Are you too busy to stop by and cook meals for your mom and dad each night? Many family caregivers also balance full-time jobs and families. When you have to take a day off to drive your mom or dad to a medical or dental appointment, you may run out of time to also cook more than a quick dinner.

What are some of the better meals to make when you’re in a hurry? These meals take one dish and are easy to prepare. You can have everything chopped up and ready to go before you leave or wait until you return.

Honey Baked Salmon

In-Home Care Glen Rock NJ - Three Simple Recipes That Save Time on a Busy Appointment Day

In-Home Care Glen Rock NJ – Three Simple Recipes That Save Time on a Busy Appointment Day

Make a marinade with 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of low-sodium soy sauce, ¼ teaspoon of sesame oil, some fresh ginger, and 1 minced garlic clove. Thoroughly coat the salmon in the marinade and set aside.

Spray a baking sheet with some olive or avocado non-stick spray. Chop a large crown of broccoli into small florets. Spread them evenly on the sheet. Add red onions, carrots, and zucchini and spray the vegetables with more oil. Place the salmon fillets in the center and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Take four bone-in chicken breasts and remove the bones. You want the skin to keep the meat from drying out. Spray a sheet pan with avocado or walnut oil.

Place chopped Brussels sprouts, sliced red onion, cubed sweet potatoes, and red pepper strips on the pan. Spray with a little more oil. Place the boneless, skin-on chicken breasts on the vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350 F.

Polynesian Shrimp

Coat a baking sheet with peanut or avocado oil. Spread a few cups of pre-cooked jasmine brown rice in the center. Top with fresh pineapple rings from a pineapple. Cover that with a pound of peeled, raw shrimp and chopped red and yellow peppers. Finish it with trimmed green beans

In another bowl, mix a tablespoon of honey with 3 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce. Stir in a tablespoon of peanut oil and 1.5 tablespoons of rice vinegar. Drizzle that over the shrimp, rice, and vegetables. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro before serving.

Instead of struggling to get work done, get your parents to their appointments, possibly get your kids from school, and get home to cook meals for two households, hire an in-home care aide to cook meals for your parents.

In-home care service providers can do the grocery shopping, put groceries away after carrying them inside, and prepare meals. Learn more by calling our in-home care specialist.

If you or a senior family member are considering hiring In-Home Care Services in Glen Rock NJ, please contact the caring staff at Caring Solutions Home Care LLC. In-home senior care servicing Bergen & Passaic Counties. Call today at (973) 427-3553.

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Pamela DelColle, RN, CCRN
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