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5 Tasty Recipes that Seniors and their Caregivers can Enjoy

Many factors can affect the taste of food for older individuals. Make these tasty recipes for them and they’ll get the nutrition they need and a meal they’ll want to eat again.

Five Tasty Recipes that Seniors and Caregivers Can Enjoy

As people age, many factors including medicine, joint problems, digestion and loss of vision, taste and smell can make food less appealing and lower older adults’ ability to shop, cook and eat.

It’s important that seniors continue to get a nutrient-rich diet to keep their bodies healthy as they age.

Here are 5 easy recipes that seniors and caregivers can enjoy.


Quinoa Bean Salad with Cilantro Lemon Dressing (Adapted from Cooking Light)


  • 1 ½ cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups chopped tomato (about 3 medium)
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans

Substitutions and Tips:

Substitute cucumber for carrots if have difficulty chewing or swallowing. Make a large batch and enjoy for lunch for several days.


Cook quinoa according to package. Combine olive oil, cilantro, lemon juice, mustard, sugar, pepper and garlic in a large bowl. Stir until blended and then add in quinoa. Stir in tomatoes, green onions, carrots and beans.


Savoury Oatmeal

Oatmeal is easy to prepare and can be customized with your favourite mix-ins. Try this savoury spin for an extra boost to your morning meal.


  • Quick-cooking oats
  • Low-fat or fat-free milk
  • ¼ cup cooked turkey sausage
  • ½ cup spinach
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • Sliced avocado


Make oatmeal as directed on a package on stove or microwave. Cook turkey sausage. When oatmeal and sausage is cooked, add turkey, spinach and flax seeds to oatmeal. Top with sliced avocado.

Substitutions and Tips:

  • Substitute water for milk if dairy intolerant.
  • You can customize with your own favourite mix-ins


Cereal Crunch Trail Mix Adapted from Cooking Light


1/2 cup dried cranberries

2 cups whole-grain Rice Chex

3 cups Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal

½ cup roasted almonds

Substitutions and Tips:

Add in cooked barley, bulgur or whole-wheat couscous for extra fibre.

Sweet Treat

Berry Lemon Parfait

(Adapted from Health Magazine)


  • 1 cup low-fat or fat-free vanilla Greek yoghurt
  • 2 (3.5-ounce) containers fat-free vanilla pudding
  • 2 tbsp lemon curd
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups mixed berries (such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries)
  • Granola for topping


Whisk together yoghurt, pudding, lemon curd, and vanilla extract. Set aside. In a medium bowl, stir honey and lemon juice together. Add berries and stir until combined. Scoop yoghurt into a small bowl, then top with berry mixture and sprinkle granola on top.

Substitutions and Tips:

Reduce honey and lemon curd by 50 per cent if you have diabetes.

Top with fresh nuts instead of granola if desired.


Chicken Vegetable Soup (Adapted from Martha Stewart)


  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 3 medium celery stalks, diced
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup spinach or kale
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp lemon seasoning

Substitutions and Tips:

Add in cooked barley, bulgur or whole-wheat couscous for extra fibre.


In a large pot, bring broth to a boil. Add in onion, carrots and celery. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender about 15 minutes. Stir in chicken. Add in leafy greens, thyme, rosemary and lemon seasoning. Cook until chicken is warmed, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Shopping Tips

  • Make a grocery list so you remember all the essentials and don’t end up buying items you don’t need.
  • Keep the fridge stocked with fresh chopped fruits and vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, melons and sliced apples.
  • Keep the pantry stocked with nuts, oats, and whole-grain cereals.
  • Purchase canned and frozen vegetables to make cooking easier for older individuals.

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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