My Little Chefs and Me: We’re Part of a National E-Cookbook from Chef Boyardee

We are excited to be part of the Chef Boyardee Little Chefs project

Earlier this year, I was asked to be a contributor to Chef Boyardee’s Little Chefs Project.  My team was assigned to write the chapter about “Feeling like A Kid Again.”  It was fun to get in the kitchen with my kids and talk about some of my own cooking memories, which will be featured in the e-cookbook when it debuts later this week.  As a child, I loved licking the cake batter, and, apparently, the apron doesn’t fall too far from the kitchen.  My two are now fighting over who gets the first batter lick.

I have made an effort to let my oldest child get involved in our cooking process.  Truthfully, my son would like to eat Chef Boyardee pasta right out of the can, but we needed to get a little more creative than that for a Chef Boyardee recipe.

I’m not known for originating my own recipes, so I had permission to publish one directly from Chef Boyardee, and they have several easy recipes on their website.  The Hawaiian Ravioli Skillet caught my eye, but I got a whim to put a “Leigh spin” on it. 

The original is probably better, but my son, who basically cooked the meal himself, said, 

This was the best meal I’ve had in a long time. I need to cook this more often.

Hmmm.  Maybe I should read a book at dinner and let him cook this more often. 

I decided to use mini-dinosaur pasta in our dish so I could name our dish.  Ready for it?

Dinosaurs Go Hawaiian.
**Follow same recipe as the Hawaiian Ravioli Skillet, but use 2 cans of mini dinosaurs instead of beef mini ravioli. All you need is green pepper, pineapple tidbits, some deli ham, and mozzarella cheese. 

This took less than 10 minutes to make. It makes a great meal for the kids on babysitter nights, or quick meals before or after sports practice. You can also feel good knowing that the Dinosaurs have NO MSG and NO PRESERVATIVES

Disclosure: I was compensated to work on this campaign in partnership with theMotherood. As always, opinions are my own. 

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