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[personal profile] lizcommotion
*waves* Hi community! I'm looking for advice on how to fit moar sodium into my diet. I have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and one of the most helpful things for me not falling down and feeling super dizzy is to eat 3-4 grams of sodium per day.

Challenges:cn: discussions of dietary constraints )
With that being said, does anyone have any suggestions for SUPER EASY for someone with about zero energy recipes/mixes with salt (or where salt could be added without grossness) and/or easy snacks that are prepackaged but not full of preservatives or what have you that I can grab'n'go that will also help add salt to my diet?
[personal profile] jdoochin
 This meatball recipe containing Slim Jim meat sticks is unlike any you’ve seen before. I first heard of this recipe while watching the Hunger Channel with George Duran, with him actually testing it on people walking on the street.  While beef jerky isn't conventionally an ingredient for a meatball recipe, it tastes great, and is also a great conversation starter.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 sausage link, casing removed
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler and line baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Mix panko and milk in bow, and let settle for 5 minutes
  3. Put all ingredients in the food processor, and pulse to stir ingredients together
  4. Run food processor until a paste is formed
  5. Roll the meat into balls (make sure hands are wet)
  6. Place the Slim Jim Balls onto the baking sheet, and broil for 10 minutes
  7. Skewer balls, and enjoy!



[personal profile] jdoochin
Every now and then I like to have themed dinner nights. Does anyone know why sticking to a theme during dinner makes it a little more enjoyable? Me either. Nonetheless, last night was Chinese food themed night. Below includes my Asian cuisine meal for two: 

Frozen Appetizer

General Chang's Chicken Spring roll is a great frozen appetizer with grilled chicken, broccoli and cabbage. Visit PF Chang's site for more appetizers and Asian meals.


Main Dish: Sesame chicken and noodles

Ingredients: 
  • 1/3  cup  rice vinegar
  • 1/3  cup  thinly sliced green onions
  • 2  tablespoons  honey
  • 1  tablespoon  reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1  tablespoon  grated fresh ginger
  • 2  teaspoons  Asian garlic-chili sauce
  • 2 6  ounces  refrigerated grilled chicken breast strips
  • 12  ounces  dried udon noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 3  tablespoons  toasted sesame oil
  • 2  medium yellow, red and/or orange sweet peppers, cut in bite-size strips

Directions

1. In medium bowl stir together vinegar, green onions, honey, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic-chili sauce. Add chicken; stir to coat. Set aside to allow flavors to meld.

2. Meanwhile, in large saucepan cook noodles in boiling water about 8 minutes until just tender. Drain noodles well and return to saucepan. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Add chicken mixture and toss to combine.

3. Transfer to bowls. Top each with pepper strips and cilantro. Makes 6 servings.

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[personal profile] mathsnerd
This recipe was totally made up by me. The idea came to me in the supermarket on Monday while I was shopping with my carer and I suddenly had a craving for curry and meat. The details I just worked out this evening as I made it. It's deliberately a spoonie-friendly recipe.

You should be able to measure ingredients, stir, poke meat with a fork both raw and in the oven, lift an oven dish in and out of the oven, and make rice in some form (microwaving a packet of ready rice counts). I made this recipe after a full day without many spoons, on high pain meds. You can make the marinade ahead of time and refrigerate the meat after step 4 up to 8 hours without problems. You'll just want to expect your cook time to last 10 minutes longer or so. It uses the oven so there's no standing and stirring at the stove or attending a pan all the time.

Recipe follows )

Results
I had buttery soft meat that cut at the slightest touch of the knife impregnated with curry flavour and a nice glaze on top and a thick sauce that had to be scooped with a spoon to move it from the pan. The sauce had definitely developed multiple notes from the curry powder and the lemon juice added a nice note. It was a delicious dinner and I can't wait to see how it tastes cold on bread!
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[personal profile] killing_rose
Because the internet is my brain at the best of times:

Accessibility notes: 

Ability to use scissors to cut the chicken; ability to cut vegetables if you don't have precut pepper/onion/squash. Personally, it is worth it to me to pay a little more for precut at my local store, but I am fully aware that that's a privilege a lot of people don't have.

