Recipe Index

Rheumatoid Arthritis hands - Mom's Small Victories

These are my hands. Cooking with hands that have been damaged by Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is increasingly challenging.  Many times my hands cannot do what is required of them. 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. Family time at the dinner table is very important to me and my boys and providing healthy, quality meals everyday is too important to let RA get the best of me.

I confess…I am a recipe hoarder. I thought I would share my experiences cooking with RA and share both the recipes I try and the recipes my family loves. I include how I adapt these recipes both for my family’s tastes and to make them easier for me to prepare. I rate each recipe by 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 Cooking with RA 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!

Menu Planning

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For more recipes of what’s cooking in my kitchen, be sure to visit my Plan to Eat account*, the online tool I use for menu planning, recipe organization and creating automatic shopping lists at the click of a button! Stop by my collection of menu plans which include links to the recipes I prepare each week for some tasty ideas too.


Stay tuned, more recipe links coming soon…

Cooking with RA Recipe Index

Breakfast Recipes

Williams-Sonoma Belgian Waffles
Our Family’s Favorite Pancake Recipe
The Best Banana Pineapple Muffins
Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

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)
Easy Rotisserie Style Chicken Cooked in a Bundt Pan
Pace Picante Chicken and Cheese Chimichangas
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Main Dish Recipes – Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork and NC Style Vinegar Sauce

Salad and Salad Dressing Recipes

Cilantro-Lime Salad 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
Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Emeril’s Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
The Best Banana Pineapple Muffins, warmed and topped with ice cream and caramel for a restaurant style dessert!



13 Responses to “Recipe Index”

  1. Amber

    I love your recipe reviews and ratings! It’s always nice to hear what an at home cook, especially a mom thinks of a recipe.

    • Tanya M

      Thanks so much Amber. I love to cook and try so many different things, it helps me keep up with my favorites!

    • Tanya M

      Thanks very much Marianna, what’s easy to prep for one person may be nearly impossible for someone with RA. Hope you find some recipes to enjoy.

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