Packing in the calories is a must for anyone with cystic fibrosis. The key is to prepare food with more energy per bite. Here is a collection of recipes with high-calorie density to make meeting your nutritional goals a little easier… and tastier!

Please consult with your nutritionist to see if these recipes are right for you.

Sloppy Jo Sandwiches

  • 1 ½ lb. ground meat
  • 1 c. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 to 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. dry mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 rolls

Melt butter and brown onions and ground meat together. Add brown sugar, vinegar, dry mustard and other spices. Add ketchup. Simmer for 30 minutes. Yield: 8 sandwiches, 278 calories per sandwich. For extra calories butter the bun and add a slice of cheese.

Source: Page 30, Cooking Up Calories from the Pittsburgh Cystic Fibrosis Center; Judy Fulton, RD, Clinical Nutritionist