A couple of months ago, a good friend of mine was plagued with some shoulder and upper back pain. She's always been disgustingly healthy, so she put off going to the doctor.
Good thing she didn't put it off any longer.
She has a cancerous tumor the size of a baseball in her lung.
Right now, she's on a 7-week regimen of chemo and radiation. Meaning she rides down into the city 5 times a week to get a treatment of one or the other or both.
And she continues to work a full-time job. Gah.
Her employers are more than willing to give her all the time off that she needs. Her job and insurance wouldn't be affected, but she says that if she doesn't work, she'd just sit at home and dwell on her illness. A week into her regimen, her hair started falling out, so last Saturday she went and had it shaved. What a woman!
Although her friends and family have all signed up to be designated drivers down into the city, I'm working on a little something else.
It's important that she keep her weight up, but after going to the city for treatment and then working, she's too tired to cook a lot of the time. Frozen crap is boring and not tempting to the tastebuds. A diet of fast food isn't terribly healthy.
Plus, she doesn't eat meat. Not for any ideology---she just doesn't like it. She does however, eat eggs, cheese and fish.
I've decided to stock up her freezer with some yummy comfort foods she can just pop in the oven or microwave. I've already made several vegetable and cheese quiches, but I'm looking for something different, some variety.
Guess I could look up recipes on the web, but I don't want to make her a guinea pig. LOL
So I'm turning to you guys.
Do you have any tried and true recipes you cook for your family that she might like?
I'm looking for:
rice/pilaf/vegetable dishes (I already have a kick-ass Spanish rice recipe)
a different kind of mac and cheese recipe (not out of a box)
potato recipes (I'd really like a scalloped or au gratin potato recipe that isn't the usual)
And if you could send up a thought for healing, I'd truly appreciate it.