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Mary provides home care for Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, who are both over 80 and are having difficulties preparing nutritious meals. Throughout their lives, they have enjoyed making gourmet meals together and eating out with friends. Because of their various medical conditions, the doctor has recommended more balanced meals with less seasoning, fat, and sugar. For lunch, Meals on Wheels provides good food that they only have to heat up. But they need help with dinner and breakfast.

The first day Mary prepares dinner for the Andrews, she makes a green salad with kale, spinach, tomatoes, and tuna. For dessert they have a warm, low-sugar apple crisp made with oatmeal. While Mrs. Andrews is appreciative, Mr. Andrews calls the meal “rabbit food” and asks for a hamburger with French fries.  Mary tells Mr. Andrews she’ll try for something different the next day while Mrs. Andrews convinces him to eat his salad.

Before Mary goes to the Andrews’ house the next day, she talks with a nutritionist she knows for some advice about how to make food Mr. Andrews will like that his doctor will approve. After getting some great ideas, Mary heads out on her visits and ends her day with the Andrews.

For dinner, Mary prepares roast pork tenderloin, brown rice, asparagus, and fresh blueberries. Mr. Andrews smiles after tasting the first bite and proclaims Mary an excellent chef. The uneaten blueberries can be added to their morning bowls of Cheerios and the leftover pork can be used for sandwiches on the weekend.

A Good Meal

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners