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5 Vegan Dishes to Serve Your Aging Loved One on Thanksgiving

By Carol White, 9:00 am on November 14, 2016

Many older adults are adopting a vegan diet these days, predominantly due to the positive effects it has on their health. Thanksgiving may not seem like the most vegan-friendly holiday, but there are plenty of delicious meals you can serve your senior loved one if he or she chooses to follow this diet. Prescott, AZ, elderly home care experts have put together a list of vegan dishes to make for your loved one this Thanksgiving.

1. Baked Squash

Stuffed squash halves make an excellent side dish or main course for Thanksgiving. This meaty vegetable is extremely filling and packed with potassium, protein, fiber, and vitamin C. After the seeds have been removed, the cavity can be filled with apples, nuts, berries, or leafy greens.

2. Pumpkin Pie Tarts

Pumpkin pie is an essential part of any Thanksgiving feast, but most recipes call for cream, eggs, and other animal products. Tarts, on the other hand, can be made with coconut cream, coconut oil, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin purée. Instead of using processed sugar to sweeten the dessert, you can use a few tablespoons of pure maple syrup.

3. Vegan Caesar Salad

This salad is a favorite dish in many homes, but it is traditionally made with a variety of animal products, including canned anchovies. For the dressing, a combination of capers and Dijon mustard can be used to replace the cream and eggs. Pickled capers are filled with antioxidants and excellent for a senior’s digestive health.

4. Spicy Grain Soup

The average senior should be consuming around 30 grams of fiber per day, but most fall short of this goal. Spicy grain soup is hearty, aromatic, and full of fiber. The primary ingredients in this dish are brown rice, bulgur, and mirepoix. A single serving of spicy grain soup is just 368 calories, but it has over 11 grams of fiber.

5. Wild Mushroom Lasagna

Mushrooms make an excellent alternative to thicker cuts of meat, which is why so many vegan chefs use them in their main courses. They contain a variety of vital nutrients, including iron, selenium, and vitamin C. A 2016 study published by the American Society for Nutrition found white button mushrooms also promote immune function, which makes them the perfect ingredient to use during the cold and flu season.

To learn about other healthy dishes to serve your loved one during the holidays and all year long, reach out to Home Care Assistance. All of our caregivers are trained in our proprietary Balanced Care Method, which was designed to encourage seniors to eat well, exercise regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that can increase their longevity. We also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and Alzheimer’s care Prescott, AZ, families trust. For more information, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 928-771-0105 to schedule a free in-home consultation.