As an in home care provider to an elderly senior, you might find that some times of the day are very busy. Even when cooking for only 1 or 2 people, using a small crock-pot can really save you some time! It also frees you up from having to babysit the food while it’s cooking. You don’t have to take your eyes off your senior for very long.
All you need is a small crock-pot and some good recipes for cooking in small quantities. If you make enough for one meal, it’s just as easy to double it so there’s enough for another meal the next day or on another day.
Keep the fridge cleaned out as much as possible. Don’t keep food that’s over 5 or 6 days old in the fridge. Elderly people can’t see, taste or smell mold as easily as they used to. They may be hunting for something to eat and inadvertently take out some bad food and eat it.
Small meals that can easily be put in the crock-pot in the morning and be ready for supper:
(Makes 3 servings)
1 ½ cups russet potatoes, washed and peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1 ½ cups carrots, washed and peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
½ cup finely chopped onion
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon sage
¼ teaspoon thyme
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 – 10 ¾ ounce can cream of chicken soup
- Place vegetables in the bottom of a 2 ½ quart crockpot
- Sprinkle seasonings evenly over the vegetables
- Top with chicken, then cover with soup
- Cook on low for 6 hours
This soup tastes fabulous reheated on another day. Serve with crackers or a light salad. It also freezes well. Make sure to label each thing you freeze with the date and the contents. After completely cooling, soup can be sealed in a freezer zip-style plastic bag to be frozen.
Benefits of chicken soup
- It’s a comfort food
- You can pack a lot of nutrition in one bowl of food
- It’s easy for most seniors to eat – soft meat and soft vegetables
- For light eaters, it’s all they need
- For heavy eaters, add a sandwich or salad
- Helps a person feel better when suffering from a cold or flu
- You can sneak a lot of different vegetables into it for variety: turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, etc.
Home care counselors at Comfort Keepers are available to talk with you about your in-home care needs including how to reduce caregiver stress while providing better, affordable care. We are an elder care agency providing Home Care Services in Bradenton, FL. For more information about senior care call us at (941) 357-1760.