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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: Linda (LMT)
Oct. 7, 2012 3:24 pm
Oct. 7, 2012 3:27 pm
maybe salisbury steak/hamburger steak(use ground turkey)baked potate- or mashed- green beans or a simple salad
Linda (LMT)
Oct. 7, 2012 3:28 pm
I'll make this for dinner if it's just me. Very adaptable if you start with potato and egg ... add what you like.
Oct. 7, 2012 3:29 pm
Salisbury steak might work as well. Thank you so much.
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Oct. 7, 2012 3:25 pm
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Oct. 7, 2012 3:27 pm
what about breakfast for dinner?
Linda (LMT)
Oct. 7, 2012 3:28 pm
I'm out of ideas ...
Oct. 7, 2012 3:30 pm
and sometimes people like odd sorts of things they think nobody will make-- liver & onions? beans & franks? hotdogs & kraut?? maybe just sit with her a bit- and tell her you would love for her to help guide you in making up a menu-- you know what they say - ya get more flies with honey:-)
Oct. 7, 2012 3:31 pm
maybe she needs to be needed and it is not really about the food- she may just feel she is not doing her part?
Linda (LMT)
Oct. 7, 2012 5:19 pm
I'm thinking like nanny too ... Sit with her and involve her. All the likes and dislikes just may be about attention.
Oct. 7, 2012 5:24 pm
You all are wonderful thank you for all of the suggestions. I do sit with her for about 1-2 hours daily listening to her stories. Which I'm very happy to do! And I've tried finding out what she likes including giong through her receipe box with her but her husband says she doesn't eat those things anymore and she insists they are not her receipes. I think she has the beginning of altimzers (?) She usually tells me the same story over and over without realizing it. I just pretend it is the first time I've heard it each time. I really like her and her husband and am very happy to do so! :)
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Oct. 7, 2012 4:00 pm
Maybe this ? You could sub low salt soy , and egg beaters . There is brown gravy , for the rice .
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Oct. 7, 2012 4:02 pm
This with a salad ?
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Oct. 7, 2012 4:04 pm
He doesn't sound too picky , so maybe this would work .
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Oct. 7, 2012 4:05 pm
Oct. 7, 2012 5:25 pm
Thank you everyone of you!
Oct. 7, 2012 7:36 pm
I've mentioned this here a few times but no interest. DH's Aunt Mary gave me the recipe but rather than cream soups, I saute mince of onion, carrots & celery. Sprinkle with flour & cook out. Add chicken broth & cream. Add poached chopped or shredded chicken breasts, green peas & carrots. Make quite brothy. Cut flour tortillas into 1 x 2 inch strips & sprinkle a few at a time over the broth. Push down or stir in, add a few more & stir in until all added. These dumplings absorb the broth & flavors & become tender flat dumplings.
Oct. 7, 2012 8:02 pm
HotGrandma I will def. do these this way next time. I wouldn't had thought of it myself but thank you. Hopefully, she like them better with them being flat.
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