Monday. Again. Got the kids up and ready, fed them breakfast, and dropped them off at school. Felt like I was forgetting something. Went home, did my workout. Still felt like I was forgetting something. Then, it hit me: dentist check-up for the kids at 3:30. Ugh. Time to put an easy dinner plan into motion!
I decided to do Cheesy Baked Ziti from an issue of Family Fun (love, love, love that magazine). All I had to do was prep it and stick it in the fridge so I could just pop it in the oven when we got home. An easy, no stress dinner. Hooray!
Cheesy Baked Ziti
1/2 lb ziti
15 oz ricotta cheese
3 cups mozzarella cheese
3 cups tomato sauce
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Cook ziti according to directions; drain well. Add ricotta and half of mozzarella to ziti and mix well. Spread half of the tomato sauce in bottom of casserole dish. Add ziti mixture and cover with remaining sauce. Top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
My children loved this! My son actually had two huge helpings of it! It is so easy to make and such a crowd-pleaser. One shortcut I would recommend: just drain your pasta using the lid to the pot, then add the ricotta cheese and mozzarella to the ziti in the pot you cooked it in. This saves dirtying up an extra bowl. 🙂
Thank goodness I had that ziti ready, because we didn’t get home from the dentist until nearly 5:30. I put it in the oven, then proceeded to make some Pizza Puffs. These are equally just as yummy! The recipe comes from lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com.
3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
pinch of salt
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup pepperoni (optional)
Grease mini muffin pan. Whisk dry ingredients. Whisk in milk and egg. Stir in mozzarella, parmesan, and pepperoni. Let stand for 10 minutes. Bake in 375 degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
Boy, are these ever tasty! They are just the perfect size to be perfectly addictive, too! I leave out the red pepper flakes and pepperoni when making these for my kids, because they don’t like too much spice. They sure did gobble these up tonight!
Aaaargh! Once again, I forgot to take pictures. I promise, promise, promise…pictures tomorrow!
Until next time,