Elder Care Recipes: Autumn Squash Gratin

Elder Care in League City TX

The new autumn season brings with it a new host of delicious foods that offer variety to your elder care routine and ensure your parents get all of the nutrition they need to stay healthy Elder Care in League City TXthroughout the year. One of the most abundant types of produce available during the late summer and autumn seasons is squash. Available in several different varieties, squash packs a strong vitamin and mineral punch and provides dietary fiber for lasting satisfaction and digestive health.

This recipe is the perfect way to enjoy the warming, comforting flavors of autumn while taking advantage of the health benefits of squash. The use of the microwave simplifies the cooking process so it is even accessible for your aging loved ones and their elderly health care services provider if they are looking for a delicious and satisfying meal or side.

 

What You Will Need

• 1 medium onion

• 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped thyme

• 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter

• 1 small butternut squash

• 2 cloves of garlic

• 1 small kabocha squash

• 1/4 teaspoon of ground mace

• Kosher salt

• Fresh ground pepper

• 1 cup of low sodium chicken or vegetable broth

• 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs

• 1/2 cup of heavy cream

• 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese

• 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley

• 1/2 cup grated gruyere cheese

• 1 large microwave safe bowl

• 1 large oven proof skillet

• A chef’s knife

• A vegetable peeler

• A pairing knife

 

What to Do

• Peel and chop the onion and set it aside

• Cut 1 inch off the bottom end of the butternut squash

• Scoop out the seeds from inside the squash

• Holding the squash against your body, remove the skin with a vegetable peeler

• Chop into 1/2 cubes

• Quarter the kabocha squash with the chef’s knife

• Scoop out the seeds from the kabocha

• Putting each quarter of squash flat side down, cut the skin off with a paring knife

• Chop thee kabocha into 1/2 cubes

• Cut the ends off of and peel the garlic, then mince it finely

• Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

• Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large ovenproof skillet on medium high

• Add the onion and thyme to the skillet and allow to cook while stirring until the onion softens

• Combine the butternut and kabocha squash into a large microwave safe bowl with 1 cup of water

• Cover the squash with plastic wrap and microwave for 5 minutes or until the squash is tender

• Drain and add the squash to the skillet

• Add the garlic, mace, 1 teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of the pepper to the skillet

• Cook for three minutes, while stirring

• Add the broth to the skillet

• Continue to cook for 5 more minutes or until it is mostly absorbed

• Stir in the heavy cream

• Cook for 2 more minutes, or until it has slightly thickened

• Melt the 1 tablespoon of remaining butter in the microwave and toss with breadcrumbs, parmesan and the parsley

• Season the mix with salt and pepper

• Sprinkle over the squash and top with gruyere

• Transfer the skillet to the oven

• Bake for 30 minutes or until golden

• Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack

• Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving

 

If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in League City , TX, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care. We are available to answer your senior care questions! Call Today at (832) 602-2282. Providing care in Houston, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, Sugar Land & League City.

Gary Williams

Director of Marketing at New Frontier Home Care
Gary’s father suffered from transverse myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord & caused him to be wheelchair bound until he passed in 2011. After spending years helping care for his father, Gary became determined to get involved in the healthcare industry with the goal of providing care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
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Gary’s father suffered from transverse myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord & caused him to be wheelchair bound until he passed in 2011. After spending years helping care for his father, Gary became determined to get involved in the healthcare industry with the goal of providing care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
Gary is a Verified Google Author