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Cooking Therapy

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Although the loss of a loved one is a universal experience, individuals who experience this loss grieve in different ways. Cooking and mealtimes are often overlooked aspects of grief and daily activities such as eating, meal planning, and grocery shopping can become painful and isolating. 

Introducing Cooking Therapy, a collection of our favorite recipes that's easy to make at home. Cooking empowers individuals to express their grief in healthy, rational, and positive ways. 

If the thought of cooking for one has been weighing you down, then read through some of these amazing recipes shared by our staff here at Roupp Funeral Home and others that have went through exactly what you're experiencing right now.




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2 lbs beef or chicken 

1 can tomato paste

1 can tomato sauce

1 large can crushed tomatoes

Two cans chili beans

1 can chic peas

2 peppers

1/2 onion

Other vegetables you can mix in: corn, kidney beans, baked beans etc


Garlic powder

Onion powder


Chili powder

Sugar, Brown sugar, or Maple syrup (To taste)


Crushed Red Peppers  

15 oz water


Saute beef, peppers, and onion in skillet.

In large pot, mix tomato sauces, tomatoes, beans, chic peas, and all seasonings with water. 

Add in cooked meat and vegetables, simmer for 30 minutes until beans are fully cooked. Comes out sweet with a spicy aftertaste. 

Use all seasonings to taste, for a mild chili, use very small amount of crushed red peppers and chili powder. 

Can also put all ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low for 2-4 hours. 

Top with sour cream, cheese, or anything else you like! I personally enjoy mine with fresh italian bread! 

Recipe recommended by: Hannah Troy


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1 Pie Pastry

2 cups sliced pears - (1 1/2 to 2 pears)

2 cups fresh cranberries

2/3 cup sugar

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 1/2 Tbsp flour

Crumb Top:

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

4 Tbsp butter


Line 9 inch pie pan with pastry.

Mix sliced pears, cranberries, sugar, flour and lemon juice. Add to pie pastry. Bake at 400 ‘ for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix Crumb Top ingredients in large bowl.

Remove pie from oven and spread Crumb Top over pie filling.

Return pie to oven and bake at 375’ for 30 minutes.

Recipe recommended by our Pi Day Giveaway Winner: Gayle Pepper

Do you have a recipe you LOVE and want to share? Email the recipe to Hannah at 

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