Culinary Students Serve Up Some Sunrise Classic Dishes

Sunrise Senior Living  |  June 10, 2013

Mind, body and spirit
Darrell Woods, executive director at the assisted living community, told the news source that a few dishes on the Brighton Gardens menu stand out as favorites among residents.

"We have activities here that focus on mind, body and spirit, and we wanted to do something unique and different around our popular menu items," he explained.

The residence invited a group of students from Centerville High School's culinary program to participate in a cook-off. The junior and senior students formed three teams, each charged with creating the same dishes: Greek salad with shrimp, a veggie quesadilla with pico de gallo and a fruit parfait for dessert.

Four seniors living at the Brighton Gardens community stepped up to judge the meals, and the students had some refined taste buds to impress. One of the judges, Phil Longo, was a restaurant manager before he retired and told the news source he chose Brighton Gardens of Washington Township because of their delicious cuisine.

More on Nutrition
If the dishes prepared by these students sound too delicious to be healthy, think again. According to WHFoods, shrimp are an "unusually concentrated source" of what's known as astaxanthin, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient. The crustaceans are also rich in omega-3 fats, vitamins B12 and B3, protein and iron.

The leafy greens used for Greek salad are also nutritious, while vegetable quesadillas can be both hearty and healthy.

Seniors with a sweet tooth can learn a lesson from this news item, as munching on fruits is an excellent way to satisfy the craving without eating too much fat or dairy. Sugar-free yogurt in a parfait can be a great alternative for older adults with diabetes.