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Fried Chicken Parmesan…Wow!

15 Mar

Awhile back, I made Popcorn Chicken Parmesan, which is a quick and easy dish, but yesterday I had more time on my hands, so I made Fried Chicken Parmesan. My recipe is based off Aaron McCargo, Jr. (aka Big Daddy on Food Network).  Big Daddy’s chicken parmesan, while incredibly delicious, is some work. It involves pounding the chicken breast until it is thin, breading, and frying. However, if you have the time, the results are so worth it.

 

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Chicken Parmesan

1 cup thin spaghetti

1 Jar spaghetti sauce

Deli sliced mozzarella cheese

Chicken Breast

2 eggs

¼ cup milk

Flour

Salt, pepper, seasonings

Vegetable oil

 

Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan. Mix eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. Mix flour, salt, pepper, and seasonings (or you can use a packaged chicken breader, such as “House of Autry”) in another shallow bowl. Place chicken breast in a heavy duty zip lock bag and pound it flat. Dredge the chicken through the egg mixture, shaking off any excess, then through the flour mixture.  Place chicken in heated oil, frying approximately 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. While you are frying the chicken, heat the spaghetti sauce in small pan.  Place hot chicken on top of cooked pasta, cover with a slice of mozzarella cheese, and top with the heated spaghetti.  Serve with a vegetable and garlic bread.

The Verdict

Chicken Parmesan is a ton of work to prepare, but the taste is so good!

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Heavenly Margherita Naan Pizza

3 Jan

I love pizza, but I really love Margherita Pizza. I have been trying for months to create a margherita pizza at home that rivaled the one that I used to get from 518 West Italian Grill in Raleigh, NC and I finally did it! My kids and I picked up some naan bread while at Wal-Mart to make personal pizzas for lunch today, and while I made traditional cheese pizzas for the kids, I decided to try making myself a margherita pizza.

 

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Margherita Naan Pizza

1 naan bread

Mozzarella cheese (I used sliced mozzarella)

¼ can diced tomatoes

Fresh basil or (Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic)

Garlic Powder

Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 425. Lightly brush the naan bread with olive oil and cover with mozzarella slices. Sprinkle the cheese with garlic powder, then the diced tomatoes. I was out of fresh basil, so  I sprinkled the tomatoes with the Mrs. Dash to give it added flavor and color. Bake on the lowest rack for about 10 minutes.
The Verdict
The Margherita naan pizza was delicious! The crust was crispy, the cheese was gooey, and the tomatoes were juicy. My only disappointment was that I did not make two pizzas!

Grilled Quesadillas

2 Nov

Mexican Monday, Taco Tuesday, Fajita Friday…yep, we like Mexican food in my house! This week I made Grilled Quesadillas, and my husband, who does not normally eat Mexican food, thought they were great. This easy recipe is a great way to use leftover chicken breast.

Grilled Quesadillas

Grilled Quesadillas

4 soft tortillas

1 cup cooked shredded chicken breast

½ cup salsa

¼ cup taco sauce

½ cup shredded cheese
Mix the cooked chicken, salsa, and taco sauce together in a bowl.  Fill half of a tortilla with the chicken mixture, top with shredded cheese, and fold over. Place the folded tortilla on the grill (I used my George Foreman Grill), cooking about 2-3 minutes on each side.

 
The Verdict
Grilled Quesadillas are quick, easy, and delicious! If you like Mexican, this is a yummy at-home alternative to Taco Bell.

 
What about you?
Share your favorite Mexican dishes! My daughter would like for me to make chimichangas, so I would love a great recipe to try.

Kraft Fresh Take Cheese & Breadcrumb Mix – Product Review

23 Aug

Years ago I joined Kraft Foods’ First Taste program to have the opportunity to try new products and, of course, to get coupons. A few months ago, I got a coupon to try Kraft Fresh Take Cheese & Breadcrumb Mix for free, and I am just now getting around to using it. Why did I wait so long?!?  I loved this product! Just see how great my chicken looked!!!

 

Baked Chicken - Kraft Fresh Take Review

 

 

I used the “Italian Parmesan” kit and it was not only easy to use, but it made a great crunchy coating for my chicken breast.  Check out this YouTube video on Kraft Fresh Take.

Not So Sloppy Joes!

28 Jun

Kraft Recipes has a recipe called “Cheeseburger Joes” that I have been making for the past few years. While my husband likes the Manwich Sloppy Joes, I have never liked the canned stuff, so I was thrilled to find a “Joe” recipe that I could easily make myself.

Cheeseburger Joes

My version of Kraft Recipes Cheeseburger Joes.

I followed Kraft’s recipe to the letter, except I used shredded cheese, instead of sliced american cheese.

RECIPE

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
4  hamburger buns
4  KRAFT Singles

BROWN meat in large skillet; drain.  ADD barbecue sauce and ketchup; mix well. Cook 5 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. FILL buns with meat mixture and Singles.

The Verdict

Easy dish to make that the kids love.

Cheeseburger Mac – My Kids Love This!

4 Jun

I subscribe to the “Food & Family” Magazine that Kraft Foods produces and they have a recipe called ‘The Cheesiest Cheeseburger Mac‘ that is the basis for my cheeseburger mac. I made a few changes to the original recipe, of course. For starters, I prefer Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese, instead of the macaroni & cheese dinner. Also, I use less beef than the original recipe calls for, it was a little too beefy, and too dry, for me.

