Bring spring into your kitchen: Three fabulous seasonal meals for older adults

Posted on 7 Jun 2018 by Chilton House

Here at Chilton House, we’re lucky to have some amazing chefs on hand who regularly wow us with their delicious cuisines. Our kitchens always aim to use locally sourced produce, and to create meals that change with the seasons and which are packed with flavour and nutritional benefits for our residents.

If you’re catering for an older person, cooking seasonal food is a great way to keep their body in tune with the weather. Here are three fab springtime recipes for you to whip up this week which are guaranteed to be packed with nutritional value, and taste great too!

Salmon with roast asparagus

Salmon has been in season for a couple of months, and now we see locally grown asparagus just starting to come in. We all know salmon is a great source of omega oils, but it’s also rich in B vitamins, a great source of protein and contains antioxidants. Asparagus has anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, and is a great source of vitamin K, fibre and B1. Here’s how to make it: 

  • Roast 400g of new potatoes in olive oil for 20 mins at 220C
  • Toss in around 8 asparagus spears and continue to roast for 15 minutes more
  • Add a couple of handfuls of cherry tomatoes, a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and nestle two fresh salmon fillets in with the vegetables. Cook for a final 10 – 15 minutes until the salmon is cooked through
  • Scatter over some shredded basil leaves and serve straight from the pot

One pot spring chicken 

Chicken is another great source of protein, and if you can grab a locally produced spring chicken, you can expect a more succulent, juicy bird than you’ll get during the rest of the year. Chicken contains many essential vitamins and minerals and is good at managing cholesterol and blood pressure. This recipe also contains seasonal broccoli, peas, spring greens and spring onions, all of which are packed with vitamin C, potassium, fibre and antioxidants. Cooking it is simple: 

  • Fry a chopped onion in olive oil for around five minutes
  • Add 500g of boneless, skinless chicken thigh and fry until lightly coloured
  • Add 300g of new potatoes, 500ml of low salt vegetable stock and plenty of black pepper and bring it all to the boil
  • Cover the pan and leave to simmer for 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the potatoes are tender
  • Throw in 350g of broccoli florets, 350g of shredded spring greens, 150g of peas or petit pois and a bunch of sliced spring onions and return to the boil
  • Leave to simmer for five minutes more, then stir through a couple of spoonsful of pesto for added flavour

Herby roast lamb

No spring menu would be complete without the springiest of spring meats; lamb. Lamb meat is a super source of iron and has lots of healthy fats such as omega-3 and CLA. The garlic in this recipe is a great immune system booster, as well as having lots of minerals and nutrients to keep your loved one well. Here’s how to make it:

  • Grab six garlic cloves, half a bunch of oregano, the zest of a lemon and a pinch of salt, and pound it well in a pestle and mortar
  • Add the juice of the lemon and a drizzle of olive oil and mix to make a paste
  • Take a large leg of lamb (around 3kg) and stab it all over with a sharp knife, before pushing as much of your herby paste into the holes as possible
  • Put around 1.5kg of new potatoes into a roasting tin and drizzle with olive oil. Throw in any herb paste you might have left over too
  • Nestle your lamb leg in with the potatoes and cook at 220C for 20 minutes
  • Reduce the temperature to 180C and roast for 1 hour 15 minutes for medium rare, or 1 hour 30 minutes for medium to well done. Baste the lamb with the juices a few times while its cooking and toss the potatoes
  • Serve it all with seasonal veg or a simple side salad for a delicious, nutritious spring dinner

Feel free to try these recipes for yourself, or why not let us know about your favourite springtime treat? We always welcome guests to Chilton House to experience our cooking first hand, so if you and your loved one would like to join us for a springtime meal, just get in touch with our friendly team.

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