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Jul 29, 2021 1:37:10 PM | 6 Min Read

4 Summer-Inspired Recipes for Seniors

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4 Summer-Inspired Recipes for Seniors

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to spend time outside, enjoy those BBQs, and experience nature. While the sun is shining and the temperature is warm, cooking those refreshing summer-inspired dishes is always a great idea for seniors. However, knowing the best, most trending recipes can be challenging.

Check out these four summer-inspired recipes perfect for seniors! These dishes are easy, fresh, and delicious!

Simple Seafood Salad

Nothing is more refreshing than a salad in the middle of summer. But when you throw in some seafood, the dish is that much more appealing.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Assorted crackers
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1 medium lime
  • 1/2 pound peeled and deveined cooked shrimp (31-40 per pound), coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 pound refrigerated fresh or imitation crabmeat, coarsely chopped

Directions

  • Grate zest from orange into a large bowl
  • Cut orange in half and squeeze out juice
  • Cut lemon in half and squeeze out juice
  • Add crab, shrimp, onion, and pepper; toss to coat.
  • Add ingredients over lettuce and top with crackers

With healthy ingredients and a solid protein source, this seafood salad is one of the best summer recipes for seniors. This yummy dish will have you feeling your best!

Cherry Limeade Sweet Tea

Many people think that summer and sweet tea go hand in hand. If you’re one of those people, then you’ll love this cherry limeade sweet tea recipe. While you still get that classic sweet tea taste, the lime and cherry combination makes the drink that much better.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • 6 tea bags
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate (thawed)
  • 1 cup chilled cherry juice blend
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedges and pitted dark sweet cherries

Directions

  • Use a Dutch oven to bring water to a boil, then remove from heat.
  • Add tea bags, then cover and steep for 10 minutes.
  • Remove tea bags, then stir in sugar until dissolved.
  • After letting it cool for a bit, transfer to a pitcher.
  • Wait until the drink is cold, then add limeade concentrate and cherry juice.
  • Pour over ice, add lime wedges and cherries, then enjoy!

If you want a satisfying refreshment when temperatures are warm, this is a recipe you’ll want to remember.

Grilled Pizza

Have you ever thrown a pizza on the grill? While you may think your grill is meant for burgers and hot dogs, it's also the perfect place for a pizza. We’ve got a great recipe you’ll definitely want to try!

Our pizza recipe includes the following:

  • Pizza dough
  • Mozzarella cheese ball, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Basil leaves and crushed red pepper
  • Tomato passata
  • Lemony Swiss chard
  • Burst cherry tomatoes

Directions

  • After making the dough and preparing the ingredients, heat your grill for medium-high indirect heat. If you have two burners, only use one of them.
  • Once the grill is hot, brush the dough with oil and place it on the grill with direct heat.
  • After cooking for about two minutes, until the dough stiffens, flip over and cook the other side for about 30 seconds.
  • Move pizza to the cooler side of the grill.
  • Add vegetables and cheese, then move pizza over direct heat.
  • Cook for about two minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • Transfer to a cutting board, drizzle with oil, and top with basil and crushed red pepper.

While the oven can heat up your whole house, the grill is the perfect place for cooking meals all summer long. And that even means pizzas too! Grilled pizza is simple, fast, and the cleanup is a breeze! You’ll find our summer-inspired recipe above, but feel free to choose your own ingredients.

Cashew Chicken

Looking for a quick and healthy meal to wind down the day? If so, you have to try one of the best recipes for seniors—cashew chicken! Packed with veggies and delicious white meat chicken, this dish is extremely tasty.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil, divided
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 cups cauliflower, riced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped into 1" pieces
  • 3/4 cup roasted, unsalted cashews

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (or sub 1 tbsp garlic oil)
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, minced or grated on a microplane (about 1 tbsp)

Directions

  • For the sauce, whisk together all sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  • Combine tapioca starch with salt and pepper, then place in a bowl.
  • After mixing, toss in chicken and toss to coat.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add chicken once hot and stir occasionally until chicken is cooked.
  • Add broccoli, onion, bell pepper, and cashews to the pan, then stir to coat. Turn down heat and proceed to the next step.
  • In a separate pan, turn the burner on to medium heat, then add avocado oil and cauliflower rice. Cook about five minutes, until the rice becomes soft. Season to taste.
  • Add everything together and enjoy!

No matter what recipe you try, you’ll craft the perfect summertime dish. Cheers to an enjoyable summer!

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