Delicious Dips for Seniors to Enjoy

Sunrise Senior Living  |  June 4, 2014

Summer offers the perfect time for seniors to break out their favorite family recipes to wow their friends at an outdoor picnic or impress residents at their retirement communities during a social event. Dips are an excellent dish to bring along to any party, sporting event celebration or outdoor event - not only are they easy to transport and prepare, but they can also be replete with nutritious and tasty bites.

Consider cooking the following dips next time you need a dish in a dash - and as a bonus, each of these dips is diabetic-friendly.

South-of-the-Border Salsa
Host a fun Mexican-themed dinner party or bust this bowl out during a movie party. Grab your favorite tortilla chip - or make your own - and get to chopping this chilly concoction:

Ingredients

  • 3-4 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • Basil, oregano, salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and mix them together. The joy of salsa is that the chef has full control over the final product, so after sampling, don't be afraid to add more ingredients to serve your tastes. Once you're satisfied, cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight - the longer it sits, the better all the flavors of the ingredients will be able to meld together. Be sure to let it sit for at least 12 hours before serving. 

Savory Spinach Dip
This simple dip only requires five ingredients, but the process requires great attention to detail. Similar to your salsa, this dish is best served with tortilla chips, but pita chips can be tasty as well.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages spinach, frozen
  • 1 can artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup parmesan, grated 
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions
Begin by thawing out your spinach - you can either let the packages sit overnight, or place them in small bowls of water, then microwave for 30 second increments. Drain the spinach. Sauté the garlic in a small pot and add your whipping cream, but be sure to stir the mixture consistently, as the cream will burn if stuck to the bottom. Stir for about 45 seconds, or until the cream feels like it is starting to thicken. Then, add the parmesan, artichoke hearts and spinach, combining the ingredients and stirring for an additional 30 seconds. Be sure to add salt and pepper to taste.