Ingredients:

*Two very large frozen chicken breasts
*One small red pepper, cut into pieces
*Precut red onion, ~1 cup
*Sliced canned potatoes
*Precut butternut squash, ~1 cup or so
*Baby carrots, about half a 9 oz bag
*~Two tablespoons of minced garlic
*~1/3 to 1/2 cup orange juice
*Between 1 and 2 teaspoons of sumac, smoked paprika, and tumeric
*Chicken stock and chicken bouillon and water, ~2 cups or so between the lot of 'em

Because I have a Circus, this all went into the Circus for Poultry setting, 15 minutes; once it was done, I vented it, took scissors to the chicken and cut into pieces, grabbed about 1/2 cup of liquid, blended 1/4 cup cornstarch in it, added a 1/4 cup or so of almond milk, and then added it back to the Circus, where it thickened for the next 6 minutes.

Presto, dinner.

If you do not have a Circus, this would work well in a crockpot; the original recipe seemed to think it would take about 6 hours on low. Speaking from the experience of our crockpot, I'd guess this would be done in about 4 to 5 hours tops on low, and more likely by hour 3.

But I can cook something for six hours on keep warm and have it be totally done, so.
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[personal profile] jadelennox
Does anyone have any tips for shelling peas? Now that it's early summer where I live, we have a few weeks of shelling peas available in the farmers' markets. I can't resist them, and you can only get them for a few weeks a year here, but shelling them by hand is a massive pain trigger. You can't get fresh english peas pre-shelled anywhere that I've ever seen, and I like fresh miles more than frozen.

(Though the improvised and delicious-if-pain-inducing dinner was worth sharing, because if you use frozen peas, the only part I can't figure out how to make easy is the onion chopping. I don't think it would work diary-free, though I made it with gluten-free pasta and it was lovely.)

pasta, cream sauce, and veg )
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[personal profile] killing_rose
Ingredients for cake:

1/2 cup coconut oil
4 oz Ghiradelli semisweet baking bar
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
6 eggs
Capful of vanilla
1/4 cup Ghiradelli cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
2 tablespoons coconut flour (we use 'Let's Do Organic' brand; it's the only one that I don't hate)
Close to 1/4 cup white sugar
Cinnamon
Nutmeg

Ingredients have been put in the order they get added to recipe; my Kitchenaid stand mixer made my life easy, though could be (original recipe was) in blender. Ditto hand mixer or any of those.

Accessibility notes: This would work with store bought icing; if you set out the ingredients, not a lot of back-and-forth. I was running on a pretty major spoon deficit today and did not hurt myself, the cake, or our kitchen. Icing recipe )

Preheat oven to 350; oil one 9 in round cake pan. (I used two; it was unnecessary, though made for a nice layer cake.)

I took the chocolate and the oil and heated it in the microwave in a 2 cup liquid measuring cup. Together, about 1 min, with plenty of stirring.

Meanwhile, in the stand mixer, I beat the eggs, spices, and vanilla until fluffy. Then added all dry goods (except for the sugar) and beat until well mixed. Added the melted stuff, mixed.

Then I tasted and added sugar. Close to 1/4 cup white sugar was what worked for us today; I may try this one (due to the texture of the finished cake) with brown sugar next time.

Then I filled the cake pan(s) and put in oven for 8 minutes. Was very, very close to done; two more minutes finished. Next time, will put in for 9 and take out immediately.

Please realize our oven hates us, and therefore, my timing may not be yours. I pulled it out when it was well set and the edges looked like it might be close-to-too-done.

