Spring Recipes for SeniorsApril 14, 2023
Now that we’ve settled into April, we are finally starting to see the promise of new beginnings and fresh growth that comes with spring. It’s time for seniors to emerge from the cold and enjoy the warmth of the sun on their skin once again. With a new season comes exciting new recipes to try.
Whether you’re cooking for yourself or for a loved one, these spring recipes for seniors are sure to bring some much-needed joy and nourishment to your life. Between light breakfast options to hearty main courses, you’ll certainly find options to suit your taste and dietary needs.
Quiche is a fantastic dish that can be adapted to fit each and every season. They start with eggs, cream, and seasoning, and then can be filled with whatever you like. They are great for seniors who don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen but want to yield a large amount of food.
For a spring rendition of this dish, try asparagus quiche. Asparagus, bacon, and Swiss cheese keep the quiche light in flavor but still hearty enough to get you through the day.
Spring and summer are the best times of year to get enough fruits and vegetables in your diet. Smoothies can get you the nourishment you’re looking for first thing in the morning in just a few minutes. They can even be prepped ahead of time. Just place your combination of ingredients in the freezer, and put them in the blender whenever you’re ready.
The best part about smoothies is how adaptable they are. These recipes give you a place to start, but you don’t need to follow them to a “t.” Add any fruits and vegetables you think would go well together, then blend away.
Spring tabouli salad
This light, flavorful recipe puts a springtime twist on the classic tabouli salad. Full of fantastic-springtime vegetables and fresh herbs, the ingredients really come together with a lemon-based dressing. It’s a great option for a side dish, but by adding a little bit of chicken or other protein you could easily have it for a light lunch.
Thanks to the quinoa and hearty vegetables, this is a salad you don’t have to worry about wilting after a few hours. You could easily make a large serving of it and have it ready for days on end!
Grilled chicken and strawberry salad
Though you can buy strawberries any time of year, you’ll start to see them coming into season in the late spring. Many reserve the fruit for an afternoon snack or an addition to their favorite desserts, but they also go wonderfully in a salad.
This grilled chicken and strawberry salad is as easy as it is delicious—and it even has its own vinaigrette! You could grill your own chicken on a beautiful spring day, or you could purchase pre-cooked chicken for an even faster recipe.
Spring minestrone soup
Minestrone soup isn’t just a winter recipe—you can make it using spring vegetables too! You can add any type of vegetable you’d like, but this recipe suggests broccoli, green beans, peas, and kale. With dill, lemon juice, and fennel, the soup has a bright flavor that will keep a spring in your step on even the colder days of the season.
If you’re the type of person who needs meat in their meals, consider adding chicken or slices of bacon. These are lighter ingredients that won’t weigh down the soup.
Chicken orzo soup
This chicken orzo soup is another great dish to have when you’re dreaming of the warmer days to come. The lemon and dill give the soup a refreshing taste, while the coriander seeds add a layer of depth. This recipe naturally calls for orzo, but you could use any other rice or small pasta.
Another modification you could make for your own ease is purchasing chicken broth instead of making your own. This will save you time.
Honey-garlic chicken thighs with carrots & broccoli
Sheet pan meals are fantastic for those weeknight dinners that you want to be completed quickly. This honey-garlic chicken is sweet and tangy with a great assortment of vegetables to balance out the meal. Once the chicken is marinated, the easy recipe is done in about 30 minutes.
Everything is cooked in the same pan, so you don’t have to worry about too many dishes. Just remember to line it with tin foil for easier clean-up.
Fish tacos with avocado-lime crema
Thanks to the use of frozen fish sticks or popcorn shrimp, this fish taco recipe is fast and easy. While the fish bakes, you make the coleslaw and the avocado crema—and then you’re done! If you’re not a fan of spicy foods, skip the addition of hot sauce in the crema. Instead, add bell peppers to the dish for more flavor.
Every once in a while, it’s nice to treat yourself to a little dessert. This time of year is the short window when you get to enjoy rhubarb—a vegetable that has been shown to reduce cholesterol, aid in digestion, and strengthen bones. The tart flavor makes it a wonderful addition to a dessert.
Try a rhubarb crunch as a sweet treat. If you’re trying to cut down on your sugar levels, consider using one of these alternatives in your recipe.
Though they’re a little more work, pavlovas are low in sugar and fat, making them a great sweet treat at the end of the day. They are light and airy, and pair wonderfully with fresh fruit or cream. A traditional pavlova is made with egg whites, but this recipe goes the vegan route by using chickpea brine and cream of tartar.
Find help with healthy meals this spring
At Home Care Powered by AUAF, we understand that aging can make meal preparation and cooking challenging. We offer a range of in-home care services, including meal preparation, grocery shopping, and light housekeeping to help seniors with their daily tasks and improve their overall well-being. We are committed to helping seniors maintain their independence and quality of life.
Don’t let the challenges of aging prevent you from enjoying life’s simple pleasures like cooking and sharing meals with loved ones. Contact us at 773-274-9262 to learn more about our home care services and how we can help you or your loved one live life to the fullest.
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