Cooking with Rheumatoid Arthritis is a Challenge but not Impossible
These are my hands after 13 years of joint damage. Cooking with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) damaged hands is increasingly challenging. I have lost the ability to grip small objects so seemingly simple tasks like chopping or opening bags or jars are painful and frustrating. I have additional pain in my feet when I stand for long periods or take a step. Cooking with Rheumatoid Arthritis is certainly a challenge, but it is NOT impossible. I have to find recipes that are easy to prepare and am sharing my family’s favorites with you.
Despite my physical challenges, I do not let RA stop me from my quest to cook healthy, delicious, and clean meals for my family. I also know that eating an autoimmune diet can significantly improve my morning pain and lessen the impact of painful flares. I pour my heart into each dish I make and I want to serve my growing boys and husband only the best.
I see food as not only nourishing our bodies, but nourishing our souls. I grew up with a mom who is an amazing cook and she turned me into the foodie I am today. Some of my most delicious memories are of the parties my parents threw surrounded my families and friends. My mom would spend days in advance preparing our favorite dishes: chicken makhni (Indian butter chicken), shrimp curry, mango or pistachio kulfi (ice cream) and gulab jamun (sweet cake balls soaked in rose scented syrup). We would talk over our afternoon chai and chivda.
I want my family and friends to remember the delicious food and warmth that surrounds our family table during meal time. Providing healthy, quality meals everyday is too important to let RA get the best of me. So I am on a constant quest to find delicious recipes that my family and friends will love and still find shortcuts to make meal preparation (and cleanup) easier.
I confess…I am a recipe hoarder. I thought sharing my experiences cooking with Rheumatoid Arthritis would help other patients and families eat well. On this page, I will share both recipes I created and 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 easy it is to make with my RA-inflicted hands (my RA Ease of Prep Rating).
About The Ratings and Recipe Key:
Family Yumminess Rating: = only I like it to = we all love it).
RA Ease of Prep Rating = difficult to = super easy.
30 Minutes or Less to Prepare
SC Slow Cooker
1P One Pan Meal
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!
Main Dish Recipes
Slow Cooker Barbacoa and Cilantro-Lime Rice: , , DF, GF (if use corn tortillas for tacos), SF, SC
Easy Rotisserie Style Chicken in a Bundt Pan: , , DF, GF, SF, 1P
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken: , DF, GF (if use GF soy sauce), SC
Pulled Pork and NC Style Vinegar Sauce: , , DF, GF, SC
Vegetables and Salad Recipes
Cilantro-Lime Salad Dressing: , , , DF, GF
Pan Fried Green Plantains with Cilantro-Garlic Sauce (Tostones y Mojo) : , , , DF, GF, SF
Pan Fried Sweet Plantains (Maduros): , , , DF, GF
Slow Cooker Baked Beans: , , DF and GF depending on sauce you choose, SC
Breads and Sandwiches Recipes
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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.
You might also like these cooking tips to make meal prep even easier!
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