Hi friends! I know have been a little out of pocket but I missed you all. Yesterday I made this delicious Slow Cooker Moo Shu Pork and I while I am excited to share this easy recipe, first I need to address a battle that goes on over here some nights. The dinnertime struggle is real and I am sure that any parents of picky eaters will agree it is no fun.
It is sooo frustrating to try and plan meals when your 9 and 11 year olds like totally different things (one won’t eat mac and cheese – what is with that??) and they can only seem to agree on pizza.
And even with pizza, one likes pepperoni and the other doesn’t. I love pizza too (maybe too much!) but the reality is we can’t eat that every night and I finally. had. enough. with the wailing and gnashing of teeth.
I pretty much laid down the law:
- What is served is what is for dinner.
- It my be something new and it may not be your favorite but you will at least try it.
- If you don’t want to eat it, then you must not truly be hungry and breakfast is in the morning. We aren’t going to make another meal just for you.
- On Friday or Saturday we will have a fun favorite like pizza
I know when I was growing up nobody was making me a second meal because I didn’t happen to like what was on the menu that night. I know that sometimes we just don’t feel like dealing with the struggle after a long day but it’s important to hold our ground. I think we all have things we love to eat and getting kids (even big ones) to try new things isn’t easy.
I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going. Do you have any picky eaters or are you maybe a picky eater yourself? I know I can be but have gotten loads better over the years. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
In the end, Mr. Claire and I really loved this Moo Shu Pork. As for the boys? Well it wasn’t their favorite – the Asian flavors are still a little foreign to their palettes – but they each ate one wrap anyway. We didn’t put the scallions on theirs, if you are wondering. I love the flavor they add, though.
Let me know if you try it! We used small flour tortillas for easy wraps but you could serve this over rice or Asian noodles or even use wonton wrappers if you are feeling adventurous. Somehow I missed taking a picture of the cole slaw mix on top of the pork in the slow cooker. Amazing how it all cooks down and so good.
Enjoy! I am gearing up for the next “battle” tonight but hopefully my homemade creamy tomato soup and grilled cheese won’t cause such a fuss. I’ll let you know!
You may also enjoy:
- 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
- 3 large cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons dark Asian sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 bag (16 ounces) shredded coleslaw mix
- 1.5 (one and a half) lbs boneless pork loin chops
- 12 flour tortillas (6-inch)
- Scallion strips (optional)
- In a small bowl, stir together hoisin, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce and cornstarch; set aside.
- Cut the pork into bite sized cubes and place into the slow cooker.
- Drizzle with 1/4 cup of hoisin sauce mixture and stir to thoroughly coat pork.
- Place coleslaw mix into slow cooker right on top of the pork.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6 hours.
- Remove cover and stir in remaining 1/2 cup hoisin sauce mixture.
- Allow to warm for a few minutes.
- Heat tortillas according to package directions - I wrap ours in a paper towel and microwave for 10 seconds or so.
- Place 1/2 cup pork mixture in center of each tortilla, top with scallion strips, if desired.
- Serve hot.
- The pork mixture can be kept sealed for 2-3 days in the refrigerator or frozen for up to 6 months for easy leftovers.
Claire is a wife and busy working Mom to three boys and A Little CLAIREification is a lifestyle blog committed to bringing readers “Bright Ideas On A Budget” – from recipes, crafts and DIY projects to time management tips, meal planning and inspiration.
A self proclaimed CHEESE addict and lover of Sharpie markers in every color known to man, Claire also likes to throw a little fun and laughter in the mix as well.