Trim and tasty: cooking made easier for disabled people

Cooking isn’t always easy. Whether you’re one for big, homely meals, light bites or whatever you can manage to rustle up, mealtimes can be notoriously difficult to navigate.

We know the issues, for a start the kitchen itself is often of poor design, not to mention everyday utensils, and the task of cooking up a square meal can be exhausting. Here, we offer a few tips and tricks as to how to make mealtimes a little easier, no matter what your disability.

One thing to consider is to plan ahead, and once you’re in the habit, it can revolutionise your dietary behaviour and indeed your entire weekly schedule. Making a meal plan is all the rage nowadays, with fitness folk rating it as an integral habit to a healthy lifestyle, allowing to ensure a balanced and healthy meal every step of the week, something that is especially important for people who require very specific dietary plans. A highly-rated app such as Mealime can help with this with its specialist recipes, tips and nutritional advice.

Another major benefit of making specific meal plans, of course, is that it allows for disabled people to take on some of the trickier cooking tasks when help is on hand. Taking cooking time out of the day helps to reserve energy, too, and a well-planned weekly meal schedule is no less nutritious then if the meals were ready-cooked.

Of course, the scourge of the takeaway is one many have fallen foul for over the years, with the ease and increasing affordability of fast food meals a constant tease. However, with more and more restaurants offering healthy alternatives to classic comfort grub, food delivery services such as Deliveroo allow for genuinely healthy restaurant-quality meals to be delivered door to door, taking all the guilt out of a takeout.

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Indeed, if meal plans and takeaway evenings are not quite your thing, a fistful of easy recipes are useful to keep on-hand for when the hunger hits, perhaps entailing the help of specialist blogs such as Meggie’s Kitchen. Developing a few specialities is something all people should do, making it easy to grab what ingredients you need, know which sections of the recipe are tricky, and make time to prep during the day, leaving scheduled rest time should you need it.

A simple change to shift towards easier cooking is the purchase of specially-designed cooking and kitchen utensils, with companies such as Essential Aids having designed a wide and varied range of items. From non-slip bowls and utensils to tipping kettles and adapted cutlery, every disability is catered for.

Of course, if you are in need, can afford it or are eligible for the funding, a few tweaks to your kitchen set up can make all the difference. Lowering worktops, adding better-accessible shelving and creating more space to manoeuvre is a handful of the options many disabled people take up in order to make their lives easier.

Cooking is a hobby millions of people enjoy on a daily basis, and there is no reason for disabled people to miss out on this joy, no matter what your disability. Fire up the stove, these easy tips and tricks can help.

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