Let cool, ice the cake. We served with chopped strawberries.
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[personal profile] pebblerocker
By request: this is a bread recipe I've been making for about 20 years. This version is scaled to fit my new bread tins, which measure 22 x 12 x 7 cm. It's pretty flexible and can be scaled up or down and made with variations.
Read more... )
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[personal profile] amianym
One of the biggest things I'm struggling with foodwise at the moment (aside from simply, er, forgetting to eat) is getting a satisfying breakfast into my face in the morning. The things I do currently are either making an omelette or sausages and toast, having granola, making oatmeal, or er, not eating until the afternoon. Oatmeal or granola are easy, but they generally leave me feeling unsatisfied and exhausted (something about the fibrous grains/milk combo, I think, and I don't feel like I get enough protein despite that I make it with milk.) The omelette and toast option is more satisfying, but the prep is slightly harder, and for me the textures and flavors can be kind of hard to process sometimes, which leads to me eating very slowly. Despite that the balance of nutrients is good for me, three eggs and a slice of toast isn't quite enough food for me, and I can't just size it up because I'll tend to get bored with eating before finishing. I once tried making a batch of eggs + potatoes + veggies to eat throughout the week, which was good, but I don't think I can do that reliably, and I don't have enough storage containers to batch my breakfasts *and* lunches/dinners.

I'm hoping you might have some breakfast suggestions that involve plenty of protein, are not a type of porridge or use of granola, and for which the prep is quick and uncomplicated. I have some limitations on cost and of course sensory processing issues, but don't shy away from suggesting things on those grounds.
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[personal profile] killing_rose
We have an electric pressure cooker; for a variety of reasons, it replaced my beloved rice cooker, and earned the nickname The Circus. The Circus gets used when I can't remember that we need a meal or when no one can stand upright to deal with the stove; I'm eventually going to use it to make cheesecake, and it will be fantastic.

The Circus is great for my household's particular brand of disabilities; it weighs a decent amount, but the pot itself doesn't, and if we had the counter space, it could happily live on the counter and not have to be moved around at all. It requires no standing and poking at it, and it cooks a variety of meals with very little thought.

Last night, I came home having forgotten it was my night, spiking toward braindead from pain, and stared in horror. Ran up to the store half a block away, bought pre-cut vegetables and beef, and ran back home to make the following:

I threw the following into the Circus:

Two pounds stew meat
One large container of pre-cut stew-vegetables
A quarter of a small container of pre-cut red onion
Some carrot chips
Two cups of rice
Two cups of water
Enough coconut milk to cover everything in the Circus
Some rosemary
Some hyssop

I then let it go for 20 minutes on the meat setting.

Approximately 35 minutes after I started the process, we had dinner.

Next time, it needs salt in the cooking process. Also, it likes cheese.

But, seriously, I cannot extol the virtues of electric pressure cookers nearly enough. The Circus is worth its pricetag and then some.

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[personal profile] kaz
I come from a culture that puts a lot of weight on bread, grew up in a household where my dad baked some every week and had always been sad about the fact that disability put baking my own totally and utterly out of reach - too complicated! too much washing up! way too many spoons considering cooking pasta was too much effort most days! Imagine my surprise when I discovered no-knead bread, which is so simple I've been able to make it once to three times a week for months. Part of me is still boggling at this.

I know a recipe's been already posted in this community, but this is one I've streamlined for accessibility purposes. Of particular note: you do not need a cast-iron pot or Dutch oven or the like for this, a normal rectangular bread tin is enough - I use a silicone one, which is very light and also easier because it means I don't have to grease it. Less heavy lifting, preparation, and complicated dumping things into very hot vessels ftw.

Recipe )

Notes )
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[personal profile] steorra
This spinach soup recipe is adapted from the "simple soba noodle soup" recipe in the Stone Soup e-cookbook to adjust for my tastes, easy availability to me of ingredients, and not having to chop.

Ingredients:
About 50 g / 2 oz of quick-cooking noodles (they should cook in about 3-5 minutes or so) such as soba noodles.[*]
3 large fistfuls of washed baby spinach
1.5 cups of water
1 teaspoon Better-than-Boullion vegetable base
1 teaspoon soy sauce

Instructions:
Put water and vegetable base in a pot on high heat. Bring to boil. Add noodles; reduce heat and simmer for two minutes. Add spinach and soy sauce. Stir spinach in and cook for one minute more, or until the noodles and spinach are both as cooked as you like them. Serve hot. Serves 1.

I find this rather messy to eat, but quick and simple to make as long as I have fresh spinach. There are probably other broth/stock combinations that would work; this is just the one I've used.

