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Good day to all. I have a difficult one here and am hoping I can get some ideas. I cook for an elderly couple who have some health issues and the wife with some firm likes and dislikes. She has a need for more calories but will not eat any pasta or red meat. She likes pork chops, pan fried only. Chicken she will eat but nothing heavy on the spices as it will hurt her stomach. Her husband on the other hand needs to watch his calories and loves red meat and not thrilled with chicken. I have been making red meat for him by simply giving him a plate of what I make here at home and then making his wife a chicken dish which she will eat a little of from time to time. This is ongoing with her and nothing to do with my cooking. Her husband loves everything I make so he is easy only I need to watch the calories with him and he has high blood pressure and is diabtec. I know they like my stuffed chicken and the pork chops I made the other day...other than that...I need some menue items. They liked the good for you greek salad which I added fresh spinach only next time I need to make her a potatoe to go with it. He mentioned he likes collard greens with back fat? I don't add meat to my collard greens when I make them and I figure back fat is pork? But what is it exactly. Thinking about making it for them for dinner next week. Any other menue items anyone can think of? Oh she only likes white rice with brown gravey so nothing with rice. Dumplings and chicken is a yes only I didn't get my dumplings rolled out thin enough for her so i will have to try that again later. Thank you!

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Last updated: Oct. 7, 2012 8:02 pm
Posted: Oct. 7, 2012 2:19 pm
 
Commented by: shanz1
Oct. 7, 2012 2:21 pm
back fat is like bacon
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RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:23 pm
Is there something else I can use that would give good flavor that the meat can be part of the meal? Is there such a thing? Somethi
 
shanz1
Oct. 7, 2012 2:31 pm
Maybe you could use ham stock instead.
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:31 pm
Is ham stock just ham? And how do I do that?
 
Cathy Myers
Oct. 7, 2012 2:33 pm
I use ham hocks to season my greens, along with other spices. Many prefer a smoked turkey leg or wings. This would be a delicious, nutricious side or meal served with corn bread.
 
Patty Cakes
Oct. 7, 2012 2:33 pm
Ham would work or just chopped up bacon. I add Lipton onion soup mix to flour 1/4 c and dredge my chops in it. Yes, it is one of Our at recipes. But that really all there is in it. Really good!
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:34 pm
That is a very good idea and I would bet to think that she would like! I will def. try that this week. Thank you!
 
Cathy Myers
Oct. 7, 2012 2:34 pm
Better Than Bouillon has a ham base that's very tasty.
 
shanz1
Oct. 7, 2012 2:35 pm
Some stores sell in like chicken or beef stock, in the granular form. If you can't find that walmart has a seasoning in the mexican section called "sazon goya" It's got a pretty good flavor it might be close enough.
 
gderr the dysfunctional
Oct. 7, 2012 2:35 pm
yes use bacon, then save the bacon grease for the fried collards. that's how i make them. another idea is seafood. they sound southern in their taste at least. i would try some fried/ baked catfish with cole slaw and fried coen...not really fried. ok, i mean save some bacon grease and use some butter and cut the corn off the cobb into the heated butter and bacon, scrape the corn twicw for the juice. add onion and a touch of butter. add milk and some bacon bits back after simmering the corn in a pan. oh btw...gotta watch the diabetes close...bananas are a great fruit for diabetica.
 
Cathy Myers
Oct. 7, 2012 2:38 pm
Yum, Gary!
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:38 pm
When you say fried collards? You can fry collard greens? Catfish should work but I best check on that one. And yes they are very southern in taste! I guess adding that would had helped. I can't get him to eat a banana but I did find baking apples with a little cinammin and soda water served with sugar free ice creams thrills him. Not sure if that is the best! I only let him have it once a week though he sneaks off to publix and buys out thier pastries.
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:40 pm
OK I'm a little confused gderr...use bacon and save the grease? If the bacon cooks in the greens how do I save the greese or am I missing something here?
 
nanny129
Oct. 7, 2012 2:47 pm
rbc- when hubby began watching his weight- i picked up smoked turkey- (you can get any parts you want) helps on the fat and sodium-but you get the flavor in the greens (along with some meat) very easy on the budget too as it takes a little for flavor- hope this helps-judy-
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:48 pm
It does thank you!
 
nanny129
Oct. 7, 2012 2:49 pm
try the mexican area at your grocery- less expensive- alot of flavor and sometimes they have salt free/low salt
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:52 pm
I had not thought of that! I will do that. I teach art on Mondays and there is a mexican grocery storee right next door!
 
