Meals that freeze well for elderly woman at home

  1. I'm looking for ideas for meals that can be made ahead of time and frozen for my 87 yo grandmother who will be going home from SNF soon. She was recently hospitalized for CHF and a leaky mitral valve and is able to get around with a walker for short periods at a time but won't be able to cook for herself. She'll have a PCA coming in daily for personal care. She eats mostly soft foods, so I plan to make soups and spaghetti sauce that she can thaw out easily. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated
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  3. by   Blackcat99
    Try TV dinners. They have some expensive kinds that are absolutely delicious and very healthy.
  4. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from Blackcat99
    Try TV dinners. They have some expensive kinds that are absolutely delicious and very healthy.
    But make sure they're low-salt, ok?

    Otherwise, hunt around on the food network for some tasty recipes.
    There are so many!!

    http://foodnetwork.com/
  5. by   wonderbee
    Have you checked into Meals on Wheels?
  6. by   DDRN4me
    My 95 year old grandma lives alone, as well. before she received meals on wheels,. we would make soups, lasagna, stews, and chicken pie meals, freeze them in individual portions. I also bought her a george foreman grill so she could make hamburgers or chicken breasts for a change. When my mom recently broke both legs , I would make extra of any meal I cooked and bring it over, one portion for that day and one to freeze. Good luck, hope her recovery is quick!
  7. by   mattsmom81
    How about casseroles that are soft...w noodles, soft meats and vegetables in them? Tuna and chicken casseroles and spagnetti-like casseroles all freeze well and can be zapped. I do this for myself and my hubby...make large casseroles and freeze in individual portions for later.

    Also Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine makes some excellent frozen dinners to keep on hand...low in fat and sodium.
  8. by   Tiki_Torch
    I bought a Food Saver yesterday and can't wait to begin using it. (It's a machine that you put portions of food in special plastic bags and then it sucks all the air out; you can refrigerate or freeze the foods and then heat them up either in the microwave or in a pot of boiling water.)

    From my experience, noodle dishes freeze well. I've heard that rice and starchy potatoes do not freeze well... something about them being so full of water...

    At bookstores I've seen cookbooks that focus of cooking once a month... something about cooking nearly all weekend and freezing nearly everything so it can be heated up for eating later. I don't recommend marathon cooking but I'd imagine there are some good suggestions of foods that freeze well in one of those types of cookbooks.

    Good luck! I'm sure you'll figure something out. She is lucky to have you looking our for her!!!

    Tiki

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