Thanksgiving Meal Preparations have begun!

Here is one of our chefs, Oscar, hard at work.  We are already preparing the Thanksgiving meal for our clients.  It is a traditional dinner that includes turkey with fixings, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, a dinner roll, and a mini freshly baked pumpkin pie!  Our Thanksgiving meal is the biggest meal of the year.  Everything is delivered by volunteers and we hope to see you out here on this special day!

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WOW- An actual meal served to hungry Seniors?

Today, we plated an actual meal served to Seniors by Meals On Wheels San Antonio.

Yes, we prepare all the meals in house with Healthy recipes and ingredients!

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Meals on Wheels

Tuscan Chicken Stew

Tiffany Batsakis, MS, RD, LD

Brittany Wise, Dietetic Intern, UTS

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 Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45-60 min.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 1 lb raw chicken breast, diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth (70-140 mg/serving is good)
  • 1 large russet potato, diced
  • 1 can no sodium added black beans
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano

Directions:

Spray a heavy bottom pot with cooking spray.

Add onion and garlic and sauté for about 3 or 4 minutes, until translucent.

Add chicken and stir well for about two to three minutes so it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Add carrots, celery, tomatoes, beans, potato and seasonings.  Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for 45 minutes.  To enhance the flavor, you can remove from heat and cover for 30 minutes.  Serve with a side of brightly colored vegetables and a fresh biscuit!  Bon appetite!

Approximate Nutrition Information:  Calories: 325; Fat: 2 g; Protein: 36 g; Sodium: 300 mg; Potassium: 1330 mg; Carbohydrates: 43 g; Fiber: 10 g (Adapted from SouthYourMouth.com)

SHOCKING INFO ABOUT MEALS ON WHEELS

Recently, a nationwide survey was conducted about Meals On Wheels.

The bad news:

* Many people believe that MOW is nothing more than a delivery service

* Many people do not know about the quality of our meals

* Too many people do not know we still exist!

The facts:

* We are more than a meal service. For a large percentage of our Seniors, we are the only human contact they have all day.

* MOW also provides a valuable safety check by visiting with a Meal.

* MOW San Antonio has Chefs, a Nutritionist, and we use quality fresh ingredients as we prepare all meals in our own kitchen.

* Over 93% of Americans have a positive view of MOW

Help spread the word!  Meals On Wheels empowers homebound Seniors and provides nourishing meals, companionship and a safety net. And, when we can we bring food for their Pet companions!

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Party in the Pasture Success!

Meals on Wheels/ Grace Place /Senior Companionship

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Thank you! Party in the Pasture 2014 was a great success. The weather was perfect, the music and food were excellent and we had a huge crowd. Meals On Wheels needs your help for 2015. Please ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Also, please spread the word to all your social contacts.

We have a great new website and mobile page rolling out soon, so stay connected for updates.

Thank You for all you do to help us.

Blessings!

-Woody

Marketing/Communications Director

Christian Senior Services San Antonio TX.

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Party in the Pasture Success!

Slide1

Thank you! Party in the Pasture 2014 was a great success. The weather was perfect, the music and food were excellent and we had a huge crowd. Meals On Wheels needs your help for 2015. Please ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Also, please spread the word to all your social contacts.

We have a great new website and mobile page rolling out soon, so stay connected for updates.

Thank You for all you do to help us.

Blessings!

-Woody

Marketing/Communications Director

Christian Senior Services San Antonio TX.

“Southern food,” light & healthy.

One of our Meals on Wheels seniors said he loved “Southern food,” and wanted to be able to have something healthy. He inspired me to put this recipe together.  It is really tasty!

Jambalaya

Meals on Wheels

Southern Light Jambalaya

Tiffany Batsakis, MS, RD, LD

Adapted from Frugallivingmom.com

 Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb raw chicken breast, diced
  • 1 Package (4) HEB premium sausage links
  • 1 Cup onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • 8 oz Shrimp (I used 1 bag of Pacific Seafood Coldwater Salad Shrimp)
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock (70 mg/serving is good)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ to 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 11/2 tsp paprika
  • 11/2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • Cooked Quinoa

Directions:

Spray a heavy bottom skillet with cooking spray.

Add onion and sauté for about 3 or 4 minutes, until translucent.

Add bell pepper and celery and cook another 2-3 minutes.  Add chicken and stir well so it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.  Add the rest of the ingredients through the pepper.  Simmer for 20 minutes and then add in shrimp.  Let simmer another 5 minutes.  Serve over cooked quinoa.

