10 Quick and Simple Meal Ideas for Seniors
Finding quick, simple meal options for seniors doesn’t have to be a chore: seniors and their caregivers can find culinary satisfaction with some surprisingly easy — and healthy — meals.
Let’s take a look!
Oats and Berries
Oats are incredibly satisfying and easy on the stomach. They are a terrific breakfast staple because they can provide lasting nutrition without the need to spend hours in the kitchen. Adding some fresh fruit like your favorite berries brings some great flavor to the mix. Whether it’s cooked on the stove, in the microwave or even the slow cooker, oatmeal is a great breakfast option for seniors.
Dried Fruit Compote
Dried fruits are delicious, nutritious and easy to eat. Place them in a saucepan and bring to a boil with water and lemon juice. Then serve with toast, cereal or oats for breakfast.
Fresh Fruit Smoothie
A “smoothie” is ideal to start the day, but it can be enjoyed any time. Simply blend favorite fresh fruits with milk and yogurt, and you have a nutritious meal that’s packed with protein and calcium.
Cheese and Ham Omelet
This option is also excellent for any time of day! Eggs, ham, milk and cheese form the basis for this satisfying omelet, ensuring that seniors get the protein they need in a tasty, easy-to-prepare package.
Seniors are always looking for nutritious, well-balanced light meals, and a bean salad fits the bill! Combine some beans with corn, onions, cucumber and tomato for a tasty treat that can serve as an excellent snack or light meal.
Roast Vegetable Salad
Salads are great lunchtime options for seniors because they provide excellent nutrition in a lightweight fashion. Using roasted vegetables is a great way to ensure variety — and to use up vegetables that might be lingering a little too long in the fridge.
Slow-Cooker Meat and Veggies
The slow cooker is an essential item in any senior’s kitchen because it can be used to prepare amazingly delicious meals with a minimum of effort. For a great meal, all that’s needed is to place a favorite type of meat into the cooker with a variety of vegetables. After a few hours, it will fill the home with savory scents, signaling that supper time is here!
Sweet and Sour
Whether your senior prefers beef, pork, chicken or lamb, an Asian-inspired sweet-and-sour dish is a great way to add some variety to life. A number of great recipes for sweet-and-sour dishes are available online, and most of them take an hour or less to prepare
If a senior loved one is interested in cutting their meat consumption, it’s easy to satisfy their taste buds with a delicious casserole. Try a pumpkin and chickpea recipe, or go with a potato, bean and broccoli option. Casseroles are easy to make and sure to satisfy.
Ambrosia for Dessert!
Simple, tasty and relatively nutritious, ambrosia is a terrific dessert option for older individuals. Berries, bananas, yogurt, marshmallows are all that’s needed to create this delightful treat.
Are you interested in learning more about how a senior loved one’s life can be enhanced through some simple meal plans? Call Always Best Care today at 1 (855) 470-CARE (2273) to schedule your FREE consultation.