Happily Blended Chicken Parm for Larger Families #happilybended #foodie #recipe

Traditional chicken parm is certainly a loved favorite of mine and my children but when making the normal chicken patty chicken parm for a larger family, it can get costly. I found out that I could create your average recipes using chicken breast but cut into 1″ chunks to ensure my sometimes 7 person family can enjoy a home cooked meal for less of the cost for traditional chicken parm. Please share this recipe if you think anyone else would love it as much as my family does.

Happily Blended Chicken Parm Recipe


Happily Blended Chicken Parm
Serves 5
Sure to make the whole family smile, Happily Blended Chicken Parm is a delicious treat for larger families with less cost than traditional chicken parm.
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  1. 1lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  2. 2 cups spaghetti or marinara sauce
  3. 2 cups shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  4. 5 tbsp Olive Oil
  5. 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cut chicken breast into 1" sized chunks. Heat skillet with olive oil and minced garlic, add chicken breast chunks once skillet has warmed up. Cook with cover on skillet via medium heat until chicken chunks are fully cooked, stirring occasionally.
  3. Place fully cooked chicken chunks in bottom of casserole dish.
  4. Pour spaghetti or marinara sauce evenly over fully cooked chicken chunks, ensuring to cover all pieces of chicken.
  5. Spread shredded cheese over top of the sauce in casserole dish.
  6. Place casserole dish in 450 degree F preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until sauce is warmed and cheese is melted.
  7. Enjoy.
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Did you try to make this recipe? Please leave a comment below to let me know what you thought of it! I am new to home cooking so I am open for suggestions on ways to improve my home cooked creations too!

Ground Hamburg and Cheese Grinders Recipe #recipe #foodie

The other day I wanted to find something to do with the pound of hamburg I had thawed out in the fridge, normally one would think of cheeseburgers or maybe making a form of chop suey (I call it goulash) out of it … but I wanted something different and I was craving a steak and cheese grinder …. that is when this recipe idea came to me and it was a HUGE hit in my house with the kiddos {well the 2 kiddos that actually TRY new foods} ….

Cheap Steak n Cheese Grinder RecipeIngredients:

  • 1 lb ground hamburg
  • Frying pan or skillet
  • Garlic Powder {teaspoon or so for flavor}
  • Shredded cheese {any kind you prefer will do}
  • Sandwich rolls or Grinder Rolls
  • Optional additions; other seasonings and/or chopped onions.

Make Your Ground Hamburg and Cheese Grinder

Ground the one pound of hamburg in a skillet or frying pan on stove over low heat. Make sure the meat is browned all of the way, no pink meat.

As the meat browns, sprinkle about a teaspoon of garlic powder {or other seasonings} to add flavor to your meat.

Drain the browned ground hamburg.  Keep brown hamburg in pan.

Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of shredded cheese on top of the browned hamburg while in the skillet or frying pan. Cover or simply let sit on hot burner of stove until cheese is melted.

Prepare the grinder or sandwich rolls, use a spatula to place meat into each roll in an even fashion. Add ketchup or mustard, whatever condiments you wish.

Serve with fries, chips, or a salad.

Servings: Approximately 6 sandwich rolls.

Ragu Birthday Party Success

This past weekend my daughter turned 9 years old and in celebration I decided that we would have it Ragu style! My daughter and her two friends who slept over helped me create a Ragu Pizza Cupcake lunch and I worked on chicken nugget sized chicken parmesan using Ragu Sauce.

The adults there and the children just loved the menu options available for this party. The food was delicious, this chicken parm I made is an easy dish except for the fact that I had to scoop Ragu sauce on each chicken nugget and that, my friends, was rather time consuming. Luckily my sister, the awesome cook woman, helped me with getting the Ragu sauce onto each nugget! The girls helped bake the Ragu Sauce pizza cupcakes, which didn’t come out the way I planned but the kids ate them up FAST anyways.

I can’t believe how successful this party was, Ki loved having all of her friends there and she is my little marketing girl! Not only did she rave about the Ragu sauce recipes but she also shared a bit about the brand with her friends there.

The kids ate and the kids had fun, us parents on the other hand had to steal our food before the children devoured it all ;-)

You can find Ragu on Facebook and share your fave recipes with them or join the Mom conversations! Oh and don’t forget about @ragusauce on Twitter, I tweeted them up a storm on Saturday because this was a successful  Ragu Sauce birthday party – thumbs up for kid friendly recipe ideas & of course Mom approved as well.


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Have Chicken Breast? Quick Bake Idea

As most of you know I am a busy work at home mother of three. I have a couple blogs, I write on ELM now and I have a business to run, so when it comes to dinners I am usually a boxed meal kind of Mom, however, I have learned that obviously these are not the best nutritious meals for my family. Note that I will never stop making boxed meals or pre-made meals ever but I am trying to do a bit more cooking. The only problem is that with cooking comes finding the time to cook while tackling three children. Okay so my oldest is fine if I cook, she actually would help me, but the other two munchkins enjoy getting under foot just as soon as I start the process of making dinner!

That picture may not 100% appealing to you, because it’s a two year old’s plate, don’t mind the couple of pears, that’s another story for another day. So here it is, what I have been doing at least once a week and it’s quick and easy to do with little ones running around! The shoutout goes to Miss Sheila for giving me the idea one night while I text her saying I have chicken breast and no clue what to do with it, usually I use crock pot, but it’s too late to do that now. Thank you Sheila!

Easy Bake Chicken

  • 1-2 packages of boneless, skinless chicken breast.
  • 2 Bottles of Italian Dressing, or one large bottle.
  • Tablespoon of minced garlic.

Clean your chicken breast and place into a container. Take a fork and poke holes into the chicken. Pour enough italian dressing over the chicken breast to cover all of the meat. Cover with saran wrap, aluminum foil or matching cover for the container. Keep chicken in fridge for 1-2 hours to marinate.

Get Ready To Bake

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Take the container that has marinated chicken breast in it and drain out all of the juices. Take a fork and place chicken breast into an oven safe container. Pour some fresh italian dressing (directly from the bottle) onto the chicken breast. For added flavor add one tablespoon of minced garlic sprinkled on top of the chicken.

Place the oven safe container into the oven and set timer for 45 minutes. Check the meat prior to eating to ensure it is white all the way through or use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken breast has been cooked thoroughly.

I have used the 45 minutes for both one and two packages of chicken breasts {up to 3lbs of meat}, it worked nicely for a time, but all ovens vary so please be sure that the meat has been cooked all the way through to avoid food poisoning.

Baked Potatoes Here I Come

If you are my Facebook friend you will see that I have been on the look out for some Busy Mommy type recipes.  I have been putting my crock pot to use this year since my daughter has so many activities that keep us on the road more often than normal but I have also been trying to get my family away from all those boxed meals and eating a bit more healthy.

On my search I came across a really awesome meal idea that has to do with baked potatoes, which makes me very happy! I purchased a huge thing of potatoes thinking it would be easy to find a good way to cook them up, or bake them actually. After searching I couldn’t find any good recipe and then Emily walked into my MomDot Forum life and shared a great recipe idea that I really feel will be a hit in my home!

The recipe Emily shared with me was BBQ Chicken Baked Potatoes with Hidden Cauliflower Mash and boy does it look delicious! This recipe involves using baked potatoes, chicken, Worcestershire, mustard, salt and pepper! Sounds so yummy and the picture on her site looks so yummy! I just hope that if I purchase the chicken to do this with that my children eat it without a fuss!

What are your thoughts? Did you look at the recipe on Busy Mommy’s and see if this is something you may try to cook for your family?

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