When your family’s hungry, they’re hungry. Whether or not you are on crutches does not matter. The tummy rumblings have begun. And while you might get away with freezing some meals to help you past the initial recovery stage, you know you have to get back into the kitchen and start cooking again. With these tips, almost any dish is possible!
TIP 1: PLAN AHEAD
Don’t try to do too much at once. Plan the meal out and do a little at a time.
TIP 2: PUT THINGS IN REACH
If you have made a certain dish a million times, you know what you need. Have someone put all of the items you need on the counter or somewhere else within reach so you do not have to strain to gather things.
TIP 3: BE A WATCHER
If there are some things that are still too hard for you, have someone else do them. You can sit nearby and direct the process with a watchful eye.
TIP 4: SIT
If you have a Seated Scooter, it is simple to sit down and prepare whatever is needed. If you don’t, you could use a rolling desk chair to help you out.
TIP 5: KEEP IT SIMPLE
You may usually make your own meatballs when you plan to have spaghetti, but this time around, it’s okay to skip a few things and keep things simpler. Everyone understands you’re working with just one leg beneath you.
TIP 6: BUY IT
You might enjoy making bread and cookies and other items from scratch, but now, the task would wear you out. Buy the items you can buy and heat them up to make them as fresh as possible.
TIP 7: ENLIST HELP
Peeling and chopping might sound like a simple task, but when you are running low on energy, they become tiresome. Have someone else in the family prepare some of the things while you work on others.
TIP 8: MAKE EXTRA
When you are cooking, go all out and make enough for the family to eat the next night or two as well.
TIP 9: DON’T BALANCE
When you are opening hot oven doors or trying to carry things across the room, you need to forget about trying to balance on your crutches. The combination could be very dangerous. Either sit down or use the Knee Scooter, the Hands Free Crutch, or another alternative.
TIP 10: USE THE PHONE
The easiest way to cook on crutches is to simply call out for a meal. There are places in your area that deliver that you may not even know about. Do a little research and find the ones with the most nutritious family meals.
TIP 11: UTILIZE AN APRON
Not everyone is a messy cook and an apron may not be something you ever use. But when you are on crutches, get an apron with pockets. You will really use the pockets to carry your measuring and stirring spoons and other items when you are moving yourself around.
TIP 12: NEVER TURN DOWN HELP
It’s your kitchen and it may be hard for you to hand it over to anyone else, but when someone offers to help, let them! Cooking is hard enough on two legs, much less one. If someone offers to bring you a meal, assist with what you are making, or take over completely, let them.
Cooking is a challenging task when you are on one leg, but keep in mind that you will recover and you will have your kitchen completely back into order and under your control in no time! In the meantime, utilize these tips to help your family avoid starvation!