Heart Healthy Slow Cooker Comfort Food: 3 Easy Meals for Seniors

Senior Care in Sand Springs, OK – Try these Delicious Meal Ideas for Your Elderly Loved One

Senior Care in Sand Springs, OKSlow-cooked dishes have been a longtime winter favorite for good reason. They are easy to prepare ahead, have many delicious options, leftovers can be reheated for several days, and Crockpot dishes tend to fill any home with warm aromas. A slow cooker also provides advantages for healthy cooking by mixing generous portions of vegetables with small amounts of lean meats and flavorful sauces.

Nutrition is important at any age, but for seniors nutritional foods can be an important first line of defense against many Illnesses. In home care providers can help with nutritional planning and the Crockpot can provide a safe and easy way for family, caregivers, or seniors to prepare winter comfort foods.

Overnight Oatmeal

Irish oatmeal, also known as steel-cut-oats, is a delicious and healthy substitute for regular rolled oats. In the slow cooker do not substitute regular rolled oats because they have a shorter cooking time.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups Irish oatmeal (steel-cut oats)
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit (raisins or cranberries)
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, or dried apple chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • A pinch of sea salt, to taste

Preparation

Use a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker to combine all of the ingredients. Heats on low for 7 to 8 hours or until the oats are tender and oatmeal is as creamy as preferred.

Chicken and Rice

This hearty slow cook dish is a winter favorite. It’s healthy, easy, and leftovers can be reheated for individuals or feeding a group.

Ingredients

  • 1.5-1.7 lbs Chicken breast
  • 1 (10 ounce) can cream soup (low sodium mushroom or celery)
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (16 oz) bag of frozen broccoli
  • 1 chicken flavored bullion
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Preparation

For a dinner dish simply combine all of the ingredients in the Crockpot early in the day and cook on low for 8 hours.

Turkey Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 yellow and/or red pepper, chopped
  • 1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can whole cut tomatoes
  • 2 (15 oz) cans of tomato sauce
  • 4 (15 oz) cans of beans- could be black beans, red kidney beans or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • Black pepper & no sodium sea salt to taste

Toppings options: cilantro, green onions, shredded cheese, Greek yogurt, avocado

Preparation

First, heat the oil in a skillet using medium heat. Brown the turkey and pour it into a 5-6 quart
slow cooker. Add all of the ingredients and seasoning then cover and cook at high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 6 hours.

If you or a loved one could benefit from the help of senior care in Sand Springs, OK, contact the caregivers at Inverness At Home. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call 918-913-0238 for more information.

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