One of the boys’ favorite shows to watch on TV is Chopped.  It involves cooks getting a “mystery basket” of seemingly random ingredients that they need to craft into a full appetizer.  After that one of the chefs is “chopped” and eliminated from the competition.  They then repeat the same process with the entree and then dessert.  Almost every episode they try to figure out what they would make and have fun seeing what the chefs come up with.

Last weekend they were watching an episode and it all involved leftovers for the ingredients.  The boys got pretty pumped and I had an idea…  What if i bought a “mystery basket” and they had to make a meal out of it?  With Becky out of town for the afternoon it seemed like a perfect lunch for us to try it.

Dominic and I picked up the following ingredients for the “mystery basket” while Gavin was in Sunday School:

  • Corned Beef
  • Cheese Tortellini
  • Yellow Pepper
  • Pistachios
  • Chex Mix
  • Wasabi Sauce

Once we got home they went through the mystery basket and started their planning.


The plan in place they worked together as a team to make a full meal for the three of us (and a plate of leftovers for Becky when she gets home).  They were smiling and trying new things as they worked very well together to figure everything out.  Outside of a couple of little ideas and help it was all done by them.

Their final creation was pretty awesome!  They made corned beef rolls with yellow peppers inside fried in coconut oil, tortellini on the side, and a wasabi pistachio pesto with crushed yet crunchy Chex Mix on top for the pasta sauce and dipping sauce for the rolls.  It was awesomely delicious!!!


We ate our lunch while watching an episode of Chopped, it just seemed like the right thing to do.  After lunch the boys even did dishes without complaining!


It was so much fun watching the boys create their meal together today.  They worked together, helped each other with ideas, and both contributed to the finished product equally.  While they were very focused they also smiled a lot as they put it all together.  I know, TV isn’t something to spend a lot of time doing, but it was pretty sweet to see how they took what they’d learned and brought it to life, all while having fun together.  I’m very thankful for the idea and for the experience we shared today.


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