Easy Chicken Parmesan with Pasta That Your Family will Love

Easy Chicken Parmesan that your family will LOVE!!!!!! Make this family-friendly meal in less than 30 minutes – www.sandytoesandpopsicles.comSeptember is Family Meal Month! so i have partnered with Smart & Final to bring you this family-friendly recipe for Easy Chicken Parmesan with Pasta that your family will love. having a family meal together every night is very important to my husband and i. it’s a time where we can regroup as a family, get up-to-date with one another and make plans for the week. with our busy school and work schedules, if we didn’t have this time, we might not ever all be in the same place at the same time.

family meals are at a critical intersection in our nation. family meals eaten at home have been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, to fight obesity, substance abuse and to make families stronger—creating a positive impact on our communities and our nation as a whole. but sometimes parents are overwhelmed on how to make family meals happen regularly during the week, without being overwhelmed. the National Family Meals Movement is trying to help with this, and Smart & Final and the Food Marketing Institute have joined. saf-fmi-social-2-600x600-01cduring National Family Meals Month™ this September, help rally the family meals movement! i challenge you to make one more meal at home per week. Smart & Final is uniquely positioned to make family meals at home easier to accomplish. they carry warehouse sized items with the feel and convenience of a neighborhood grocery store and there’s NO club fee. it’s one-stop shopping because you can buy everything from fresh produce to bakery items in large and small sizes. Smart & Final also has great exclusive lines such as First Street, La Romanella, and Sun Harvest that are priced at a great value….this makes shopping for families perfect.

i have shared before how much i love Smart & Final for my family dinners and how they are a staple for my parties. i really enjoy shopping at Smart & Final, and am especially happy because they have just opened a new store across the street from me, so convenient! and now, i am going to share my recipe for Easy Parmesan Chicken with Pasta. this dish is a family favorite. this dish takes less than 30 minutes from start to end!!!!

How to make Easy Chicken Parmesan

to make Easy Chicken Parmesan, you will need the following ingredients:

3 chicken breasts
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1-1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 tsp. salt
black pepper
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. butter
1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 jar spaghetti sauce
Parmesan cheese

Easy Chicken Parmesan that your family will LOVE!!!!!! Make this family-friendly meal in less than 30 minutes – www.sandytoesandpopsicles.com

now to prepare the chicken parmesan:

first, prep to your chicken breasts.most packages come with three large chicken breasts. cut each breast in half to create 2 thin chicken breasts. next, the under a sheet of plastic wrap, pound chicken breasts to 1/2″. note: now is also great time to get the water boiling for your pasta.

how_to_cook_easy_chickenhow_to_pound_chicken_breastspounding_out_chicken_breastseasy_chicken_family_dinnersnow it’s time to bread the chicken. in three shallow dishes place the flour in one,  2 eggs beaten in one and the Italian bread crumbs in the other. season the breadcrumbs with the salt and pepper to taste. first, drench the chicken in flour, shaking off the excess. then dip the chicken in the beaten egg, making sure to cover it completely. finally, place the chicken into the breadcrumbs, coating it on all sides.

how_to_bread_cheicken_parmesanhow_to_make_italian_pan_fried_chickenbreading_chicken_parmesanin a frying pan over medium heat, melt 1 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp. oil. place 3 chicken breasts in the pan and cook for 5 minutes, flipping once halfway through. once chicken is fully cooked through, remove from the pan and place on a paper towel. repeat this for the remaining 3 chicken breasts.

how_to_pan_fry_chickeneasy_pan_fried_chickensmart_and_final_easy_family_dinner_recipesnow place chicken on a cookie sheet and top with mozzarella cheese. place in oven on the top rack at 400º and bake until cheese is bubbly. note: now is a great time to put the pasta in the boiling water and to heat the spaghetti sauce.easy_chicken_parmesan_for_kidschicken_with_mozzarella_cheese_recipebaked_chicken_andmozzarellasmart_and_final_dinner_recipes

to serve, pour sauce on spaghetti and garnish with parmesan cheese. you can place chicken on top. it also tastes great to spoon sauce over the chicken.


serve with a nice green salad. your family is going to love this one…and i hope that i have inspired you make a few more family meals happen at home! you’ll be happy you did.