[*] The two kinds of noodles I've recently been using to make this are labelled "Yamaimo soba" (which say they cook in about 4-5 minutes) and "Tomoshiraga somen" (which say they cook in 3 minutes).
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[personal profile] melannen
This is sort of like making a pie, and has a very yummy, and also pretty and home-made looking, result, except it doesn't take nearly as much skill, attention, dexterity, arm strength, etc...

(This is basically adapted from what my mother does with the leftovers whenever she makes a real pie, but let's be honest: this was always the best part anyway.)

Needed:
1. Pie crust (pre-made, at least enough for one covered pie)
2. Fruit pie filling (1 can or less), or chocolate pudding, or anything else that can go in a pie really.
3. Butter (small amount)
4. Granulated sugar (colored, if desired) + cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. if desired
5. Cookie cutters (can just use knife or pizza cutter instead)
6. Cookie sheet
7. Aluminum foil
8. Flat working surface
9. Oven

Pre-heat oven to, oh, 450°F or so. Cover cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Take the pre-made pie crust (thawed or whatever else is necessary to make it ready for baking). Cut shapes out of it with cookie cutters. Put the shapes on the cookie sheet. Spread a little bit of butter over each cut-out shape, then sprinkle with sugar + spices. (This sugar is the only sweetness in the final pastry, so go heavy if you want it sweet, and spice to taste; I like it not very sweet at all with lots of cinnamon, myself.) Bake in oven for ~10 minutes - until somewhere between translucent and burnt. (There's a fair amount of wiggle room here, but ten minutes usually gets you to pale + crispy, which I like.)

Open can of pie filling, pour into a serving bowl to use as dipping sauce for the cut-out pie crust shapes. It's probably a good idea to let the pie crust shapes cool a little bit before eating, but they are really good just out of the oven.
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[personal profile] zdashamber
I found this in "The Blender Cookbook" from 1961, but I think it's better unblended. Since it all gets simmered, I don't see any reason why it couldn't start from frozen prechopped stuff. I like potato skins when baked or mashed, so why not when boiled?

It's one of the simplest recipes I love, and I think it only involves peeling/chopping, assembling, and then eating once the simmering is done. There is a lot of flavor for so few ingredients.

__Ingredients__

-2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
-1 medium onion, sliced
-1/2 pound (~1/4 kg) fresh spinach
-3/4 cup (180 ml) water
-2 chicken boullion cubes
-1/8 tsp pepper

__Instructions__

Simmer for 15 minutes

They also suggest adding 1 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp nutmeg, but I think the chicken stock/boullion is salty enough, and I'm not a fan of nutmeg. They suggest blending when it has simmered and then adding 1 cup cream, but when I tried, that seemed to unnecessarily mash the flavors. Their other suggestion is to chill the blended potage and serve it with a sour cream topping. It's supposed to serve 6, but my recollection is that it serves 2. Maybe I usually make it smaller. I've tried it with veggie stock, and that is also tasty, though I like it less well. I upped the number of boullion cubes from 1 to 2 since more is better there, IMO.
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[personal profile] automaticdoor
This is from the Cooking For People Who Don't carnival. It's a rice noodle and egg soup that is gluten-free and can be modified to be veggie/entirely vegan. (So, basically like a slightly more sophisticated version of ramen noodles with an egg cracked in...) It's really low-spoons. Recipe is written for total beginners.

time: 2 minutes pouring broth and assorted other things into a pot and giving it a good stir/turning the burner on
about 15-20 minutes while it gets good and heated and boiling [you can go do other things during this time]
about 8 minutes of noodles cooking (and if you're adding eggs, stirring eggs during this time)
about 3-4 minutes of adding eggs and letting them cook through
total time: 28-34 minutes if recipe isn't modified, of which 15-20 minutes can be spent elsewhere, so a total of 13-14 minutes spent at stove (spaced out)

spoons: (without recipe modification) lifting a soup pot onto the stove, putting things into it, stirring to combine ingredients for broth, stirring occasionally when noodles are added, stirring eggs together, having the coordination to pour eggs into the pot with one hand while stirring the pot with the other

ingredients: broth (chicken or veggie), rice noodles, flavorings for the broth (I use ginger paste, black pepper, sriracha sauce, powdered mustard and gluten-free soy sauce but these are just suggestions!), eggs (could be optional or replaced with chopped tofu)

cooking implements: (without recipe modification) soup pot, large spoon to stir/serve soup with, small bowl for egg whipping, something to whip the eggs with, a small spoon if you're trying to get ginger paste out of a jar or alternately a knife and cutting board/maybe a microplane grater if you're being fancy and using fresh ginger root?

