Senior caregivers spend long hours at work and once they come home, the idea of cooking dinner from scratch can seem like a daunting and time consuming task. Many home cooks don't realize how easy making their own sauces from scratch can be nor how little time it takes. Myfamilydish.com shares with us their homemade teriyaki sauce recipe, which they say can be made in less time than it takes to pick up an order from your local Chinese restaurant.
Teriyaki sauce from Myfamilydish.com
The basic ingredients for the teriyaki sauce include garlic, ginger, soy sauce, water, Mirin and vinegar. Health benefits of creating your own sauce include being able to control the specific ingredients that make up the final product. If you or a senior client have a dietary restriction limiting your daily sodium intake, then that need can be accommodated with a homemade sauce recipe by using low sodium ingredients or a salt substitute. In this particular recipe, take note of the amount of sodium in the soy sauce you plan to use before purchasing.
Once the safe is made, combine your favorite Asian noodle with vegetables of your choice. Try broccoli, snap peas, eggplant or cabbage and add some cooked shrimp or chicken in for additional protein. Top with your teriyaki sauce and serve. The recipe overall shouldn't take more than twenty minutes for a healthy customizable dinner.
Fish makes for a popular dinner option with plenty of nutrition benefits, but knowing how to cook it well can be challenging. Salmon in particular is full of omega-3 fatty acids which help lower triglyceride levels. Lowering the level of triglycerides in the bloodstream helps prevent heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids also have been linked to prevention of depression and dementia, something that seniors may struggle with as they age.
According to Myfamilydish.com, one of the biggest frustrations in cooking salmon comes in the "white goo," a type of protein, that leaks out of the fish in the baking process. While fine to eat, it can muck up the appearance of a dish and make it unappetizing. Blogger Sally Mathew shares her trials with different baking times and methods to reduce the "white goo" and not overcook your fish.
Once cooked, caregivers can pair the Baked Salmon with a favorite steamed vegetable and a whole grain couscous or pasta for a complete meal. Myfamilydish also suggests their own pesto butter as a topping for the salmon once finished cooking, but any favorite sauce can be used as a dressing. Try dijon, lemon sauce, or dill sauce as alternate toppings.
The results of this recipe will hopefully be quite tasty and nutritionally beneficial for healthy aging for both caregivers and their senior clients. Senior care companies are looking for passionate caregivers to apply for caregiving jobs. Develop further skills as a caregiver through Caregiverlist's online training course.
Baked Salmon from Myfamilydish.com