It’s been one of those days. You had a meeting that ran late. Your dad’s doctor’s appointment took longer than expected. You had to stop and get his prescriptions refilled. By the time you got back to his house, you’re tired, but you still need to finish his laundry, cook dinner, and clean up the kitchen.
As tempting as it is to grab takeout and call it done, there are ways to make sure he eats well. Here are some of the best meals for busy days.
On a less busy day, make a large batch of quinoa or whole barley and put it in freezer bags. Date the bags and store them in the freezer. Do the same with some boneless chicken breast. Cook the breasts, slice thin, and toss them in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
The day you’re too busy to cook a meal, defrost a package of grains and a package of chicken. Portion into bowls with the chicken on top. Add sliced raw carrots, cucumbers, red onion, spinach or kale, and grape tomatoes. Add Kalamata olives if desired. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and top with some feta cheese before serving.
Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches
Toss sliced zucchini, red peppers, red onions, carrots, and Portobello mushrooms in garlic-infused olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in a 400 degree F oven until golden and tender. Store the vegetables in a glass or plastic container.
When you have no time to cook, layer some roasted vegetables on a whole grain ciabatta roll. Add a slice of mozzarella, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and top with fresh basil leaves.
Soba Ramen is one of the fastest soups to cook. Purchase soba noodles and cook as directed. While you’re cooking the noodles, cook some eggs too. Bring the eggs to a boil. Turn off the heat, cover the pan, and let them sit for 10 minutes. Store the cooked noodles in a container or freezer bag.
Peel the eggs and toss them in a mix of rice wine vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce, and sake. Put them in a freezer bag and store them in the refrigerator.
To prepare, heat two cups of water, a teaspoon of sesame oil, a pinch of ginger, and two large teaspoons of miso paste. Bring to a boil and add the soba noodles. Portion into bowls and top with an egg, edamame, green onions, crispy onion chips, and nori.
Have you considered the benefits of caregivers? If you’re feeling overloaded with work, your family, and your personal time, caregivers help you find the right balance. Caregivers can clean while you take our dad to the doctor. They can do the shopping and run errands while you’re at work.
Caregivers have a long list of tasks they’re trained to help older adults complete. Call to make the arrangements.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering a Caregiver in Deer Park, WA please contact the caring staff at Angel Senior Care today at (509) 326-4357.