Ten top meals for the elderly
It may sometimes feel like a challenge finding suitable meals for an elderly person with false teeth or dental problems. Foods need to be soft and easy to chew yet still tasty and nutritious.
Here are ten top meals for the elderly
- Corned beef hash
A cheats version is to use tinned or freshly boiled potatoes and simply chop them into slices and mix with raw onion and a tin of corned beef. Place all the ingredients into a dish and bake in the oven until soft. By baking it instead of frying it it remains healthy and still tastes delicious. Serve with baked beans for a tasty and nutritious meal.
- Traditional roast dinner
Always a favourite for everyone, chose a meat that is easy to chew and digest such as chicken. Pork is difficult for the elderly to digest. Boiled veg and soft roast potatoes along with a soft stuffing are substantial and provides a balanced meal.
- Chicken casserole
Made in a slow cooker( for ease) this a tasty meal can be packed with all manner of vegetables,pulses and gravy. Add herbs for additional flavour and interest.
- Cauliflower cheese
Fresh or frozen cauliflower can be used to make cauliflower cheese. Ensure the cauliflower is cooked well but not mushy and add a tasty cheese sauce. Chopped ham or bacon can be added for texture and added flavour. Many supermarkets now also stock bags of frozen cauliflower cheese and I have to admit in a busy life this is perfectly acceptable.
- Fish Pie.
A great source of protein, choose a selection of fishes. Many shops stock fish pie mixes, a selection of different fish and sometimes prawns too. Add a cheese sauce and some fluffy mash and you have a perfect meal for someone with denture issues. Make two and freeze one.
- Eggs in Cheese Sauce
I think there is a theme going on here! (cheese sauce- make a larger quantity, pour into an ice-cube tray and freeze)
Boil some eggs and then slice in half lengthways. Layer these in an oven proof dish and add whatever you like. I add sliced peppers or tomatoes. Cover this with cheese sauce and bake until golden. This is a filling dish and can be served with a veg such as green beans and bacon or sausages.
- Potato bake
I use fresh potatoes and boil them a little first before slicing them thinly. I layer them in an oven proof dish and cheat using a shop bought mixture. You could use some of your cheese sauce and thin it and add some herbs, garlic etc.Bake in the oven until very soft and serve with veg some poached fish.
- Scrambled egg with salmon
Scrambled egg is so easy to eat but can lack flavour. I add small pieces of salmon either fresh or smoked and serve with soft toast.
- Thick home made soup
Using tasty root veg for a filling soup this also makes a great meal in a bowl. Use chicken stock cubes for flavour and blend to a smooth texture. A little grated cheese also adds a touch of richness is desired.
- Cottage pie/Shepherds Pie
Don’t use beef is the person you are cooking for takes Warfarin as they are not meant to eat red meats. Turkey mince is available and is tender and tasty if stock cubes/gravy is added. Put veg such as cooked carrots and peas into it to make a one dish meal and for added nutrition add parnip, swede or carrot to the mash.