You can show your love and appreciation for your father by cooking him a meal. With an older person’s help, you can prepare these recipes for a lunch or dinner. The “Salsa Dip and Vegetables” or the “One-Dish Magic Cobbler” would make a delicious family home evening treat, too.

Beef and Bean Burritos

1/2 pound (227 g) ground beef

1 can (16 ounces/454 g) refried beans

8 flour tortillas (6″/15 cm in diameter)

1 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided

1 can (4 ounces/113 g) chopped green chilies

1 cup sour cream

  1. 1.

    In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef; drain.

  2. 2.

    Spread 1/4 cup refried beans in the center of each tortilla. Top each with an equal amount of ground beef and 2 tablespoons cheese.

  3. 3.

    Fold the sides in, then roll up the ends over the filling. Arrange the burritos seam-side-down in a greased 9″ x 13″ (23 cm x 33 cm) baking pan. Top them with the green chilies and the remaining cheese.

  4. 4.

    Bake uncovered at 350° F for 20 minutes or until heated through.

Serve each burrito with sour cream.

One-Dish Magic Cobbler

1/4 cup butter/margarine, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

1 can (22 ounces/624 g) sliced peaches with juice

butter or margarine

1/2 teaspoon sugar

  1. 1.

    In a two-quart casserole dish, cream together the first butter/margarine and the first sugar. Mix in the flour, baking powder, salt, and milk. Spread the batter evenly in the dish.

  2. 2.

    Carefully drain the juice from the peaches into a large glass. Arrange the peaches evenly over the batter. Pour 1 cup of the juice on top of the peaches; drink or discard the remaining juice.

  3. 3.

    Dot the cobbler with a few pieces of butter/margarine; sprinkle on the second sugar.

  4. 4.

    Bake uncovered at 375° F for 45 minutes. The “magic” happens while the cobbler bakes—the fruit goes to the bottom, and the dough rises to the top!

Salsa Dip and Vegetables

1 package (8 ounces/227 g) cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup salsa

fresh raw vegetables of your choice—such as cauliflower, carrots, celery, broccoli—cut into bite-size pieces

Place the block of cream cheese in a serving dish and pour the salsa over the top. Serve with the vegetables.

[illustration] Illustrated by Elise Black