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Nursing Home Thanksgiving

DaisyM Jul 1, 2012 05:53 AM

Just starting to think about a family dinner at a nursing home. This is the first time we'd be doing this so I'd appreciate any help and suggestions.

I'm trying to create a menu that is festive, easily transportable, with most dishes acceptable for a diabetic, and that can be served at room temp. (Oh, boy this seems like a daunting task!)

So, far:

Smoked salmon with black bread
White fish salad on cucumber slices
Cheese and crackers

Turkey roulade filled with stuffing

Roasted green beans with almonds
Roasted brussel sprouts
Cranberry Sauce

Apple & Pumpkin Pie
Fruit Salad

I'm stuck on mashed potatoes. Is there a way to keep them warm in the car? Any other dishes that would work at room temp?

Thank you for any hints on what has worked for you.

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    pine time Jul 1, 2012 08:43 AM

    Your menu sounds lovely. My questions are as a former SNF staffer: are you planning to eat in the resident's room or a dining area? Many facilities have a big T'giving dinner for residents & families, so it might be wise to check before-hand if you'll have enough space, chairs, etc, if you want a private event. While using the staff microwave may work out fine, again, check ahead in case someone has dibs already. You didn't mention drinks, but if you'd like to take wine, also check ahead that your loved one has MD orders to allow alcohol. Hope it's a wonderful event, and how sweet to make such a homemade dinner to keep it individualized.

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    1. re: pine time
      DaisyM Jul 1, 2012 09:14 AM

      Thank you for that helpful information!

      1. re: pine time
        justalex Jul 2, 2012 06:04 PM

        Good advice, pine time. My mother's assisted living place threw a huge Thanksgiving dinner for the residents and their families last year, complete with live piano music and beer and wine.

        Hopefully, you will be pleasantly surprised DaisyM.

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        Tara57 Jul 1, 2012 06:56 AM

        You can wrap the mashed potato container in a towel and transport it in a cooler to keep the potatoes warm for a while. Roasted potatoes are good at room temperature.

        1. mcf Jul 1, 2012 06:03 AM

          I'll respond from the diabetic perspective: I make home made cranberry sauce with alternative sweetener, and I can't/don't eat stuffing or potatoes due to their effect on blood sugar. SInce you're making a roulade, you have the option of using mostly or all veggies for a stuffing.

          A dish of pureed rutabaga or white turnips with herbs is much better suited to a diabetic than potatoes, but you have enough dishes that the diabetic can just leave them off. Great choices of sprouts and green beans for the diabetic

          I'd consider putting some of the smoked salmon on cucumber rounds with dill for the diabetic, too.

          Most facilities have microwaves in a staff kitchen at least. You might inquire about using one in the building to reheat your potatoes if needed.

          Sweet of you to be planning this. :-)

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          1. re: mcf
            DaisyM Jul 1, 2012 06:29 AM

            Mcf, thank you for telling me about the potatoes and stuffing! I was thinking turkey roulade because I can't visualize dealing with carving a turkey in what might be a tiny space. Great idea of stuffing with maybe roasted vegetables. I can make two roulades, one with stuffing and one with vegetables.

            I sometimes makes roasted and pureed cauliflower with just a little low sodium chicken broth. Would this be a good substitute for the potatoes?

            I will put the smoked salmon on cucumber rounds and maybe stuff cherry tomatoes with whitefish salad?

            Any suggestions regarding diabetic friendly dessert? I'm not a great baker, so if you tell me to buy something, no offense!

            1. re: DaisyM
              mcf Jul 1, 2012 07:01 AM

              Yes, cauliflower "fauxtatotes" are an excellent substitute, and I think your roulade idea is great, too.

              As to diabetic friendly desserts, pumpkin pie with an almond flour bottom crust, or even better, pumpkin cheesecake made with either liquid sucralose or xylitol or my blend, 50/50 each are seasonal and very low carb. Cheesecake is very easy and fast to make, but if not your thing, you can buy or order no sugar added cheesecake, then make an artificially sweetened cranberry/nut topping or other.

              Love your app ideas.

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