nom nom nom, recipe mods added as we go )

Questions? Comments? Concerns?
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[personal profile] jumpuphigh
I love my slow cooker as I can dump stuff in, walk away, and come back to a meal.

This is my super-easy Split Pea Soup recipe

Water 6-8 c.
Dried split peas (yellow, green or a mix)1 c.
Sugar 1.5 tsp
Cornstarch 1 tsp
Celery Seeds 1/2 tsp
Dried onion 1 tsp
Pepper 1/4 tsp
Salt 1-1.5 tsp to taste

Add to slow cooker. Cook on low all day or high for ~4 hours until peas are soft.

Accessibility thoughts:
You need to be able to manage a slow cooker and those suckers are heavy.
Those peas are slippery so if one or two manage to get away from you (and they always do with me), and you don't have fine-motor control, you may not be able to pick them up.

Variations:
Depending on energy and ability to chop, you can substitute a chopped onion for the dried onion. I have some soup on right now and didn't have any cornstarch so I cut up about 2 cups of potatoes to help thicken it up. ETA: The potatoes were fantastic! They did make the soup more potato-y than split pea-y so if you add potatoes, you may want to add another 1/2 c. of dried split peas to balance it back out./ETA
You can blend it with an immersion blender if you want; although I never do.
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[personal profile] geeksdoitbetter
one of the things i often forget is that after a successful shopping run, i'm usually too tired to actually cook anything i'd bought

in my head, it seems so possible and normal to sweep by the grocery after work and then come home to make a delicious meal

but, in my reality, it hardly ever works out

i'm trying to be more gentle with myself and letting the shopping day be separate from the cooking day
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[personal profile] steorra
I've been remembering recently what a simple and useful recipe scones are. They're a very versatile recipe, and I've made a post in [community profile] boilingwater giving my mom's basic recipe and outlining some of the various substitutions and variations that are possible. I thought for this community I'd try posting a version of the recipe that's stripped down to the bare minimum, to be as simple as possible. This is a cross between a variant of my mother's scone recipe and a biscuit recipe from the More with Less cookbook. I'm calling this version biscuits rather than scones because they use baking powder rather than baking soda and cream of tartar as leavening. They're drop biscuits because you drop them like cookies onto a baking sheet rather than rolling out the dough and cutting out the scones.

Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine (or less; down to 2 tablespoons should be okay)
1 cup water

Instructions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 215-220 degrees Celsius).

Mix together in a bowl the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Cut or rub in the butter or margarine.

Add the water, and mix quickly to form a soft dough.

Grease a baking sheet. Use spoons to drop the dough like cookies onto the baking sheet.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Best served hot.

(Note: this is an unsweetened variant, because omitting sugar is simplest. For slightly sweet biscuits, add 2-3 tablespoons sugar before adding water. For more information about variations and substitutions, see my post on scones in [community profile] boilingwater.)
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[personal profile] greenbirds
I don't know if anyone has a solution to this problem, but I figured here would be the place to ask.

I'm a pretty avid cook (there was a time in my life when I was debating between chef school and an academic career), and I am absolutely in love with enameled cast-iron cookware like those awesome Le Crueset dutch ovens (which I've used in other people's kitchens when I've had some help to handle the doggone things), but for one thing: I have arthritis in my hands and wrists which makes it really difficult for me to hold anything that heavy -- something that's required if I'm to say, put a full dutch oven in my oven to bake and then take it out again.

Enameled cast iron's pretty spendy, so I'm reluctant to plunk down a ton of money on something I may end up not being able to use. I'm wondering if anyone here has found useful workarounds for moving heavy cookware around the kitchen? I would be forever grateful!

TIA! :)

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