Quick and Healthy Recipes

As some may say food is the best medicine or maybe its the key to your heart. What better way to show someone you care than with a home cooked meal?

HD patients may have a hard time getting adequate nutrition from the foods they eat. Involuntary movements and slow eating can make it difficult for a person with HD to get through a meal. In later stages of HD swallowing can become difficult for your loved one so softer foods will be needed.

I have put together a list of great nutrient packed easy to eat foods for your favorite patient! Regardless of what stage of HD your loved one is in these recipes will provide the nutrition they need and the soft texture will be easy to swallow.  Click here for more recipes and facts about the relationship between food and Huntington’s Disease patients.

The first recipe is a crowd favorite…Guacamole! The avocados in the dish are densely packed with nutrients and have been labeled as a super food! Depending on what you like substitute the jalapeño for a more mild pepper like green chillies which can be found in small cans at your local grocery store. The soft texture of this recipe will go down easily if your loved one has trouble swallowing. Guacamole will be great on its own, on salads, or served as a condiment.


Total Time:1 hr 20 min
Prep:20 min
Inactive:1 hr
Yield:1 batch

3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced

In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. Using a potato masher add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash. Then, fold in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve.

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown
© 2016 Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/guacamole-recipe.print.html?oc=linkback


Another great soft food is soup! Soup may be messy for the patient but providing a larger spoon with a rubber handle can help with grip and avoid spills. Squash is a great resource of essential vitamins and minerals and has a low quantity of saturated fats and sodium.

Squash Soup

Total Time:50 min
Prep:10 min
Cook:40 min
Yield:6 to 8 servings

3 to 3 1/2 pounds butternut squash, approximately 2, seeded and quartered
Unsalted butter, melted, for brushing
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus 1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper, plus 1/2 teaspoon
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the quartered squash onto a half sheet pan, brush the flesh of the squash with a little butter and season with 1 tablespoon of the salt and 1 teaspoon of the white pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 30 to 35 minutes or until the flesh is soft and tender.

Scoop the flesh from the skin into a 6-quart pot. Add the broth, honey and ginger. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Using a stick blender, puree the mixture until smooth*. Stir in the heavy cream and return to a low simmer. Season with the remaining salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

*When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, 2003
© 2016 Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/squash-soup-recipe2.print.html?oc=linkback

These recipes are not only easy but they can also be made ahead of time and eaten later in the week for those of us who just run out of time at the end of the day. Check back on Friday for my #FridayFavorites where I will be sharing more of my favorite recipes!



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