Easy Chicken Parmesan that your family will LOVE!!!!!! Make this family-friendly meal in less than 30 minutes – www.sandytoesandpopsicles.comquick_and_easy_chicken_parmesanyum!Easy Chicken Parmesan that your family will LOVE!!!!!! Make this family-friendly meal in less than 30 minutes – www.sandytoesandpopsicles.com

for more great recipes like this one, head over to the Smart & Final recipe page to find hundreds of more recipes your family will love.

Easy Chicken Parmesan that your family will LOVE!!!!!! Make this family-friendly meal in less than 30 minutes – www.sandytoesandpopsicles.com

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Night Cereal: Thai Peanut Crunch

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did you know that “Night Cereal” was a thing? well apparently, high profile chefs around the country are now creating savory… not sweet… “Night Cereal” dishes for their customers. i shared this with my boys… who want to think they will be the next Junior Chefs, and they thought it would be fun to concoct their own version of “Night Cereal.”

we thought and thought about what kind of cereal cuisine we could create. something really unique. when it comes to unique cuisine, my boys aren’t very adventurous. however, they do love Thai food, and we often go to a special nostalgic Thai food place in Los Angeles. they love this place, so why not create a twist on Thai food.


the boys thought it would be fun to create a Pad Thai / Peanut noodle version of “Night Cereal.” Pad Thai is one of their favorites dishes, and what goes better with milk and cereal than a little peanut butter? this was definitely going to be a culinary experience!

to start our culinary cuisine, we needed our hero ingredients! ice cold milk and Corn Chex cereal. you definitely can’t eat cereal without milk.


the rest of the ingredients are pretty simple. besides the milk and Corn Chex cereal, we also needed Thai rice noodles, scrambled egg, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, chopped green onions, and a special peanut Pad Thai sauce.


we filled our bowls with cereal, and then stacked the noodles, bean sprouts, carrots and scallions on top. we also sprinkled some of the scrambled egg around.



next, we added a special peanut Pad Thai sauce over the top. it is a mix of onions, butter, soy sauce, Siracha, peanut butter and apple cider vinegar. i have included the recipe below. this sauce is really yummy!



finally, to finish off our “Goodnight Cereal” we had to top it off with milk. as the boys say, milk and cereal are best friends!


now it was time to try our creation. i must say, it actually was good! you probably wouldn’t expect it, but it tastes almost like our favorite Pad Thai. the Corn Chex added a great crunch, and milk tastes great with peanut butter.


Night Cereal: Thai Peanut Crunch

Milk for cereal
3 cups Corn Chex
Thai Rice Noodles, cooked according to the package directions.
1 egg, finely scrambled
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1 cup bean sprouts
1/2 cup carrots, shredded

Pad Thai Peanut Sauce
3 Tbsp. peanut butter or almond butter
2 tsp. Soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
4 Tbsp. Water
1-2 tsp. Siracha

first, make the peanut sauce. sauté onions in butter and sesame oil until translucent over medium heat. turn heat to low and with a whisk, add the rest of the sauce ingredients. meanwhile, cook the Thai Rice Noodles. once the sauce and noodles are ready, assemble the Thai Peanut Crunch cereal bowls. divide cereal among 4 bowls. next, layer noodles, bean sprouts, carrots, scallions and scrambled egg. pour Pad Thai peanut sauce over the top. right before serving, add the milk. eat like you would cereal.

makes 4 servings.

enjoy & GOODNIGHT!!!!

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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce

Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloavesthe other day, i ran over to the Berry Market at Knott’s Berry Farm to pick up some of their Berry Market brand items to create a yummy recipe. Berry Market has all sorts of jams, preserves, sauces and syrups, many which are famous all over the world. the Berry Market products are also available online, so if you don’t live here in Southern California, you can still get them. i had no idea what i was going to make, but i picked up a bunch of items that caught my eye and headed home to create a delicious recipe. the Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce jumped out at me. it was one of my favorite things during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, so i decided to create a recipe around it. that is how Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce were born.

the recipe was a hit. the Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce came out super yummy, and not hard at all to make….even if they look a bit complicated. you can create this recipe in under 30 minutes, and if you prefer to make this recipe in a single loaf instead of individual loaves…that will work just fine. the Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce has the best flavoring and the surprise of melted cheese oozing out of the loaf, will make this recipe a favorite for years to come.Easy Barbecue Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe

to make Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce, you will need: ground beef, Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce, mustard, panko bread crumbs, bacon, mozzarella cheese, Berry Market Boysenberry Honey, salt and pepper.Recipe for Barbeque Meatloaf

in a bowl, combine the ground beef, Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce, mustard, panko bread crumbs, salt, pepper….Boysenberry MeatloafBarbecue Meatloaf recipe

and finally, the Berry Market Boysenberry Honey.

