Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lemon Cilantro Chicken Skewers

This was a super easy and delicious dinner we had with brown rice and garden green beans. The kids ate it all! YAY!
I adapted the recipe a little bit from here. Her pictures are better too, so check it out.

I didn't grill mine, I just put them on a sheet pan with foil and broiled them for a few minutes on each side. I also just used about 6 chicken tenders for 4 of us.

We made it again yesterday and had friends over and they said they loved the chicken (and 1 of them isn't much of a meat eater).

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells

Another new recipe find that my family really enjoyed it. The pasta was a bit crunchy, but we are going to try to fix that.

1 pkg. jumbo pasta shells
8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. parmesan (freshly grated works best) + 1/4 c. for topping
1/4 c. pesto
2 c. shredded cooked chicken
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil and prepare pasta shells as directed on package. Drain pasta and set aside.

In a bowl combine the rest of ingredients (except 1/4 cheese for topping). Fill the pasta shells with the mixture (about a tablespoon each shell) and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle the cheese on top.

Bake for about 30 minutes. It says uncovered, but that made ours crunchy, so next time I am gonna try to cover it and see what it does.

*I don't really like pesto and I really liked this dish. I, of course, changed it slightly to meet my family's needs. I used low fat cottage cheese and parmesan cheese and only used real shredded parmesan on top.

Mini Lasagna Cups

No one has posted in a while. I found this recipe here and it was a huge hit so I thought i would share.

Mini Lasagna Cups
1/2 ground meat (beef, turkey, sausage)
2 c. spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 - 2 c. cottage cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
24 wonton wrappers
1 c. Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown meat in a skillet and drain. Add spaghetti sauce to meat and stir to combine.

In a bowl combine cottage cheese with salt and pepper.

Coat a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray and arrange a wonton wrapper in each cup. Take 1/2 the cottage cheese mixture and divide it among the cups (1-2 tsp.). Top with half the meat mixture (again 1-2 tsp.) and sprinkle some mozzarella on top of that. Place another wonton wrapper over the cheese and repeat the layers cottage cheese, meat mixture, top with cheese.

Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the wonton wrappers are golden. Cool in muffin tin for 5-10 minutes before serving. This helps them keep their shape.

Makes 12 mini lasagnas or 3 servings.

*The recipe called for ricotta but since it is too pricey I tried cottage cheese and it worked. Also, I used Hunt's spaghetti sauce and eliminated the browning meat step. I will definitely be using this recipe again.
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