Too exhausted to cook, too broke to go out...help!

@thyst07 (2091)
United States
July 7, 2009 3:15pm CST
I have no idea what to do for dinner tonight. My husband was up all night vomiting loudly (and on the carpet!) and I got no sleep at all. I'm tired and cranky and I don't want to be in the kitchen. Obviously, my husband will need a bland meal if he can even eat anything, and my stomach gets delicate when I'm this tired, too. Any ideas?
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
7 Jul 09
Instead of trying to make a full meal, perhaps you can do soup and sandwiches or just make a salad or something that doesn't require cooking. Or you could try oatmeal. I know that is more like breakfast, but I remember one time when I had stomach problems, a homeopathic doctor suggested I eat oatmeal and okra and the combination worked wonders. It didn't taste very good, but as long as it worked, that was what mattered. I hope your husband is feeling better. Good luck!!!
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
7 Jul 09
Oatmeal sounds like a good idea, but I'll skip out on the okra. We both hate okra so much that eating it would probably induce stomachache instead of preventing it. Thanks for the oatmeal idea.
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• United States
7 Jul 09
If you have some rice or pasta, I would cook that and give your husband the option to top it with whatever he wants. That way, your meal can be as tummy-friendly as you need it to be! My boyfriend likes to top his pasta or rice with whatever cheese we have in the house, or a little bit of several kinds! Rice pudding is also pretty simple to make--you can find easy recipes online, and you can pull a chair or stool into the kitchen so you can sit while it cooks. I hope this helps you, and that your husband feels better soon!
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
7 Jul 09
The really great thing is that my husband feels fine now and he's sleeping like a baby, whilst I find it absolutely impossible to sleep during daylight even when I'm exhausted- so the long-term outcome of his little illness is that he feels fine now and I feel like crap.
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@tdemex (3547)
• United States
7 Jul 09
Sorry Your having probs! When I get that way I'll make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with potato chips! A grilled cheese sandwich with pickles and pot. chips. Sometimes those snack ramen soups I put left over chunks of chicken or pork chop, ham in there! LOL! Good luck! tdemex
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• United States
9 Jul 09
well this is what i do. i buy a frozen pizza. it doesn't cost that much about 3 bucks. or you could buy every one a mini pizza there pretty big and it fills you up. its like 1 buck each. so all you have to do is open the box(s) and throw the pizza in the oven. or you can throw something else in the oven. thats simple. i mean if you don't feel up to cooking then you better just throw stuff together that doesn't need cooking and stuff that need oven cooked. like a roll and chicken strips from the oven.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
9 Jul 09
If I had felt like going to the store, I probably would have had a frozen dinner of some kind. I did have a couple of chicken cordon bleu's in my freezer that I could have just popped into the oven. I didn't think of it though.
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
9 Jul 09
How about opening a can of chicken noodle soup and making a salad to go with it, that is pretty easy and fast. You only need to heat the soup and the salad can be as plain as lettuce and tomato. Or how about a can of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. Some boiled eggs and toast. That to me is the quickest things that I can cook and still have a decent meal, when I am tired and don't feel like cooking.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Thanks for the ideas. I already ran out of chicken soup, because that's what I had for lunch!
@PSmith721 (287)
• United States
8 Jul 09
Your husband should probably just have some room tempature 7up or some other un-cola and maybe a dry piece of toast. Liquids are very crucial to keeping him from getting the dry heaves. As for you, may I suggest a bowl of cereal? When I am tired and broke, I will make myself a bowl of cold cereal. You could maybe even have some toast with it. It shouldn't upset your stomach and keep you healthy. Hope this helps! Goo luck! PS: Is your husband running a fever? YOu may want to take him to the Doc soon!
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I don't generally believe in drinking any kind of soda when sick. Instead, we got my husband some electrolyte enhanced water to keep him hydrated. Cereal is a good idea, though. I tend to forget that I have it, because I don't really like it for breakfast.