My suggestion will help any disabled person or senior citizen living alone. I use a motorized wheel chair. I have a home aide 3 times a week, 2 hours each time. One day is designated usually to cooking. We make up partial meals for the week.
This is helpful but sometimes I like to eat something that does not go from freezer to microwave first. Some of this I can buy in single size servings, such as instant oatmeal and mac and cheese. I occasionally like noodles or a bowl of cereal. But getting them out of box in right amount can be hard to do when alone. What we do is make individual serving bags of these.
I know that one ounce pasta is one bread/carb exchange with the ADA. We measure out 2 ounces (I like this amount) of noodles or whatever pasta I am using and put it in ziploc sandwich bags. They are put in a big plastic jar and on the floor of my pantry, so I can reach them. We do the same with cereal, measure the amount listed on the box as a serving, put it in sandwich bags, and put bags back in the box. They are also placed where I can reach them. When I want either one I just grab a bag, no messing with boxes and trying to measure it out.
I also do this with small freezer items that contain more than one serving in a package, such as pizza rolls and fish sticks. I put a serving portion in sandwich bag, and put all the bags in a gallon freezer bag. Just have to grab one when I want one.
This is an enormous time and waste saver for me. Just have to plan ahead. If you have a family member, possibly disabled or a senior, you could do this for them. Little things like this can help the person live in own place and not need a nursing home.
By Linda from Bloomington, IL from Bloomington, IL
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