Taking a break from meat-filled meals is a great way to lower cholesterol levels, manage weight, and reduce the risk of developing serious health conditions. However, this doesn’t mean seniors need to eat foods with less than adequate nutrition or flavor. Many vegetarian recipes offer a delicious alternative to meat while ensuring plenty of nutrients. Here are a few enticing vegetarian meals your aging loved one is sure to enjoy.
1. Taco Lettuce Wraps
Combine cooked quinoa, black beans, and corn along with sautéed bell peppers, onions, garlic, and mushrooms plus taco seasoning. Put a heaping spoonful in a large lettuce leaf and top with shredded cheddar cheese and diced avocado. The wrap provides less than 400 calories plus 30 percent of the RDA requirements for potassium, 150 percent of vitamin C, 42 percent of iron, 38 percent of vitamin A, and 20 percent of calcium.
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2. Vegetarian Pot Pie
Combine diced potatoes, sliced carrots, frozen peas, and sautéed onions with vegetable broth, low-fat milk, butter, white wine, and flour in a pot. Season with salt, pepper, and thyme to taste. Cook until the vegetables are tender. Empty the pot into a baking dish and top with puff pastry. Bake until the pastry is golden. Each filling serving offers vitamins A and C along with calcium.
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3. Mushroom Fajitas
Sauté sliced mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions in olive oil until tender. Add taco seasoning, then spoon the filling into corn tortillas and top with low-fat sour cream, shredded cheese, and sliced avocado. Each fajita provides vitamins A, C, and D along with calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
Combine and heat crushed tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and Italian seasonings. Pour the sauce into a greased baking dish. On top of the sauce, create rows of vegetables using sliced eggplant, onions, zucchini, and tomatoes. Brush the top with olive oil and bake. Each serving provides 109 calories, vitamins A and C, and omega-3 fatty acids.
5. Lentil Chili
Sauté chopped bell peppers, onions, and garlic in olive oil until the vegetables are tender. Add vegetable stock, tomatoes, and lentils. Season with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Cook until the lentils are tender. A portion of the chili can be pureed if desired and remixed in the pot. Top each bowl with a dollop of sour cream or shredded cheese. Each bowl of chili provides 350 calories, 74 percent of the day’s vitamin C requirements, and a healthy percentage of the daily recommended amounts of iron, vitamin A, and calcium.
6, Creamy Garlic Spaghetti
Prepare half a package of whole wheat pasta. Sauté chopped garlic and sliced mushrooms in olive oil until tender. Add a couple of tablespoons of flour and mix well, then add milk and stir until the mixture is creamy. Toss the pasta with the garlic/mushroom sauce and top with parsley if desired. Each serving provides 470 calories in addition to protein, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
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