Monday, April 11, 2011
The Kids Cook Monday - Faith's Favorite Pork Chops
This week, I asked Faith what she thought we should share for The Kids Cook Monday. Her suggestion? Her favorite meal ever--pork chops with cream sauce and maple carrots!
Now, there really isn't a whole lot to this meal, I actually think I got the pork chop recipe from a big company recipe site (wanting to say Kraft). It's not terribly complicated, but Faith absolutely loves it, so that makes it worth sharing. It's also pretty simple, which does make it fun to cook with kids, and you probably have the ingredients in the pantry already.
Faith's Creamy Ranch Pork Chops
4-6 thin pork chops (bone in or boneless, your choice)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can (about 1 cup) milk
1 packet ranch dressing mix
Brown the pork chops in a frying pan, then transfer to a baking dish.
Combine soup, milk and dressing mix till mixed well, pour over pork chops.
Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees till sauce/gravy is bubbling.
**If you don't care for pork, the sauce works well on chicken breast too.
Faith's Maple Carrots
1 package baby carrots or 1 package frozen crinkle cut carrots
2 tsp butter
2-3 tsp pure maple syrup
Place carrots in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil.
Let carrots simmer until very soft/tender.
Remove from heat, drain water.
Add butter and maple syrup to the pot, cover till butter melts, then mix well.
Now, as for the stories behind these recipes?
The first time I ever made the carrots, Faith was maybe 2 and it was the first Easter I cooked dinner for the three of us. She ate nearly the entire pot of carrots on her own and started asking for them daily.
As for the pork chops, the first time we tried this recipe, I made 4 pork chops. Shaun took 1, I took 1, I split one for the kids, with an extra for Shaun later. The kids ate theirs. Then they ate Shaun's second one. And then they ate the rest of mine (I got 2 bites). And then they asked for more. When I make them now, I opt for at least 6 chops, and I still don't have leftovers.