We hear it all the time. One of the greatest worries many people have when considering a move to a senior living community is the meals.While for some of us, the idea of having a 5-star dining room catering to your every dietary need and serving scrumptious meals to you every day sounds divine, for others it is a serious cause for concern.Many of us have spent a lifetime cooking our own meals as well as cooking for family and friends and, frankly, we love the idea of cooking.
You’re in luck! You certainly do not need to give up your passion for the kitchen when transitioning to a senior community. Most, if not all, independent living settings have small kitchens in each unit.While you won’t need to give up sautéing and baking to your hearts content, you will need to rethink some of your recipes to accommodate a more compact kitchen and less counter space.
In this series, we have taken many of your favorite menus and ‘re-worked’ the process to make them more ‘limited space’ friendly. They will help lead you on a new culinary adventure in your new home!
Check back often for more recipes!
All-In-One Mashed Potatoes
Yummy mashed potatoes and comfort food are synonymous with each other. Referred to as ‘Mash’ in the South, today’s mashed potatoes are anything but ordinary. Every restaurant chef invents his/her own version designed to marry perfectly with the main protein and vegetables of the individual dish. There are wasabi-infused versions, those with sour cream and chives, roasted garlic, buttermilk, chorizo, baked apples, caramelized onion, and everyone’s long-time favorite-loaded mashed potatoes, plus about a zillion other combinations.
With a neutral taste, potatoes allow any number of additional flavors and seasonings to be added. In many countries, staple meals are devised with mashed potatoes as the primary ingredient. For instance, a tasty and simple dish from Kenya, called Irio, is made with cooked potatoes, green peas, corn, sautéed onion, butter and yoghurt, all roughly mashed together.In Ireland,Colcannon(mashed potatoes with cabbage) has been around for centuries.
This all-in-one Mash is the real deal. It’ll warm the tummy and leave you with a satisfying ‘ahhhhh’ at the end. It also has all the ingredients for a balanced meal – protein, fiber, and necessary carbs to keep your energy levels up. Although they may not appear so, potatoes are quite nutritious! According to Potatoes USA, they offer fiber, iron, VitaminB6 as well as Vitamin C ,have more potassium than a banana, are fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free (although that probably doesn’t apply as most people add salt to enhance the flavor). One medium potato offers 6 percent of the daily value of iron, 8 percent fiber (with skin on), and 45 percent of the DV of Vitamin C, which helps dispel the myth that all the nutrients in a potato are found in the skin.
This Southern-inspired recipe will get your creative juices flowing and inspire loads of future concoctions!Best of all there’s little or no cooking to do, depending on how much effort you want to put into it. While you are welcome to peel, boil, cut, drain, flavor, and mash fresh potatoes anytime (my favorite are the soft red-skinned potatoes mashed with the skin on), there is an easier way out.Head to your favorite grocery store and buy one of the ‘original’ mashed potato side dishes available in the refrigerated section (it’s usually near the sliced lunch meat or bacon section). One package is enough for two, and by the time all the extras are added, makes for a hearty meal. They only take about 5 minutes total to make in the microwave, and you can do all the other chopping while they are zapping away. You can also find cooked ham as well as fully-cooked bacon. There are no precise amounts because it’s all up to how hungry you are, how much you like of each ingredient, or how much you have on hand.
What you need:
1 package of pre-cooked original mashed potatoes
2 medium to large potatoes cooked and mashed
Drizzle of milk, cream or spoonful of yoghurt (if you’ve cooked fresh potatoes)
1 clove of garlic crushed
Green onions chopped
Chopped, cooked ham
Chopped, cooked bacon
Small tomato diced
Shredded mild cheddar cheese
What to do:
Cook the packaged potatoes according to the directions or prepare the fresh potatoes.
Put the mashed potatoes in a large bowl.
Add all the other ingredients, and any other ‘fixings’ you want and mix together.
It’s that easy.
Get ready to say ‘yum!’