Monday, May 25, 2015

Fast and Easy Chicken Parmesan

By cutting the chicken patties in half, there are enough remaining patties for another duplicate meal. This is plenty of food for a serving (especially with bread and a salad).
     Like me, you probably have a lot of "staple" recipes that you know your family enjoys and fits into your budget. Sometimes, however, I like to tweak things a little to keep it interesting, or in this case, save money. Pasta dishes are so simple and inexpensive that I know we eat them at least twice a month. Chicken Parmesan may sound a little fancy, and it can be if you want it to be (if you make it from scratch), but here is a quick and easy trick that will fill up your kiddos for less money. Because ground beef has been so pricey lately; inexpensive, breaded chicken patties are a replacement the kids really like.

I found the Tyson chicken patties at Wal-Mart for under $5.00. After baking the patties in the oven, I removed the baking sheet, cut the patties in half (to multiply for a leftover dinner), topped them with a little handful of leftover shredded mozzarella and then popped them back into the oven to melt the cheese. Make a basic spaghetti dish. Lay a patty on top of each person's spaghetti and top with sauce and some Parmesan cheese. A salad and garlic bread make it even more complete! Replace the breaded patties with a nonbreaded version to reduce calories.

"Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them."
Luke 12:37


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