Healthy Fall Recipes for Retirement Communities in California

Discover some delectable fall recipes that are full of nutritional value!


While it may be tempting to indulge in more treats this time of year, it’s important to eat healthfully so you can feel your best. At our California Senior Retirement Communities, we highly prioritize our residents’ physical health. We even have an executive chef on staff to provide nutrient-dense meals. However, if you want to make something on your own, keep reading to see some delicious fall recipes you’re sure to enjoy!

Sweet Potato Beet Hash

Sweet potatoes are a fall favorite. Making this sweet potato breakfast for yourself or a loved one will be a great start to the day, and the fiber in the sweet potatoes and beets will keep you full! This recipe is a twist on classic fried eggs by adding beets and sweet potatoes. To make this you’ll need:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Beets
  • Dried sage
  • Olive oil
  • Eggs
  • Black pepper

The first step in creating this breakfast is to cook the sweet potatoes and beets with olive oil in a pan. Next, stir in the sage until mixed well. In a large pan, heat the olive oil and place over medium-high heat. Then, make an open space in the vegetables on each side of the pan, and crack an egg into each space. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for a few minutes, until the eggs are set to your liking.

Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese

If you’re in the mood for a meatless meal and a comfort food all in one, this pasta recipe from Eating Well is the perfect choice for a fall lunch! The cheese makes this a calcium rich dish and the broccoli adds some great micronutrient benefits. With only ten ingredients, you can’t go wrong! Here is everything you’ll need:

  • Whole-wheat penne pasta
  • Broccoli florets
  • Butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Low-fat milk
  • Salt
  • Smoked paprika
  • Shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Panko breadcrumbs

When you’re in the mood for this lunch, start by bringing a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions, adding broccoli for the last minute or two of cooking. Next drain and remove the pasta, wipe the pot dry and place over medium-low heat. Melt the butter, add flour, and whisk until smooth. Slowly add milk, salt, and smoked paprika, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens. Remove the pot from heat and stir in both cheeses. Add the pasta and broccoli back in, and mix well. This will be sure to hit the spot this fall!

Parmesan Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

For dinner, how about some chicken with vegetables? This easy meal idea from Eating Well will be a winner and the crispy chicken will feel like takeout at home! Here are the ingredients needed for this meal:

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Lemon zest
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Red onion
  • Chicken thighs

To make this for yourself or a loved one, stir parmesan, oil, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, thyme, salt and pepper into a mixing bowl. Second, toss brussels sprouts, onion and garlic, salt and pepper on a large baking sheet. Add chicken and lemon to the pan, and ensure everything is in a single layer. Brush the chicken with oil. Top with the parmesan mixture. Bake in the oven until cooked through, and enjoy!

At each of our California Retirement Communities, we know that healthy and filling meal ideas can be overwhelming for yourself or a loved one. Keeping a balanced diet will improve your bone density, strengthen immunity, and keep you feeling your best and enjoying life! While we’d love to have you dine with us and allow our professional chefs to serve you a luxurious meal, we hope you’ll try out these recipes when you need an idea for eating with family!

For more information on any of our beautiful California Retirement Communities, or to schedule a tour with us, contact our team today!

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