Honey Barbecue Mealoaf Recipe

use your hands or a spoon to combine the meat and ingredients until fully blended. try not to work meat too much.

Best Barbecue Mealoaf Recipe

on a baking sheet, start forming the mini meatloaves. you can place them on top of a piece of parchment paper if you would like. this recipe makes 6 palm-sized meatloaves. i like to use the lid of a large mason jar to make all my loaves uniform in size. it works perfectly. use half of the meat to create the bottom halves of the mini meatloaves.

How to Make Barbecue Mealoaf

gently press the meat into to lid until it is formed into a patty, and lift the lid off. be carefully not to press or compact to much, you don’t want the meatloaf to be tough and dense.

How to Make Boysenberry Barbecue Mealoaf

Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

you will end up with 6 loosely formed meatloaf patties.

Individual Meat Loaves

now place a piece of cheese in the center of each meatloaf. i prefer to use 1/2 of a piece of string cheese cut in half for each loaf.

Mozzerella Stuffed Meatloaf

using the last half of the meat, create a top for all of the mini meatloaves. i use the mason jar lid again to make sure they are nicely formed. make sure that the cheese is fully covered and the sides are sealed shut.Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

next, wrap a slice of bacon around each of the meatloaves. i prefer to use thick cut bacon slices. gently squeeze the loaves as you wrap to create a nice round loaf with the bacon neatly wrapped. you can use a toothpick to hold bacon ends together if you need to.

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipe

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatloaf Recipe

generously brush each loaf with Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce.

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatloafonce you have brushed each mini meatloaf with barbecue sauce, place them into a preheated 350º degree oven for 20-30 minutes, or until fully cooked. during the last 5 minutes, you can turn up the heat to 450º to get that final caramelization of the bacon. remove from the oven.Boysenberry Bacon Meatloaf Recipe
hear is what the finished Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce look like when they are finished.
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nice and juicy with great barbecue taste. the crisp bacon adds a nice savory flavor.Best Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipebefore serving, feel free to brush with more barbecue sauce.Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf Recipe

pair with a side of mashed potatoes and green veggie for a warming meal of comfort food.

Knott's Berry Farm Meat Loaf Recipe

and wait!!! don’t forget about the cheese. when you cut into these mini meatloaves, melted cheese will ooze out creating a meal that is irresistible. doesn’t that look yummy!Easy Barbecue Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf Recipethe Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce makes these Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves with Boysenberry Barbecue Sauce, taste over the top. The have a sweet barbecue smokiness with a kick and a bit of honey sweetness. a comfort food that everyone will love. Knott’s Berry Farm really knows their food. you can purchase Berry Market products online or at the park. the recipe ideas are endless, so pick some up today.Easy Barbecue Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipe Title

1 pound 90% lean ground beef
½ cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon Berry Market Boysenberry Honey
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 350º degrees. in a bowl, use your hands or a spoon to mix together the ground beef, panko, barbecue sauce, mustard, salt, pepper and honey. Do not overwork the meat. shape half the mixture into 6 patties. be careful not to pack the meat too tightly or you’ll end up with dense and tough loaves. place a piece of cheese on top of each patty. top the patties with the remaining meat mixture. wrap a piece of bacon around each of the meat loaves. use a toothpick to hold the bacon together if necessary. brush each loaf with barbecue sauce. bake for 25-30 minutes. remove from oven when finished. brush with more barbecue sauce and serve!

