Chicken Parm Casserole for One

Now that I’m working in a mall I often am so busy I forget to eat. When I do it tends to be nasty mall food, which is just sucky.

So I had a super long day today but refused to buy something for dinner. Instead I did a quick fridge and freezer rummage and came up with this Chicken Parm Casserole. It was about 25 minutes of prep (mainly inactive) and about 10 minutes in the oven.

I baked two frozen chicken fingers while I boiled the pasta (I used half a cup of whole wheat elbow macaroni). When the pasta was done, I drained it and placed it into a small casserole dish. I mixed in about 1/2 cup Rao’s marinara sauce and a couple of dollops of part skim ricotta. I then took the chicken fingers out of the oven, diced them up, and covered with a bit more sauce and shredded Italian blend cheese. I then baked it in the oven about 10 minutes until the cheese melted.

It’s not a diet dish, but it is way more wholesome and natural than takeout!

Cheese Sauce, Part 2

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Another fun aspect of The Accidental Pantry Project is that is creates opportunities to stretch some things into several meals. Tonight I made a super quick mac and cheese thanks to already having about a cup of cheese sauce on hand. Dinner took about 45 minutes including baking time. I mixed about three cups of whole wheat elbow macaroni with sauce, put it in a baking dish, topped with about 10 Ritz crackers and a quarter cup of shredded cheddar and baked at 350 for about 25 minutes.


Friday Night In – Dinner For One

The work week is winding down. Well, my Starbucks work week is. I still have work at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and today kicked my butt. I was tempted to go out for shabu shabu with some friends, but sadly I did not have the energy for a city trek. After work and the gym, I felt the need to be somewhat healthy but with all the hours I’ve been working lately combined with my social life picking up (yay!), I haven’t had much in my fridge (very sad my fresh mini pierogis that I bought a couple of weeks ago were covered in mold…but not surprised). Luckily I keep my pantry and freezer somewhat stocked, essentially for nights like tonight.

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