Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake

Got the Monday Blues?? My Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake will definitely cheer you up! 

pasta bake

This past weekend was spent cleaning out my daughter’s room! Yes… my 13-year-old and 10-year-old daughters are hoarders, and its embarrassing. They seem to hold onto everything and do not clean or organize their rooms at all. They have so000 much trash and garbage everywhere. Therefore I decided that I needed to tackle their room and clean it for them. Yes… I am that kind of mom.

Friday and Saturday were spent deep cleaning, every drawer, nook, and cranny. Needless to say… it is now clean.  I am trying to teach them that everything in my home has a spot and a purpose. For example… pencils and glue sticks belong in the office. If they need one for homework, I have a homework station on the kitchen counter. They don’t need 5 glue sticks in their room. Not sure… why we hold onto things so much. chickenbake-misc-2

Over the weekend, we were able to get a lot of things done and organized. It really helped with starting off this week right!

MONDAY:

It was nice to meet you, but I am glad that you are over. No… it all reality it was a good day, but you know you have your day planned and little things just pop up out of nowhere that need getting done. Since the girls were inside all weekend (  I know they should have been outside) I needed to start my Monday off with vacuuming my two front rooms. As I began I smelled something… not good.

I love my Dyson vacuum. It still amazes me how much dirt it can get out of your carpets. I am one of those clean freaks… I vacuum my floors at least 3x a week.

Take into account 5 girls with long hair + 3x a week cleaning + months of vacuuming = hair that needs a cut!

I emptied the jar and spent the next 20-30  minutes cutting the hair off the bottom of the vacuum.

It was fun!

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hair

Job well done! The vacuum doesn’t smell and it is hairless!

After thoroughly washing my hands… I went to juicing!

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My friends stopped by on Sunday… and you know friends are such a blessing. They bring such comfort and pure joy!

We had a nice visit and they brought me some oranges from their tree!

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I sat on the counter with my little buddy Jayd and we squeezed the oranges. We cut them, put them on the machine, and let it do its job.  We like little pulp, so we ended up with about 1 quart. I simply added some stevia in the raw.. and bam just like that the best tasting orange juice!

oranges

oranges

We even cut some up and enjoyed them as were juicing! The perfect little bonding time. I even saved one so that I can do a quick preschool craft with Jayd later.

After juicing… I went to cleaning out my fridge and menu planning. In the DR we bought a lot of ground up chicken, because it that is the way they have their meat. I usually don’t buy ground up chicken meat, but this past week my husband did a little bit of grocery shopping and so I had some in the freezer. I pulled it out and knew what I wanted to make for dinner.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake.

Fast Forward to 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Time to prep dinner.

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Pulled out the ground chicken, browned it up, and then I threw into a big bowl. I boiled some pasta and then I added it to the bowl with some ham, cheese, and some pasta sauce.

Since I started this lifestyle change… I don’t usually have milk. Most casserole recipes call for heaving whipping cream, or milk. I choose a sugar-free tomato pasta sauce that took its place. It will have not the same consistency but it still was great!

This meal was served with a salad. It has always been one of my favorites… Chicken Cordon Bleu.

pasta bake

pasta bake

Here is the recipe…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • cooked chopped ham
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 8 slices swiss cheese
  • 1-2 cups spaghetti sauce ( sugar free)
  • 8 oz rotini- cooked and drained (gluten free)

Instructions

  1. Brown your chicken. Drain.
  2. Add it to a big bowl.
  3. Cook your pasta. Drain.
  4. Add it to the big bowl.
  5. Add the ham, parmesan cheese, and pasta sauce. Mix to combine.
  6. In a 9x9 dish, layer 1/ 2 the mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  7. Then layer 4 slices of the swiss cheese over the top.
  8. Then dump the rest of the pasta mixture on top of the cheese.
  9. Layer the last 4 slices of cheese on top.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
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pasta bake

Such cheesy goodness! I simply love swiss cheese!

pasta bake

This is a simple recipe… I am sure you can add more sauce to your bake if it is too dry.

My girls are always asking for pasta and this Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake hit the spot!

My love for Chicken Cordon Bleu is such a true one!

pasta bake

pasta bake

Ohhh and this past weekend I hit up Ross Dress for Less. I love that store! After cleaning up the back patio… due to me being gone the previous week… the girls played a lot outside and made it a mess (sidewalk chalk everywhere) I decided I wanted a new rug… and I found the perfect one!

This was something that brought color to my back patio!

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Ohhhh and of course them!

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jayd

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So yea… my weekend was literally cleaning and organizing. It felt so needed and good!

My Monday was a decent one despite the little interruptions and the Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake was a success!

I am not sure what the rest of the week will bring… but I am hoping for some good meals, sunshine, and my eyes behind the lens of my camera!

Happy Day!

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