Jan 24, 2012

She's Cooking Like Mommy?

Tonight was a rare night on the farm. My 8 year old daughter and I were home...Alone! No boys to be seen! This just NEVER happens!

I wanted it to be a special evening, so I told her we could do "anything she wanted." Guess what she wanted to do? She wanted to cook dinner for the two of us...all by herself.

Hmmmm.  I figured we would be dining on ice cream and cookies.

Instead, she emerged from the pantry carrying two cans of Chef Boyardee Beefaroni.

Well that was easy! I thought to myself.

But the Little-Foreman-in-Pink IS my daughter, and she informed me that she wanted to cook "like Mommy" and turn one thing into something else!

I was stumped, so I did what I always do and went to my trusty internet for inspiration. I found the Chef Boyardee web site, and guess what??  They actually have chef-created recipes using their products! (http://www.chefboyardee.com/recipes)

Some looked more interesting than others, but they all got our minds going, and we were determined to come up with our own creation using our Chef Boyardee Beefaroni.

We decided to make a Beefaroni Pot Pie! Yep, I said it! A Chef Boyardee Beefaroni Pot Pie! This is how we did it...

We started with our Chef Boyardee Beefaroni.
First, we heated it up on the stove.
While the Beefaroni was heating,
we mixed up one package of our favorite cornbread mix.
 
We got out our cute single-serving sized casserole dishes
and filled them about 2/3 of the way full with our hot Beefaroni.
Then we topped it with the cornbread batter.
(Making sure it touched the edges of the casserole to seal in the Beefaroni.)
Once they were all filled and pretty, we put them in a 400 degree oven 
to cook for about 18 minutes.
When the cornbread is golden brown it's done!
 
We were thrilled with the results!
 
Not only did I get to enjoy one of my childhood favorite meals with my daughter, but we made it "our own" by changing it up.
 
We couldn't have done this at a better time.
 
Chef Boyardee is doing some really cool things to encourage you to get your kids in the kitchen too!
 
YOU could win free groceries for a year by using Hector Boiardi’s original recipes to create your own creations. Let your little chefs help create their own unique recipe that uses Chef Boyardee as an ingredient for a chance to win.
Enter Chef Boyardee’s Make It Boyardeelicious Recipe Contest from December 29, 2011 through March 11, 2012 for your chance to win free groceries for a year as well as one of ten $500 weekly cash prizes.  Then visit Chef Boyardee’s Facebook page from March 26, 2012 through April 8, 2012 to vote for your favorite recipes from the “Make It Boyardeelicious Recipe Contest.” Each day, one voter will be selected to win a $100 cash prize.

Be sure to visit the Chef Boyardee Roundup page on BlogHer.com to check out other bloggers’ recipes!

How fun! Get your kids cooking with you! No matter what you create in the kitchen, you'll be creating life-long memories with your child!

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5 amazing comments. Talk To Me!!:

Cyndi said...

Day-um, Dana. Loved, loved, loved that Little-Foreman-in-Pink is cooking for you ... and that she is creating her own dishes.

But!!

Never could stand Chef Boy-ar-dee, even in my youth.

Children are GREAT in the kitchen!!! Great way to teach mathematics in a 'taste=ful' way! Two of my children are great cooks, the third married a great cook!!! LOL!!!

Virginia said...

I LOVE getting to read what you write! And since I have a secret, hidden love of Chef Boyardee (which the men in my home do NOT share), I may have to chase the guys out of the house so I can fix this dish ;>

Anonymous said...

Omigosh! HAHA!!

Anonymous said...

Instead, she emerged from the pantry carrying two cans of Chef Boyardee Beefaroni...

BUT this is a sponsored post... by... Chef Boyardee!

Disappointed.

Melissa said...

Ummm why are you "disappointed" Anon?
She said up-front it was a sponsored post...
If her kid is going to make a cute meal out of Chef Boyardee...
Why Shouldn't they sponsor it?

Wow! It must be hard to be so much better than everyone else in the world!
How Do you Do it?

Get a life!

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