Do you trust your mum to heat them properly? My first major alarm call was when mum was eating microwave porridge, raw with cold milk. I had been buying mum microwave meals that just needed veg adding. Mum hasn't touched veg for a few years and the microwave was set to 'defrost'! That's when I organised meals on wheels. (And that is a whole other story!)Thanks for all your suggestions, there is a lot of useful info which will really help me look for the right stuff ont he packets.
Cooking extra portions for mum just wouldn't be practical, I work part time, there are 4 of us to cook for, normally fitted in in a rush between both kids activities and neither my or OH's brain would cope with that, I don't have much spare freezer space and no spare fridge space the day my on line shop is delivered, so I can't add mum's meals to this easily either.
Mum is in sheltered extra care, so I need to find out if someone will help a delivery driver if he turns up when reception is open, as mum wouldn't know how to buzz him through downstairs doors (she can't hear the phone, and isn't even aware of this option) as then deliveries of either Oakwood or Wiltshire might be options. I've checked out Oakwood and again their local delivery day is a day I work.
I will have a look at the supermarket ones suggested, I didn't want to try a supermarket one that no one had said was OK, as I won't be there when she is eating them I am not sure I will get any feedback, although the carers are all well known to my mum and really like her.
Mum is about 12 mins or so from me, and I can drive past either Morrisons or Asda & Aldi on the way. M & S and Sainsbury's are a few minutes out of my way, but only doable at non holiday times as the traffic even on a week day is manic for teh whole of November and December (by Cheshire Oaks outlet village).
I didn't realise some had to be defrosted before cooking if frozen, and I know the senior organising it asked that the meals take no longer than 11 mins to cook from frozen, the carers will pick one and cook it I guess. Mum makes her own tea and coffee during the day, not sure she'd want a drink with a meal.
She does eat in the on site bistro for lunch, and I know often has salad, so maybe is getting some veg. I did leave fruit and veg in fridge when she first moved in, and she never ate it so I stopped buying it, but I did notice the meals I bought didn't have a lot of veg, which was what prompted my question really. She will eat anything except spicy if put in front of her and always used to eat lots and lots of veg. I have introduced evening meal as I felt she would accept it now, and there was space to include it in the increased care package, I don't think she has been eating much after lunch alot of days, but other days she has(sweet food).
She either binges sweet food or doesn't eat any, but she knows where the cakes are because she gets her breakfast out every day.
The carer I saw when she had her first meal call suggested soup, so I will get a few other tins in as suggested of pasta etc.
I only get there once a week normally and sometimes I miss a visit so need to have a fortnights food in place in reality, which rules out fresh food to some extent.