Family Meal Challenge #1

The kids had a brilliant idea of creating a COVID-19 Family Meal Challenge. We each get a night to cook a meal for the family and we score one another on originality, taste and presentation and then at the end of the week, the tallies are taken and the winner chooses where we get to order take-out on Sunday.

The other added bonus is that the “chef du jour” gets a pass on clean-up duty.

Wanted to share this idea in case your family wants to try it too!


Meal #1

Mom was the lucky winner of Meal #1 which in her eyes was like winning the lottery because she has a whole week ahead of her where she doesn’t have to cook!  Amen and Hallelujah!

She chose family friendly crowd-pleasers for a chilly Spring day in Colorado:

Recipes (printable)

  • Slow Roasted Herb Chicken
  • Focaccia (I omitted the roasted veggies. Also this recipe can be easily halved and it is great dipped in balsamic vinegar and olive oil.)
  • Provence Medley (picture of vegetables layered above)
  • Apple Crisp (recipe below) – Dessert was optional.


Apple Crisp

  • 6-8 Granny Smith apples (approx. 2 lbs.), in 1/4″ slices
  • 2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (approximately 1 lemon)


  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 sticks Butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with butter or non-stick cooking spray.

Slice apples and place evenly in baking dish. Sprinkle cornstarch, sugar and cinnamon over apples. Using a large spoon, stir to coat and then sprinkle with fresh lemon juice and stir again until evenly coated.

For the topping, combine flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, and salt in a medium-size bowl. Add in vanilla and then pour melted butter over top. Using fork, stir until mixture forms large clumps and flour has disappeared. Using hands, scatter topping over apples.

Bake for 60-80 minutes or until center is bubbling and topping is golden brown. Serve with scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The first night of this challenge was a success. Looking forward to seeing what they each make. Should be a hoot to see what they have in store for us!

Much Love,


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