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Easy Holiday Meal Preparation for Halifax SeniorsPosted Dec 08, 2015
If your senior relatives want to cook for themselves or the rest of the family this holiday season, encourage and support them. However, it may not be practical for them to prepare an entire traditional meal, especially on their own. Here are some easy holiday meal prep ideas for Halifax seniors that will help them take some of the hassle out of the holidays.
Share the job
Let your elderly relative be a part of the meal preparation, but share the work among several family members. This can be a fun way to get the entire family involved and make it more of a social event rather than just a way to prepare food. Ask your loved one to share their favorite holiday recipes with you so you can learn to recreate them for your children and grandchildren, keeping the recipes alive for many more generations to come.
Make a switch
If your elderly relative lives alone or plans to cook their own meal, help them make a few switches that will make the job easier. Instant potatoes can taste just as good as the real thing when you add plenty of butter and seasoning. An entire turkey may be too much work for just one person, but an individual Cornish hen or just a turkey breast is much more manageable. And frozen veggies are just as good as fresh ones, plus they require no prep work.
Most recipes can be tweaked to make them easier to prepare. Help your loved one find the simplest way to prepare their meal so they spend more time enjoying it and less time working on it.
Prepare meals ahead of time
This can be a great way to make sure your loved one has enough to eat throughout the holiday season. Cook several meals and freeze them in individual portions. Include reheating instructions (meals that can be heated in the microwave may be easiest) and fill your relative’s freezer so they’ll have plenty to eat when you can’t be there in person and they don’t feel up to cooking.