A doctor told your dad that he has high cholesterol. He has to watch his diet. One thing the doctor said is that his favorite meals of burgers, steak, and meatloaf need to change. Your dad loves burgers. He looks forward to National Hamburger Month each May. How can you keep him happy while also taking beef off the menu?
Take Him Out For an Impossible Burger
You can’t buy them for your home yet, but celebrate National Hamburger Month at a local restaurant that offers the Impossible Burger. This plant-based burger looks just like beef and has the same texture. Using a fermentation process, the company was able to create heme (part of hemoglobin) from vegetables to give the veggie burgers that same taste and look.
Make This Beef Substitute
While this meat substitute doesn’t taste like beef, it does have a similar texture. It’s very easy to make too. Grate an onion, a head of cauliflower, and a pound of portobello mushrooms. Toss that with 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika and ½ tsp white pepper. Stir in 2 tbsp peanut or walnut oil.
Shape into patties and pan fry or grill. Bake any remaining mixture at 300 degrees for an hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Move into freezer bags and use as a ground beef substitute for pasta sauces and shepherd’s pie.
Switch to Turkey or Chicken Burgers
Ground turkey and chicken may not taste like beef, but you can come up with fun variations. Top them with sharp cheddar, cranberry mayo, and grilled red onions. If your dad likes Mexican burgers, top them with guacamole, pepper jack, and sauteed peppers and onions. If he really wants a bacon burger, Al Fresco makes uncured chicken bacon that is pretty close to the real thing.
Try Homemade Veggie Burgers
There are hundreds of online recipes for homemade veggie burgers. Your dad doesn’t have to rely on tofu burgers if he doesn’t want to. Cooked lentils and black beans are good options to mix with grated vegetables like carrots, zucchini, and beets. Mix cooked chickpeas with curry spices for a take on falafel burgers.
Are you worried that your dad is making unhealthy choices when you’re not there to cook his meals? Make sure he always has support during meals. Elder care services provide him with companionship and help to buy groceries. The caregivers can cook his meals and dine with him too. Call an elder care agency to get started.
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