It's March and my sister and I are going on our third month of caring for our mother. I believe we're finally seeing some
consistent improvement. For a while there she would be better, but then have days of worse pain and feeling bad for no reason we could figure out. It seems there are more good days now. (I say that with fingers crossed.) Since my last blog post, she has had
her esophagus stretched. That has definitely helped with the swallowing issues. And the speech therapist has said she could stop the pureed foods and eat soft, moist foods. She is still doing her physical therapy exercises and gaining strength.
While I was at her house, I fixed something similar to LADYBUG'S POPPY SEED CHICKEN CASSEROLE (minus the crackers,
poppy seeds, and 1 can of cream of chicken soup - yeah, I know...but I did say it was similar). It's a favorite of hers. I did use the immersion blender just a bit to get the chicken small enough to go down.
I also fixed SALISBURY STEAK WITH MUSHROOMS (minus mushrooms:) served with mashed potatoes, of course. I found that
using regular ground beef, and not the ground chuck I usually use, makes the steak even more tender. She could actually mash it with her fork which gave her the assurance she could chew and swallow it.
EASY CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS was on the menu as well. I was very surprised at how much she ate. She is definitely eating
more now than she did in the beginning when she was experiencing so much pain.
I took some BAKED TERIYAKI CHICKEN out of the freezer for one of the meals. I had fixed it another time I was there. She informed
me that this was the best thing I had made her.
One of my favorite veggies (and I discovered one of hers) is ACORN SQUASH. So good and so easy to fix!
The soup I made this time was BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP V. I must admit, I've gotten away from processed cheese, but I knew she would
love this. I'm thinking I might make it next time using half shredded cheddar and half Velveeta and see how it turns out. I think the Velveeta is what gives it the smooth, velvety texture.
She is strong enough now (and not dizzy) to get up at night by herself without waking me. Amazing how refreshing it is to just sleep through the night! Before, I would get up and then not be
able to go back to sleep. So you can imagine how I felt by the time my week's stay was up. She's also able to bathe and dress herself. She could take the back brace off when I left last time, and I am thrilled that she has now learned how to put it on. I am
so happy with the progress she is making. We are really hoping she will be independent by the end of the month.
When I came home, I knew of one thing I definitely wanted to make. My daughter had sent me a happy in the mail...a spiral vegetable slicer by PADERNO,
otherwise known as a spirooli. I've wanted to make yellow squash and zucchini "noodles" ever since I read BD.
WELD'S BLOG about zoodles last year. While I've never been a fan of using spaghetti squash as a substitute for noodles, I can totally see using these types of squash, especially now that
I've made them!
I chose to make ZUCCHINI NOODLES for my first recipe. (The more garlic the better!) Then I made a garlic basil tomato
reduction to try over them just to see if they would make a good sub for a spaghetti-type dish. I am pleased to report that I have found my new favorite vegetable and a low-carb substitute for noodles! They even heat up well for left-overs!
I also made bd. weld's newly published recipe CHICKEN
ZOODLE SOUP and loved it. My daughter had an opportunity to eat some of it and has decided she is putting a Paderno on her Christmas list!
Any other suggestions for my Paderno?