Let’s be honest – during the summer months, it’s not always a pleasant experience to go outside in the heat and humidity.
Sure, the beach is calling your name and rounds of golf are cheap and easy to come by, but sometimes all you really want is some air conditioning and delicious meal.
You’ve probably already read about Papa Pals and their willingness to take you or your loved ones out shopping, out to a show, or accompany them on a nature trail, and now you can add cooking to that list as well.
Cooking is a fantastic way to enjoy a low-intensity activity and still stay engaged. Not to mention you end up with a delicious dinner to share!
Here are some of our favorite recipes to enjoy alongside our Papa Pals:
Spaghetti and meatballs
You can’t go wrong with this Italian classic. What better way to have some fun in the kitchen than to get your hands dirty and roll up your own meatballs?
Grandma may very well have her own secret recipe for meatballs, but in case she doesn’t, we’ve found the one highlighted below to be more than adequate for you and your Papa Pal to enjoy.
Ingredients: Ground sirloin, Italian bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper
Over the years using ground turkey instead of beef has become a popular trend to keep meals lighter and healthier.
Combining health-conscious with a hearty chili is a groundbreaking technique that will keep you and your loved ones coming back for more.
The beans are great for fiber, and you’ll most certainly end up with leftovers that are even better the second time around. Have fun improvising with your Papa Pal using some ideas for the recipe below.
Ingredients: Ground turkey, cannellini beans, diced bell peppers, diced onions, diced tomatoes, corn, garlic, Mexican spices, salt & pepper
See the full recipe and instructions here: Turkey Chili
Chicken pot pie
When’s the last time you enjoyed a homemade chicken pot pie? Unless you live with Martha Stewart, it’s probably been a while.
Cooking an “out of the box” recipe with a loved one is a great way to have some fun and wind up with a belly-filling meal.
Try out the recipe below with your Papa Pal and I promise it’ll beat the Boston Market version.
Ingredients: Skinless boneless chicken breast, carrots, celery, frozen green peas, butter, chopped onion, flour, salt & pepper, chicken broth, celery seed, pre-made pie crust
See the full recipe and instructions here: Chicken Pot Pie
Homemade chocolate chip cookies
Okay, now we’re almost positive grandma has her own secret recipe for this one, but when’s the last time she had a chance to make it with a friend?
Our Papa Pals offer that opportunity for you or your loved ones every day. So, just in case the recipe is confidential and can’t be disclosed to your Papa Pal, here is one of our favorites.
Ingredients: Softened butter, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, baking soda, hot water, salt, all-purpose flour, semi-sweet chocolate chips, walnuts
See the full recipe and instructions here: Chocolate Chip Cookies