Category: italian

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

Carter took a bite of his dinner tonight and said it was the “best dinner ever” so I knew it was a keeper.

Safeway had Perdue products for 50% off a few weeks ago so I bought some ground chicken with the intention of making burgers with it. I stuck it in the freezer since I hadn’t yet gotten around to making the burgers. When I was looking for recipes to make this week, I found this one and thought it sounded really good, so I pulled the ground chicken out to defrost this morning.

Everything mixes in one bowl and then you throw it in a loaf pan, so there’s not much cleanup involved, which is always a good thing in my book.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf (recipe from What’s Cooking, Love)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Mix the mixture with your hands. Place into a greased loaf pan and form the chicken mixture into a loaf shape. Top the meatloaf with the marinara sauce.
  3. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until chicken is cooked. When done remove and remove and add the mozzarella cheese on top. Return the meatloaf to the oven until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and let the meatloaf rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Meatball-Stuffed Buns

Do you guys read Pintester? She cracks me up, and rarely does one of her experiments turn out. So when she made this recipe from Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom and said it was great, I knew I had to try it. It’s full of all sorts of processed food, but I’m sure you could tailor it to be more homemade. I just don’t have the energy for that madness.

It’s 3 ingredients and takes just minutes to put together and cook. To me, that’s a great weeknight meal. Serve it up with some pasta sauce on the side, and a salad or a veg, and you’re good to go.

meatball buns

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Pillsbury golden layers biscuits – each pulled into 2 layers
  • 10 frozen fully cooked turkey meatballs – thawed and cut in half
  • 2 sticks string cheese – cut each into 10 pieces
  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
  • garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut string cheese sticks into 4 pieces each until you have 1/4 of a stick for each biscuit half (about 16).
  3. On a cookie sheet, place each biscuit half on parchment paper.  Place a 1/2 meatball with the flat side UP, and then put a piece of cheese on top.  Wrap the dough around it, being sure to pinch any openings closed. Place seam-side down.
  4. Sprinkle each bun with seasonings and bake until golden brown (about 8-10 minutes).

Chicken Alfredo

This weekend I featured a recipe from A Season for all Things on the Weekend Spotlight and said I was going to make it that night.  Well, I did make it and it turned out great!  The cream cheese gave it a nice tang, and the garlic powder was a perfect background flavor.  I was really happy with this recipe.

I don’t eat alfredo dishes when we go to restaurants because they usually do a number on my stomach.  But this one is a lot lighter without the tons of cream and butter these recipes typically call for.  No issues at all after having it twice already!

Here’s how I made it:

Chicken Alfredo
From A Season for all Things

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 package linguine, uncooked
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 1/3 cup chicken broth (canned or homemade, your choice)
  • 5 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 oz light cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese (no green can, please!)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
Directions:
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray on medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.  Pour the broth and flour in the same skillet you used for the chicken.  Stir in the cream cheese, Parmesan, garlic powder and pepper.  Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture boils and thickens.  Reduce heat.
  4. Stir in chicken.
  5. Drain pasta and put in a large bowl.  Pour the chicken mixture over the pasta and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with parsley.
Prep ahead tips:  Cut the chicken the night before.

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Whole Wheat Pizza

As we’re transitioning to more whole, healthful foods, I’ve been looking for a good whole wheat pizza dough recipe.  I’ve tried whole wheat before and it was fine, but no comparison to Pioneer Woman’s drowning-in-oil deliciousness.  This week, however, I finally found a great whole wheat pizza dough recipe that isn’t tough or crumbly.  It was delicate but still hearty and filling.  And so simple to make.

We split the recipe into three small pizzas.  It was perfect.  Carter loved rolling his out and putting the sauce and cheese on it.  He loved it so much that after every few bites he’d yell out to us from the other room, “I made a really good pizza, guys!”

Painting with sauce!

Cheesy sprinkling.

He had his with just shredded mozzarella, but us grown-ups made ours a little fancier.  Mine was mushroom and fresh mozzarella.  We’re completely out of all other respectable “pizza” veggies.  No onions to be found in this house right now.  It’s sad.

My husband split his pizza into two types.  One half was bbq sauce, turkey, ham, and cheddar cheese, and the other half was mushroom and pepperoni.  It was fun!

Pizza night is so great for busy weeknights, especially if you make everything ahead of time.  Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
From 100 Days of Real Food

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour
Directions:
  1. Pour the yeast into the water and let it sit for a few minutes, until it starts to foam a little.  Stir in the salt and olive oil.
  2. Pour the flour and yeast mixture into a food processor with a dough blade.  I only needed to process this for about 20 seconds before I had a ball of dough running around the bowl.
  3. Remove the ball from the processor and knead it into a smooth ball.  If you’re going to use it the same day, put it in a bowl coated with olive oil and cover with plastic wrap.  If you’re going to save it for another day, put a bit of olive oil in a storage bag and put the ball in there, leaving room for expansion.
  4. Put the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour.  I left mine in there for almost 24 hours and it was still great.
  5. To make your pizza, roll out the dough to desired thickness.  We like ours pretty thin, but not quite paper-thin.  Preheat your oven to 450 degrees, and prebake the crust for 5-8 minutes.  Top with sauce and toppings of your choice and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 5-8 more minutes.
Prep ahead tips:  Make the dough the night before you want to eat the pizza.  It will keep just fine overnight in the fridge.  Chop your veggies, defrost any frozen sauce, etc. so when you’re ready to make the pizza you have everything ready to go.


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Shells with Meat Sauce

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This isn’t a recipe so much as an idea for a seriously quick dinner that everyone seems to love.  My son, who never finishes what’s on his plate on a school night (it’s my theory that he gets a late snack at school), gobbled this up.  No questions about what it was, what kind of sauce, etc. that he normally asks.  Just stuffing his face.  To me, that’s a success.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  2. Brown ground turkey in a large skillet over medium heat until no pink remains.  Stir pasta sauce into ground turkey and simmer while your noodles are cooking.
  3. Drain noodles, and toss with meat sauce.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

That’s it.  Not fancy but delicious, filling, and cheap.  Serve with a side of broccoli or a large salad and you’re good to go.

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