02 Dec Winter Comfort Foods | Supporting an Elderly Diet
What are your favourite winter comfort foods?
Here at Priesty Fields, we understand the importance of homely, hearty dishes to warm you up on a cold winter’s eve.
We want to support our residents in eating a healthy diet, whilst also enabling them to indulge in comforting winter dishes.
Here, we’re sharing a selection of our favourite winter comfort foods that will support your loved one’s diet:
Winter Comfort Foods: Warm Vegetable Salad
You may associate salads with summer, but there are plenty of ways to rustle up a hearty, wintry salad.
Use ingredients such as spices, chickpeas and roasted vegetables to create an indulgent, warming salad. It’ll fuel your body with vitamins and nutrients and stand you in good stead for fighting off those winter viruses.
Oily fish such as mackerel or sardines are great in a salad and are rich in that all-important vitamin D, which can help to prevent feelings of seasonal depression. It can also help to improve your bone health and prevent conditions such as osteoporosis.
Roasted carrots are particularly good as they’re sweet, filling and have a chunky texture. Why not try this warm roasted carrot recipe? It’s great as a main course or as a side dish.
Use Your Leftovers for a Hearty Vegetable Soup
When you get to the end of the week, you may be left with a variety of vegetables that end up going to waste. Instead, why not try whizzing up a hearty vegetable soup or broth perfect for those long, winter nights?
A helping of ginger and a pinch of garlic is ideal to add to your soup to help give your immune system a boost for winter.
Why not try this delicious root vegetable and ginger soup recipe?
Winter Comfort Foods: Chicken and Mushroom Pie
There’s little better than a freshly baked, warming pie on a cold evening. Crisp pastry and an indulgent filling, combined with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, create the perfect family-friendly winter dish.
This chicken and mushroom pie recipe offers an earthy flavour; ideal for warming up this winter.
Serve with plenty of vegetables on the side to ensure a nutritious, balanced dish to help you stay healthy during the colder months.
Try a Warming Shepherd’s Pie
A shepherd’s pie is a dish reminiscent of many people’s childhoods; a quick and easy, go-to dish for busy families.
It’s easy to add vegetables to the mince, such as onions, peas and carrots and is great served with a side of seasonal greens.
For a delicious twist on the original, why not substitute the potato on top for sweet potato? It’ll give the classic dish a new lease of life, and increase the nutritional value.
This particular shepherd’s pie recipe also suggests bulking out your mince with lentils. This will not only help the dish go further, but also add fibrous content to ensure a healthy gut.
Winter Comfort Foods: Indulge in a Rich Ratatouille
Ratatouille is a classic dish, with a variety of vegetables packed into rich tomato sauce.
It’s the perfect recipe for adapting to your taste; why not try adding spices to give it extra heat, or crumble some tangy goat’s cheese on the top?
Ratatouille is great for reaching your 5-a-day target to ensure you stay healthy this winter.
Our chefs here at Priesty Fields are dedicated to ensuring our residents eat delicious, home-cooked dishes that satisfy their need for winter comfort foods. Please contact a member of our team for more information about our services.
Alternatively, why not read our previous blog for low impact workouts to help you stay healthy in your senior years?