There is nothing like a delicious home-cooked meal or dessert to bring family together. The sense of togetherness, the amazing smell permeating the home and the warmth of the kitchen can serve as stress-reducers. Plus, some of the hardest topics in life are easiest to discuss over a warm treat and a cup of coffee. These four meals are sure to bring the entire family flocking to the kitchen for a delicious meal and a dose of love.
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Meatballs require almost no experience as they are just several ingredients rolled into one to two-inch balls. While meatballs can be fried, consider baking them because this is the easiest way to ensure that they are cooked through completely. Use ground beef that is not too lean to ensure that the balls stick together. Add a bit of Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese for an authentic kick. Bring the family to the table with a heaping bowl of spaghetti noodles and rich tomato sauce that can be warmed right out of the can.
Nothing is better for a cool autumn night than a steaming bowl of hearty chili. While dried beans soaked overnight give the best results, there is nothing wrong with choosing canned beans for speed. Mix cooked ground beef, diced tomatoes, spices, beef stock, and onions in a crockpot with the beans. By evening, the entire house will smell delicious.
A crinkly sugar cookie only looks like a lot of work. In reality, it is a basic recipe that requires rolling a ball of dough in a cinnamon/sugar mixture before baking. Some people, like Tori Avey, know how simple this sort of recipe truly is. However, getting them just right can be a little bit trickier. This recipe is perfect for sharing with children and teenagers who will love to roll the dough and watch the cookies puff up in the oven.
Banana bread is a great choice no matter what season it is. Warm banana bread can be enjoyed right out of the oven while cooled banana bread is a delightful summertime treat. Use ripe bananas for the best flavor and coconut oil for a rich, moist loaf.
While there are hundreds of delicious recipes that people of all ages are sure to love, these four represent some of the easiest options. Even a novice chef can whip up some amazing meatballs or roll crinkly-topped sugar cookies. Thankfully, it is not the difficulty level of a recipe that brings families together. Instead, it is the warmth and love behind the food that is most appreciated.