Caregiver stress can sneak up on you. It is a real issue for most and probably all caregivers.
Sometimes it’s the little things like comfort foods that make a difference. And comfort foods may also be enjoyed by your carereceiver.
Before I moved to the northeast corner of South Carolina, I’d never heard of chicken bog. Apparently it’s a dish that is regional to this area. I live in Marion County, the home of the Revolutionary War Hero Francis Marion, known as “The Swamp Fox.” This area is known for its swamps and bogs, which may be where chicken bog gets its name. It could be from the geography, or perhaps because this dish is very moist, almost “boggy.”
Anyway, it’s a nice dish made with chicken, rice, sausage, onion and spices. A traditional recipe can be found here. My version is a bit different. I used 2 chicken thighs, and cooked them for about 2 hours until the meat is tender and comes off the bones easily. I don’t use bullion, and added onion after cooking the chicken rather than during. The reason is that the extra broth I sometimes use when cooking for my dogs, and dogs can’t eat onions.
I also add veggies on hand; in this case carrots and green beans. And I substitute 4 ounces of turkey sausage or kielbasa for the regular sausage. So my version has less meat and more veggies. And this version was made with brown rice not white.
What’s nice about this dish is that it’s soft so it works well for a tender mouth. I like to cut up the chicken into small pieces, and am not sure how traditional that is. It’s an especially nice dish in cooler weather.
What’s your favorite comfort food, and how can you make it a bit healthier? Share in the comments.
To your Happy & Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore MD
Purple Angel Dementia Ambassador
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