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Preparing for Hysterectomy | Made Ahead Dinners

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Meals to make ahead for your family during hysterectomy recoveryWhat kind of meals can I make ahead of time so my family will be well fed during my recovery?

Making meals in advance is an excellent way to feed your family during your hysterectomy recovery. There are a number of options for doing this depending on the needs of your family.

Freezing meals ahead of time can work really well. Meals can be cooked through completely so that they just need to be heated in the oven or microwave at dinnertime. Some hits might be Chicken Enchilada Bake, Beef & Bean Burritos, and Lasagna.

You can also make meals ahead that you can leave in the fridge to be cooked or reheated later. You might want to try Red Cow Bar-B-Q’s, Make Ahead Chicken Casserole, and Hamburger Crumbles.

Another way to feed your family more easily during recovery is to use your slow cooker. You can make soups, casseroles, and even breakfast. Some suggested recipes include Slow Cooker Chicken, Slow Cooker Lamb Chili, and Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole.

With a bit of imagination, you can also convert some of your favorite recipes to freezer meals, fridge meals, slow cooker options. You could easily assemble a meal in foil, then freeze it to be cooked later. Breakfast Casserole can be made and placed in the fridge so family members can reheat a portion for their breakfast for a few days. With minor adjustments, Cauliflower Cheese Soup could be made in your slow cooker.

You could also pre-assemble some recipes and then store them in air tight jars or plastic baggies. This can make it easy for you or others to fix a quick meal as most of the ingredients would be pre-measured and mixed. This can work especially well for soups. If you include perishable items, be sure to store them properly so they don't go bad.

The key is to keep things simple. You will not feel up to cooking for awhile, and you want to keep things easy for those who will be helping out. If you freeze meals and want your family to be able to microwave them, be sure to use plastic containers rather than aluminum foil. It can also be helpful to label everything and note cooking directions. You can use a permanent marker to write directly on foil or bags, or you can apply masking tape to create labels. For partially mixed meals, adding a note about the remaining ingredients that will need to be added can save time and confusion.

For more recipes you might want to try as make-ahead meals, you can visit the Sisteritaville: HysterSisters Cookbook. With a bit of pre-planning, you and your family can eat well even while you are recovering.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

01-10-2014 - 02:44 PM


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