Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

We are bring It’s What’s For Dinner back after a hiatus. Every day I’ll be posting a recipe inspiration for dinner. Something I found that fits one (or more) of the following requirements..

  • Frugal
  • Family Friendly
  • Seasonal

I still have some leftover ham from Christmas that I tossed in the freezer. I was going to make some soup with it but when I spotted this recipe I thought that it sounded better to me. It is a great recipe to use up some leftover ham!

So what’s for dinner tonight?

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

This recipe couldn’t be more easy and rather frugal too! And pasta dishes are always kid friendly, at least in my house! Ham, pasta, cheese & cream…oh my!


  • 10-12 oz. penne or ziti pasta
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt more or less to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese separated
  • 2 chicken breasts cooked and cut into strips
  • 3/4 cup bacon cooked and chopped
  • 3/4 cup diced ham
  • bread crumbs

For the full recipe and directions please head on over to Chef In Training!

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Bacon Wrapped Aparagus

Recently a local store here had asparagus on sale for $1.99 a lb. plus there was an in-ad coupon for $1.00 off making it only $1.00 per lb. I couldn’t pass it up!

This is a really simple way to cook asparagus, and while I know that bacon is not healthy…it is sooooo good. I don’t usually eat my asparagus this way (I prefer it stir fried) but for a special meal it is a lovely treat. My kids were all over this!

There are just two ingredients…

  • Asparagus
  • Bacon

Nothing else needed.

First step is to pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Then take your asparagus and wash and dry it and trim off any dried ends that it may have.

Take a strip of bacon and slice it down the middle lengthwise.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus - Step 1

Then you simply twirl one of the slices of bacon around a spear of asparagus.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus - Step 2

Then place on a lined rimmed cookie sheet (I used my Silpat non-stick cooking mat, but you could use foil or parchment paper – it just aids in clean up).

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus - Step 3

(My kids said they looked like bacon and asparagus candy canes!

Then bake for 30-45 minutes until the bacon is as crisp as you like it.

Then serve as a side dish to your favorite meal. We had some homemade chicken strips  with ours – YUM!

Asparagus Wrapped In Bacon


  • Asparagus
  • Bacon


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Take a strip of bacon and slice it down the middle lengthwise.

Wrap an asparagus spear with a slice of bacon.

Place wrapped spears on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet.

Bake for 35-45 minutes until bacon is crisp


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Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot Casserole

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This frugal recipe comes from my husband, who does 50% of the cooking. He took the picture, typed up the recipe and did all the cooking. I just get to share it. It’s pretty good!


  • 1 Pound hamburger
  • 1 Medium onion, chopped
  • 10 Slices cooked bacon, sliced thinly
  • 2 Cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 Bag tater tots


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Brown hamburger, onion and bacon, drain.
  3. Place in 9×13 casserole.
  4. Add cream of chicken soup, mix well.
  5. Cover with tater tots.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.


You can substitute ground turkey for the hamburger. Serves 6-8 people depending on how large of a serving you dish up.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms

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I was at the grocery store yesterday and they had large capped mushrooms on markdown because they were just slightly past their prime, whenever I see produce markdowns I snatch them up and come up with a recipe to use them up. Saving money on produce, while not impossible, it is not always easy. Produce is our biggest expense for our household. I use coupons on most of my groceries so that I can spend more on produce.

So I pulled this recipe together from ingredients I already had on hand – cheese and cream cheese that were in the freezer, onion, garlic and spices. Easy.

If you don’t like mushrooms you can totally bake up the filling in a casserole dish and eat it that way. 2 of my kids and myself love mushrooms while my husband and 2 of the kids do not, so I did half of this recipe as stuffed mushrooms and the other half as a dip and served it with some baked pita chips.

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  • 1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 24 large capped mushrooms
  • 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese. at room temperature
  • 1 (8 oz.) package of finely shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste


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