Older adults have been found to have problems chewing due to dental deterioration. Since dental care is essential at any age, oral health is even more important in old age.
The general condition of the elderly is also affected by infections in the mouth and the ability to chew food. Poor chewing can lead to poor absorption of nutrients.
Now let’s look at what can make lunch and dinner easier for the elderly if they do not have healthy enough teeth to chew their food correctly.
1) Oven-baked Potato Croquettes Stuffed With Ham and Cheese
Potato croquettes are delicious, tasty, soul food that restores the body and soul.
- Yellow-fleshed potatoes: 1/2 kg
- Cooked ham: 50 g
- Grated parmesan cheese: 50 gr.
- Salt to taste (avoid pepper, which is hard on the kidneys)
- Nutmeg to taste
- 1 egg
- Dash of oil
- Bread crumbs
How to Make Potato Croquettes
Boil potatoes in a small amount of water and salt for 40 minutes. When potatoes are cooked, mash potatoes finely. Chop the ham into small pieces and add to the batter. Add the eggs and Parmesan cheese. After mixing, make small cylindrical meatballs and pass them through the breadcrumbs. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzle with enough oil to crisp the coating.
Bake at 180 to 200 degrees (depending on the size of the croquettes) for about 15 minutes. It doesn’t get any simpler than this! Besides, baking is arguably the healthiest and best for the elderly.
Preparation time: about 1 hour
2) Vegetable Soup
Vegetable soup is a healthy and easy food everyone should eat several times a week. It is ideal for the elderly because it contains many of the vitamins found in vegetables. Choose the best combination for your senior’s tastes.
- Green onions and potatoes
- Potatoes and carrots
- Spinach and zucchini
- Squash and carrots
- Mushrooms, potatoes, and zucchini
- Salt to taste
- 1 liter of vegetable broth
Of course, the amount of vegetables will depend on the number of people eating the soup. Remember that vegetables are usually high in water content and lose volume during cooking. Therefore, always add more vegetables, so the soup runs well.
Clean and dice the vegetables. Sauté the onion in a thin layer of olive oil. When the onions are soft, add the vegetables and cook, shaking and stirring to coat the vegetables with the oil.
Add enough vegetable broth to cover the vegetables. Add a few rosemary leaves (just for flavor). Bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes.
Using a blender, break the vegetables into small pieces without lumps. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add Parmesan cheese (and oil if desired) and serve.
Preparation time: about 45 minutes.
3) Grandma’s Mimosa Eggs
Mimosa eggs are another fun and delicious dish that can be used for everyday meals.
- 6 eggs
- 1 can tuna (in olive oil)
- Marjones (homemade is better)
How to Make Mimosa Eggs
Boil the eggs for at least 10 minutes after the water comes to a boil. Peel the eggs and carefully remove the shells, then cut the eggs in half. Remove the yellow part of the yolk and place them in a large bowl. Place the egg white halves on a plate.
Chop the yolks into small yellowish chunks (a bit like mimosa flowers) and leave some of the yolks (cooked) in a separate bowl (1 out of 6 eggs is enough).
Combine the tuna and mayonnaise with the remaining egg yolks. If the dough is too dry, you can add a little bit of olive oil.
The resulting mixture is placed in half the egg yolks to fill the holes left by the yolks. Make a small pile and sprinkle the chopped yolks and well-chopped parsley on top.
Preparation time: about 40 minutes
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