We used this recipe from the Pioneer Woman website for the pork. It turned out so tender. You could do a lot of things with the leftover meat.
And this is our go-to salsa recipe. Also from Pioneer Woman. We use the food processor for everything. But you have to work in batches because it’s too much to fit in the processor at one time.
Vivian: They were OK. I wasn’t a fan of the pork.
Charlotte: I think we should make it again. It was delicious.
What do you like to put on your tacos?
Carey: This recipe took some time to prepare, but it was well worth it. My kids weren’t the biggest fans of the turnips. I will have to try a different root vegetable next time. Overall, though, it was a huge hit and we will definitely make it again and again. I have tried so many stew recipes where the meat didn’t turn out to be tender. Finally, I have found a perfect recipe. I am not even going to try to type out the recipe; it’s perfect as written and the Pioneer Woman does an excellent job of explaining everything.
Vivian: AWESOME! I loved it so, so , so much. The meat got very tender. And the vegetables with it were good.
Charlotte: I liked it and it was really, really good. I think people should make it.
Do you like beef stew? What vegetables should we try next time?
Carey: This is a quick and easy lunch idea. You can make it look fancy by using party picks. Toothpicks work too (as long as your kids are old enough not to hurt themselves or others with them). You can also just skip the pick altogether.
For Vivian’s, I spread a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese over two slices of lunchmeat, rolled it up, and sliced it. Plain or savory flavored cream cheese would work well too.
Charlotte isn’t a fan of soft cheeses, so I just rolled a cheese stick up in hers.
Vivian: I like that one. Especially with the Laughing Cow cheese. Ha ha ha ha!
Charlotte: It was tasty. I would eat it again.
Do you have any interesting lunchbox lunch ideas?
Carey: This is one of those instances where Pinterest led me astray. I saw some cute lunchbox lunch ideas and someone had made adorable mini waffle sandwiches. So I went out and bought some of those waffles that are perforated and make mini waffles. We tried adding peanut butter and bananas to the cinnamon toast mini waffles. It was a no-go for the girls. In retrospect, I realize that doesn’t sound like a tasty combo. I should have tried sliced apples and honey. But even that wouldn’t have saved this meal since they weren’t fans of the overall texture of cold waffles. Oh well, live and learn!
Vivian: The waffles were all soggy and cold. The bananas and peanut butter didn’t taste good with the waffle. It wasn’t a good combination.
Charlotte: Pretty good, except the waffles were cold.
What is the worst lunchbox lunch you’ve ever had?
For the chicken salad, we just chopped up some store bought already cooked chicken breast; you could use a rotisserie chicken, canned chicken, or leftover chicken. Any of those would be good. We then added corn and black bean salsa, some sour cream, and some shredded cheese to the bowl. We just mixed in enough sour cream to cut the heat of the salsa (which was a bit spicy). If you just have regular salsa, you could add some thawed frozen corn and some drained canned black beans. Chopped up peppers would be good in this too. I put in some scoops chips so the girls could make their own mini tacos at school Soft corn or flour tortillas would also be good.
Vivian: I didn’t like the big chunks of chicken in this. Next time, we should try shredding the chicken or chopping it into smaller pieces.
Charlotte: I didn’t like the sour cream in it. It made it all yucky. We should try again without the sour cream.
What is your favorite chicken salad recipe?
Here’s the recipe for the roasted vegetables; it was an OK recipe. You can substitute most any vegetable that can roast for a while in the oven. We used dried herbs and just cut the amount by ¼.
Here’s the recipe for the tilapia:
Vivian: The vegetables were OK. I liked the sauce.
Charlotte: I didn’t use the sauce, but I like tilapia. And the vegetables were good. Especially the potatoes.
What is your favorite way to eat fish?
We had quite a few apples from our produce box, so we needed to use some up quickly. We decided to make some sautéed apples for dessert. You could easily reduce the butter and sugar in this recipe to make it a bit healthier. The apples would be good on pancakes or waffles for breakfast, or even on vanilla yogurt. Since this was a dessert, we served ours over vanilla ice cream.
5 tablespoons butter
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
4-6 apples, peeled, cored, sliced
- 1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; stir sugar and cinnamon into the hot butter. Add apples and cook until apples begin to break down, 10-15 minutes.
Vivian: This was a good dessert. They were easy and pretty fast to make.
Charlotte: Especially good with ice cream. The syrup is super yummy.
Can you think of something else to do with lots of apples?