Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mmmm Another Tasty Tuesday!

Here are two easy meals for families! The spaghetti recipe is good for make ahead. We think it's even better as leftovers and just heated up.

A good stand-by (if you have Rice Krispies):
Crispy Ranch Chicken
Prep: 10 min, Bake: 20-25 min, Serves: 4

2 c crispy rice cereal
1/2 c grated Parmesan
1 oz. envelope ranch salad dressing mix
2 egg whites, beaten
4 chicken breasts or 8 thighs (skinless, boneless)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a large baking pan with cooking spray. Combine the rice cereal, Parmesan and ranch dressing mix in a large bowl.

Place beaten egg whites in a medium bowl. Dip each chicken breast in egg whites and then in the cereal mixture to coat evenly. (Sometimes, after laying the chicken on the sheet, I sprinkle more of the cereal mixture on the meat.)

Arrange the coated chicken on the baking sheet. Drizzle 1/4 c melted butter over chicken, and then bake until golden and juices run clear, about 20-25 mins. Serve hot.

Spaghetti Pizza Bake
Serves: 4, Cook time: About 1 hr total

8 oz. spaghetti
16 oz. spaghetti sauce
1 egg
1/4 c. milk
1/4 t. dried basil
1/4 t. salt
1 t. dried oregano
1/4 t. garlic salt
20-30 pieces pepperoni slices
1 lb. browned meat (ground beef or we use hot Italian sausage), drained
2. c mozzarella

Cook spaghetti al dente.

In a bowl, beat egg, milk, 1/2 c. mozz. cheese, salt, garlic salt. Stir in spaghetti.

Spread in 9x13. Bake @ 425 for 15 minutes. Reduce temp. to 350. Spread meat, sauce herbs, and then remaining mozz. cheese. Top with pepperoni in rows. Bake for 25-30 mins. Cut in squares to serve.

I will post some "fancier" recipes next for serving to guests. :)

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