Chester is a good friend of mine. He’s lived in South Boston for all of his 84 years. He is a WWII veteran. He enjoys bacon and eggs, a good Western movie, baseball, listening to the radio, and talking about how expensive everything is. He dislikes modern music, doctors, throwing things away, and how expensive everything is. He has diabetes and is legally blind. I’ve visited him often for about three years, sometimes to help out around the house, but mostly just to chat.
I met Chester through a great organization called FriendshipWorks, a Boston-based nonprofit that matches volunteers with elders and adults with disabilities. On the surface, Chester and I don’t seem to have a lot in common. But get us talking and the conversation usually turns to food.
Tonight I brought Chester dinner. He’ll eat pretty much anything, although he tends to favor pastries, candy, white bread, processed foods, and red meat. As you might imagine, none of these pair well with diabetes, so I jump at the chance to make and share a healthy meal with him. Tonight’s dinner was brought to us by the brilliant mind of Angela Liddon over at Oh She Glows. It was her Naughty and Nice Enchilada Casserole, baby, and man was it good.
Click the links above to check out Angela’s site and get the full recipe. Some slight alterations: I used store-bought taco seasoning mix and enchilada sauce. THE SHAME. For the pasta, I used Eden Organic Flax Rice Spirals. I topped the casserole with crushed tortilla chips (Laurel Hill Multigrain) and fresh avocado.
For what it’s worth, this recipe has received the coveted Chester Seal of Approval. He didn’t even notice there was no meat in it.
Any ideas of what to make for Chester next?
5 responses to “FriendshipWorks (and So Does Enchilada Casserole)”
This is the most awesome recipe blog I’ve seen in a while (and not just cause I miss my friend up in Boston). I’m a big fan of quinoa nut loaf, but I can’t find my recipe right now. This one looks much less sugary though: http://en.petitchef.com/recipes/spicy-lentil-quinoa-nut-loaf-fid-1321170
(I tend to use a whole bottle of some form of sweet BBQ sauce in preparing my own)
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy the blog – it gives me motivation to keep on writing. Quinoa Nut Loaf sounds incredible – I’ll try it out and let you know how it goes. Definitely pass along your recipe if you find it!
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I love that the story of visiting Chester the lifelong Bostonian is even better than drooling over the casserole. Way to go, Megan!
I’m the Web, Database, and Event AmeriCorps*VISTA at FriendshipWorks. Thanks for this wonderful post! It is always great to hear about our volunteer’s experiences.
You’re most welcome, thanks for doing such meaningful work!