By Honor Care Pros
We asked Honor Care Pros to share some of their favorite, easy recipes that their clients love. And did they ever deliver! Whether you’re a busy family caregiver, a Care Professional, or just someone who loves to eat more than you love to cook, these could become your new go-to dishes. Many thanks to our Care Pros for, once again, going above and beyond to make life better for our clients, their families, and each other.
From Care Pro: Shelia Bailey
- 1 cup of oatmeal
- 1.5 cups of water
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp. milk
- Cook oatmeal in water for 2 minutes
- Add syrup milk
- Stir and serve
From Care Pro: Leena Karnik
- 1 cup pancake mix (1/2 lb)
- 1 cup buttermilk (if mix requires it)
- 1 cup raspberries, puréed
- 1 egg white, beaten
- 1 cup water
- 3 Tbsp. of oil
- whipped cream
- whole raspberries for garnish
- Heat skillet/griddle to about 400°
- In a mixing bowl combine egg white, water, and oil. Stir to blend.
- Add pancake mix, raspberry purée, buttermilk (if required) and blend with wire whisk or fork until nearly smooth.
- Pour ¼ cup batter per pancake on the hot, lightly greased griddle/skillet.
- Turn pancakes only once when tops are covered with bubbles and edges begin to dry.
- Garnish with whole raspberries, maple syrup and whipped cream.
Scrambled Eggs with Sautéed Vegetables
From Care Pro: Eunice Kariuki
- pinch of garlic
- black pepper
- green beans
- bell pepper, or other fresh veggies
- toasted english muffin with jelly and butter
- Scramble eggs with some milk, garlic, salt, and black pepper.
- Sauté green beans and bell pepper or other mixed vegetables with butter and a pinch of the above seasonings.
- Serve together with a toasted english muffin, topped with butter and/or jelly.
From Care Pro: Tiesha Allen-Miller
- 1 baked potato
- garlic powder
- sweet pepper
- pinch of salt
- grated cheddar cheese
- Cut the potato into small pieces.
- Chop onion into small pieces.
- Cut sweet pepper into small pieces
- Whisk eggs with milk, garlic powder, and salt.
- Stir in potato, onion and pepper.
- Heat an omelet pan, then add butter.
- Pour mixture into the buttered pan, then add grated cheddar cheese.
- Heat the mixture without stirring it. As it starts to congeal, lift the edges to let the liquid mixture slide underneath it to cook.
- Once the whole omelet is cooked through and firm, fold it in half in the pan, then slide it onto the plate to serve.
Apple Tuna Salad
From Care Pro: Amelia Torres
- light tuna in water
- light mayonnaise
- pickle relish
- brown sugar
- red apple
- bed of lettuce
- Mix all ingredients together and serve on top of a bed of lettuce.
Easy Herbed Salmon
From Care Pro: Josephine Gallinovich
- 1 salmon fillet
- 1/3 tsp. butter
- 1/3 tsp. olive oil
- fresh parsley, minced
- lemon juice from 1 lemon
- herbes de Provence
- black pepper
- Soak salmon in cold water with salt or lemon juice for 5 minutes, then rinse well under cold water.
- Put oil & butter in a skillet on low heat, then add salmon.
- Add herbs & a squeeze of lemon juice.
- Cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
- Flip salmon over and cook for 10 minutes longer. It may take a little longer if the piece of salmon is thick.
- Plate and sprinkle with a bit of minced parsley.
Green Bean Casserole with Baked Pork Chops
From Care Pro: Deborah Laabs
- 4 pork chops
- 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
- 1 handful of fresh green beans
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Place seasoned pork chops in a baking pan.
- Pour cream of mushroom soup over the pork chops.
- Use the cans of mushroom soup to measure out 5.5 cans of water and add to the baking pan.
- Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
- Steam the green beans for 20 minutes and combine with baked pork chops when they come out of the oven.
From Care Pro: Lydia Irene Dodd
- 1/2 lb ground sausage
- 1 lb ground hamburger
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg (lightly beaten)
- 1 small onion (chopped)
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of pepper
- 1 package instant brown gravy
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
- Put into a lightly breaded loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
- Serve with mashed potatoes and instant brown gravy (directions are on the back of the package).
Mediterranean Rice with Tomatoes
From Care Pro: Jennifer Yee
- 1 box of Rice-A-Roni - Spanish, Chicken, or Wild Rice flavor
- 1.5 cups water
- 2 tsp. butter
- 1 large or two medium fresh vine tomatoes, sliced ½” thick
- olive oil
First, prepare the Rice-A-Roni:
- In a medium nonstick saucepan, boil water.
- Add butter, then rice/noodles, and 1/2 seasoning envelope.
- Bring to a gentle boil, stir once, and evaporate until the surface of the contents show and air pockets arise.
- Reduce heat to low. Cover for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the tomatoes:
- Season sliced tomatoes with oil, salt and pepper.
- Heat a medium pan at medium high, then add the seasoned tomatoes.
- Cook 2-3 minutes on one side, flip tomatoes, and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat but let tomatoes sit about 5 minutes.
- Dish the Rice-A-Roni onto a serving plate, then add tomatoes on top.
- Garnish with chives, sliced olives or parsley.
- Serve while warm.
Apple Crisp in a Mug
From Care Pro: Deborah Pan Nunez Camacho (Davis)
- 1 small apple, diced
- ½ Tbsp. flour
- ½ Tbsp. brown sugar
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp. (1.5 oz/45g) butter, melted
- 4 Tbsp. oats
- 2 Tbsp. flour
- 2 Tbsp. chopped pecans
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- 3 Tbs. butter, melted
- Combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Toss diced apples into the bowl and mix with a spoon or spatula until they’re coated with the dry ingredients. Then set aside.
- In a small bowl combine all dry ingredients for the crumb topping, then stir in melted butter.
- Put apple mixture in a mug and top with crumb topping.
- Microwave for 2-2.5 minutes. The apples should be bubbling and the whole thing will reduce in size. Cooking time is based on a 1200W microwave so your timing might vary.
Best Southern Apple Dumplings
From Care Pro: Joanie Gregory
- 2 large Granny Smith apples
- 1 tube Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 3/4 cup of 7-UP
- Preheat the oven to 350° Grease an 8X8 pan.
- Cut apples into 8 wedges each and slice the skin off (or peel before cutting).
- Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll each apple wedge in a crescent roll triangle, starting at the wide end. Pinch to seal. Cover and place in the baking pan.
- Melt butter.
- Stir in sugar and cinnamon and whisk to combine while heating. When the mixture is thickened, remove from heat.
- Add vanilla.
- Pour mixture over apple dumplings.
- Pour 7-UP over dumplings.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown.
From Care Pro: Lakeisha Williams
- 1 bag of regular sized marshmallows
- A few cans of fruit cocktail in heavy syrup (drain and discard the syrup)
- 2 small containers of Cool Whip
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl or Tupperware container and refrigerate for a couple of hours. Enjoy!
From Care Pro: Freida Rivera Coronel
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup ginger root
- 3 tsp aloe vera jelly
- 3 sticks vanilla bean
- 1 cup cut fresh lemons
- 1 cup whole pineapple
- 1 half cut fresh garlic
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Cut some leaves off of an aloe vera plant, then squeeze the jelly from the cut leaves into a bowl until you have about 3 tsp.
- Combine everything except the honey and bring to a boil.
- Drink two cups in the morning and 2 cups at night.
Note: You can store this tea in the freezer and boil as needed.
Bon appetit, from all of us at Honor!