Monday, February 11, 2013

An easy dinner my kids will eat. Most of the time.

Like many women my age, I troll Pinterest for recipes and collect them on a board. Specifically, my Food. Yum. Board. Out of 100 or so pins I’ve posted to that board, I’ve tried approximately one of the recipes. It’s called Tortellini Casserole, or something like that.

What I lack in Pinterest-recipe variety, I make up for in frequency. See, after I began making this recipe and adapted it to my kids’ discerning palates, I realized I’d found something special. I’d hate to break my streak here by changing things up with a totally new recipe. So, here’s the casserole recipe, as I’ve been preparing it. Enjoy!
  • 1 package of tortellini (I buy the refrigerated kind that’s usually available in the cheese case at the grocery store.)
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 jar of light alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup (give or take) of breadcrumbs mixed with Parmesan cheese
Pull off all of the chicken and shred it. Chop up the broccoli. Pour the alfredo sauce in a large bowl and mix it with about half a jar full of water. Layer the ingredients, starting with a little bit of the sauce, in a casserole dish. Mix the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the casserole. Bake it in a 375-degree oven for about 45 minutes.

Bon Appetit!

Or, as my 2- and 4-year-old say, “boma mateet, now you may eat!”

Melanie Medina is a Sr. Communications Specialist at Texas Health Resources and Mom of two.

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