It’s important to provide your senior loved one with healthy, simple and affordable meal options and recipes.
Homewatch CareGivers recommends preparing the following recipe — submitted by Amanda Berthod, Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach — for your loved one while you care for them, possibly for after surgery home care.
- 1 pound chicken parts
- 2 stalks celery, including leafy tops, cut into 3-inch pieces
- 1 whole chicken, thoroughly rinsed
- Sea salt to rub inside the chicken
- 1 large whole onion, unpeeled (find one with a firm, golden-brown peel)
- 1 large whole carrot, peeled
- 1 medium parsnip, peeled
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper (optional)
- 1 bunch dill, cleaned and tied with a string
1. Pour 12 cups of cold water into a large stockpot, and throw in the chicken parts and celery. Bring to a boil. While the water is heating, rub the inside of the whole chicken with salt.
2. Add the chicken to the pot; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Test the chicken with a fork to see if it’s tender and fully cooked, then remove it from the pot and set it aside on a large platter. Leave the chicken parts in the pot.
3. Add the onion, carrot, parsnip, salt and pepper. Let the soup simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
4. When the chicken cools, remove the skin and bones, and cut into bite-sized pieces. You can add it to the soup just before serving, or save it for chicken salad or a subsequent meal.
5. Strain the soup, and discard everything solid except the carrot.
6. Drop in the dill for a minute before serving, then remove. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Slice the carrot and toss it into the soup. Also add the chicken pieces if desired. Other options: Add cooked noodles, rice, kasha or matzo balls.
Freeze leftover soup for future meals.