Approximate Nutrition Information:  Calories: 226; Fat: 9 g; Protein: 28 g; Sodium: 511 mg; Potassium: 396 mg; Carbohydrates: 9 g; Fiber: 2 g (Nutrition Information does not include quinoa).

Tiffany Batsakis, MS, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Meals on Wheels of San Antonio

Christian Senior Services

T (210) 735 – 5115 | F (210) 735 – 5659

www.christianseniorservices.org

Healthy Happy Holidays!! Nutrition Blog

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Healthy Happy Holidays!!

Tiffany Batsakis, MS, RD, LD

Dietitian for Meals on Wheels of San Antonio

Senior Nutrition Blog Entry – November, 2014

It’s that time of year again- the holidays!  Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and all the days in between when we gather, celebrate, and share with our friends and family.  It is this time of year when people typically let their healthy habits fall by the wayside and indulge in the foods and festivities of the season.    If we’re not careful, these habits can lead to some unwanted and unhealthy consequences, so let’s plan out a few ways to make some healthful choices this holiday season!

I know that we all like to indulge from time to time, it is human nature, but let’s look at some ways to minimize unwanted holiday weight gain and stay healthy along the way.  Be mindful of the quantity of food you put on your plate.  Excess calories can lead to weight gain, so a good start may be to use smaller dishes.  Begin your meals with a nice, colorful salad.  Vegetables fill us up with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and this may keep us from overeating at the dinner table.  Choose nutrient dense starchy foods, such as the butternut squash, cranberry, and apple bake below.  Sweet potatoes, when not covered with brown sugar and marshmallows, are an excellent side dish and are full of fiber, potassium, and Vitamin A, all beneficial nutrients, especially for seniors.  Light meat is typically lower in calories and fat so keep this in mind when carving your turkey!  If you have a sweet tooth, choose your favorite dessert and have one piece of it.  That way, you do not feel deprived, but satisfy your craving.  An even better choice would be to have a dessert made with fresh fruit such as poached pears or baked apples with cinnamon.  If you are visiting others or going to a gathering, share something that is healthy for everyone.  A nice plate of freshly chopped vegetables with some hummus or dipping sauce is a great appetizer before any holiday meal.

The side dish below is nutritious and delicious.  It incorporates some seasonal flavors and may introduce you to some produce you might not commonly consume, such as cranberries.  Here, they provide an alternative to the sugar laden jelly often paired with turkey.  Did you know cranberries can help prevent UTIs, reduce LDL, raise HDL cholesterol, and decrease inflammation?  All the more reason to give this recipe a try!  I hope you enjoy it!

Be mindful of your food choices this holiday season, but most of all, be happy, healthy, and enjoy your times with friends and family!

 

Butternut, Cranberry, and Apple Bake

This recipe comes from http://cafejohnsonia.com/2012/01/butternut-squash-cranberry-and-apple-bake.html

Usually, I modify things a bit, but this is so good I decided to leave it as it!  For some added color and texture, however, you can add in a diced sweet potato, or even a purple potato-that would make a beautiful side dish to any holiday spread!

 

Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Apple Bake

Ingredients:
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 cups (about 1/2 bag) fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed (don’t thaw if frozen)
3-4 apples, peeled and cored, cut into cubes
juice and zest of 1 orange
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil plus more for baking dish
1-2 Tbsp. fresh herbs, finely minced (sage, thyme, rosemary)
pinch of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg
salt and pepper

 

Instructions:
In a very large bowl, whisk together orange zest and juice, maple syrup, olive oil, herbs, and spices (if using).  Add the butternut squash, cranberries and apples.  Toss to coat.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Generously grease a 9″ by 13″ or two smaller baking dishes with olive oil.  Spread the squash, cranberries, and apples evenly in the baking dish.  Sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper.

Bake for about 30-45 minutes or more until the squash is tender and the cranberries have split open and released their juice.  Serve warm or room temperature.

This makes enough for 6-8 people.  You can leftovers the next day over mixed greens with your favorite vinaigrette and a sprinkling of toasted pecans.  Add some turkey and you have a new reincarnation of your Thanksgiving Day meal!

HF

 

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 145; Fat: 1.7 g; Sodium: 7 mg; Potassium: 440 mg; Carbohydrates: 34; Fiber: 5 g; Protein: 1.2 g; Vitamin A: 199 %; Vitamin C: 45%.