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Meal Hacks

Friday December 4, 2020

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When your loved one has dementia, many things in your life change dramatically. One of those things is roles in the home. One scenario we often hear is that Mom/Dad/Wife/Husband was the primary cook for the family. Now, that person can no longer cook, and the caregiver is left trying to figure out how to prepare meals without help.

Not everyone is a master chef, and that is okay! But it is so important for you and your loved one to eat nutritious, balanced meals. Food is fuel for your body, and your body can not run on microwave meals and drive-thru dinners all the time.

Thankfully, if you are trying to put food on the table and you don’t know a can opener from a meat thermometer, you have options. There are businesses that offer freezer and fridge meals that you can heat, then eat. You can enjoy soups, casseroles, pasta dishes, and much more. Give the drive-thru a break and try one of these options.

Curbside Casseroles

“Take and bake” meals, weekly specials, entrees, casseroles, appetizers, sides, soups, salads, and baked goods
Location: 5130 Wheelis Dr., Memphis
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am – 6 pm and Saturdays 9:30 am – 2 pm
Pre-order by phone or online, drive-thru, walk-in

The Hope Shoppe Curbside Delivery at Hope Presbyterian Church

Meat and side, casseroles, dessert, bread, dips, soups, and sauces
Location: 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova – Entrance 2
Hours: Curbside pickup Tuesdays 10 am – 6 pm and Thursdays 10 am – 3 pm
Text or Call (901) 518-0134 to place your order

Katie’s Kitchen

Family meals, breakfast, party nibbles, soups, salads, sandwiches, and sweet treats
Location: 9056 Poplar Pike, Ste. 109, Germantown
Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays 10 am – 6 pm, Fridays 10 am – 4:30 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm
Pre-order by phone or online, walk-in

Silver Caboose Sidecar Market

Frozen meat and vegetable casseroles, homemade pies, pint or quart of fresh vegetables, containers of chicken salad/pimento cheese/cream cheese & olive/tuna salad, frozen meat casseroles that serve 2 or 4
Location: 132 East Mulberry St, Collierville
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 2 pm
Call 901-853-0010 to place your order.

Simply Done Catering

Meals, soups, casseroles
Location: 111 Walnut St, Collierville
Hours: Pick-up available Noon to 6 pm
To order, comment on the Simply Done Facebook page (on the original post, not a shared version). Provide an approximate pick-up time. Pay via Venmo @Karen-Shelton-111, call with cc info, or pay with cash or check. When you arrive, pull up next to the building, call 901-457-7781, and your order will be brought out.

Thomas Meat & Seafood

Frozen and fresh prepared meals, plate lunches Monday to Friday
Location: 642 West Poplar Ave #642, Collierville
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am – 7 pm and Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm

Bonus Options

Subscription Meals

Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, Home Chef
Pick a plan, get your delivery of pre-measured ingredients, cook with instructions (no master chef skills required!), and enjoy

Daily Harvest
Bowls, cups, and other single-serve healthy meals delivered to you

Chef-cooked, healthy meals delivered to you that you can heat and eat in 3 minutes

Restaurant Meals To-Go

Buckley’s Take-N-Wave
Steak, chicken, pasta, and more restaurant favorites prepared to order for you to reheat and eat
Location: 919 South Yates, Memphis
Hours: Pick up Monday to Friday, 3 – 7 pm
Order online

Sam’s and Costco

Prepared casseroles, pasta dishes, salads, etc. to take and bake – find them in the deli section
Requires a membership
Various locations throughout the Mid-South

Written by Sheri Wammack, LBSW