Special Foods For Seniors To Try Out During Thanksgiving

Posted: November 14, 2021 11:45 am

As a senior, sometimes you feel that planning a Thanksgiving meal is a daunting task. Some people have been hosting their own family’s Thanksgiving for so many years, they have lost touch on what to do. Some of these foods can be found on Amazon. Be sure to check them out because Amazon has some great discount deals on various foods. Also, these foods on Amazon are great if you are in a hurry or on a budget.
So, here is some Thanksgiving Recipe for seniors that will be great to try out.

1)Berry Nutty Pancakes

This pancake recipe is a great and healthy way to start your Thanksgiving morning.

[Berry nut pancake mix on Amazon]

What you need for this recipe is:
– 2 cups of all-purpose white flour (sifted)
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 2 tablespoon sugar (optional)
– 3 teaspoons baking powder (4 if the batter is thin)
– 1/2 teaspoon salt (if using salted butter, omit the salt in the batter)
– 1 cup chopped nuts or berries depending on what flavor you want. I used blueberry, so I added them at the end, so they don’t get crushed by mixing them with a mixer.
1) Combine all dry ingredients
2) Sift into a bowl to get rid of any clumps. If the mixture is thick, you can add one tablespoon of milk or water until slightly runny batter.
3) Fold in nuts/berries at the end with a spatula, so they don’t break up.
4) Cook on medium heat until golden brown. Flip over and cook until golden brown again for about 2 minutes on each side, depending on how hot your pan is.
Serves: 15 pancakes (5-6 inch diameter)

2 ) Green Bean Casserole

This is a great side dish for your Thanksgiving meal.

[Green bean on Amazon]

What you need:
-1 can of green beans (drained)
-1 cup French Fried onions chopped celery
-2 tablespoons butter salt and pepper to taste –
¾ cup mayonnaise
-3/4 cup sour cream
-½ tablespoon lemon juice
1) Sautee the green beans, celery, salt, and pepper in a pan until soft or semi softened. If it is still hard, don’t worry because it will be soft when you bake it for 8 minutes in the oven.
2) Combine all ingredients into a baking dish (the one you will use to bake your green bean casserole). This mixture should be enough for about 4-6 servings, depending on the size of the baking dish.
3) Bake in the oven for 8 minutes or until brown. Serve and enjoy!

3)Stuffed Turkey Breast

This Thanksgiving recipe for seniors is also great if you are cooking for two. It’s easy to make and super tasty.

[Stuffed Turkey Breast on Amazon]

What you need:
-1 boneless turkey breast (skinless if possible but try to find one with skin on it)
-3 strips of bacon cut in half (you can use 1/2 cup more if you like)
-1 onion chopped finely or pressed garlic
-1 teaspoon thyme
-salt and pepper to taste –
Two tablespoons melted butter.
Method: 1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) Spread out the onions, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme into a baking dish that will fit your turkey breast.
3) Put your turkey breast in the pan so that all the spices cover it.
4) Fold up the bottom of the turkey breast, so all the ingredients are inside. Wrap the bacon strips around it and fasten with a toothpick or tie-up with kitchen twine.
5) Put two tablespoons of melted butter on top and cook for about one and a half to 2 hours (depending on your oven). Make sure you baste every 30 minutes so it won’t dry out too much. It should be brown. You can take it out before an hour if it’s already cooked but make sure you check the temperature in the middle by sticking a fork in the thickest part where there is no bone (it should go through quickly). If not, then put back in for another 20 minutes until fully cooked.
6) let rest for 15-20 minutes before cutting into slices or pieces, depending on how big it is.
Serves 6-8 servings depending on the size of turkey breast. This recipe can also be used for chicken or any other meat if you are not a fan of turkey.

4) Green Salad With Cranberries and Pecans

This is an excellent recipe if you are not a fan of stuffing or mashed potatoes. It is light and healthy but still has enough flavor to satisfy your hunger.

[cranberries and pecans on Amazon]
-2 cups chopped lettuce (depending on the size of your bowl)
-1 granny smith apple cut into small pieces
-1/2 cup pecans
-3 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste
– 1/4 cup dried cranberries
Method: 1) Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl. Depending on what you want, you can add any other vegetables you like or take away some of the ingredients.
2) Dress with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
3) This salad should be enough for 2-4 servings depending on how hungry you are!

