Cooking food in advance for an immunosuppressed person
August 22, 2014 2:32 PM Subscribe
I am organizing (and cooking) meals for my boss and his wife. He was just diagnosed with cancer and has started chemo. I need ideas for the kind of meals I and others can prepare for a person with a compromised immune system.
posted by mudpuppie to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm distributing this PDF
as a set of general guidelines.
I don't know why this is intimidating (well, yes I do -- I don't want to kill my boss), but I need some ideas for foods or recipes that meet the following criteria:
- Can be made in advance.
- Can be reheated to a safe temperature (boiling for soups, 140 for other foods, per the PDF above) without getting soggy or curdled or otherwise gross.
- Freezable is preferable, but again see the point above regarding reheating.
- No raw foods whatsoever. (Not in the PDF, but an edict from the boss's wife.)
- All vegetables must be well cooked.
- Must be healthy, and not too pasta-heavy. (Trying to avoid a surplus of baked pasta dishes.)
- Easy on the stomach (nothing too spicy, cream-laden, etc.).
- Easily transportable and no assembly required once delivered.
I'd appreciate any suggestions about food, or any other suggestions about organizing meals/feeding a cancer patient.
We've already set up a community on Lotsa Helping Hands, so the basic logistics of sign-ups are worked out.