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Feeding My Aging Parents

Updated on January 22, 2013

Red Velvet PanCakes

If you have Parents who are not eating right this might be a perfect way to get them eating again.
If you have Parents who are not eating right this might be a perfect way to get them eating again. | Source

Feeding My Parents

I take care of my parents and one of the hardest things to do is get them to eat and my hardest person to deal with is my mother. At age 90 she really dose not like eating very much anymore one or two fork fulls and she is done, saying to me at she is fool and dose not want to eat anymore, but my father on the other hand will eat but not as much as he use to but his eating changed after he had a stroke and it's coming back every week

After talking with my parents doctors about how to increase there eating habits I was told to give them the things they really like to eat and make it in smaller portions 5 to 6 times a day, and add a few healthy protein shakes to there every day meals.

So me being a chef I use the things that they love most and added it into there every day lives things they love like red velvet cake so I made them red velvet pancakes I takes away some of the sugar that I would add if I was making a cake and they love it, Another thing I do is different things with potatoes and soup, i do keep in mind that they don't eat much fish but they love crab cakes and t-bone steaks, When I make there crab cakes I make crab cake sliders there smaller plus I only add a few to the plate.

When preparing there t-bone steak I did make a few changes when I purchase the steaks I have my butcher cut the meat off the bone and grind it into ground beef then I turn it into beef steak patties but still keeping it into a slider form this way they have the t-bone flavor and taste and the taste they want.

In between making them there meals I have added different types of ensure shakes for the times that they don't eat well on any certain day. So today I'm going to share with you a few recipes to get you started but if you want anymore recipes just leave a message or comment and I will be glad to help you.

Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze


  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of milk (add a little at a time as you make your mix.)
  • 1 Teaspoon of white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of salted butter, melted
  • Cream Cheese Glaze
  • 2 oz of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup of milk, plus more if desired
  • 1/3 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Method

    Preheat an electric non-stick griddle to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. Measure out milk into a liquid measuring cup and whisk in vinegar, allow mixture to rest for 2 minutes. Pour milk mixture into a separate large mixing bowl and add in sugar, eggs, red food coloring, vanilla and melted butter. Whisk mixture until well combine. While whisking, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combine. Butter griddle if necessary and pour about a 1/3 cup batter at a time onto hot griddle. Cook until bubbles begin to appear on the top surface of the pancakes then flip and cook opposite side until pancake is cooked through.

    Serve warm with Cream Cheese Glaze.

    Cream Cheese Glaze

In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium speed, blend together cream cheese and butter until well combine and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in remaining ingredients and mix about 1 minute until well combine, adding additional milk to thin if desired. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator if you have any leftovers.

Ensure Milk Shake

When I can't get my parents to eat I try to get them to to have a ensure shake.

A ensure drink is a nutrition drink that can help your body stay strong on the inside its packed with 24 essential vitamins and minerals it's really great as a snack to help my parents with those in between meals and they come in different flavors.

What I do with the ensure I make it into a nice shake the good thing there are a few flavors you can pick from like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, butter pecan, eggnog and black walnut.

What I do is add 1 cup of ice cream to a bottle of ensure with 2 oz of polycose into a blender then I add things like banana's, fresh strawberries or any kind of fresh fruit that you may like, you can even use chocolate syrup, honey, Oreo cookies, graham cracker, vanilla wafers or anything that they will want.. Blend well and enjoy!

Polycose is a easily digestible source of carbohydrate calories that my parents doctors told me to use and it's odorless tasteless and clear looking but they say it is good for you and my parents don't know that's it's in there.

Ensure Milk Shake

This is a drink my parents really love when there not eating well I make one of these drinks and they just drink them up.
This is a drink my parents really love when there not eating well I make one of these drinks and they just drink them up. | Source


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      Handicapped Chef 4 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      Dirt Farmer thanks for the comments I try to do what ever I can to help my parents stay healthy and good healthy but tasty cooking in one of the ways.

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      When my grandma got older, she would always say she wasn't hungry and "couldn't eat a bite"! But if you filled her plate, she'd eat it all. Your recipes could tempt anyone, chef! Thanks for 2 more "keepers." --Jill

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      Handicapped Chef 5 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      Beth37 that should not be a problem this recipe makes about 8 -10 silver dollars pancakes

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      Beth37 5 years ago

      I wonder if I tripled or quadrupled it, if it would turn out ok. I have a lot of mouths to feed here. :)

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      Handicapped Chef 5 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      Beth37 the reason that I only use the one cup is because I'm building it with the other ingredients just like a cake plus I really don't need a lot of mix for just my parents.

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      Beth37 5 years ago

      I am about to make these for my family now. Im shocked it only requires one cup of flour. Ive never seen a pancake recipe use so little flour.

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      Handicapped Chef 5 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      Thanks for the comment

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      Handicapped Chef 5 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      Vacation trip thanks for the comments.

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      Handicapped Chef 5 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      Peachpurple my father had a stroke 6 months ago and we had to change everything we did with him I knowthe task is hard andtell yourfather if he needs any recipes that I use on my parents just drop me a message and I will be lad to help out there is nothing better than family.

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      Susan 5 years ago from India

      A good, caring and interesting hub.

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for your useful tips. My mom age 63 , has stroke. Hence, her eating habit has changed and she had to eat 4-5 times a day at smaller portions. She hated porridge and likes high cholesterol food. My dad is having a hard time to persuade her to eat healthy food. Will print yr article for him to read. Voted useful

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      Faythe Payne 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you so much, you have helped me a great deal..we will be trying some of these.

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      Handicapped Chef 5 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      faythef muscle milk I was not sure what you were talking about until I remembered that my son drinks it he is a body builder and he gave me a few of his recipes I hope you like them

      Pumpkin Muscle Milk Shake

      1/2 cup canned pumpkin

      2 scoops Muscle Milk

      2 cups soy milk

      Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste


      Place everything in the blender then pour in your glass

      Muscle Milk Smoothie

      1 cup skim milk

      1 cup orange juice

      Large banana

      2 scoops vanilla Muscle Milk


      Mix together all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

      The polycose Iget this at

      I hope this help and if there is anything I can just leave me a massage.

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      Faythe Payne 5 years ago from USA

      I Know exactly what you mean. Do you think its possible to substitute muscle milk in the shake recipe? Also, where would I find polycose?

      Thank you for your up and sharing...

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      Handicapped Chef 5 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      fayhef ...It really help my parents out a lot for me to fix the foods they like I do it because I want my parents to be around for many years to come.

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      Faythe Payne 5 years ago from USA

      thank you for the helpful tips...going through the same with my mother...My mother was having some issues with the dr. switched her to muscle milk....


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