10 Quick and Easy Meals for Seniors

Old age invariably comes with the lessening of the ability to accomplish complex tasks. Cooking and preparing food can be a difficult and very involved endeavour, but with a few tips and your veteran know-how, you can be making yourself delicious meals for seniors quickly and with little effort. Flavour will not be sacrificed with these recipes, conversely the clever preparation of the ingredients ranges from traditional fare to more modern combinations that will definitely motivate you to make these dishes again and again.

Here are 10 Quick and Easy Meals for Seniors

Banana Split Oatmeal

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we’ll start with this quick and easy oatmeal variation.

Start to finish: 3 to 4 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
1/2 cup dry instant oatmeal
1/8 teaspoon brown sugar
1 cup water
1/2 banana (sliced)
1/2 cup non-fat frozen yogurt

Mix the oatmeal and salt together in a microwave safe bowl and heat it up for 1 minute on high power. Stir and microwave again for another minute, then stir again. Continue the process in 30 second intervals until the oatmeal reaches your desired thickness. Top the oatmeal with the frozen yogurt and banana slices.

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Southwest Omelet

An American diner classic, the southwest omelet is a nearly indispensable dish that takes just minutes to prepare.

Start to finish: 5 to 6 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
2 medium eggs
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
½ oz. pepper jack cheese (crumbled)
½ oz. salsa or chili sauce
¼ avocado (sliced)

Beat the two eggs. Pour the olive oil in a skillet or pan and set to medium heat. Pour in the eggs, cheese and salsa or chili sauce. When the mixture becomes firm, fold it over and serve alongside the avocado.

Southwest Chicken Salad

If you enjoy southwest flavour stylings then this recipe may become your lunchtime go-to. Feel free to substitute your choice of leafy greens to suit your tastes or nutritional needs.

Start to finish: 10 to 15 minutes
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
1 lb boneless chicken breast (chopped)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 oz. salsa
1 oz. thin corn tortilla chips
1 oz. corn kernels
1 oz. black beans (cooked)
8 oz. spinach leafs

Cook the chicken on a medium skillet or pan with the olive oil on medium heat. Add the salsa to the chicken after it cooks throughout and stir. In a separate bowl, toss the spinach, corn, beans and tomato chunks. Serve and top with the chicken, salsa and corn chips.

Salmon wrap

This salmon wrap is a tasty, easy and nutritious lunch choice. The ingredients are widely available and its preparation makes very little mess.

Start to finish: 4 to 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
1 can boneless skinless salmon
1 whole grain wrap or pita
½ oz. tomato (chopped)
½ oz. avocado (chopped)
½ oz. cream cheese
1 cup of arugula

Spread the cream cheese on the inside of the wrap or pita and evenly distribute the salmon, tomato avocado, greens and arugula.

Greek Salad

The Greek salad is another one of the tried and true meals for seniors that is light, energizing and a cinch to prepare.

Start to finish: 10 to 15 minutes
Servings: 1 to 2 servings
4 cups salad greens
3 tbsp. crumbled feta cheese
2 tbsp. chopped olives
1/2 cup garbanzo beans
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
sea salt and pepper to taste

Toss the first four ingredients together in a bowl. Top  with olive oil, vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste.

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Pumpkin Soup

This supper dish is a cold weather classic that is as hearty as it is delicious.  

Start to finish: 25 - 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
1 can white beans (15 oz., rinsed and drained)
2 tsp. onion powder
1 cup water
1 can pumpkin (15 oz.)
1 can chicken or vegetable broth, low-salt (14.5 ounces)
1/2 tsp. thyme (dried and chopped)
salt and pepper to taste

Puree the white beans, onion, and water. Mix in a soup pot with pumpkin, broth, and spices. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until warmed throughout.

Tuna Pasta Salad

There is very little cooking involved with a tuna pasta salad and an almost limitless potential for customization.

Start to finish: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 to 2 servings
1 ½ cups medium sized pasta
1/2 cup frozen peas (defrosted)
1 cup red pepper (thinly sliced)
1/4 cup carrots (diced)
1 can tuna in water (drained)
1/2 cup Italian dressing

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Rinse the cooked pasta under cold water, then combine it with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Toss and serve.

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Lentil Stew

This hearty meal is ideal for those in need of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. This is the most complicated recipe on the list, but the procedure is simple and it is one of the best meals for seniors.

Start to finish: 1 hour
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup celery (diced)
1 red onion (diced)
1 tbsp. minced garlic
4 carrots (sliced)
2 cups lentils (dried)
8 cups water
2 cans chicken broth (28 oz. total)
2 cups tomato sauce

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and add the celery, onions, garlic, and carrots. Stir continuously for 5 minutes. Add lentils and water. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Add broth and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Add tomato sauce and cook over medium heat for 10 more minutes.

Bruschetta Toast

In need of a tasty snack that you can have ready in minutes but tastes like a gourmet treat. This need is why the Italians created bruschetta.

Start to finish: 8 to 10 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
2 slices of bread
1 cup tomato (chunks)
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 cup spinach leaves (washed)
1 tsp. dried oregano

Lightly simmer the oil, garlic and tomatoes in a medium skillet or pan. Sprinkle the oregano on top then add the spinach leaves and continue to simmer until they wilt. Toast the sliced bread, then top the toast with the tomatoes and spinach.

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Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

This quick and easy treat can serve as a meal replacement any time of the day or as a healthy desert in the evening.

Start to finish: 7 to 8 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
2 slices of whole grain bread
1 oz. peanut butter
½ banana (sliced)
½ cup of granola or cereal

Spread the peanut butter evenly over both slices of bread and begin by distributing the granola or cereal over one side. Evenly lay out the banana slices over the granola or cereal then cover with the other slice and serve.

The great thing about these simple and seemingly basic meals for seniors is that they lend themselves to customization very well. Eating well as a senior doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite foods. The very same flavours that you love can be adapted to the quick and easy approach to meals for seniors. These recipes represent a smarter way of cooking and preparing food.

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