Cheeseburger Mac

Cheeseburger Mac

 

RECIPE

1 pkg. Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese

1/2 lb cooked ground beef

2 slices American Cheese

1/4 cup ketchup

1 tbsp. mustard

 

Prepare the macaroni & cheese according the package directions. Add the cooked ground beef,  American cheese, ketchup, and mustard. Cook and stir until heated through.   The dish smells like a cheeseburger! My kids love to add more ketchup to the Cheeseburger Mac before they eat it.

The Verdict

This is one of those quick and easy dishes that any mom can make, and it is a great hit with the kids!

Baked Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese

21 May

My family loves the baked macaroni & cheese that I usually only make at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lately, the kids have been asking for the dish more often, but I was hesitant to make it due to the work involved. Finally, I gave in, but I compromised…I made Baked Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese.

Baked Kraft Deluxe Mac & Cheese

Baked Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese

1 Box Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese

1 Bag Pizza Blend Shredded Cheese (Cheddar/Mozzarella)

2 Cups Milk

2 Eggs

2 tbsp sugar

This was simple to make, just cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain and pour hot macaroni into baking dish (do not rinse). Add entire bag of shredded cheese. In a bowl, combine milk, eggs, and sugar. Pour the milk mixture over the macaroni. Make sure the milk comes to the very top of the macaroni, almost covering it. Add  more milk if necessary.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 mins, or until the top is bubbling and starting to brown.

The Verdict


While Baked Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese does not taste like my grandmothers’ recipe that I use at the holidays, it was still VERY good and a nice recipe to have when the kids are craving some comfort food.

Easy Chicken Alfredo

7 May

Quick and easy, I can throw together Chicken Alfredo anytime. One day I would love to master making my own Alfredo sauce, but for now, I have found a great version in a jar, Light Asiago Romano Alfredo, by Classico. I do not usually buy anything labeled “light”, but this had Asiago in it, so I decided to give it a try…so glad that I did. I have always made Chicken Alfredo with fettuccini noodles, but recently decided to make it with rotini instead and I love it even more. I am embarrassed to admit it, but when I cooked fettuccini, my noodles never came out quite right. The pasta would always stick together in certain spots and it was always either overcooked and mushy, or undercooked and rubbery. I did not have that problem with my rotini…it was perfect pasta.

Easy Chicken Alfredo

Easy Chicken Alfredo

Ingredients

Baked or grilled chicken, shredded or diced

Rotini pasta

1 jar Light Asiago Romano Alfredo Sauce

½ cup milk

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions

Cook pasta according to directions. Empty jar of Alfredo sauce into a saucepan, then stir in milk. Place cooked chicken on top of pasta, pour sauce on top, and top with grated cheese. Couldn’t be any easier!

Easy Chicken Alfredo

The Verdict

I’ve always liked Chicken Alfredo, but this sauce made it even better. I am looking for an easy, yet delicious, homemade Alfredo sauce recipe, have one to share?

Cheesy Baked Penne

27 Mar

Baked penne is an easy classic to make, and just one of the many Italian dishes that I make on a regular basis. We eat a lot of Italian in my house, much to my daughter’s annoyance. But, really, who can pass up pasta, tomato sauce, and melted cheese? If you can, you are way stronger than I am. Of course, I did not use a recipe for the Baked Penne, but I do have a few little quirks that make my dish my own.

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I used the Barilla Piccolini Mini Penne, I like the smaller pasta sizes, so I buy the mini versions whenever I can. I used three different meats in the dish, ground beef, ground turkey, and ground sausage. Throw in an 8 oz. bag of shredded cheese, either mozzarella, pizza blend, or a combination. Toss in a jar of spaghetti sauce, and my secret ingredient, a little bit of zesty Italian dressing (a trick I learned from Kraft Foods). Mix in all in a baking dish, bake covered at 350˚ for about 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10 minutes.

 

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The Verdict

Baked penne is main stay in my house because it is a hit with everyone in the family. This is one of those dishes where the leftovers are just as good, if not better than the first time around.

BBQ Chicken Mac…A New Standby

20 Mar

There are days when I would love to exercise my gourmet chops, and then there are days when I just need food on the table…NOW! These are the days when I have been up since 5 am, worked all day, and when I get home, I have less than an hour to get dinner and help with homework, before dashing back out to cheer practice or a cub scout meeting.  Sometimes on those days, if I do not already have a meat pre-cooked, waiting for me at home, I will dash into the grocery store and pick up a rotisserie chicken. In the past, I would just grab some packaged mashed potatoes and a jar gravy…voilà, dinner! Unfortunately, the kids have gotten bored with my go-to meal, and my youngest recently declared that he no longer like mashed potatoes…ugh. Time to find a new twist on my old standby, and I did. I discovered ‘BBQ Chicken Mac’.

I make a dish called ‘Cheeseburger Mac’, so ‘BBQ Chicken Mac’ peaked my interest and I gave it a shot. We loved it and the dish could not be simpler to make.

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BBQ Chicken Mac

1 pkg. macaroni & cheese

2 cups  diced cooked chicken or shredded rotisserie chicken

1/3 cup – 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (I like honey bbq)

1/4 cup barbecue sauce

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used pizza blend)

1 tsp. pepper

 

Prepare the macaroni & cheese according the package directions. Add the shredded cheese, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, and pepper. Cook and stir until heated through.   Toss the cooked chicken with the remaining barbecue sauce and place on top of macaroni. Serve with vegetable of your choice, or a tossed salad.

The Verdict

My younger two kids initially did not want to try my BBQ Chicken Mac, opting instead to just have macaroni and cheese with the chicken separately. After seeing their older brother and me eat, they decided to try it and they both loved it! My daughter had a helping of BBQ Chicken Mac for seconds.

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