Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tasty, Hearty Winter Recipes for Seniors

As temperatures drop, it can be easy to turn to fatty, heavy comfort foods. But even though the weather outside is frightful, your senior can still enjoy healthy, nutritious meals. These dishes will warm them up, without lots of fat or grease.

Skillet gnocchi with chard and white beans
This dish is easy to make, tasty, and packs a nutritional punch. In one pan, combine dark leafy greens, tomatoes, white beans, and gnocchi. Top it off with mozzarella for the perfect winter meal. This dish is perfect when served with a green salad.

This simplified version of goulash skips the extra steps but not the flavor. It works served over whole-wheat pasta or alongside gnocchi. The spices come together for a rich dish that doesn’t take too long to make.

This recipe takes bland cauliflower and amps it up, using olive oil and herbs. Cut the florets into slices and toss them in the mixture. The result is a deep brown cauliflower dish that has a sweet flavor.

Nothing is better on a cold winter day than soup. It works for lunch or dinner, and makes plenty for leftovers. This recipe incorporates veggies (including green beans and carrots) to up the nutritional value. It also uses beans for protein. Throw the ingredients together into the pot and enjoy a hearty winter soup that will keep your senior warm and satisfied. 

If your elderly family member loves sweet potatoes, they’ll adore this recipe. It requires few ingredients, and yields a delicious winter treat. It’s a unique recipe, and one that they’re sure to want to make again and again. 

It’s easy to go overboard on desserts in the winter, especially since your elderly loved one will probably be spending more time in the house, meaning that any cookies or cake become even more tempting. Encourage them to enjoy a lightened up dessert by trying this recipe. It’s easy to make and has a lot of nutrients in it. They’ll love the sweet treat, and won’t miss calorie-heavy desserts. 

Skip heavy cream-based soups, fried foods, and cake and cookies in favor of lighter options. They’ll leave your elderly loved one feeling energized, yet still completely satisfied after mealtime.  

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