Baked Chicken Parm Bites

Hey everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. Thankfully, I – like most! – have off from work on Monday. Saturday flew right by, so I already know that I’ll be appreciating an extra day off from work.

So, I realize I was  a little MIA Thursday & Friday. Thursday evening, I headed up to my parents’ house to dog-sit Jake for a few hours. Even though he’s still a puppy – & gets super-excited whenever company comes to visit him! – he’s pretty well-behaved. We even took a quick nap!

Friday evening I was pretty much dead to the world. I came home from work, plopped down on the couch, & proceeded to nap with Stewie for quite a few hours. I really have a hard time being remotely productive on a Friday evening. Am I alone? Eventually – around 7:00PM – I made this recipe (pasta, veggie, & cheese skillet) for dinner, then settled in for a low-key evening of pinning & movie-watching (The Break Up, one of my favorites).

That brings us to this morning!

I knew I wanted to get some cleaning done ASAP this morning, so I woke up around 7:30AM & laced up my sneakers to get my workout in before tackling my to-do list.

By the time I got outside – around 8:00AM – it was already pretty warm, & by the time I completed a mile & a half, I was drenched in sweat & ready to call it a day. I completed just under two miles before I stopped, & immediately chugged a glass of water upon retreating to my air conditioned apartment.

Since Chris was still sleeping & I wanted his help with the cleaning, I enticed him with a Starbucks frappucino to encourage an earlier wake-up time – it worked! For myself, I got a large iced coffee & one of my favorites – Starbucks perfect oatmeal.

 

 

I topped the oatmeal with the provided add-ins – brown sugar, dried fruit, & mixed nuts – but also added in a teaspoon of peanut butter & a drizzle of honey. So tasty!

The oatmeal helped to fuel me through a solid hour or two of cleaning. Soon enough, it was time for lunch, & I had a leftover bowl of pasta from last night. Simple & it hit the spot!

After I showered & got ready, Chris & I headed off to BJ’s Wholesale. This place is so fun, but also so dangerous. For some reason, as soon as I walk through the doors, it becomes imperative that I stock up on tons of random items. Granted, we’re usually getting a great deal by buying in bulk, but these trips are never cheap! Some of my favorites finds from today were a giant container of Viactivs – I had a coupon, too! – & a box of 32, 100 calories packs of Blue Diamond Almonds.

We also purchased a pineapple for $3. Neither of us had ever cut up an entire pineapple before, but it was super easy to do so, & the fruit tasted so fresh & delicious!

After we got home, we headed back out the door to church & eventually back home to enjoy some BBQ chicken pizza (no picture was snapped since I basically inhaled my slices in a few minutes!).

Now, here I sit while Chris watches the Sixers game… a pretty low-key Saturday night.

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On Wednesday’s post, I alluded to a new recipe – Baked Chicken Parm Bites – & now it’s time to share!

While I was meal-planning last week, I added “chicken parm” to my list, but changed things up at the last minute to make these “bites.”

While I usually prefer to follow someone else’s recipe, every now & then I become a little adventurous & try out my own thing. I always love when my own recipes are a success, like this one! Enjoy! :-)

 

While this recipe is a bit time-consuming – it takes a while to coat the pieces of chicken – I think it’s worth the extra effort. Although I served mine atop a bed of pasta, these would also be great on their own with some pasta sauce for dipping!

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What are your plans for the rest of Memorial Day Weekend?

Do you belong to any warehouse clubs like BJ’s, Sam’s, or Costco?

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16 comments

    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      Did you notice Bravo played it twice? About halfway through my SECOND time watching it in one night, I was like “Wait, why am I watching this again?!” haha It’s one of my favorites though, so it never gets old!

    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      Bulk stores are so fun! We sort of want to get a Costco membership too, since it seems like the different stores carry different brands/products!

    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      I wish I could hit up the outlets near me, but sadly I have a lot of stuff to grade for school! Boo!

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