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.

5 comments:

  1. Haha. Gotta love the background story on the meals. :) The porkchop ones is funny. I'll try the maple carrots, been looking for ways to get rid of carrots that don't go with a crunch. Faith has an adorable smile!

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  2. Yummy, I am going to try the maple carrots tonight! I am still trying to convince Kidlet that he likes them :P maybe this will be the one that does it!

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  3. We made the maple carrots tonight and the girls LOVED them. I didn't make enough... I wrote about it on our blog tonight.

    Big hugs to F&B.

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  4. That was yummy, thanks! I realized too late I didn't have the ranch dressing mix, so I just sprinkled some seasoned salt on top of the soup/milk mix. Yum! The carrots were delish, too. I, also, didn't make enough and I'm afraid Daddy isn't going to get any as my girls gobbled them up.

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  5. I was strolling through Pinterest and saw this picture of Faith. It was so odd but I recognized her right away. We dont pack lunches anymore so no more Bento fun so I have not stopped by in ages. Glad to see things are still going well!

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