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Easy Winter Recipes for Seniors

It’s important that Seniors eat well. Now that winter has finally arrived, it’s crucial to start thinking about healthy, nutritious meals that can be enjoyed throughout the colder months.

You might worry about what your loved one is eating, especially during the winter when it’s so important to maintain a good immune system.

With live in care in Toronto and a private Personal Support Worker (PSW) your loved one can indulge in the joys of cooking with someone to help him or her prepare meals safely.

With the right home health care provider and a compassionate PSW and Caregiving team, the Senior in your life will be eating delicious winter meals on the regular.

Take a look at these healthy and easy-to-prepare recipes that Seniors can cook on their own or with the guidance of their live-in Caregiver at home.

Breakfast: Banana Split Oatmeal

Warm up on a cold, winter’s morning to a hot bowl of oatmeal. Not only is this recipe tasty, it’s easy for Seniors to enjoy as it’s easy to chew and digest.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄3 cup oatmeal, quick-cooking (dry)
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 banana (sliced)
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen yoghurt, non-fat
  • 3⁄4 cup water (very hot)

Dice the bananas and place them in small serving dishes with the yoghurt. Add the oats, water, honey, and milk in a small saucepan. As it gently simmers put the oatmeal in a large serving dish and enjoy!

Lunch: Curry Cauliflower Soup

A hearty soup is full of vitamins and nutrients. And, it’s the perfect lunchtime treat to enjoy on a cold afternoon.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 head fresh cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 2-4 slices fresh jalapeno (optional)
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 400g tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 400g canned coconut milk
  • 1 whole lemon, juiced
  • chopped cilantro or parsley

This soup is full of immune-boosting ingredients, and even though it may look like a lot, it’s easy to make, as it is just a matter of adding all of the ingredients and letting it simmer.

This creamy soup is full of manganese, vitamins B1 and B5, potassium, protein, phosphorus, and dietary fibre.

Dinner: Black Bean Chilli

Although this recipe is technically vegetarian, you can add chicken, ground beef, or other proteins that suit you.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 cups or 1 15 oz can black beans
  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 TBS chilli powder

To prep:

  1. Chop onions and mince garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes to enhance their health-promoting properties.
  2. Place all ingredients (except cilantro) in a pot, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Top with cilantro and serve.

All three of these meals are simple to make individually or with the assistance of a live-in Caregiver. They’re healthy and delicious and excellent wintertime dishes!

 

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