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Local Flavour: Simple yet savoury
One of the most difficult aspects of aging is losing self-sufficiency, whether that be transportation, work, or even dabbling in the kitchen.
That’s why Meals on Wheels, cooked and prepared at KinVillage in Tsawwassen, helps bring nutritious meals to seniors with mobility problems.
“They can’t just jump in the car and get groceries whenever they need to,” says Veena Thompson, manager of support services at KinVillage.
That’s why Thompson, who has self-published two cook books and is a red seal chef, recommends simple recipes for seniors, to limit the amount of time they’re on their feet in the kitchen.
Though it may sound like a breakfast meal, “deluxe” scrambled eggs fits the bill at any time of day.
Eggs and cheese gives protein, while the ingredients can be pretty much anything you’d have on a slice of pizza. Conveniently, those ingredients are usually things people have handy in the fridge.
You can use diced tomatoes, black olives, spinach, ham, feta cheese, or onions.
“Use anything, even leftover chicken,” says Thompson. “If there’s a caregiver or family member they can help make this simple recipe and then that’s one less step that needs to be done.”
The bonus to cooking deluxe scrambled eggs or omlettes is there’s less washing up to do afterward.
You only need a bowl to mix the ingredients, a frying pan, and a plate to eat it on.
Thompson says she understands and sympathizes with seniors who love cooking and aren’t able to do it anymore.
“You still have that passion to make things that people enjoy,” she says.
But for those seniors who can’t, Meals on Wheels is there to help. For more information, call Deltassist at 604-946-9526.
Deluxe Scrambled Egg Meal
This recipe is great because it doesn't require too much standing to prepare and it doesn't have to taste the same every time.
Start with the base of scrambled eggs and add any kind of pizza topping you like to the mixture; black olives, spinach, tomato, ham, feta cheese, onion, etc.
Serve with a slice of toast and if you want more of a kick add a bit of salsa on the side.
1 tsp butter or margarine
2 tbsp milk or cream
1 diced tomato
1/8 cup shredded cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
In a bowl combine all ingredients except butter. Melt butter in a pan on medium heat.
Add egg mixture and allow to cook until egg is firm.
If using ingredients that require cooking, add to the pan with the butter and cook to proper texture and then add egg mixture.
If cholesterol is an issue, you can use just egg whites, which are sold in cartons.