5) Pumpkin Pie Pockets

These pumpkin pie pockets are super easy to make .They’re great as a dessert after your Thanksgiving meal!

[Pumpkin Pie on Amazon]
What you need:
-1 cup canned pumpkin puree
-1/8 cup brown sugar
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/2 teaspoon ginger
-1/4 teaspoon cloves
– 3 tablespoons milk
– 1 package of crescent dough (8 pieces)
1) Preheat the oven to 350F.
2) Mix all ingredients apart from the milk and crescent dough in a bowl.
3) Mix the milk into the mixture. Make sure it is not too liquidy or too thick; if you think it needs more milk or more flour, add one at a time until you get the right consistency.
4) Take out each piece of crescents dough and separate them, so no triangles are touching each other for example, for this recipe, I made 16 pockets depending on how big they are; they can feed 1-2 people.
5) Put the filling in each dough pocket and fold it over to seal it. Put on a baking sheet or tray with parchment paper.
6) Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and the edges are crispy.
7) Serve with vanilla ice cream if you like and enjoy!
Serves: 8-12 depending on how big you make them. They can also be stored in the fridge for about a week or even frozen to last longer.

6) Mixed Green Salad With Cranberries, Walnuts, and Parmesan

This is a great side dish for Thanksgiving. It is light but tasty at the same time.

[cranberries, walnuts, and parmesan on Amazon]

What You Need;
-5 cups chopped lettuce (depending on the size of your bowl)
-1/2 cup dried cranberries
– 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
– 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
1) Mix all ingredients in a big bowl. Depending on what you want, you can add any other vegetables you like or take away some of the ingredients.
2) Dress with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
3) This salad should be enough for 2-4 servings depending on how hungry you are!
Serves: 4-6

8) Cranberry Sauce

Another Thanksgiving classic for seniors.

[Cranberry Sauce on Amazon]
What you need:
-1 bag of fresh cranberries
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 cup water
1) Put the cranberries in a saucepan and add sugar and water. Please put it on medium heat, occasionally stir until all fruit has popped (about 10 minutes). Let it cool down before serving with Thanksgiving dinner.
Serves: 18

9) Cornbread Stuffing With Vegetables

This is a fantastic dish for Thanksgiving!

[Cornbread stuffing on Amazon]
What you need:
-1/4 cup dried onion flakes
-2 cups chicken broth or turkey stock (you can also use vegetable broth)
Method: 1) In a bowl, mix dry ingredients so they have combined well. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined.
2) Put it in a baking tray with parchment paper and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until golden brown and crispy on top
Serves: 10-12 depending on the size of each serving. This is enough for any Thanksgiving dinner and can be frozen to last longer as well!

10) Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This soup is simply delicious! It’s creamy, sweet, and savory all at the same time. It will make you go “wow” when you taste this for the first time!

[Butternut Squash Soup on Amazon]
What you need:
-1 butternut squash (medium-sized)
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (depending on how spicy you want it)
Method: 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) Cut your butternut squash in half and take out the seeds, which you can save later to make roasted pumpkin seeds (another dish I will be blogging about). Rub the inside of each half with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Place face up on a baking tray or in a baking pan.
3) Put it in the oven for about an hour until soft through. It should be crispy on top and golden brown.
4) Let it cool off a little bit before taking the skin off (this will make it easier). Use a spoon to take out all of the soft butternut squash flesh.
5) Put the flesh in a blender and add about 1/2 cup chicken broth or turkey stock if you still have some leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner. Blend until creamy! You can also roast pumpkin seeds for 5-8 minutes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to serve as a garnish with your soup.
Serves 2-3 per person depending on how hungry you are. This can be frozen as is to last longer or eaten within three days!

Thanksgiving can be a little bit of a challenge for seniors. You are often on your feet all day, taking care of family and cooking the meal, making everything even more tiring. With the recipes provided, you can get a head start ahead of time and get some energy back for that particular day.



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