Attitudes Senior Care Guest Blog Post – Simple Recipes for Seniors:

As you get older, a well-balanced diet and frequent bouts of exercise become paramount in maintaining your overall health levels. Studies have continuously shown that, the older you get, the more you have to pay attention to what you consume, as well as trying to eat as healthily as possible. For those who are over 60 years old, your mobility will naturally become somewhat limited over time, which means it unfortunately becomes more difficult to enjoy cooking in the kitchen or trying new and refreshing culinary creations.

 At certain times, cooking a meal will feel like a tiresome chore to be avoided, so it is crucial that you have some easy-to-prepare recipes close-at-hand. However, it is vital to keep preparing meals that are both delicious and nutritious. Below you will find four simple, three-step meal recipes that are perfect for seniors, either as breakfast, lunch, or mid-afternoon snacks.

Rotisserie Chicken Soup

Ingredients:

1 pre-cooked store-bought rotisserie chicken (strip off the meat and cut into small strips)

2 14-ounce cans low-salt chicken broth

2 peeled and sliced carrots

1 diced onion

1 red bell pepper

Chopped fresh herbs, such as sage, rosemary or thyme

Salt and black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

1. Place chicken meat into a large pot with the chicken broth, fresh herbs (sage, rosemary or thyme), carrots and onion.

2. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low heat. Leave uncovered and simmer for 2 hours.

3. Add red bell peppers and slow simmer on the same low heat for 90 minutes. Add salt and black pepper to taste before serving.

 Roast Turkey Soup

Ingredients:

1 pound of pre-cooked turkey meat

2 14-ounce cans low-salt chicken broth

2 peeled and sliced carrots

1 diced onion

1 raw sweet potato

1 diced parsnip

1 minced garlic clove

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, basil or parsley

Salt and black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

1. Sauté carrots, onion, sweet potato, parsnip and garlic in olive oil for approximately 15 minutes over a medium heat in a large pot.

2. Add chicken broth, bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes on a medium heat. Make sure the pot is covered during this time.

3. Stir in cooked turkey meat, Italian seasoning,fresh herbs (thyme, basil or parsley), and salt and black pepper to taste. Leave for 15 minutes on a low heat before serving.

Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

2 ounces Farfalle bow-tie pasta (uncooked)

1 diced cucumber

1 diced green bell pepper

3 chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Low-fat Italian salad dressing

Garlic and herb croutons

Salt, black pepper and grated parmesan cheese (to taste)

Directions:

1. Cook pasta until it has an al dente texture, drain water and place pasta in a large bowl. Sprinkle salt and black pepper to taste.

2. Add cucumber, green bell pepper and tomatoes to the pasta, and then add croutons. Liberally cover with Italian salad dressing.

3. Transfer to smaller bowls and then sprinkle Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese. Cover bowls and refrigerate for an hour.

 Chocolate & Banana Milkshake

Ingredients:

2 cups skimmed milk

1 scoop chocolate ice cream

1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

1 tablespoon Nutella

1 sliced banana

1 tablespoon peanut butter (if desired)

Directions:

1. Thinly slice banana and place in blender.

2. Add skimmed milk, chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup to blender. When ready, blend away!

3. Add a tablespoon of Nutella and, if desired, also add a tablespoon of peanut butter if you want to make the shake thicker. Blend again before serving in a tall glass.

 

AttitudesSeniorCare.com specializes in affordable senior housing, nursing home care and hospice health care services, and proudly offers all the usual comforts of home, such as healthy meals served daily. We have three beautiful residential care homes to choose from, located in Del Mar, Solana Beach and Mt. Soledad/La Jolla. Please visit us online at Attitudes Senior Care if you want to take a free tour of our facilities, or if you would like more information on what we can do for you.

 

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