Why this blog??

Why this blog?? I often find myself stressing over what to make for my family for dinner. We live a busy life and some meals need time to prep, cook and let's not forget shopping for everything you need. I love cookbooks and websites, but there are so many recipe's at times it is overwhelming. The recipe's I will be posting are things I actually made. I will tell you if they are easy or more time consuming. I will also tell you if they are good. Most of these are recipe's I have made for years and continue to make because they are easy or quick and my family loves them and i know yours will too! I will also try to at least once in a whlie try a new recipe I've found on line or in a book and honestly rate it. I always encourage others to send me their favorite recipe's as well! I am a mom... not a chef. But I am a mom who enjoys cooking for her family and making a somewhat healthy meal (some days more healthy than others:) ) In each recipe I will share how I recommend serving it, any substitutions I can think of that are also good, or ways to prepare ahead of time to make the cooking part seem quicker! I am not a photographer, as you can see... most of these pictures are taken from my phone camera, so may not be the best! I love to hear from others who have made these recipes and what they have done to change the recipe... please post comments! Thank you! To "like" me on facebook, go to this link... It's What's Cookin

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Chicken Parm Burgers

This recipe was inspired by deals at my grocery store:) They had an awesome deal on Chicken Patties so I bought a few packs. I'd never made chicken burgers before and I didn't want to make a normal burger... it sounded too boring and dry. We love chicken parmesan so I decided to make a chicken parmesan burger (healthier than the real thing since it's not breaded or fried too!!) They turned out really good and we all gobbled them right up! I will definitely be making these again!

*4 Chicken Patties (Foster Farms sells them- 4 to a package)
*4 Buns (I bought a four pack of Sweet Hawaiian Buns... YUM!!!)
*1 Cup of your favorite Marinara Sauce (We like Prego Traditional- Heart Healthy)
*4 oz Fresh Mozzarella Ball- Cut into 4 slices (I had an 8 oz ball and used half)
*Italian Seasonings
*Nature Seasonings (or salt and pepper)
*8 FRESH basil leaves (optional- we used them because I grow it in my garden. Kids went without)

1) Defrost the patties overnight in the fridge.
2) Season both sides of patties with seasonings and preheat grill
3) Grill patties until done (time varies)
4) During last minute or two on grill- add the cheese slice to each burger. Once cheese is melted, remove from grill.
5) Place each chicken burger on bun. Top with sauce and 2 basil leaves each (if you are using basil). You can also have extra sauce on the side for dipping (My husband is a dipper!)

We served with a side salad and some fresh fruit.

Season both sides of patties

Add caption

Cut cheese slices into aprox 1/2 inch slices

take off grill after cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through

place on bun and add your sauce.

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