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As you age, foods may taste different. In fact, as you age, your are likely to start losing taste buds. You were born with approximately 10,000 taste buds, but after middle age, that number starts to gradually decrease. We typically experience five basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami, or savory. Of your four taste sensations, sweet, salty, sour, and bitter, sweet and salty are often the first to go. So at the very least, you may over-salt your food, which could cause your blood pressure to rise and put your hearth health at risk. In addition, medications and/or medical conditions may restrict your diet. As you lose taste with age and endure changes in diet due to medications or medical conditions, it can cause a loss of appetite, weight loss, poor nutrition, weakened immunity, and in extreme cases, even death. But there are easy healthy dinner recipes for seniors with these challenges. There are also general cooking suggestions that can help.
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There are some easy healthy recipes even on a restricted diet. For days when you do not feel like cooking, front door delivered special died home cooked meals for those who are on dialysis, need low sodium, seek renal friendly food, and/or are diabetic, are available at MagicKitchen.com Special Diets. Links to some recipes, categorized by dietary restriction, are listed below.
Recipes for Diabetics
Chicken Fiesta Salad
Original recipe makes 4 servings
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (1.27 ounce) packet dry fajita seasoning, divided
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (11 ounce) can Mexican-style corn
1/2 cup salsa
1 (10 ounce) package mixed salad greens
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, cut into wedges
PREP : 10 mins
COOK: 30 mins
READY IN : 40 mins
Prepare the salad by tossing the greens, onion and tomato. Top salad with chicken and dress with the bean and corn mixture.
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Celiac Disease Dishes
Bacon Swiss Cheddar Cheese Dip
12 slices quality smoked bacon, cooked, chopped
1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese
¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
¾ cup shredded Swiss cheese
½ cup mayonnaise
1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon horseradish, prepared
4 scallions, chopped
In a mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese with an electric mixer.
Fold in and lightly mix the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, horseradish, cheddar cheese, bacon and scallions.
Serve hot or cold.
To heat, place in an oven proof container and bake at 400°F for 10 minutes or until bubbly and warm.
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Recipes for High Blood Pressure
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spray a 1 1 /2-quart shallow baking dish with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the ingredients except the sweet potato cubes. Add the cubes, stirring to coat. Arrange in a single layer in the baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through. Stir again. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until the cubes are tender and the glaze has thickened and sticks to them.
Recipes for Seniors With Difficulty Digesting Meat Products
My dad found meat to be more difficult to handle when he was going through chemotherapy for cancer.
Green Enchilada Casserole
2 T fat-free vegetable broth
1 C chopped onion
2 C diced zucchini
2 C packed fresh spinach, coarsely shredded
1 C frozen whole kernel corn
1½ C enchilada sauce (18 oz jar)
12 6″ corn tortillas
2 C shredded fat-free monterey jack or jalapeno-jack soycheese
¼C fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat broth in skillet. Add zucchini and onion and cook 5 minutes or until golden and tender. Add spinach and corn. Cook and stir until spinach is soft. Layer ½C enchilada sauce in 3-qt. shallow baking dish. Place 6 tortillas, overlapping as needed to cover bottom of dish. Spread with half of remaining enchilada sauce. Top with vegetable mixture and half the cheese. Top with remaining tortillas and enchilada sauce. Bake 20 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and bake 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Cut into 6 squares and garnish with cilantro.
6 servings, each 173 calories
Recipes for Those with Heart Disease
2 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
12 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries
For the topping
3/4 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
3/4 cup whole-wheat (whole-meal) flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold trans-free margarine, cut into pieces
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Lightly coat a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, add the apple slices. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
In small bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Add the mixture to the apples and toss gently to mix. Stir in the blueberries. Spread the apple-blueberry mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish. Set aside.
In another large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a fork, cut the cold margarine into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the milk and vanilla. Stir just until a moist dough forms.
Turn the dough onto a generously floured work surface and, with floured hands, knead gently 6 to 8 times until the dough is smooth and manageable. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle 1/2-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Cut close together for a minimum of scraps. Gather the scraps and roll out to make more cuts.
Place the dough pieces over the apple-blueberry mixture until the top is covered. Bake until the apples are tender and the topping is golden, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.
Recipes That Help Arthritis
Quick and Easy Pumpkin Soup
Total Time: 55 min
Prep Time: 20 min | Cook Time: 35 min
Pumpkins are an excellent source of beta-cryptoxanthin, a powerful anti-inflammatory. Pair that with ginger, and you have a potent recipe for arthritis relief. Serve this with a fresh green salad for a healthy lunch or as the first course of a holiday dinner.
1 cup chopped onion
1 1-inch piece gingerroot, peeled and minced
1 clove garlic, minced
6 cups vegetable stock, divided
4 cups pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
½ cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, cook onions, garlic, and ginger in ½ cup vegetable stock until tender, about 5 minutes.
Add pumpkin, remaining 5½ cups stock, salt, and thyme. Cook 30 minutes.
Using a handheld blender, puree soup until smooth.
Remove soup from heat and stir in half-and-half. Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley.
Recipes for Crohn’s Disease Sufferers
The skim milk powder in the recipe increases protein and calcium content for people who are recovering from a Crohn’s disease flare-up.
A low-fiber variation can be made by leaving out the dates and switching the whole-grain flour to white flour.
Makes about 12 scones
Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine spices and flour, and then cut in the canola margarine. Add chopped dates, sugar, and milk. Stir until combined, then turn onto a floured cutting board and gently knead the dough. Divide the dough into 2 parts and roll each into a sausage shape. Cut each dough sausage into 6 equal pieces. Place pieces on a greased and floured baking sheet, spaced to allow for rising. Bake in the oven for about 8 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 325° F and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes.
Serve hot. Try cutting in half and adding a light spread of canola margarine or raspberry jam on each half.
Soft Food Recipes
Often used following surgeries and dental work but also good for those who have difficulties chewing and/or swallowing.
Recipes to Boost the Immune System
Recipes for Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatment