Family Fun Friday – Chopped Family Dinner

This month I have been sharing ideas from our families activity schedule:

  • Make it Monday (art exploration)
  • Tell Me a Story Tuesday (read old and new stories together – usually in our storytelling tent or a special place and then  do an activity based on the story)
  • Wonderful Adventure Wednesday (go on special outing or do a fun activity at home)
  • Tasty Treats Thursday (make a snack together)
  • Family Fun Friday (have family movie night, game night, themed dinner, etc.)

Last up is Family Fun Friday – Chopped Family Dinner.

Our family loves the television show Chopped, on the Food Network.  In each episode, four chefs compete. Their challenge is to take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish that is judged on their creativity, presentation, and taste with minimal time to plan and execute. The show is divided into three rounds: “Appetizer,” “Entrée,” and “Dessert.” In each round the chefs are given a basket containing between four ingredients, and the dish each competitor prepares must contain some of each ingredient in some way.

Hank is always talking about wanting to do a Chopped Challenge here at home, so we finally did a modified version together one Friday night.  The night before the event, we looked in our pantry and fridge, selecting random items to include in our appetizer, entrée and dessert baskets.  Here is what we came up with:



Appetizer Basket –

  • Fresh Cauliflower
  • Canned Salmon
  • Pineapple Chunks
  • Canned Garbanzo Beans



Entrée Basket –

  • Chicken Apple Sausages
  • Fresh Cabbage
  • Vegetarian Vegetable Soup
  • Cheddar Cheese Crackers



Dessert Basket –

  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Frozen Sweet Potatoes
  • Jiffy Popcorn
  • Salted Roasted Peanuts (in shell)


Our rules are simple –

  • Use everything in the basket
  • You can use items from the fridge and pantry as needed
  • No time limit.

On the day of the event, Hank helped me gather all of the ingredients together and place them in the baskets.  Then when my husband got home from work the fun began.  We started with a family meeting, talking about what we could make with the ingredients in each basket and coming up with a game plan.

We divided the tasks and got cooking – appetizer first.  We decided on salmon/pineapple patties with a side of roasted ranch cauliflower and garbanzo beans.


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Once things were underway with the appetizer, we also started the base for entrée – a cabbage/sausage soup with a butter cheesy cracker crumble.

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After both of those were well underway, we started on the dessert – sweet potato pudding w/whipped cream topped with homemade caramel corn flavored with roasted peanuts and chocolate chips.

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When all was said and done – Hank was so excited to try all of our creations.  To tell you the truth, we really did a pretty good job.  We had a lot of fun preparing the meal, and Hank learned a lot about working in the kitchen and communicating and working with others during the experience!  In fact he wants to do it again, but next time he wants to do “Guys Grocery Games” challenge.




Have a Great Week!