Sometimes, I do not feel like cooking. Sometimes, I can be lazy. Okay, maybe not “lazy”, but due to the stress of life, combined with two picky teenagers, I just don’t want to cook. However, the law says that I have to feed my kids, so leftovers to the rescue!
The other night, I had leftover chicken breast in the fridge and we were a bit sick of eating chicken. How could I breathe new life into my all too familiar leftover chicken breasts? How could I turn this chicken into something very different from our usual leftovers fare?
I created “Second Life Chicken Cordon Bleu”!
Yes, I made chicken cordon bleu using leftover chicken breasts and it was VERY good.
Second Life Chicken Cordon Bleu
Leftover cooked chicken breast
3 oz. deli sliced ham
3 oz. sliced Swiss chese
Your favorite seasonings
Preheat oven to 350˚. Line baking pan with foil. Slice cooked chicken breasts in half lengthwise. Place ham and cheese in between sliced chicken breast. In separate bowl, combine breadcrumbs with seasonings. Mix in a small amount of melted butter in the breadcrumb mixture. Top stuffed chicken breast with breadcrumb mixture, drizzling remaining melted butter over the entire breast. Cover pan with foil and bake in oven on the lower rack for about 10 – 12 minutes, or until hot. Uncover and bake on top rack for another 2 – 3 minutes.
“Second Life Chicken Cordon Bleu” was very good! The chicken was not at all dry and the addition of the ham and cheese ensured that this chicken breast tasted nothing like it did in its’ previous life. I will have to make this again.
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.
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.
This is one of those quick and easy dishes that any mom can make, and it is a great hit with the kids!
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 Macaroni & Cheese
1 Box Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese
1 Bag Pizza Blend Shredded Cheese (Cheddar/Mozzarella)
2 Cups Milk
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.