Carers

Tips for Cooking and Caring for Others

Regular small meals 4 or 5 times a day can be ideal if you are cooking for someone who is underweight, a ‘little and often’ approach may be less stressful for everyone and keep calorie intake higher.

One top tip from a Food Hub member is to ask staff at cafes and restaurants to cut up food into bite-sized pieces in the kitchen before serving when you are eating out, it’s far easier than trying to juggle too many plates at the table and staff are usually more than happy to help out.

If you contact restaurants in advance and let them know that a member of your party eats a modified diet and needs fork mashable or pureed food, staff are usually more than happy to accommodate you with meals that are suitable. Just don’t spring it on them without any warning!

To reduce the risk of choking at mealtimes try to cook foods which naturally soften, such as lentils, root vegetables (especially mashed), eggs, minced meat, filleted fish, soups and jelly.

Make extra portions for the freezer, some to feed the whole family and some for one person. An ‘emergency’ meal can be great if you’ve had a tiring day, or if one person really doesn’t like what you’re cooking for tea that night! This can also be useful for anyone who is underweight, as you can ensure you have meals they will enjoy and eat without having to cook a separate extra meal.

Try cooking extra potatoes one evening to use cold as a salad or mashed up as a topping to your fish pie for the following days lunch or tea.

Try baking fish or chicken in tin foil and add marinade ingredients including lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and chilli. The fish/chicken will stay moist, and you can throw the foil in the bin afterwards which saves on the washing up.

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