Caregiver Recipes: Make Your Own Custom Sliders

Caregivers in Duluth, GA

As a caregiver, preparing meals is something that you likely do at least once or twice each day. Particularly if you care for your elderly parents along with children and a spouse, planning, preparing, and serving healthy, balanced, delicious, and satisfying meals is essential to keeping your loved ones healthy and happy, but can also be time-consuming and confusing. This is especially true if your family is like most and has a wide range of tastes and preferences. One way to combat this time crunch and confusion is to find recipes that allow you to prepare a large amount of food quickly and easily, while also promoting customization so that each person can enjoy the flavors he enjoys without requiring that you prepare a completely different meal.

Burgers are always a family-friendly, crowd-pleasing classic, and because they are inexpensive, easy to prepare, and widely versatile, they are a fantastic choice for caregivers looking to feed their entire family without a tremendous amount of hassle. Making sliders, which are essentially small burgers, is a great way for you to offer every member of your family a custom dinner option quickly and easily simply by adding different ingredients to your basic meat and then cooking them up individually. Because sliders are so small, they cook quickly, enabling your family members to try different flavor combinations without committing to an entire large burger of that flavor.

Use these steps to make your own custom sliders for a fun, interactive, and nutritious family dinner:

• Choose your meat. The meat you choose for your sliders makes a major difference in both the flavor and the nutrition of the sliders. Ground beef is the classic choice, but you can also make delicious burgers out of ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground pork. Each pound of meat makes around 16 sliders, and you can expect an adult to eat between 3 and 6 sliders.

• Choose your seasonings. Depending on the add-in ingredients you intend to offer, you may want to season your meat ahead of time. Adding salt and pepper to the meat early starts the flavor-layering process for a richer, more complex flavor later. If you intend on offering ingredients that are high in salt content, however, you may want to avoid the salt to prevent over-salting your sliders.

• Choose your add-ins. Making a custom slider is as easy as taking the meat, adding in other ingredients for a different flavor experience, and cooking it up. Offer several basic ingredients that allow for more than one successful combination so that you, your parents, your children, and your spouse all have the opportunity to make the combinations they desire. If ingredients require cooking before being added to the meat, do to the cooking before customizing the burgers to make the process quicker. Consider add-ins such as cheese, herbs, finely chopped meats, caramelized onions, feta, olives, mushrooms, and corn.

• Make your sliders. Split the meat into four equal sections. Split each of these into two, and each of those pieces into two. Take one of these pieces of meat and place it in a mixing bowl. Add in the flavor ingredients and mix together thoroughly before cooking through and serving on a bun with all of your favorite burger toppings. If you are unsure of a particular flavor combination, tear off a very small piece of the slider and cook it up in a minute or so so you can taste the meat for seasoning before cooking the entire slider.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Duluth, GA, contact the caring staff at Trumark Home Care. Call today (678) 820-6407.