This year I am cooking and transporting Thanksgiving to a nursing home. But I could use some help here. I have to cook a menu suitable for people with diabetes on a “mechanical soft ground” and low salt diet. Also, soy products of any kind cannot be used. Additionally the menu items would need to be things that could be prepared in advance and eaten lukewarm or cold since I probably won’t have access to cooking facilities. Gravy is going to go over in a thermos.
Because I hate it when people say that folks on restricted diets should only eat the things they can, I’d like everything I take to be okay for everybody. I plan to dice the turkey. There will be mashed potatoes as well as sweet potatoes and a very soft cake. Traditionally one person in the family always insists on jello, so we will have that if the dietician clears it.
If anybody has a very easy, very wet stuffing recipe I’d appreciate it. Also I like vegetables, so if any of you have very soft vegetable dishes that are delicious I’d appreciate the recipes. “Mechanical soft ground” is a tough diet–everything must be very soft, no breads, no dry types of foods, and meats must be diced into miniscule pieces. No unthickened liquids. No dried or raw fruits, no pie crusts, no corn, no uncooked vegetables … the list goes on and on.
I thought it would be nice to have what will probably be their last Thanksgiving in their own home so they could have a nice memory there. But the transportation issues and the medical dangers are too great.
The last is always tough. The worst part is that you don’t know when your last will be. So to those of you who are with your friends and loved ones this Thanksgiving, I send you my best thoughts. May you make many happy memories and may your days be filled with love.