Friday, May 6, 2016

BBQ Yum Yum Bowls

T. G. I. F.

My husband has been out of town ALL week. And I am exhausted. And we are having a birthday party tomorrow. And I am exhausted. Ha. It has been a crazy week for us. I tend to take my husband's help for granted but after this week I am so thankful that he comes home every day after work. It's so different when he is not here. We miss him and will all be happy to see his face tonight!

So, I feel like overall we eat relatively healthy. We don't eat out just a ton. We have our moments for sure and some weeks we eat out more than others or we don't eat as healthy as we should at home. But if I'm on my meal-planning game and we are eating at home we definitely do pretty good. This week was a total bust with the hubs being out of town, but it's going to happen. I just try to do my best to feed my family well and not beat myself up if we have some busy days that end in the drive thru line. No shame in that game.

But when we are doing good, when I am doing good feeding my family healthy, then I usually plan for one indulgent meal a week. And that day is usually a Friday or Saturday night. Sometimes it's something I prepare at home and other times we go out. One our favorite indulgent meals are BBQ Yum Yum Bowls! We first had this at our favorite BBQ joint that is close to our house, Penguin Ed's. It was on their specials menu and Aaron got it one Saturday night and honestly, I was kind of grossed out by it, but it was/is SO good. They changed up their specials at our Penguin Ed's and they don't offer it anymore so I started making it at home.

BBQ Yum Yum Bowl
(a barbecue version of the taco bowl)

Layer 1: Fritos
Layer 2: pulled pork (my favorite is Pioneer Woman's Spicy Dr. Pulled Pork [here])
Layer 3: canned baked beans, warmed up on the stove
Layer 4: coleslaw (shredded red cabbage, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper all to taste)
Layer 5: your favorite barbecue sauce
Layer 6: shredded cheddar

That simple. And so good!! It is a family favorite for us! My kids are big fans and ask for this all the time. 

Every time I've made this I've either used pulled pork that I had frozen from a previous meal or leftover from earlier in the week. But you could start with the pork in the slow cooker all day, make the slaw the night before and let chill in the fridge all day and when you get home and everyone's hungry for dinner it is basically ready!

Happy Friday, friends. Hope you all have a great weekend.


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