Diet and Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Fix Fast and Simple Meals
Arthritis pain can make it hard to cook. Try these tricks to preparing easy and nutritious meals.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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