You’re balancing work with your children’s activities. You’re also trying to find the time to spend with friends, your partner, and still have hours left over to help your dad at his house. He doesn’t cook and is always skipping meals or relying on canned food if you don’t cook for him.
You need meals that are nutritious but take little time to cook. Here are some tips for quick meals that don’t skimp when it comes to the protein, vitamins, and minerals that benefit his body.
Brown Rice Bowls
Cook up brown rice in large batches. You can freeze what you don’t need. Place a portion of rice in a bowl. You’ll top if with whatever suits your dad that day. If he wants a take on sushi, you could put cooked shrimp, soy sauce, pickled ginger, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and slices of dried seaweed.
A taco bowl could have cheddar cheese, diced avocado, black beans, pico de gallo, lettuce, and taco meat. He could also do a rice bowl in a Mediterranean theme with sundried tomatoes, grilled salmon, lemon dressing, artichoke hearts, olives, and red peppers.
Chicken Caesar Wraps
Boil two boneless chicken breasts in water until fork tender. Shred the chicken meat and set it aside. Take a sandwich wrap and place two cups of salad mix. Cover it with halved grape tomatoes, grated Asiago cheese, cucumber slices, and some of the shredded chicken.
On top of that, drizzle some homemade Caesar dressing or your dad’s preferred Caesar dressing. Fold the sandwiches into wraps and wrap them in foil. Leave them in the fridge for your dad to grab when he needs a quick meal.
White Bean and Chicken Chili
Mix a large can of diced tomatoes with chilies, two cans of low-sodium small white beans, a bag of frozen corn, one chopped onion, and a cup of chicken broth in an oven-proof pot with a cover. Add cubed raw chicken breast, the juice of a lime, two chopped peppers, and zucchini chopped into large chunks.
Finally, add a cup of chopped, fresh cilantro, and a teaspoon each of cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder. Cook that in a 350 F oven for an hour. Stir in some low-fat sour cream or yogurt after removing it from the oven. Serve it with whole wheat tortilla chips and some grated cheddar. Leftovers can be frozen for other meals.
Home care professionals can assist your dad with grocery shopping, meal preparation, and kitchen clean-up after a meal is done. If he hates eating alone, caregivers can join him for meals, too. A home care representative can help you make the arrangements.