3 Easy Springtime Recipes for Seniors
Posted by Mike McQuinn on March 10, 2017 | no comments
Spring is a time when everything is in bloom, and the world is renewing itself. The feel and the foliage outside are beautiful, the temperatures are warming up, and fresh fruit is plentiful in most markets. And for the elder loved ones in your life, this can be a great time to cook together, with these simple recipes that create something that is fun to make and fun to eat.
Not only is this a healthy and simple recipe that can make a good snack, but it’s good preparation for the upcoming summer grilling season!
The recipe is exceedingly simple, too. You simply need a quarter pound of asparagus for each serving you want, plus a bit of kosher salt and some extra virgin olive oil.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Remove the tough/thick ends of the asparagus, and place the asparagus on a baking sheet
- Drizzle with olive oil, then toss to coat the asparagus completely
- Place asparagus in a single layer, sprinkle it with salt and pepper to taste
- Cook in the oven for 25 minutes, or until tender but crisp.
This is a great recipe to go with something else, particularly with meat like beef or steak. If you have picky eaters in your household, like children, you can wrap the asparagus in cheese (provolone works well) to better entice them to eat it.
Yogurt Berry Parfait
A parfait is a good snack or dessert for literally any time of day, be it breakfast or with an after-dinner coffee. It’s also something that you and the eldest members of your family can put together with ease.
To prepare this recipe, you’ll need 2 or more cups of mixed berries (strawberries and blueberries work best), a quart of plain yogurt, and some granola. You can put this together in a bowl, but if you want to make it look beautiful, put the parfait in wine glasses or similar glassware.
- Wash, dry, and hull the berries as necessary. If you’re using strawberries, cut them into pieces
- Spoon a layer of yogurt into the bowl or glass
- Add a layer of berries, topped with a sprinkle of granola
- Repeat till the glass or bowl is filled, or until you feel it’s full enough
That’s it. With a few minutes’ worth of work, you can put together a great dessert or snack, and one that is healthy, too. If you want to make it a bit less healthy, sprinkle powdered sugar over the top layer of berries and granola.
Grilled Lamb Chops
Lamb is a delicious meat that your family probably doesn’t get to enjoy enough, and it is the perfect meal for spring or summer. This recipe is preparation heavy, but not labor-intensive. It’s also a recipe that anyone can make with a little bit of supervision.
You’ll need two cloves of garlic, a tablespoon of rosemary leaves, a teaspoon of thyme leaves, a pinch of cayenne pepper, some coarse sea salt (to taste), 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and 6 lamb chops.
- In a food processor, combine the garlic, thyme, rosemary, cayenne, and salt. Pulse them until they combine.
- Pour in the olive oil until it turns into a paste.
- Rub the paste on each side of the lamb chops, then refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Heat a pan over high heat until almost smoking, then sear the chops for about two minutes. Flip the chops over and cook them for three minutes more for mid-rare.
These are just a handful of fun recipes that you can make with your family for a great spring meal. If you combine all three of them, you have the makings of a very nice and very healthy spring meal, too, which will be delicious and enjoyable.