Wednesday Workshop – 3 Dinner Meals That are Great for People with Memory Loss
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. As people age many factors including medicine, joint problems, digestion and loss of vision, taste and smell can make food less appealing and lower older adults’ ability to shop, cook and eat. It’s important that seniors continue to get a nutrient-rich diet to keep their bodies healthy as they age.
Here are 3 easy dinner recipes that seniors and caregivers can enjoy.
- Sweet and Spicy Grilled Cheese
- 2 slices challah bread
- 2 slices sharp cheddar
- 2 slices pepper jack or other spicy cheese
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 2-4 Tsp BBQ sauce, depending on how much you love BBQ
Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced red onion and stir occasionally until color changes to slightly brown and taste is sweet. Remove onions from skillet and set aside.
Spread 1 Tsp of the remaining butter onto one side of each slice of bread. Divide BBQ sauce evenly among 2 of the slices, and spread evenly opposite the butter side. Lay cheddar cheese on top of sauce. Divide caramelized onion among the sandwiches, top with pepper jack. Finish assembly by placing remaining bread slices on top. The butter sides of the bread should both be on the outside of the sandwiches.
Melt the remaining butter in the skillet on medium-low. Flipping when bread is golden brown on one side and cheese begins to melt. If cheese is not melting quickly enough, place a lid over the pan or use a heavy skillet to place on top and press the sandwiches down. Now devour.
- English Muffin Pizza
- 1 English Muffin (toasted)
- 2 tsp Tomato Sauce (prego is my favorite)
- Mozzarella cheese
- Pepperoni/Veggies anything you want
Toast the English muffin spread the tomato sauce, add cheese and other toppings of your choice – either microwave for 1 minute or put in toaster over at 400 for 5 mins. Serve with a side salad.
- Tortellini, Broccoli and Bacon Salad
- 1 bags cheese-filled tortellini (you can use the refrigerated ones – I recommend them for this recipe)
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 cups cherry tomatoes, each cut in half
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- 1 cup reduced-fat coleslaw dressing
- 1lb bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
- 1/4cup sunflower nuts
Cook and drain tortellini as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain. In very large (4-quart) bowl, mix tortellini, broccoli, tomatoes, chives and dressing. Just before serving, stir in bacon. Sprinkle with nuts.
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