Fortunately, someone who stopped by was willing to cut up onions and potatoes, so I had them do that and leave those items on a plate in the frig. Once I had that done, I was halfway home so I yanked out the frozen boneless chicken breasts to defrost.
My next challenge was to get the can of cream of mushroom soup and peas open. I was able to manage that with the help of a delivery man who happened to stop by. Trust me, this not only is a useful way to get items open if you're a quadriplegic but can lead to meeting some cute guys.
Once the frozen chicken breasts were defrosted, I tossed them in the bottom of a crock pot, covered them with the onions and potatoes, then added the can of soup and peas along with a bit of pepper. This requires a willingness to worth with gravity because my arms won't reach up very high. I find that putting the crock pot on as low a surface as possible and dumping everything in works best.
I turned the crock pot on HIGH for four hours...and voila!
It was a delicious meal - the chicken was juicy and pulled apart, requiring no cutting. The potatoes and peas went well together too.
Just remember when you're cooking with a disability, the following tips can make the difference between being able to do it - or not:
1) Delegate what you can't physically do - and plan your starting cook time accordingly;
2) Keep it simple! Use canned ingredients and recipes with as few ingredients as possible; and
3) Keep it safe - do not handle sharp or hot objects in ways where you might be injured - only you know your physical limits so go ahead and experiment to find safe ways to do what you can.