Eating nutritious meals is an essential part of aging properly. A good diet may help elders improve their cognitive function, live longer lives, and promote general well-being.
Since crockpots often need minimal preparation and cleaning, they’re typically ideal seniors’ meals. Thus, here are a few easy crockpot recipes you don’t want to miss:
Crockpot Baked Potatoes
Begin by thoroughly washing the potato. Pat them dry before poking holes all over them with a fork.
Place each potato at the center of a piece of aluminum foil. Make sure the foil is big enough to surround the potato thoroughly.
Rub a ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ teaspoon olive oil on both sides of each potato. To add flavor to the skins of your potatoes, you can apply a mixture to the exterior.
Combine a tiny amount of salt, oil, paprika, pepper, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder in a small dish before spreading it all over the skins and wrapping it in foil.
Cover the crockpot with a tight-fitting lid. Let it for 4-5 hours on high or about 8-10 hours on low. But be careful not to overcook them!
These may even be prepared ahead of time. Refrigerate them in their tin foil wrappers for up to 4 days. Then heat in the oven for a few minutes before serving!
Remove them from the crockpot and gently peel the foil off each potato when they’re done. Cut them in half lengthwise and serve with your preferred toppings (like sour cream or salsa).
Potato Corn Chowder
Corn chowder is a soup that commonly includes milk, chicken, celery, corn, potatoes, and onions, as the primary ingredients.
In making this, begin by sautéing chopped onions, celery, and carrots for 5 minutes or until soft. Place in a crockpot with spices and peeled diced potatoes.
Pour the chicken stock over the top to keep it from clumping and make it easier to dissolve into the soup before tossing them to mix the ingredients. Then cook it on low heat for 3 hours.
Cook for an additional hour after adding the cornstarch roux, corn, and milk. Be careful to keep doing this until your soup has a creamy, richer texture.
Finally, serve cheese biscuits with garlic butter, green salad, or a classic cornbread.
Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
Start with 2 pounds of chicken thighs or breasts.
Combine the cream of chicken soup, garlic, and onions in a crockpot. Pour in some chicken stock and season with parsley, poultry spice, and pepper to taste.
If you’re using homemade cream of chicken soup, add a pinch of salt, but you can probably ignore it if you’re using canned.
After giving everything a brief toss, cover the slow cooker and wait for about 7 hours if you cook this on low or roughly 3 hours on high.
When the chicken is thoroughly cooked and tender, shred it using two forks and give everything a toss.
Open a biscuit can and shape the dough into flat circles. Cut them into tiny strips using a pizza cutter or sharp knife before placing them in the crockpot.
Make sure to mix them up, cover them, and let them simmer for another hour.
The biscuits should be light and fluffy after one hour. Some crockpots take longer to cook than others, so you may need to alter your cooking time accordingly.
Once you’re done, serve them over mashed potatoes or in a big bowl.