gderr the dysfunctional
Oct. 7, 2012 2:52 pm
heck gal, i'm talking a package of bacon...12 ounces! yeah used to be a pound...what happened with that? ok, no devide the bacon grease. reserve some for the collards, use fresh collards and shred the leaves, leave the veins out ( they are bitter) medium high heat, add sweet onion and a small of water once the collards are wilting. add back some bacon pieces. i would serve these with black eye peas. that's another southern thing and cornbread, and forget the fried corn. keep the bacon pieces large enouh that they know what it is. fat-back is a cheap cut similar to bacon, but mucho fatter. avoid that. does taste great though.
 
nanny129
Oct. 7, 2012 2:57 pm
love my cabbage that way,gary
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 3:02 pm
Oh! OK Now that makes sense. lol. Thank you!
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 3:06 pm
Alright dgerr...now I have to ask how do you make black eyed peas? I lived in GA 18 years and I love collards but don't like pork and never acquired the taste for black eyed peas. But oh fried green tomatoes...all day long and corn break with jalenpenos and cheese. Of course I won't make theres like that. Do you think I should add sugar to the cornbread?
 
gderr the dysfunctional
Oct. 7, 2012 3:50 pm
no add honey instead of suger, i like to add sour cream and vidilia onions with red bell pepper to cornmeal...use cast iron! black-eye peas--good grief gal, you lived in ga. that long, ok. soak overnight, throw any floaters, use chicken stock ( and if you reserved any bacon grese add that) onions elephanic garlic ( very mild garlic), bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, after @ 4 hours add coarsely chopped celery, and whole fresh okra. serve with fresh tomatos. season the peas with ground black pepper. make sure you have fresh pepper sauce to season the peas and collards. oh, i use the rest of the red bell pepper in the peas at the end of cooking. i like everything crunchy.
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 5:26 pm
I know....I know...it's shameful or I'am that is! But either way Thank you gderr I really appreicate it and hopefully they will too!
 
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Oct. 7, 2012 2:23 pm
This is good.
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RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:24 pm
No pasta...she won't touch it. But I would eat that one!
 
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Oct. 7, 2012 2:27 pm
So they like soup? I know when I had a hard time getting my mother to eat, soup was one thing I could get her to eat.
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RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:29 pm
No she already told me no soup. :(
 
shanz1
Oct. 7, 2012 2:31 pm
, she's a hard one! :)
 
Elaine
Oct. 7, 2012 2:32 pm
Bummer, would she eat a Shepard's pie made out of ground chicken or turkey?
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:33 pm
She is a hard one! She got upset with me three times now and took the bowel and let the dogs eat it. :( Her husband kept apologizing. lol Not sure about the Shepards pie because she said no cassoroles. I wonder if she would look at that as the same?
 
Elaine
Oct. 7, 2012 2:43 pm
I feel your pain, my mother got very picky too about what she would eat. Things that she always would make us at home she would not eat and me being a spice freak and put them in everything became a challenge to cook more blandly.
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:45 pm
I just worry she isn't getting enough to eat and like everyone else I would like to see her eat well!
 
Elaine
Oct. 7, 2012 2:51 pm
I understand, that was my biggest worry that she wasn't eating enough or eating the right things to get proper nutrition. She did like ice cream so I could always get her to eat that to help keep her calories up.
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 3:07 pm
She likes ice cream as well! But only plain vanilla! lol
 
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RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:32 pm
Nice suggestion...good idea on the subs as well. I might have to try this one! Thank you.
 
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Oct. 7, 2012 2:32 pm
Salad?
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RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:35 pm
Yes. Salad is a def one she will eat! I like this recipe as well and I know she loves blue cheese.
 
Commented by: baaustin
Oct. 7, 2012 2:43 pm
My grandmother used salt pork to season her greens. Since I already have bacon I use the fatty ends of the bacon to season instead of salt pork. Both are low in carbs for diabetic patients; but, both are also bad for hypertension and obesity. My grandmother used crisco for her dumplings, this will add calories if she is underweight. Have you tried making soups with heavy whipping cream(liquid form in the dairy department). This will add a lot of calories to a meal, and the taste is wonderful. A nice potato soup made with cream and butter is wonderful. You can also use the cream in many items for her (coffee, homemade ice cream,sauces, over cereal). It is easy on the stomach also. The price for a quart is cheaper at Walmart or Sam's Club. Good Luck.
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RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 2:47 pm
She will not eat soup. But I didn't think of the bacon as being bad for obesity. Thank you!
 
nanny129
Oct. 7, 2012 2:51 pm
will they eat fish of any sort? alot of ways to prepare fish- even as fried(in the oven)
 
RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 3:03 pm
I'm not sure but def. going to check on it.
 
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Oct. 7, 2012 3:24 pm
yum
 
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RatherBeCooking
Oct. 7, 2012 3:22 pm
She might just do this one! Thank you.
 
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