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Family-Friendly Holiday Meals

As the colder months roll in, there is nothing better than getting the family together over a hot, home-cooked meal. Prepping, preparing, and enjoying a meal with family is the perfect activity during the wintertime. So what should you make this winter? Check out some of our tips for healthy eating that you can incorporate into your next home-cooked meal.

For seniors it is important to maintain a well-balanced diet. A healthy combination of major food groups can go a long way for your overall health. According to the National Council on Aging, seniors should balance their meals out to contain a lean protein, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy milk.  By incorporating lean meats, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, colorful fruits and veggies, and milk, seniors can get the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Choosing foods that are high in fiber and Vitamin D and low in salt are important parts of our diet as we age.

Are you ready to get cooking this winter? Check out this super simple Chilli con Carne (Chili with meat) recipe to use for your next family meal!

1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small Onion, peeled and finely chopped
½ t Minced garlic
250 g Lean minced beef
2 T Sweet chili sauce
1 x 220g can Baked beans
2 T Tomato paste
½ cup Water or red wine or beef stock
1 – 2 cups Fresh vegetables, finely chopped (e.g beans, carrot, mushrooms)

– Heat oil in a saucepan and add onion and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is softened.
– Add mince and continue cooking until mince is browned.
– Add chili powder or sauce, baked beans, tomato paste and water or red wine or beef stock.- Cook over a gentle heat for 10 minutes.
– Add vegetables and extra water if necessary and cook a further 10-20 minutes.
– Check seasoning and adjust to taste.

**Serving Suggestion: serve with cooked wheat rice as your whole grain portion.

Cozy up with a hot meal prepared with family and friends this winter. Steeple View Lofts offers a full kitchen and spacious living area for adults 55 and over. Get your family together this winter in the comfort of your own home at Steeple View Lofts! For more information, please visit

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