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Waffled Pepperoni Grilled Cheese

Waffled Pepperoni Sandwiches

I am making at least one cold lunch from home every day for one of my three kiddos for school. They get bored of the same thing over and over and sometimes I like to surprise them with something fun.

This Waffled Pepperoni Grilled cheese is an extra-cool sandwich that tastes just like pizza…. in a sandwich… with a fun little twist. You could even serve with a side of pizza sauce. The homemade baked sweet potato chips are seasoned with Litehouse herbs, one of my favorite way to add flavor without a ton of calories. When they are dipped in Litehouse’s Chipotle Ranch Greek yogurt dip they are even better! The marinated broccoli and mozzarella salad is a delicious way to get the kids eating veggies.

You can Check out this recipe on the Litehouse blog which I am fortunate enough to have been hired to develop recipes over the past year!

5 Ingredient Italian Chicken Crescent Roll Bake

Any meal that I can throw together on a whim using minimal ingredients with prep time less than ten minutes is a win for me. I find myself using homemade and fresh ingredients most of the time, but I don’t fuss about the occasional boxed mixes and meal helpers (as I like to call them).

So in this 5-ingredient Italian Chicken Crescent Roll Bake, I had several meal helpers: homemade spaghetti sauce (freezable and .37 cents per serving) and packaged crescent rolls. I’m thinking that this meal *could* be freezable, which would be an added bonus because you could make several pans of these ahead of time and freeze.

Chicken Breasts topped with Spaghetti Sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil and then covered with crescent rolls!

I used fresh basil from our garden and next time I make this I’m going to add a few cups of zucchini. The homemade spaghetti sauce that I make does have ground beef in it, so if you’d rather make this meal with meatless sauce or jarred spaghetti sauce, I would recommend adding several cups of veggies to soak up the sauce or it will be a runny mess.

Chicken Breasts + Spaghetti Sauce + Fresh Mozzarella and Basil + Crescent Rolls. 5 Ingredient Meal.

5 Ingredient Italian Chicken Crescent Bake

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 1/2 – 3 cups spaghetti sauce
8 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced
1/2 cup fresh basil
(1) 8 oz. pkg. of crescent rolls

(optional topping:) 2 Tbls. melted butter, sprinkle of garlic salt and parsley

  1. Place the chicken breasts (pound thin if they are very thick) on the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  2. Cover the chicken with the spaghetti sauce, then the cheese, followed by the basil. (a sprinkle of ground pepper is good here)
  3. Lay the crescent rolls flat over the top, covering the whole pan.
  4. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. (If the crescent topping is getting too brown, cover with foil)
  5. (Optional) 10 minutes before finished, melt butter. Brush over the crescent rolls and sprinkle with garlic salt and parsley.

Italian Chicken Crescent Roll Bake. So easy and only five ingredients. Chicken breasts, spaghetti sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil topped with crescent rolls. It's even better brushed with a little butter and garlic salt.

Coconut Water Just For Kids!

Ever since I spent time in Ghana and tried the fresh coconuts from the street vendors on a hot, sweaty day, I have turned to coconut water for hydration. There’s just something about coconut water that re-energizes your body. Coconut water is low in calories, but full of health benefits like natural electrolytes, potassium and Vitamin C.

My boys are pretty sports-obsessed and right now they are in the middle of baseball season. I’ve been a little weary of buying those sports drinks because of the ingredients, so they have been drinking Vita Coco Kids. There are no artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors or preservatives in these on-the-go drinks and the natural electrolytes provide the perfect alternative to sports drinks and juice boxes.

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Vita Coco Kids was even hand-picked by Target as one of their “Made to Matter,” products. The Made to Matter program is a collection that brings together 16 leading natural, organic and sustainable brands to introduce families to new products and make them more accessible.

Besides the Vita Coco Kids being a great on-the-go drink for sports or in lunch boxes, they are naturally a great addition to smoothies. Here is one of our favorite after-school snacks!

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Banana Berry Vita Coco Kids Smoothie

Ingredients:
3 frozen bananas
1 cup of berries, any kind
1/2 cup milk, any kind
(2) 6 oz. Very Cherry Beach Vita Coco Kids

Blend together and enjoy! There is so much healthiness packed into this after school or sports game snack!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Viva Coco Kids via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.