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Create a Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner for a Senior Loved One with These Meat-Free Alternatives

Part of providing the best home care Summit seniors can thrive in means making sure your elderly loved one eats as healthily as possible. If your loved one chooses not to eat meat or can’t due to dietary restrictions, make sure he or she doesn’t feel left out this Thanksgiving. These meatless main dishes are healthy, bring out the flavors of fall, and may even become a new tradition for your family.

Acorn Squash Lasagna

Acorn squash is full of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and calcium. The naturally sweet flavors of the squash pair well with a savory lasagna. Roast the squash until it is softened and puree until it’s smooth. Layer Béchamel sauce, cooked lasagna noodles, and the pureed squash in a casserole dish and bake until bubbly.


There are many products available at the store during November that use tofu to mimic the flavors of turkey. Many tofu turkey alternatives include stuffed or roasted options that can help ensure your loved one doesn’t feel left out at mealtime. Tofu is high in calcium and protein, making it a healthy and hearty alternative for Thanksgiving meals.

Pumpkin Ravioli

Pumpkin is a great source of vitamin A, is high in beta-carotene, and is full of fiber. Pumpkin ravioli purchased from the store can be a great way to give your loved one all the health benefits of the squash. Tossing the cooked ravioli with browned butter and spices can help bring out the subtle sweetness of the pumpkin.

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms are hearty and rich, making them a great substitute for meat. They are high in vitamin B6, folate, protein, and fiber. Portobello mushrooms are large and make a great meatless main dish when stuffed with breadcrumbs, sautéed onions, herbs, and spices.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Similar to stuffed mushrooms, acorn squash tastes great when packed with other healthy ingredients. Once the seeds are removed, the squash can be stuffed with a mixture of breadcrumbs, sautéed onions, cranberries, and herbs before roasting in the oven.

Making sure your loved one eats well during the holidays is important, but he or she should continue with this habit all year long. Reach out to Home Care Assistance for help with maintaining your loved one’s diet. A Summit live-in home caregiver can be there to assist with grocery shopping and meal prep, and can also help your loved one accomplish many other daily tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we also offer part-time care for seniors who need less extensive assistance, and all of our senior care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 908.450.9400 today.