Eating Well: From Debbie B’s Kitchen to Yours
Posted on March 11, 2021 |
This article was written by Stephanie Williams, BS, RRT.
This week our focus has been on nutrition. For some people living with COPD, it can be challenging to eat right and get the calories and nutrients you need, either because you don’t feel confident in your cooking skills or maybe because you don’t have much energy to cook.
If you have been on COPD360social for a while, you have probably seen posts from DebbieB.-Connecticut State Captain where she posts pictures of her yummy meals. She usually posts a food that can be made ahead of time and eaten for several meals to come. What a great idea! Cook once and have plenty for a few days – it sounds good to me!
A few months ago, I asked Debbie B. if she would help me by sharing some of her recipes with us. She was happy to help, and she sent over dozens of recipes. I am sharing a few of them here, and hope that maybe you will have some to add in the comments section.
Before we get started, here are a few notes from Debbie B.:
"We all want to eat healthy, satisfying meals. Sometimes we have to substitute canned or frozen foods for fresh. It is ok to substitute other proteins in place of meat. When reading recipes, it is important to realize that you can substitute ingredients if there are things you cannot eat or don’t like. Think of the recipe as a basic guideline. You can make adjustments to suit your needs.
On days that you feel good, you might cook a one-time meal, or you might take that opportunity to make a little extra or a large meal and plan other meals using the leftovers. You might even freeze portions to eat at a later date.
Enjoy preparing your meals as much as you enjoy eating them!"
We hope you will try some of these recipes and let us know what you think!
Remember to share your own recipes here – we love to hear your ideas!
A Few Breakfast Ideas:
Place in a blender –
8 oz orange juice
1 cup of low-fat yogurt of your choice
½ cup of berries of your choice OR ½ cup of peach slices
1 small banana, sliced
1 tsp vanilla extract
*Blend until smooth, then add 3 ice cubes. Blend until frothy.
Breakfast Burrito: (these can be made ahead of time)
6 eggs, scrambled – egg substitute
Half of a package of breakfast sausage browned, or vegetarian alternative
1 cup of shredded cheese
Onions, tomatoes, and peppers if you desire
*Crumble and brown the breakfast sausage. When it is cooked through, add the eggs, and scramble them in the same skillet. When eggs are cooked, add the shredded cheese and combine to melt. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
Lay out the tortillas, and scoop the sausage, egg, and cheese mixture down the center of the tortilla. Roll the tortilla up, carefully place in an airtight container, or gallon size zip lock bag. Repeat for each tortilla. When you are ready to eat, just place one on a microwave safe plate and warm them through. You can also top them with onions, tomatoes, and peppers if you like. Serves six.
Open Face Tomato Tortillas
Top a flour tortilla with tomato slices, ½ of a sliced avocado, and 2 TBSP of shredded cheese. Broil in the toaster oven until the cheese melts. Serve with a hard-boiled egg. Serves one.