How and what to eat with no use of dominant hand?! I broke my right hand and am completely non-weight bearing and cannot use my fingers or wrist.

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Kristen W. September 22, 2019
My answer depends on how much help is available to you for preparation. If the answer is not a lot, hummus comes to mind - store-bought is of course easier. Other things you can eat with one hand that are good with it: pita, tabbouleh (it will stick to the hummus if you use pita bread as a vehicle, roasted almonds, dried cherries, cheese slices, carrot sticks, apple slices, raw spinach (buy a prewashed bag for easy handling). You can make a tasty, nutritious handheld lunch out of a combo of any of these, and most if not all of this stuff is available premade, prewashed and precut at Trader Joe’s.

You can also make naan pizza pretty easily in a toaster oven: jarred sauce, presliced mozzarella, marinated artichokes, jarred roasted peppers, presliced mushrooms, bagged spinach, whatever. Pretty easy to eat with one had, esp if you can get help cutting the naan in half ahead of time.

A quesadilla can be handheld if you don’t use a huge tortilla - you could add sundried tomatoes and (again) bagged spinach for a more balanced meal that requires no chopping, or add canned black beans (if you have someone to open a can for you), store-bought pickled jalapeños, and cilantro - dip it in some store-bought guac and/or salsa and you’re good to go.

That’s what I can imagine doing if I were in your predicament. Anyhow, best of luck to you - it doesn’t sound like fun!
 
boulangere September 20, 2019
Been there, done that, albeit with my left (non-dominant) hand, which in the long run didn't make much difference. Baked polenta (https://www.bonappetit.com/story/never-fail-baked-polenta) is virtually all-purpose. It is loaded with protein, fiber, B vitamins, and many minerals. For breakfast - or breakfast for dinner, which is probably even better - serve it with a couple of poached eggs (protein, protein, protein, and vitamin B12) and some sautéed spinach (off the charts in vitamin K - think blood clotting and (broken) bone health), both of which are forgiving enough to be made with the awkward hand. For dinner, buy a jar of pasta sauce (vitamin C!), of which there are mercifully enough decent brands, to pour over it. Good healing to you.
 
Danielle W. September 21, 2019
It’s the worst isn’t it?! Thank you for your suggestion! Can’t wait to try out this recipe!
 
boulangere September 21, 2019
Awkward doesn't come close to describing it. At the time, our car had a stick shift. I took my son through the gears, and he had to sit in the passenger seat so I could steer with my right hand, and when I depressed the clutch, I'd call out: Second! Third! He would shift for me, and thought it was just the most fun ever. I didn't. But I was extremely grateful that he was old enough to help.
 
Nancy September 20, 2019
Danielle, I sympathize...I once broke a lower arm bone on my dominant hand defending a soccer goal (yes, I block the ball).
Hope you have someone to prepare food.
For the immediate painful future, use your left hand to
* lift smoothies (these don't have to be sugar bombs - you can make high fiber fruit ones, and even savory ones).
* eat sandwiches.
* eat fruit out of hand.
* drink pureed (not chunky) soup from a mug.
* drink hot nutritious drinks ditto from a mug.
Last, a broken hand is ALWAYS a good excuse for a milkshake.
 
Danielle W. September 21, 2019
What great suggestions!!! Especially about the milkshake! I really appreciate your advice.
 
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