It's hot outside. Your parents don't really want to eat, but it's important. The thought of cooking a meal when it's so hot is not appealing. You need ideas for quick meals that don't need to be cooked.
Here are some ways to make that happen...
Keep Frozen Grains in the Freezer
When it's not hot, cook batches of grains, cool, and measure them into freezer bags. Note the date and grain and tuck into the freezer for future use. Grains that freeze well are cracked wheat, farro, barley, brown rice, and couscous.
On hot days, pull out a bag of grains and add in some chopped vegetables. Toss with a homemade vinaigrette. Add some cooked chicken meat or shrimp if desired. You have a quick and hearty salad.
Freeze Chicken Salad Mix
Cooked chicken can be frozen with ease. Cook boneless chicken breast on a cooler day. Chop it up and add seasonings like dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Toss with olive oil and pack into freezer bags.
On the day you want to use the chicken salad, remove a bag and thaw it overnight in the fridge. Stir in some mayonnaise, sour cream, chopped dill pickles, onion, and celery. You have chicken salad ready for sandwiches.
Make a Platter of Summer Rolls
In the Asian section of a grocery store, look for rice spring roll wrappers. You can use these to make vegetable summer rolls. The prep time is minimal. You want to thinly slice cabbage, onion, mint leaves, carrots, cucumbers, and other favored vegetables. Cooked shrimp can be added if a protein is desired.
To form the rolls, soak a rice spring roll wrapper in a plate of water for a few seconds. Arrange some of the sliced vegetables in the center of the spring roll wrapper. Bring in the sides and bottom. Roll up into a spring roll. Serve them with a dipping sauce made with soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and lime juice.
Arrange Meal Preparation Services With a Senior Care Agency
Senior care agencies can send caregivers to your parents' home. The caregiver can help your parents plan a weekly menu, shop for groceries, and put everything away. Caregivers also help prepare meals and can join your parents for a meal.
When you hire a senior care professional, you and your parents decide on the best services and schedules for their needs. Pick up the phone. It's all you need to do to get started.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Alabaster, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...