Here at The Pavilion, we understand it can be a challenge to schedule time with your mom or dad in a senior living community. And that’s why we are here to offer some great suggestions for you. Cooking together can be an amazing way to spend time together without it feeling forced. Sometimes it is easier to open up when your hands are busy. And even if you don’t chat all that much, the time spent together will mean more than you might even realize.
Below are four great recipes - an appetizer, a main dish, a beverage, and a dessert - that offer a way for you to spend quality time with your mother (or father).
Cucumber Tomato Salad
This amazing salad is not only easy; it is delicious as well. You can have fun assembling it and eating it together. Make it for just the two of you to enjoy, or for other family members or friends that might drop by. If you two are the adventurous type, feel free to experiment adding different veggies as you desire. Each time you make it, it may turn out differently! Or you may always want it the same. Either way, you’ll be spending the quality time together, and that’s what counts.
If you are up for something a little more involved, this amazing zucchini lasagna is a mouth-watering dish for the two of you can work on. It offers a healthy main meal that is tasty as well. It will take some time to put together, but this gives you all the more time to spend with each other. Think of it as a project that the two of you can tackle as a team. Let your mom know that you want her help on this. That will probably mean more to her than you know.
Chai Tea Latte
Almost nothing is cozier than a cup of hot chai tea. And it is even better when the tea is homemade and crafted with love. It is time to pull out the spices and fill the room with sweetness. There is something about tea that is calming and comforting; it will help you, and your mom to settle down and be with each other. Because, after all, the best part about making tea is that you can sit and chat for a few minutes while you sip it.
Chocolate and Nut Butter Banana Bites
If you are in the mood for something a little sweet, fruit, chocolate, and nut butter is an undeniably killer combination. It also provides an option that is a whole lot healthier than most dessert when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. These banana bites are easy to put together and are honestly really delicious. If you want an even simpler option, feel free to simply dip strawberries or raspberries into melted (dark) chocolate. Give them some time to chill, and then enjoy.
Spending time with your mom doesn’t have to be boring or awkward. Inspire some truly special times together by pulling out these or other easy recipes. The memories you make will be beyond valuable. For more tips on how to care for the beloved senior in your life, contact us and share your story!