Want some easy recipes for your elderly patients? Then read on to discover our tops tips for easy and nutritious meals. Whether an elderly acquaintance is cooking for themselves; or you’re going to help, here are some straightforward meal suggestions.
Eggs any ways
Nutritious, affordable and easy to cook, eggs are the perfect answer to many a dietary dilemma, whether you have them poached, boiled, scrambled or enjoy them as an omelette. Eat them on toast, accompanied by “soldiers”, in a sandwich, enjoyed as part of a classic English breakfast or as the protein in your salad. Eggs can be enjoyed in so many different ways, explore the Cookes Kitchen website to find plenty of new recipe ideas for this classic ingredient.
If you want to keep it simple and not create too much washing up, simply lightly grease an ovenproof ramekin, crack an egg or two into it and bake it in a hot oven for 8-10 minutes – depending on whether you like your eggs runny or not. You could easily include classic accompaniments such as tomatoes or mushrooms, by chopping them up and placing them in the ramekin (before the eggs) or cooking them separately in the oven, under the grill or in the microwave. Alternatively cook a portabello mushroom (without its stalk) cup side up in the oven for about 10 minutes, take it out, crack an egg on top, then return it to the oven for around another 10 minutes.
A berry-tasty breakfast
For a healthy breakfast, combine fruit, fat-free yoghurt and uncooked porridge oats, repeatedly layered in a tub, then refrigerated overnight to be enjoyed in the morning. Frozen summer berries are a tasty and economical choice, though you could experiment with whatever fruit you have or like. Try ringing the changes by adding other ingredients such as flaked almonds or a drop or two of honey. If you haven’t had time to prepare it the night before, simply slice fruit into a bowl or enjoy a healthy version of a banana split, topped with the yoghurt, honey and flaked almonds or muesli for a little added texture.
There’s nothing more nutritious, comforting or warming than homemade soup and it’s a great way to use up whatever vegetables you have left in the fridge. You may well have a favourite recipe that you make, or you could find alternatives on this website. However, a good rule of thumb is to include an allium (shallot, spring onions, garlic) then, chop up a couple of other vegetables, carrots, sweet potatoes or butternut squash are popular choices – but you could use almost anything. If you don’t have any fresh vegetables to hand, reach for your frozen peas. Heat a little fat of your choice in a pan, cook the allium until soft and then add your chopped vegetables. Let everything cook for a little while, then season to taste – simple.
Like to cook for others?
If you think you have what it takes to support an older person by cooking for them and undertaking some other tasks, then contact Employ Social Care. You’ll be helping clients retain their independence and enjoy a better quality of life. As for Employ Social Care, they’re a specialist recruiter with over 20 years experience in the domiciliary and residential care sectors, so no one is better placed to help your career in social care take off.