Planning and Cooking for Shoulder Surgery

17 Oct

I found out earlier this week that I’m going to have rotator cuff surgery in early December.  I tore it months ago while lifting weights very very poorly.  I knew better, I have been lifting since I was in High School.  So here’s my note to everyone, if you are doing something in a class or at the gym and think that it doesn’t feel quite right, STOP.  Ask the instructor or a trainer for help.  Man do I wish I would have just stopped and corrected myself instead of working through it all.  Also, on a funny note, I’m 35 and this is my 3rd surgery due to athletics.  Seriously, maybe I should just stop trying to be athletic (kidding, I won’t stop).

So for the next few weeks I’m going to be making myself some meals and freezing them.  Unfortunately it’s my right shoulder, so cooking and eating will be a challenge.  Here are the things I’m planning on making ahead.  I’ll post recipes and pictures when I actually make them.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

White Chicken Chile

Pot Roast (this one I’m planning on putting together and putting into a freezer bag and throwing it all in the crock pot the day I want it)

Red Curry Chicken

Lasagna (this is on the maybe list)

With the other things that I have in the freezer already this should get me through the 6 weeks of being in a sling having very limited movement.  My mom offered to take care of me, but I don’t want to make her cook constantly and I’d like to eat healthfully while I’m sitting on my butt.

Anyone have any other ideas for things that are easy to freeze?  Anyone have similar surgery before with words of wisdom?

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3 Responses to “Planning and Cooking for Shoulder Surgery”

  1. Cathy Farrell October 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Bummer about your surgery. However, I’m really into freezer meals. I have good recipies for: chicken enchiladas, pulled pork, chicken pot pie, meatloaf, breaded veggie burgers (mostly beans though), garlic mashed potatoes, sausage w/ pasta, and sausage & peppers. Let me know if theres any specifically you’re interested in and I’ll send you the recipie. And another tip for the pulled pork, meatloaf & potatos…make it, put it in a muffin tin. Freeze for a few hours, then pop them out and put in a freezer bag. This is a great way to do portion control. Looking forward to hearing your recipies! Always looking for new ones.

    • Kari October 17, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

      Thank you Cathy! When you have a second, shoot me over the pulled pork and the sausage w/ pasta ones. Those sound like I could eat them with one hand 🙂 I appreciate it!

  2. Lauren October 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Good luck with your surgery, Kifer. What’s this do to driving? I went to a store called Dream Dinners and made a bunch of frozen meals – you may have something like it. I also stocked my freezer with banana bread, zucchini bread, chicken devan, stuffed shells.

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