Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells

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Got a couple of young chefs-in-training? Looking for a fun recipe for kids to make with you in the kitchen? These Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells are the ideal kids’ recipe for two reasons – they’re not only yummy to eat, but they're also a blast to make as well. The secret’s in the large shell pasta. These large pasta pieces are easy for young little fingers to handle, allowing for easy stuffing and assembly. And there’s just something magical about shell pasta when it comes to capturing children’s imaginations. Almost like a trip to the beach on a gorgeous summer day, these large shells can entertain them for hours on end.

If there’s anything kids love, it’s pasta and cheese recipes. No matter how picky they might be, they will almost always go for a quick-and-easy pasta dish, especially if there’s melted cheese on it. Add a little chicken and tomato sauce in there, and you’ve almost got the whole meal put together. Add a little side salad, cooked beans or carrots, and they might be so happy, they’ll eat their veggies too. The other important thing about a recipe like this is, when you make a meal WITH your kids - instead of FOR your kids - they are more likely to eat it as well. That’s because they’ve had an active role in helping to create it; it’s given them an important job to do. And after all of that trouble, who isn’t going to enjoy reaping the rewards of the full meal when it’s on the table?

Nutrition Facts for: Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells from Family Favorite Recipes

Ingredients: Jumbo pasta shells, breaded chicken strips, mozzarella cheese, spaghettin saauce, cheese, fresh basil.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving: Calories 1425, Calories from Fat 462, Total Fat 51.3g 79%, Saturated Fat 16.3g 82%, Cholesterol 140mg 47%, Sodium 14491mg 604%, Potassium 1724mg 49%, Carbohydrates 174.8g 58%, Dietary Fiber 7.2g 29%, Sugars 13.4g, Protein 68.9g, Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin , Calcium 95%, Iron 37%

When you’re working – and playing – with your kids in the kitchen, making tonight’s chicken dish, you can also work in some food safety practices so they can start learning them early. Simple, common sense things like sanitizing their hands with water and soap before handling food, before and after handling poultry, and also before they eat. If you have more than one child, you could alternate tasks – putting one on prep duty and one on clean-up. Whether you’re starting to make the meal or you’re finishing, the kitchen surfaces need to be spotless. Always chop your chicken on a clean cutting-board and ensure that same cutting board is properly cleaned afterwards. You could even use separate cutting boards for veggies and meats, and that way you will always avoid potential contamination. You can also put one of your kids in charge of refrigerating leftovers after a meal. This is a very important task as well because bacteria tends to grow at room temperature. Once a meal has cooled, it’s fair game, so it’s best to refrigerate it immediately. To do so, separate meats, seal them in airtight containers, and place them in the fridge. If you don’t plan to serve them again for a while, then simply put them into the freezer or deep freeze and thaw when needed. This fun kids recipe for chicken parmesan stuffed shells come from Erica over at the “Family Recipes” blog. If you’re looking for easy, yummy home-cooked recipes the whole family will adore, you might want to check this site out.*

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