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Kid-Friendly Baked Ziti

Kid Friendly Baked Ziti

Now that were all staying home, how about a recipe that the kids can help make? This recipe is easy-peasy and the kids will love mixing together the ingredients. Serve with your choice of veggie, caesar salad, and garlic bread for an authentic Italian meal.

Ingredients

  • None stick cooking spray
  • 8 ounce penne pasta, dry
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 medium bell pepper, red
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 cup spaghetti or marinara sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 6 ounce mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounce ricotta cheese, part skim milk

Let’s Make It!

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray an 8X8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta as directed on package; drain and set aside.
  2. Mince garlic and dice onion and red pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté garlic, peppers and onions for 3-5 minutes. Stir pasta sauce, basil, oregano, salt and pepper into onion mixture. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove sauce from stove and stir in cooked pasta.
  3. Shred the mozzarella. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta and 1 cup shredded cheese.
  4. Spoon half the pasta into the baking dish and top with half of the ricotta mixture. Repeat with remaining pasta and ricotta. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella and bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes.

Surviving Chaos

  • Pre-cook Pasta: Pre-cook your pasta the night before to speed up the cooking process.
  • Add some meat: Add cooked ground beef or Italian sausage to beef up (pun intended) your baked ziti.
  • Leftovers: Leftovers will last 2-4 days refrigerated for a quick weeknight meal.

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Kid Friendly Fish & Chips

Fish and Chips

In honor of our most recent trip to London, here’s a recipe for kid friendly fish and chips! This traditional British dish, served in all the pubs in London, is a great meal or snack while your taking in the local sights and sounds. This recipe is quick, easy and customizable. We hope you enjoy our take on this traditional dish

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs of any firm white fish fillet (cod, hake, etc)
  • 1 1/3 cups Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Thyme
  • 1 tsp of Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 packet of oven baked chips (substitute potato wedges or steak fries)

Let’s Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 410 F / 210 C
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil, lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Slice fish into smaller pieces.
  4. Add flour, thyme, garlic powder, black pepper and salt into bowl. Mix well.
  5. Add bread crumbs to separate bowel.
  6. Lightly beat eggs in a separate bowl.
  7. Place fish into flour bowl first, cover well but remove any excess flour.
  8. Next, dip flour covered fish into egg bowel, cover well.
  9. Next dip egg covered fish into bread crumb bowl then place on baking sheet.
  10. Repeat steps 5-7 for remaining fish pieces.
  11. Bake fish for 10-15 minutes until golden.
  12. Bake chips per packet instructions.

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