Family Favorite Monterey Chicken Recipe

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Best Family Chicken Recipe - Monterey Chicken

when the TODAY Food Club, asked me to share a family favorite recipe with my readers and on the TODAY Food Club website, i knew exactly which recipe i wanted to share. Monterey Chicken is a dish that my mom has been making our family since i was little. my entire family loves it, and we always look forward to when she is going to make it. it’s a comfort food that reminds us of good times together as a family. my mom knows this is my favorite dish of hers, so she makes it for me each year for my birthday. it’s probably the best part of my birthday.

now that my mom has passed down the recipe for Monterey Chicken to me, i like to make it for my own family on special occasions or when i need something yummy to serve guests at a dinner party. everytime i make it for friends, i get rave reviews, loves it. so now, i would like to share this recipe with you…i hope you won’t be disappointed.

but before i get started with the recipe, i wanted to share a little bit about the TODAY Food Club and a contest!

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and now for the recipe….

How to make Monterey Chicken

you need: 4-6 large skinless chicken breasts, 1 package taco seasoning, 1 cup flour plus 2 Tablespoons, 1/2 cup melted butter, 3 cups crushed tortilla chips, 2 Tablespoons chopped onion, 1 can evaporated milk, 1 Tablespoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, 1/4 cups sliced olives and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.Ingredients for Monterey Chickenfirst, prepare the chicken. add taco seasoning to crushed tortilla chips. place the melted butter, flour and seasoned tortilla chips in separate dishes.
How to Bread Chicken Breast

coat each chicken breast in flour.

How to Bread A Chicken Breastnext, coat in melted butter.Taco Baked Chicken

finally, coat each piece in the taco seasoned tortilla chips. place into a baking dish or on a baking sheet. place into a pre-heated, 375ºF oven for 35-40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside.

Family Taco Chicken Recipe

while the chicken is baking, prepare the cheese sauce. i highly suggest doubling the cheese sauce recipe. in my family, every love to put it not only on the chicken, but also over the rice and vegetables. you will be glad you did.

first, grate 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese.

Tillamook Monterey Jack Cheesenext heat oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. sauteé onions until translucent.Sauteed Onions
add 2 Tablespoons flour, and stir quickly while scrapping the pan until mixture is thickened, making a rue.

Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce Recipeimmediately whisk in evaporated milk.
How to Make Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce carefully whisk in shredded Monterey Jack cheese. turn down heat to low.How to Make Cheese Sauceonce the cheese has fully melted, whisk in lemon juice, salt and olives. at this point, season to taste. you can add more salt or cheese if you would like. it will take a few minutes for the flavors to settle in, but once you pour over the chicken, the flavors mesh perfectly.Monterey Jack Cheese Sauceremove chicken from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. to serve, spoon cheese sauce over each piece. garnish with leftover olive slices.Best Taco Chicken Recipei like to serve my Monterey Chicken with rice and steamed broccoli.Oven Fried Chicken Recipe
the results are awesomely good. crunchy, moist chicken with a hint of taco flavor, and a creamy, cheesy sauce with just a slight bit of heat from the cayenne pepper.
Best Monterey Chicken Recipe
and you will definitely want to add some cheese sauce to the veggies. it’s just sooo yummy.
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Monterey Chicken may not be the most figure friendly recipe, but it is definitely one that i love to enjoy a couple times a year. guests love this recipe and it is perfect to make for a crowd. this recipe has been passed down in my family for many years, and i am sure my boys will continue the tradition of making it for their families when they are grown.
Family Chicken Recipe

Family Chicken Recipe Title


4-6 large skinless chicken breasts
1 package taco seasoning
1 cup flour
1/2 cup melted butter
2-3 cups crushed tortilla chips

Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce:
2 Tablespoons chopped onion
1 can evaporated milk
1 Tablespoons oil
2 Tablespoons Flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
1/4 cups sliced olives
1 teaspoon lemon juice

prepare the chicken. add taco seasoning to the crushed tortilla chips, toss until combined. place the melted butter, flour and seasoned tortilla chips in separate dishes. in an assembly line, coat each chicken breast in flour, then in melted butter and finally, in taco seasoned tortilla chips. place into a baking dish or on a baking sheet. place into a pre-heated, 375ºF oven for 40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside.

while the chicken is baking, prepare the cheese sauce….

the cheese sauce. first, grate 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese. next heat oil in a sauce pan over medium heat.  sauteé onions until translucent. add 2 Tablespoons flour, and stir quickly while scrapping the pan until mixture is thickened making a rue. immediately whisk in evaporated milk. once fully combined, carefully whisk in shredded Monterey Jack cheese. turn down heat to low. once the cheese has fully melted, whisk in lemon juice, salt and olives. at this point, season to taste. you can add more salt or cheese if you would like. (i highly suggest doubling the cheese sauce recipe. in my family, every loves to put it not only on the chicken, but also over the rice and vegetables. you will be glad you did.)

remove chicken from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes.

to serve: spoon cheese sauce over each piece. garnish with leftover olive slices.

