Chef Todd Saylor jpgHow do you modify recipes to make sure that they are healthy?
We utilize a software program to analyze all recipes for nutritional content. The software allows our dining staff to know the exact nutritional value of each ingredient in a recipe and from there, we can make adjustments to ingredients to meet healthy eating guidelines designated by our team of dietitians.

 

What are the best substitutes for sugar, salt and foods high in saturated fats?
The best way to substitute for sugar in foods is to bring out the natural sugars within the foods in the cooking process. When cooking with vegetables, fruit, and meats, searing and caramelizing the ingredients will bring out the natural sugars. With baking desserts, you can reduce the amount of sugars by using toasted nuts or caramelized fruits. We avoid the use of sugar substitutes whenever possible. If a diabetic resident still enjoys sweets, we recommend smaller portion sizes of sugary foods and eliminating other carbs throughout their day. We do not add salt to our foods. We use low sodium foods and avoid foods that contain fillers or use a saline pump to artificially increase in foods. We use all natural soup base that is very low in sodium for our soups and sauces. We use herbs and spices to reduce the need for salt. We do not use artificial salt substitutes. To reduce fat levels we use low saturated fats and oils such as canola and olive oil. To reduce saturated fat we do not use processed foods that contain fillers.

What do you do to make excellent meals each time?
We have seven neighborhoods equipped with a full “cooking kitchen”. Cooking meals as close as possible to the time they will be served is the main way we consistently produce great meals.

What is a favorite recipe you make for residents?
The residents and staff at Phoebe love our soups and our ability to customize our menus and recipes to local flavors that are flavorful and consistent. One particular item we enjoy making for our residents at special times of the year is Bananas Foster. The dining staff uses a portable cooking station to prepare the special dessert tableside in the dining room. The residents enjoy the dessert and also a show.

Why do you enjoy cooking at a senior living community?
I enjoy senior living because I get to know the residents and their stories. I like Phoebe because of their mission, vision, and values to enrich the lives of our seniors, their families, and the communities we serve. I enjoy cooking at Phoebe because of their holiday activities! Each year all of the Phoebe neighborhoods host holiday parties for family and friends, which of course include lots of healthy food. The recipe below is both healthy and tasty.

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