Easy Baked Tortellini

Easy Baked Tortellini

I love pasta yes I do, I love pasta how bout you?!

Do you ever need a quick meal? Like a throw it all in the pan and go chase some babies meal? I know I do. 

I made this really simple and really tastey baked tortellini last week and it was a hit. My husband liked it even though it was a meat free meal. Also from beggining to end it only took about 30 minutes. 

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Power Cooking - enchiladas and a casserole in under 30

Power Cooking - enchiladas and a casserole in under 30

I've got eight weeks. Eight weeks give or take to get my house in order for a new family member. That means I am trying to stock my freezer with meals and save myself a little time.

So I thought I would do a few posts on what I call- Power Cooking. I take 30 minutes or so and I compile multiple meals, some for now. Some for later. 

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Chicken mac and cheese- it's that good

What do we all, and I mean we ALL, love more than mac n cheese? Nothing. Can you think of many things you love more? I'll wait for you to make a list...


that didn't take long.

I make this. On rare occasions. It is always delicious. It hits the belly in a way that lets the person consuming it know they will be alright.

This recipe is another way to use all that leftover chicken from roasted chicken or rotisserie. Or, you can cook a couple chicken breasts and you're good to go.

What you'll need:

4 cups Rotini
8 Tablespoons Unsalted butter
Medium Onions cut into thin strips
2 cups cooked chicken
1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
2 cups skim milk
 2 eggs
1 1/2 cups cheese, any cheese.

1 cup bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a casserole. Cook your pasta al dente. Very al dente. Like for only 4 or 5 minutes, al dente.

Melt half your butter in a skillet over a low heat and add your onions to cook. You will want to cook them until they are golden.

Remove the onions and put the remaining butter in your skillet. Once melted, whisk in your flour. Once smooth add your milk. Add in your eggs.You will want to temper them first. - To temper crack the eggs into a separate bowl, whisk and then add a little bit of the milk and flour mixture. Add the eggs into the skillet.

Then add your cheese and stir until it all melts in together smoothly.

Put your noodles in your greased dish. Cover in cheese mixture. Add your chicken and onions. Mix ALL of this together and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes.

Unbutton the top button of your pants and enjoy.

Freezer Cooking- A time saving dream

Back in the day when I first started reporting for a living I would spend a couple hours on a Sunday afternoon cooking two weeks worth of meals. I would turn on the stereo and dance in the hot kitchen while I made 10 casseroles to stuff in the freezer.

Back then I was driving 90 minutes one way to work and had no time to cook. I had not time to sleep, or breathe or do anything else! Compaired to having a baby that was a breeze! Just kidding.... sort of.

Anywhoo- I have started freezer cooking again, but my new version is, make one for now, save one for later.

Tonight we are having a chicken, corn, brocoli casserole. So, I just made extra. (This is a great way so stretch chicken leftovers, by the way.)

I have also put a beef and penne bake (will post that recipe later)...

...and baked oatmeal in my feezer this week.

What about you?

Chicken casserole:

What you'll need:

1 chicken breasts or 2 cups shredded chicken

1 to 2 pkgs. frozen broccoli

12 ounces cream of chicken soup (homemade recipe here.) (One can will do also. Girl, you don't have time to make soup!)

6 oz. grated cheese (any type)

4 cups cooked rice

1 bag corn

Preheat oven to 350-

Cook chicken until tender. Cut up chicken. 

In a greased pan combine rice, chicken, veggies and soup. Mix it all together. Sprinkle top with cheese and bake 30 minutes. No, you don't have to thaw the veggies.

Mama and Baby Cook: Chicken Tortilla Bake

Again, it is hot here in Alabama. It is hot and it is only May and the days are getting busier and the baby boy is getting cuter and cuter and I don't want to stand around in a kitchen for an hour. I want to play. 
Do you ever feel that way? Well here is a recipe that will have you darting in the kitchen for a brief minute and then gives you lots of time to play, fold clothes or sit in a closet and cry during nap time. (Just kidding on that last part.... maybe.)
This is Chicken Tortilla bake and at just $6 it is a quick, easy and cheap meal. 
What you'll need:
Two cups chopped chicken, cooked (this is great for leftovers)
1/2 bag frozen corn
8 tortillas cut in strips
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 jar salsa
2 cups cheese
One pan greased
Preheat your oven to 350
Place a few tortilla strips in the bottom of the pan. 
Cover in chicken, beans, corn, salsa and cheese. Mix together. Add more tortilla strips and more cheese. 
Place in oven for 30 minutes. Voila!

Chicken Tortilla bake. Just $6. This is a quick, easy and cheap meal. What you'll need:Two cups chopped chicken, cooked1/2 bag frozen corn8 tortillas cut in strips1 can black beans drained and rinsed1 jar salsa2 cups cheeseOne pan greased
Preheat your oven to 350Place a few tortilla strips in the bottom of the pan. Cover in chicken, beans, corn, salsa and cheese. Mix together. Add more tortilla strips and more cheese. Place in oven for 30 minutes. Voila!