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Fast and Simple Meals for Arthritis

Arthritis pain can make it hard to cook. Try these tricks to preparing easy and nutritious meals.

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Soup du Jour
Add an equal amount of cooked small whole grain pasta, such as DaVinci's whole wheat elbows or leftover brown rice to a can of lentil or split pea soup (reserve half for another meal). Serve with fruit and a glass of milk or 8 ounces low-fat yogurt.

Scrambled Egg and Salsa Sandwich
Scramble one or two eggs. Fill each half of a small whole-wheat pita pocket with the cooked egg. Top with mild salsa or ketchup and 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese. Enjoy with fruit or baby carrots and a glass of low-fat milk.

A Better Burger
Microwave a Perdue Frozen Seasoned Chicken Burger to have on a whole grain bun. Or go vegetarian with Boca Burger's All American Meatless Burger. Pair with baby carrots or presliced celery sticks and a glass of low-fat milk.

Dinner

No-Cook Roast Chicken Dinner
Purchase one or two (depending on how many are eating) roasted chickens from the supermarket. Pick up pre-cut salad greens and a package of grape tomatoes. Add chopped fresh, frozen, or low-sodium canned vegetables to your cart. Serve with whole grain bread from the bakery. (Use leftover chicken the next day with whole-wheat bread or sandwich wraps for lunch!)

Go With Grains
Add leftover chopped chicken, turkey, or beef, and cooked vegetables to tabouleh mix from Fantastic Foods or Near East. Near East also makes Whole Grain Blends that go well with meat and vegetables. Serve the combo over salad greens.

Simple Skillet Salmon for Two
Combine 1/2 cup orange juice, 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger in a small bowl. Transfer to skillet and bring to low boil. Add 1 pound of salmon fillet, skin side up. Cover and cook over low to medium heat until fish is flaky in the center. Serve over cooked chopped frozen spinach and enjoy with couscous.

Diner Dinner
Prepare a 2-egg omelet with leftover or frozen chopped green vegetables and 1/4 cup feta or cheddar cheese. Enjoy with whole grain toast and fruit.

Spaghetti Supper
Start with store-bought meatballs and a jar of tomato sauce. Or, in place of meatballs, add canned, drained chickpeas or browned 100% ground turkey breast to spaghetti sauce for protein. Toss with frozen chopped veggies for fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Pizza Party
Order a thin crust vegetable pizza. Have with it canned or frozen fruit, and a salad prepared from pre-washed greens, with grape tomatoes and grated carrots.

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Reviewed on March 25, 2010

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