meat with tomato, soup or sauce added.  These cook without any attention once you've done the initial orep. Toss some rice in the rice cooker and you are good to go for quite a few meals.
Or my new favourite meal in the rice cooker:
- ask around and see if any of your friends have some kind of trolley your could borrow to get things from the fridge to the bench or sink. Or hire a "traymobile" for a month or so. I don't recommend hopping around using it but your can out stuff omit and push it ahead then hop on your crutches to catch up.
Really though its safer to just eat or drink anything hot at the bench where you've prepared it.
- get a shoulder bag so you can carry a drink bottle/phone or other miscellaneous stuff around hands-free.
- accept help!  If anyone offers to help, take them up on it.  Shopping, prepping meals to go in the crock pot, laundry etc aren't easy, so swallow your pride and say "yes, thank you".
- rest.  Just accept that you aren't going to be able to vacuum the house, hang out the sheets etc.  Keep your foot up as much as possible and let it heal.
Good luck!

#21 GreenEyedGirl

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:18 PM

Thank u so much. I don't really have any friends and mother-in-law is away so I'm pretty much on my own. I have a large kitchen island with bar stools so can use those. Will try go shopping with hubby before he leaves to get some stuff. I'm sure I will manage just in a but of a panic. Worse comes to worse I will get hubby's aunt to get me food or just get take away :-) fancy some curry

#22 cameo

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

Whoops, wrong thread!!

Edited by cameo, 29 January 2013 - 12:39 PM.

#23 PurpleNess

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:44 PM

Give Lite N Easy a call, I loved their meals !
No contracts, chosse the meals you like, you can get dinners only or 3 meals a day, they deliver and for a short time they are worth it I reckon.

Heal well

#24 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:34 PM

I did lite n easy last year and while it was nice, I felt it was expensive.

Plus these days you can get some lovely meals from the supermarket, like all the Indian curries etc that are ready made near the fruit and veggies normally.

I'd probably do a mix of packet pastas or frozen meals. I'd also get hubby to make up a bundle of different meals before he leaves and freeze them (eg curries with the rice already in, or bolognese with the spaghetti in it.)

#25 mumto3princesses

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

Do you have a slow cooker and rice cooker/steamer?

If you do thats just throw everything in the slow cooker and give it a quick mix and turn it on. I love doing rice in our steamer as its just throw it in with water and turn it on and it even turns off by itself. No pots of water to drain.

We have had a couple of the ready meals from woolworths before. Their soups in the fridge section near the deli and bread are nice and so is the pizzas.

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