Home Care in Ridgefield, CT
It is easy for the elderly and their caregivers to get into a food rut. Trying a new food and preparing it in different ways can be a great way to break the monotony and spice up the meal routine. Trying new foods can be especially beneficial if it is a healthy food packed with the nutrients that seniors need to stay active, happy, and healthy.
One food that is loaded with important nutrients and tastes great, too, is quinoa. Quinoa is a seed that, when cooked, has a texture much like couscous. It is gluten-free and has a distinctive nutty flavor. It’s available in red, black, and white varieties, but there isn’t much of a difference in taste between them. Quinoa is high in protein, fiber, and iron making it very filling and healthy, too.
How is quinoa cooked?
Quinoa can be cooked in water or in stock. It is cooked similar to rice using one part quinoa and two parts liquid. After rinsing it, combine the quinoa and liquid and then bring it to a boil. Once boiling, cover it and let it simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed and the little white spiral attached to each seed is visible.
How is it served?
Quinoa can be served in a variety of ways. It can be used as a side-dish in place of rice or pasta by adding some seasonings and a little parmesan cheese. It can also take center-stage on the plate when used in a salad or a casserole.
An easy and healthy way to prepare quinoa with a colorful blend of veggies is by making a southwest-style quinoa salad. Start by cooking the quinoa (about 1/4 cup dry quinoa per person) and then let it cool room temperature. Once cool, mix in cold black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and diced avocado. Make a simple dressing with white wine vinegar, olive oil, and your favorite Mexican-style seasonings such as chili powder, cumin, and/or cilantro. Stir the dressing into the salad and then top with cheese. You’ll be surprised at how filling this meatless meal is!
As you can see, quinoa can be easily prepared by the elderly and their caregivers and it comes with many health benefits. Quinoa is just one of many “ancient grains” that is flavorful and filling.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Ridgefield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.