Kids in the Kitchen: Tomato Basil Chicken

Kids in the Kitchen

It’s rare to see James help in the kitchen anymore.  He’s ‘too old‘ to help and when I ask, he does it – but only after he rolls his eyes.  It’s so much fun {ahem} to have a tween.

Colin, on the other hand, loves to help!!  I appreciate his assistance and relish the time I get to spend teaching him valuable skills.

This week we made Tomato Basil Chicken.

Tomato Basil Chicken Recipe |

Colin did most of the work – he cut the tomatoes and basil.  Measured the olive oil, garlic and butter.  I cut the ‘yucky’ parts off the chicken and then he salted and peppered them.

Kids in the Kitchen Tomato Basil Chicken |

4.7 from 3 reviews
Tomato Basil Chicken
  • 2-3 Chicken Breasts
  • 3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1½ cups Tomatoes (grape or cherry), halved
  • ½ cup fresh Basil, chopped
  • 2 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 4 TBSP butter, cold
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese, optional
  • 8 ounces Pasta, any kind
  1. While the extra virgin olive oil heats in a large skillet, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. Start the pasta water.
  3. When the oil looks shiny, add the chicken (the oil should sizzle!) and cook on each side for 5 minutes.
  4. After the first side of the chicken is cooked, turn the chicken and add the tomatoes and basil.
  5. About 4 minutes later, add in the butter and garlic. You can also add a little more salt and pepper, if you'd like.
  6. Finish cooking your noodles and drain off the water.
  7. Serve the chicken over a bed of pasta and enjoy!

Dinner was SO GOOD!  Both boys finished their plates of Tomato Basil Chicken and went back for a little more.  I hadn’t made this meal before, but I’ll definitely put it back on the meal plan again!


Quick and Easy Dinner Idea |

Would Tomato Basil Chicken be a hit in your home?

Did you have fun in the “kitchen” this week?  Did you try a new food or a new kid friendly restaurant?  Did your little ones use their snacks to count to 10?  We invite you to share your experiences, photos, stories or recipes that include your #kidsinthekitchen!

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Cheese Puffs Bread {Recipe}

Biscuit Cheese Puffs |

Two things I can’t get enough of are cheese and bread.  Combining the two to make Cheese Puffs Bread ( Pão de Queijo) is heaven!

Cheese Puffs Bread (Pão de Queijo) is a Brazilian recipe I got from a friend.  I don’t know where it has been all my life but I can’t get enough of little bread rolls!  They are a chewy, practically bite-sized, deliciously addictive bread that puff when you bake them.  Bonus: It’s also gluten-free!

It’s easy as 1) measure ingredients, 2) blend until smooth and 3) bake.  But be ready – when the cheese puffs come out of the oven, you aren’t going to want to share!

Blender Bread |

5.0 from 1 reviews
Cheese Puff Bread {Recipe}
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Serves: 24
  • 1¼ cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup shredded cheese (any variety)
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°
  2. Measure all ingredients and toss into your Nutri Ninja (or blender).
  3. Mix until smooth.
  4. Coat a cupcake pan well with cooking spray.
  5. Spoon fill each space in the cupcake pan ⅔ full with the cheese puffs mixture.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy!

I know what you are thinking, ‘Where in the world do I buy tapioca flour?’  I found the Bob’s Red Mill brand at my local grocery store near the all-purpose flour.  It was less than $4 about 20 ounces.

Cheese Puffs |

I won’t tell you how many Cheese Puffs I ate out of the first batch I made, but I will say I’ve made them a couple of times (with different cheeses) since I got the recipe.  They are so yummy!!

What would you serve them with?  

Or would you eat the Cheese Puffs alone?

Carrot Cake Egg Nests {Easter Dessert Recipe}

Carrot Cake Egg Nests |

I’ve seen these cute little egg nests all over Pinterest but it seems like they are always made with chocolate or peanut butter.  I wanted to change it up a bit and make Carrot Cake Egg Nests with white chocolate so they looked a little more like Spring!

Because I am trying not to give in to my sweet tooth as often as I’d like, my husband tasted the egg nests and said they were really good!  He took the rest of the bag to work with him.  Before lunch he’d texted to get the recipe but I was mean and said his co-workers had to wait.  But wait no more!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Carrot Cake Egg Nests {Easter Dessert Recipe}
  • 12 ounce package White Chocolate Chips
  • 12 ounces Chow Mein Noodles
  • Carrot Cake M&M's
  1. Place a large piece of waxed paper on your table.
  2. Using 50% power, heat the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second increments.
  3. Stir after each heating.
  4. When the white chocolate is smooth and runny, add in the chow mein noodles.
  5. Fold the noodles into the chocolate until they are well-coated. (Careful not to break the noodles!)
  6. Spoon the mixture into 'drops' on the waxed paper.
  7. Add the M&M's while the chocolate is still soft.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Serve and Enjoy!

I halved the recipe so I didn’t make too many Carrot Cake Egg Nests.  About 5 minutes after I started, I had about a dozen Carrot Cake Egg Nests.

Easter Egg Nests |

These cute little egg nests would make a great just because it’s Spring dessert, Easter dessert or bird-themed party treat!

What’s your go-to Easter dessert?


More Easter ideas: Chocolate Bowls or Paper Mâché Easter Eggs!

One Pot Meal: Sausage and Tortellini in a Creamy Red Sauce #HillshireSausage

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I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it: I LOVE easy weeknight meals!  I don’t think I could manage without them – especially not on nights where the kids have places to be.

As much as I enjoy chicken, I can only eat it a few nights a week without getting tired of it.  Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage is a great alternative.  Sausage & Tortellini in a Creamy Red Sauce makes for an easy and quick weeknight meal.

Sausage and Tortellini in a Creamy Red Sauce |

4.7 from 6 reviews
One Pot Meal: Sausage and Tortellini in a Creamy Red Sauce
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 5-6
  • 1 pkg Hillshire Smoked Sausage
  • ½ tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 19 oz. pkg frozen tortellini
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1 can peas, optional
  1. Slice sausage into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the sausage with the garlic for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add vegetable broth, tomato sauce, heavy whipping cream, tortellini, salt and pepper.
  4. Simmer 10-15 minutes, or until the tortellini is cooked completely.
  5. Serve and ENJOY!

How to make Sausage and Tortellini |
I don’t have a large skillet, so I used two dishes. If you have a large skillet, this could very easily be a one pot meal!

Sausage and Tortellini Meal with Hillshire Smoked Sausage |

If you let the dish sit for about 10 minutes after it’s cooked, the sauce will thicken up nicely!

My husband and I really enjoyed our Sausage & Tortellini in a creamy red sauce!  Hillshire Smoked Sausage adds a depth of flavor that you don’t get with other meat options.  My kids said they didn’t love the sauce, but they ate it.

Would you add Sausage & Tortellini to your menu? 

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