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Delectable Dishes for Senior Vegetarians

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

More and more seniors are deciding on a vegetarian lifestyle, either for ethical reasons or health concerns. Colorado Springs live-in care providers understand that flexibility is the key to preventing vegetarian diets from becoming monotonous, especially for those coming from an omnivorous background. Check out these fun and fresh vegetarian meals specifically chosen with senior nutrition in mind. 

Colcannon

This nourishing hot dish is a hearty and tasty twist on mashed potatoes. Colcannon comes from the Irish Gaelic words meaning “white cabbage”, but these days the cabbage is optional. In Ireland, kale has become a common and nutritious substitute. Whether you choose kale or cabbage, you can’t go wrong with this yummy dish. Both cabbage and kale are high in essential nutrients like vitamin K and vitamin C.

Dolmas

Convenient and easy to make, dolma makes an excellent snack food or meal. The name comes from the Turkish word for “stuffed”, but it’s actually a wrap usually made with grape leaves or other vegetables. While dolmas are often stuffed with meat, don’t let that stop you from serving up creative vegetarian versions. Satisfying options include large green olives and eggplant. Both are packed with powerful antioxidants that promote anti-aging, which is ideal for seniors who receive Colorado Springs home care.

Gnocchi

These delightfully fluffy potato dumplings are a fun-to-eat alternative to more common pasta varieties like spaghetti or penne. For a healthier alternative, try heart-healthy whole grain gnocchi. Sage, pesto, and cheese are tasty vegetarian accompaniments to this dish, though there’s nothing wrong with some simple yet tasty marinara sauce.

Potato Doughnut

Our list wouldn’t be complete without including a delicious dessert. A potato doughnut is exactly what it sounds like, a doughnut made with potatoes instead of flour. Cooked like traditional doughnuts, this sweet treat can be customized into a healthier version by using white sugar alternatives like the nutrient powerhouse, molasses.

Home Care Assistance understands the important role nutrition plays in senior health and wellness, which is why our expertly trained caregivers help seniors prepare wholesome meals. Whether your loved one requires inclusive Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, or stroke care in Colorado Springs, we ensure your loved one maintains a nutritious diet and regular exercise to promote wellbeing. Call a knowledgeable Care Manager at (719) 822-1229 today to learn how we can help your senior loved one.