Serves 4-6

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Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

This post is sponsored by Target.
Easy Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe - Popsicle Blog

it’s that time again…time to share my latest Target run. this year i have shared with you some of my favorite Target Runs, such as items to pack my kid’s lunch boxes, summer grilling items, grab-and-go items for summerfun treats i got for our weekly family movie nights and just recently some yummy fall treats! i always find unique and great quality items at my Target. and now it’s Thanksgiving time!!!! time to start getting items for my Thanksgiving dinner menu.

Target has everything you need for your Thanksgiving table. from hot prices on Thanksgiving must haves, fresh and national brand foods, including Butterball turkey for $.99/lb, to amazing seasonal home décor and kitchen supplies, a #TargetRun can help you stock up on everything you need on your Thanksgiving shopping list. and because everyones Thanksgiving tradition is a little bit different, Target has recipe twists on everyone’s favorite side dishes, to allow you to build your menu for the personality of your day.

so what did i get at my #TargetRun this week????

items for a Thanksgiving side dish! this year i plan on making some of my favorite appetizers and a vegetable side dish. after walking the food aisles of Target, i decided that i was going to make Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts. these are definitely not your traditional brussels sprouts…this recipe is a twist on the average steamed brussels sprouts dish.

Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

the recipe for my Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts, ended up being all about Target’s Archer Farms line. Archer Farms has really hit the mark when is comes to AWESOME food products.

Archer Farms Produce

first i found these steam in bag Archer Brussels Sprouts in the refrigerator sections. they are already washed and ready to prepare which sure makes life easier. there was also bags of ready to steam vegetables such as pre-cut sweet potatoes.

Archer Farms Brussels Sproutsnext up was the bacon. this is the first time i bought the Archer Farms Hardwood Smoked Applewood Thick Cut Bacon. let me tell you…all bacon is not equal. after using this bacon in my Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts, i may never go back to my other brand of bacon again. it is SOOOOO GOOD!Archer Farms Applewood Baconi also picked up these great Archer Farms Salt and Pepper GrindersArcher Farms Salt and Pepperand Archer Farms Garlic Salt.

Archer Farms Garlic Powder

these ingredients PLUS some olive oils is all you will need to make the Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

How to Make Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

first, chop the brussels sprouts into halves or quarters, depending on how big they are.

How to Cook Brussels Sprouts

next, slice 3-5 strips of bacon into 1/4″ pieces

Chopped Bacon

place brussels sprouts and bacon in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Easy Brussels Sprouts Recipe

generously salt and pepper the brussels sprouts and bacon.

Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts Recipe

sprinkle with garlic salt.

Thanksgiving Brussels Sprouts

finally, drizzle a few teaspoons of olive oil over the prepared brussels sprouts. toss everything together well to coat evenly with olive oil and also even out salt, pepper and garlic salt.

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place into a preheated 400º oven for 25-35 minutes. you will want to stir the brussels sprouts every 10 minutes while it is in the oven. cook time will be determined by the size of the brussels sprouts. cook until the brussels sprouts and bacon pieces edges are browned and caramelized.

How to Roast Brussels Sprouts

this is how the brussels sprouts and bacon should look when they are ready to take out of the oven. the key is making sure the edges are toasty and caramelized.Best Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

remove the brussels sprouts and bacon from the baking sheet and place into a dish for serving. the results are super delicious. savory brussel sprouts and bacon that your guest will love. perfect as a side for your Thanksgiving dinner or any night of the week. i could eat the entire dish myself. hope you like them as much as i do!

Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts RecipeThanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

thanks to this week’s #TargetRun, i have some fabulous ingredients for my Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts. of course, this is just one of the dishes i will be preparing for our Thanksgiving dinner. i’ll be sharing more of my Thanksgiving #TargetRuns in the coming week….i can’t wait to show you what else i get for my Thanksgiving holiday.

what’s your Thanksgiving #TargetRun?