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Senior Care Recipes: Homemade “Take-Out” Egg Foo Young

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Senior Care in Duluth GA

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Egg Foo Young – Chinese vegetable omelet

Getting into the kitchen with your aging loved ones is a fantastic way to pursue your senior care goals with them and to give them a boost in their mental and emotional health. Cooking together is an opportunity to share, laugh, communicate, and make precious memories while also encouraging them to use their cognitive processing, problem solving, and memory skills to follow the recipe, use various cooking techniques, and create the dish or treat you have planned. This is also a great way for you to help your parents take more responsibility for what they are eating and give them more control over making sure that their nutrition is what it should be.

This recipe is for a delicious homemade spin on a classic take-out favorite, egg foo young. A staple on Chinese food menus, egg foo young offers protein, dietary fiber, and a good dose of veggies for a total meal in one dish. Because you are making it at home with your seniors, you not only get the benefits of cooking with them, but you save money over picking up the phone and calling the local take-out place, and can control the quality of ingredients for a dinner that is delicious and good for your parents.


What You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup of tamari
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 one inch piece of fresh ginger, plus 2 thin slices
  • 1/4 red bell pepper
  • 1 bunch of scallions
  • 1/2 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 cup of shredded baby bok choy
  • 1 cup of fresh bean sprouts
  • 4 ounces of shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 ounces of thinly sliced deli chicken, ham, roast beef, or turkey
  • 12 eggs
  • Extra virgin olive oil for brushing
  • A griddle
  • A whisk
  • A large mixing bowl
  • A cutting board
  • A sharp knife
  • A large spoon
  • A small bowl
  • A small saucepan
  • A regular spoon


What to Do

  • Finely chop the meat and set aside
  • Stem and thinly slice the shiitake mushrooms and set aside
  • Thinly slice the bunch of scallions at an angle
  • Very thinly slice the red bell pepper
  • Peel and grate the fresh ginger piece
  • Grate and then make into a paste the clove of garlic
  • Preheat the griddle over medium heat
  • Brush the griddle with some of the oil
  • In the large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs
  • Stir in the mushrooms, bean sprouts, bok choy, meat, carrots, scallions, garlic, grated ginger and bell pepper
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Use a large spoon to drop about 1/2 of a cup of the mixture onto the griddle for each pancake
  • Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes per side until golden
  • In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with a splash of the chicken stock to dissolve
  • Combine the stock, tamari, cornstarch mix, sliced ginger and hot sauce in a small saucepan
  • Place over high heat and boil
  • Boil until thick enough that it coats the back of a spoon, which should be around 3 minutes
  • Discard the sliced ginger pieces
  • Plate 2 of the pancakes on each plate
  • Top with the gravy
  • Serve hot!

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring in-home senior care in Duluth GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.