Brrr, it’s cold out there! These are the days of adding extra layers, wrapping our hands around steaming hot mugs, and appreciating the unique beauty of an icy landscape. Winter is also a great time to try warm, comforting, healthy recipes that are especially easy for seniors to prepare. Here are a few simple winter recipes that are nutritious, easy to digest, and don’t require a lot of time or complex cooking skills.
A classic winter dish, vegetable soup is healthy and easy to make. Start by sautéing onions and garlic in a pot, then add chopped vegetables like carrots, celery and potatoes. Pour in vegetable or chicken broth and simmer until the vegetables are tender. You can add canned beans or cooked chicken for extra protein.
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are nutritious and can be easily baked in the oven. Simply wash the sweet potatoes, pierce them with a fork, and bake at 400°F until tender. They can be served with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Oatmeal with Fruits and Nuts
Oatmeal is a warming breakfast option. Cook the oats in milk or water and top them with fresh or dried fruits and nuts for added texture and nutrition. You can also add a bit of honey or maple syrup for sweetness.
Chicken and Rice Casserole
Combine cooked rice, diced cooked chicken, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and some frozen peas and carrots in a baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs and bake until golden. It’s a comforting, one-dish meal.
Stir-Fried Veggies with Tofu or Shrimp
Stir-frying is a quick and easy way to prepare a nutritious meal. Use a variety of vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers and snow peas. Add tofu or shrimp for protein and toss everything in a light soy sauce or teriyaki sauce.
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Vegetables
Cook pasta and toss it with a simple tomato sauce, adding in vegetables like spinach, zucchini or mushrooms. Grate some Parmesan cheese and add fresh basil on top for extra flavor.