Wintertime Cooking with Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis By Rachel, Wife, Mother, Domestic Engineer • February 19, 2018
Who agrees that the holiday season can be exhausting? Who, living with relapsing MS, agrees that just being alive can be exhausting? Now please don’t get me wrong—I love, love, love to cook. Even so, there are just some days that my schedule is so demanding, and it seems as though everything in sight needs attention. For those days, I have a few secret tricks I like to use. And you are in luck, because here I will share these secrets with you. My three winter favorites are slow cooker meals, an easy breakfast, and my very own signature dish—I guarantee you will love it!
YES—Slow cookers are a tool that I appreciate so very, very much. Dear slow cooker, I love you. So simple. So delicious. So easy. It’s really hard to mess up when you use a slow cooker. I love the aroma that it creates throughout the house while it cooks. You can throw any dish together in the morning, hit the start button, leave for the day, come home, and voilà! You’ve got a healthy and delicious meal that everyone can enjoy. The bonus is that it’s also contained in one pot, which makes for relatively easy cleanup.
In my house, I cannot keep enough produce on hand for my children, so I am usually pretty lucky to find vegetables to throw into the pot. Just pick a protein, and with a little help from our friends carrots, onions, and celery, you can make a pretty fantastic and easily prepared healthy meal. Don’t forget to season with your favorite ingredients. I love to use kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. I also make sure to put some liquid, like broth or water, in with the meat and vegetables and set my slow cooker to low. I swear these things are one of the best inventions ever created. Why couldn’t I have thought of something like that?!
Winter Morning Breakfast Or Brunch
One of our family’s favorite things to do during the holidays and throughout the winter is have a nice breakfast or brunch spent with each other. The staple on these occasions is one of our favorites—French toast. I’ve shared the recipe with you below. It’s so simple and easy to make, yet so amazing. I promise you’ll love it as much as we do. I like to serve the French toast along with a variety of fresh fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, and bananas are always good. Hmmmm…maybe I’ll make breakfast for dinner tonight. All this talk of French toast is making me hungry. And who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? The options are endless, really. I love getting creative.
My Signature Dish
Then, last but not least, there are the days when I pull out my special recipe card. And I’m going to share that recipe with you. Are you ready? It’s one of my signature dishes and it’s called “Rachel Surprise.” It goes like this: Surprise, I’m not cooking! HAH!
- Free yourself from any guilt of having to make any meal for yourself or others.
- Choose whatever type of cuisine you desire. Sometimes my choice is based on whether or not meal delivery is available. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe is also a method I’ve used and tested. If the winter season really has me feeling generous, I’ll even let my husband or children determine the cuisine. I said IF…
- If you don’t have the number of the restaurant or food establishment handy, you may need the help of the internet or even an archaic phone book to call and place an order.
- Once the food is in your hands, relax and enjoy.
- Be sure to make the meal extra special by using paper products. Surprise—it feels good to throw the “dishes” in the trash!
There is something so freeing about a random, “I’m just not cooking” kind of night, even for those of us who love the art of cooking. Can I get an “Amen?” I hope that anyone reading this gives it a try and finds it surprisingly delicious.
Do you have any go-to meals you love to cook when it gets cold outside?
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