There’s nothing better than a big pot of soup on the stove on a crisp autumn evening. The fall is the perfect time of year to hunker down indoors, snuggle up by the fire, and eat a delicious, hearty meal.
Soups are convenient for caregivers and family members who have to manage meals. They’re ideal if your loved one receives home care services in Toronto because they can be made in advance and are full of nutritious ingredients. Your family member can assist their PSW with making soup for the week because they’re generally simple to cook, and you can keep the leftovers in the fridge for days afterward.
Most importantly, the right kinds of soups are full of nutrients that are perfect to stock up on over the fall and winter seasons. You want your immune system to be in tip-top shape this winter so you can fight off any colds and stay as healthy as possible! Let’s look at some tasty soups that are perfect for this time of year.
Butternut squash is a root vegetable loaded with vitamin E, folate, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, potassium, and manganese. They’re the ideal fall vegetable because they go with nearly anything, including meat and salads, and they’re delicious just on their own. They also make a delicious soup.
Gently simmer your butternut squash and then puree it. Once it’s smooth enough, the soup will give a pleasantly silky texture that makes it suitable for Seniors who cannot chew. Don’t forget to add some garlic, some nutmeg, chicken or veggie stock, a couple of shallots, and cream! Once the squash has been cooked and pureed, simply mix the ingredients carefully into a blender. Then, pour into a big bowl and sprinkle some freshly ground pepper on top.
Mediterranean cooking is loaded with healthy ingredients, including lots of healthy oil, lentils, and beans. This tasty Tuscan soup is full of hearty beans, which helps Seniors get the fiber they need to maintain gastrointestinal health. Consider making the soup even more decadent by adding healthy, fresh vegetables such as mushrooms, spinach, carrots, or tomatoes.
You’ll need at least one can of cannellini beans, plenty of olive oil, and lots of leafy greens like kale. The base of this soup is chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarians), and the longer you let it simmer, the better it will taste!
Chicken noodle soup has been a feel-good staple meal by people worldwide for so many years. The chicken broth is an incredible immune system booster because it’s rich in collagen and low in sodium, making it highly hydrating. The carrots, parsley, onions, and other traditional vegetable ingredients found in chicken noodle soup are also high in antioxidants. The choice of noodles is entirely up to you. Some people prefer whole-grain pasta or barley for healthy carbs, while others enjoy mini farfalle.
Whichever soup you decide to make, it will be a delicious, hearty treat for a chilly evening this fall. Remember to tell your loved one’s home caregiver to find some tasty soup recipes perfect for the fall season.