Grits and Eggs

Grits and Eggs

This is a fast and easy recipe, high in flavor and protein.  If you want to make shrimp grits you could substitute the egg with shrimp and add some finely chopped Spanish chorizo,  but don’t forget the garlic!

Ingredients:

1-2 envelopes instant grits

Water, according to instructions on packet

1/4 tsp Minced garlic (optional)

1 egg

1/4 cup shredded cheese

Directions
  1. In a bowl*, mix the grits with water according to the package directions.
  2. Stir in the garlic
  3. Break the egg into the center of the bowl.
  4. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top to completely cover the egg.
  5. Microwave for 2-4 minutes according to the power of your microwave and how hard you prefer the egg to be cooked.

*The grits will expand in the bowl as the mixture heats, so make sure to use a bowl big enough that it doesn’t boil over.

Rice Cooker Stuffed Peppers

stuffed peppers cooked in rice cooker

I made these delicious stuffed jewels in a rice cooker.  This recipe will make 2 or 3 of the easiest stuffed peppers you’ve ever made. If you don’t have peppers you can easily turn this recipe into meatloaf or meatballs—just skip the peppers! Make it even easier by mixing the filling with chopped, frozen peppers and onions purchased at the grocery store.  Your favorite no-salt seasoning mix is the real time saver with this recipe, just make sure it’s not a salt substitute that will give the dish a chemical salty taste. A no-salt seasoning mix with garlic, onion, and parsley is my favorite. Feel free to salt the meat mixture to your taste, but remember to hold back if you’re on a low sodium diet.

Ingredients

2 – 3 small green bell peppers

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped bell pepper

1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon no-salt seasoning (NOT salt substitute )

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1- 16-ounce can undrained, diced tomatoes, divided

1/2 pound ground beef 

Instructions

Wash bell peppers and slice off the tops. Reserve the tops. Scoop out seeds and veins,  turn upside down to drain. Trim the stems off the tops of the peppers and chop the useable parts to use for in the meat mixture. Chop 1/4 cup onion.  Mix the chopped pepper and onion with the oatmeal, beaten egg, and no salt seasoning and black pepper.  Add 1/2 cup diced tomatoes from the canned tomatoes and stir.  Add the ground beef. Mix well with your hands.

Stuff each pepper tightly, rounding tops with meat mixture if necessary.  Place peppers in the bottom of a rice cooker.  Stir 1/2 cup water into remaining canned tomatoes and pour over peppers.

Place the lid on the rice cooker and turn it on.  When the rice cooker turns off, check for doneness with a meat thermometer.  Peppers are done when the center temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  If the rice cooker turns off before peppers are done, add another 1/4 cup water to the rice cooker, replace the lid and turn it on. 

Easy Meals for Seniors: fast, safe, healthy

Easy meals for seniors can be prepared in a rice cooker.
Rice Cooker Stuffed Peppers

I love to cook.  I’m not a fancy cook, but I enjoy finding new ways to do things.  And I like to do things the easy way if I can.  When I work with seniors, I see how the simplest things have become more difficult for them.  I like to help simplify their lives, to help them find ways to take care of themselves in the safest, easiest way they can.  Finding new ways to cook their favorite foods is one of the things that help maintain their independence and nourish their bodies and creativity. So I’m going to start posting easy meals for seniors, including recipes, meal prep, and methods I used to create them here on the blog.

Lately, I’ve been working on recipes that can be prepared in a rice cooker.  I like the rice cooker idea because the thing shuts itself off.  A lot of folks don’t trust themselves to cook something on the stove as they get older for fear they may forget it or fall asleep and cause a fire.  But the rice cooker method takes that worry away.  It will turn off once the moisture and heat level reaches a particular stage.  The same is true for the new Instant Pot type cookers.  I believe there is a smaller version of the original Instant Pot, but generally, the original is bigger than what I’d recommend most seniors to handle just from a safety perspective.

I’ve discovered the rice cooker can make all the usual stuff: rice, quinoa, steamed veggies, boiled potatoes, eggs.  But it can also work for less traditional things like lentils, soups, scalloped potatoes, chicken and rice casseroles, eggplant parmesan, chicken spaghetti.  Lots of great food.

I hope you will find these easy meals for seniors nutritious, delicious, and safe to prepare.  Stay tuned for more recipes as the collection grows.