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Quick Family Meals: The Best Baked Ziti

Submitted by on December 28, 2011 – 7:00 amOne Comment

by Dr. Caron B. Goode

Family mealtimes are important times. In fact, families who eat together regularly share healthier and better balanced meals, have children who engage in less risky behaviors and have parents who are more actively involved in the lives of their children. But for today’s busy moms, preparing a meal (and getting everyone to the table at the same time) can take more time and energy than they have available. As a matter of fact, some days, it can be downright impossible. Enter my series of Quick Family Meals.

If you’re looking for easy-to-make meals, I’ve put together the Quick Family Meals series just for you!

The Best Baked Ziti

Ingredients:

24 ounces cottage cheese

2 eggs

3 ounces grated parmesan cheese

1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese

1 box ziti with lines (or penne)

1 to 2 jars pasta sauce (depends how saucy you like it!)

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit. Cook pasta al dente and drain. Combine cottage cheese, eggs, grated parmesan cheese and ½ of pasta sauce in a big bowl.  Add pasta to bowl of mixed ingredients. Line bottom of 9 x 13 pan with sauce.  Add pasta mixture. Top with remaining pasta sauce. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes or until cheese starts to bubble and is slightly brown on edges. Remove, cover with foil and let sit about 5 minutes before serving.

To see other recipes in my Quick Family Meals series, click on the links below:

Easy Crock Pot Roast

One Pot “Take the Chill Away” Turkey Chili

Crock Pot Beef Stew

Italian Tortellini Soup

Caron Goode’s (EdD) insights are drawn from her fifteen years in private psychotherapy practice and thirty years of experience in the fields of education, personal empowerment, and health and wellness. (www.acpi.biz). Look for Caron at HeartWiseParenting.com too. Reach her at carongoode@mac.com.

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