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!
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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
Main Dish Recipes – Beef
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
Salad and Salad Dressing Recipes
Side Dish 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!