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Mild high carb high fat foods for someone recovering from surgery?

My stepmother just had hip replacement surgery and I'd like to take over a few days worth of meals. She struggles to keep weight on (a problem with which I have no experience) and can only really digest mild, high carb foods. No onions or garlic. She loves potatoes, rice, bread. I'd like to bring her something mild for digestion, easy to reheat, and packed with calories....suggestions?

asked by lloreen over 3 years ago
15 answers 898 views
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Maedl

Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added over 3 years ago

Perhaps potatoes au gratin--although I use onions and garlic in mine and would think it tasteless without. Perhaps a grilled cheese sandwich, with bacon and tomatoes? When my Mom was very sick, I made creme brulee and she loved that. Tapioca and rice pudding might work well, too--but this all makes me want a hunk of meat.

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added over 3 years ago

Mac & cheese w/out the onions? Lasagne, again only mildly seasoned? Chicken pot pie? Bread pudding? Good luck -- it is so important to keep weight up at the older ages

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hardlikearmour

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added over 3 years ago

What she really needs for healing post-surgery is protein. Her cells need to rebuild, and that process uses protein. Are there any proteins she's able to digest?

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Kristen W.

Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.

added over 3 years ago

Pasta has a decent amount of protein for a carb-rich food b/c of the egg that goes into it. That might help on the protein front if meat isn't an option.

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added over 3 years ago

Everything that AmySarah said.

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added over 3 years ago

Peanut Butter Banana oatmeal is one of my favorites for breakfast.

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drbabs

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added over 3 years ago

You are the sweetest, most wonderful stepdaughter in the world. lloreen, I had hip replacement surgery in February, and while I'm not usually averse to spices, onions or garlic, I found that i really wanted creamy bland food as well. The anesthesia and the pain killers do a number on your digestion, and you're healing so you really need protein and fiber. (lots of fiber. Lots. Like prune level.) I love this quiche. http://food52.com/recipes.... I usually make it with frozen spinach in place of kale, and I substitute Greek yogurt for the cream cheese. (She needs the probiotics in yogurt also.) I made this and froze it before my surgery, and I munched on it for several days when I came home.

Also ice cream! Milk shakes! Pudding! I hope your stepmother does well and has an easy and fast recovery. If she wants to read about others who have gone through it, tell her to look at the hip replacement forum at www.bonesmart.org. For me, it was a lifesaver.
(P.S> I have no idea how many typos are in here because I can't review it. Sorry!!

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drbabs

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added over 3 years ago

I'm serious about needing fiber. When I felt up to baking, I made these: http://food52.com/recipes..., but left off the pumpkin seeds and added chopped up prunes in place of raisins in the batter. They freeze really well.

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AntoniaJames

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added over 3 years ago

Rice pudding made with cream and eggs and a combination of brown rice and arborio rice. Add some ground flax seed and raisins for fiber. Top with blueberries. Or toasted coconut. ;o)

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added over 3 years ago

Thanks for the great suggestions! I'm going to make a few of your suggestions and take them over. She is just back from the hospital and doing well. I didn't know about the fiber issues... Thanks for the tip!

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added over 3 years ago

I have to sneak protein in ;) she eats meat but doesn't like it much- just chicken and fish. Hates eggs unless disguised and I detectable - the muffins, rice puddings, and pasta sound like something she'd eat.

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Sam1148

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added over 3 years ago

Sardines are very high in protein and made into a mayo based 'salad' on bread could work.

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drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 3 years ago

She needs fiber because the pain meds are really constipating.

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added over 3 years ago

There's always salmon and lentils.