4 Ingredient Dinner to Combat May Mahem
May 24, 2017
It doesn’t matter what your life situation, the end of May tends to wreak havoc out of absolutely nowhere. This is not a new phenomenon, but something that happens annually and we all seem to forget about until we are right in the middle of it.
Between this week and next week I have multiple doctor and hair appointments for various members of my household, a piano recital, 3rd grade graduation, the end of the year school party and two or three other school functions, among the usually scheduled programming.
These are all great things, and life moments that I enjoy, but it makes dinner planning tough. In my current rushed state I have not been remembering to defrost a meat. Luckily, I made the rookie mistake of grocery shopping this week while hungry. Our kitchen is fully stocked with random odds and ends.
This week I am suggesting a dinner with four ingredients. It is so easy that you do not even need a recipe.
Easy Peasy Chicken Parmesan
All you need is: frozen chicken tenders, noodles, a jar of pasta sauce, and shredded cheese!
Bake the chicken tenders as you usually would. I chose 9 chicken tender pieces, which feeds about a family of four, with a little leftover. I baked 16 chicken tenders so I had extra to set aside for picky eaters.
PICKY EATER ALERT – this is a pretty easy dish to modify. Picky eaters are notoriously not picky when it comes to eating chicken tenders. Set some tenders aside after you cook them that can be served in lieu of the chicken with the sauce and cheese. Another option is to save a portion of the pasta sauce for picky eaters that like plain sauce and noodles.
While the chicken is cooking, boil water and cook noodles of your choice.
After the tenders are baked and crispy, pour a jar of pasta sauce of your choice evenly over the pan of tenders. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese of your choice.
Bake until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly, usually about five minutes.
Serve over the noodles. I chose classic Spaghetti noodles, but anything you have available will work.
I found that this recipe was much better than I thought it would be. I rarely eat frozen chicken, but when paired with the other ingredients it made a substantial and tasty meal. And all of these items are things most people have in their pantry. So the next time you forget to defrost a meat item, run out of time to stop at the store or are just plain tired of eating out – try this go to easy and pleasing recipe!
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