Recipe Reviews

Cooking with hands that have been damaged by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is increasingly challenging as many times my hands can’t do what they need to. Seemingly simple tasks like chopping or opening bags or jars are painful and frustrating. However, I do not let that stop me from my quest to cook healthy, delicious meals for my family. I pour my heart and soul into each dish I make, as I am sure those who love to cook can relate.

Since I love to cook but am not good enough to create my own recipes, I have to rely on cookbooks and online recipes. I confess…I have a bit of an addiction to collecting recipes. I thought I would share my experiences making the recipes I try, rating them both on how much my family enjoyed it (my Family Yumminess Rating) and how easy it is to make with my RA-inflicted hands (my RA Ease of Prep Rating).

Welcome to my Rheumatoid Arthritis Test Kitchen!

About The Ratings

Family Yumminess Rating: scale of 1 to 5 stars. There are 5 people in our family, we each count for one star. I warn you its hard to please the toddler, so 5 stars are hard to come by. If it’s a 5 star recipe, its going in my Family Favorites Cookbook!

Rheumatoid Arthritis Ease of Prep Rating: scale of 1 to 5 stars. This is my opinion on how easy a recipe is to make and to clean up after, a 1 star is very difficult for me and a 5 star is super easy.

I hope you comment if you try any of these recipes or let me know any family favorites, kid-friendly or easy to make recipes that I need to try!

Stay tuned, more recipe links coming soon…

Breakfast Recipes
Williams-Sonoma Belgian Waffles
Allrecipes Fluffy Pancake Recipe
Pineapple Banana Bread Muffins (also one of our favorite desserts!)

Main Dish Recipes – Beef
Beef Enchilada Casserole
Chipotle Barbacoa and Cilantro-lime Rice

Main Dish Recipes – Chicken
Crockin’ Girls Barbecue Chicken Sliders
Caribbean Chicken and Fried Sweet Plantains (Maduros)
Pace Picante Chicken and Cheese Chimichangas
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Main Dish Recipes – Pork
Slow Cooker Pulled Prok and NC Style Vinegar Sauce

Salad and Salad Dressing Recipes
Cilantro-Lime Dressing

Side Dish Recipes
Copykat Boston Market Cornbread
Fried Green Plantains with Cilantro-Garlic Sauce (Tostones con Mojo)
Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans

Dessert Recipes
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
Emeril’s Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Warm Pineapple Banana Bread Muffins served with Ice Cream and Caramel

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