Life is changing big time at The Riveter house. Between me finding a new job, Ben the Riveter turning 16, Sean the Riveter turning 14, and Grandma the Riveter moving into the house things have been crazy. Let’s not forget that between my husband’s family and my family there are 15 birthdays total in December, plus Christmas. I have to admit, December just isn’t my favorite month. It is too busy.
After working from home for two years, I have re-entered the workforce. Until we buy a new house, this means that I’m commuting 100 miles roundtrip every day. Long days at work means I have a lot less time to cook and it has been hard. I miss cooking. And I really need to stop eating out. Not only is it expensive, but it is also not helping my waist line.
Who has time to cook these days. Food bloggers post these beautiful gourmet recipes, but who has time for those? I really wish I could make elaborate meals everyday, but honestly – after coming home from work sometimes just pouring a bowl of Cheerios is all I can handle. But you can’t feed your family cereal every night. Or that’s what I’ve been told.
But it is meals like Pineapple Teriyaki Kalua Pork Hawaiian Haystacks that are super easy, quick to prepare and leave lots of leftovers for my family . Traditional Hawaiian Haystacks are a really popular meal here in Utah because it is fast, customizable to what you have in the kitchen, and you can feed your family on a tight budget. And when you are feeding two teenage boys, that’s a really good thing.
But the traditional shredded chicken and goopy cream of chicken soup sauce that goes with the good ol’ Hawaiian Haystacks never really appealed to me. Understand that I’m offending half of Utah by saying this. I’ll risk it though, cuz… I’ve fixed it. Really, this recipe is so much better than what most people think of when they hear “Hawaiian Haystacks”.
Commonly, Hawaiian haystacks use a white rice base, covered by small pieces of chicken in a sauce or gravy. They are topped by a variety of items, often including the eponymous pineapple chunks, cheddar cheese, celery, and chow mein noodles for crunch.