I made a trip to Costco and did some label reading and we came up with some alternatives. The draw to Uncrustables were:
1. Convenience, which is obvious
2. Shape, which in the car or on the go they rarely get too messy and are easy to eat by a toddler
3. Stock'ability', we have room in the freezer. They can stay in there until needed and really don't go bad unlike bread, etc.
|The preserves label. GOOD STUFF!|
|The peanut butter|
|All set up|
|2 pieces of scrapbook paper, a frame, some scissors and tape!|
|The freezer pack|
The kiddos and I then did a quick trip to the grocery store and while the kids napped I made dinner. I ended up making 2 so that I could freeze one for a later date. Of course, I changed the recipe. The original version posted here did not call for rotini or garlic. I was preparing it as it was and just thought that t would be so much better with my additions and it turned out GREAT. It is definitely one for the books. Adding the garlic made the sauce smell divine. YUMMO!!! Here's the recipe.
CHICKEN BROCCOLI ROTINI
|Cooked the chicken on the wolfgang puck panini maker|
1 – lb. fresh broccoli Break in pieces, and steam for 5 minutes.
3 cups cooked chicken breasts – cube into bite sized pieces
3 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese divided
2 tubes Ritz Crackers
1 stick melted butter
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 box rotini, cooked
1/3 cup Butter- melted
1/4 cups Cornstarch, dissolved in 1/2 cup COLD Water
1/3 cup Chicken Broth
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
2 Cups Milk
3-4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 1/2 cups of the above Cheddar Cheese
In greased 13×9 pan, layer the broccoli, rotini and chicken, then set aside. In saucepan over medium heat, combine the melted butter, cornstarch dissolved in water, chicken broth, seasonings, garlic, and milk. Stir well, and continue stirring until sauce has thickened. Turn heat down to low, and add 1- 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese. Stir until melted. Pour over the chicken, rotini and broccoli. Top with 1- 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese.
Melt the butter, and add the poppy seeds, and stir well. Crush Ritz crackers in large zip-lock bag with a rolling pin. Don’t crush too small. Add crumbs to the melted butter. Sprinkle crumbs over the top of the grated cheese.
The freezer one I wrapped with 3 layers of foil. I plan to cook it a half hour with the lid on a and 30 mins uncovered. I will let you know how it goes!