Dinner From The Pantry On A Busy Night – Meal Time Solutions and Easy Dessert Recipes

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CB Disclosure White Background 600 px wideShake n Bake Chicken Garden Salad #KraftEssentials #shop #cbias

If you’re breathing, at this time of the year you are b-u-s-y.  Sometimes you are BUSY, and sometimes you are even CRAZY BUSY!  It’s the time of year to keep your pantry stocked with those essentials that can help you create a delicious dinner even when you are on the run all day.  You can use everyday Kraft products to create a quick and easy meal during the holidays.  We often see Christmas recipes or recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers, but what about those days in between?  And keep reading for easy dessert recipes!

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Here are some essentials that I keep on hand and replenish Walmart Kraft products when I shop.  With them, I can turn an ordinary simple meal into something special and delicious without taking too much time.

  • Shake ‘n Bake
  • Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • Kraft Shredded Cheese
  • Bagged Salad
  • Kraft Ranch Dressing
  • Peppermint Ice Cream
  • Cool Whip
  • Jet Puffed Mini-Marshmallows Peppermint
  • Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice
  • Maxwell House Coffee
  • Bakers Coconut

I went shopping yesterday and ran home, with only 1/2 hour to make dinner.  Luckily with all those things in my kitchen I was able to make Crispy Chicken Garden Salad with Peppermint-in-the-Snow Parfaits for dessert.  Score!  Here’s my recipe:

Crispy Chicken Garden Salad

    • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees/
    • Defrost chicken breasts in the microwave and cut into strips.

Shake 'n Bake Chicken #KraftEssentails #cbias #shop RC

    • Shake!  Use your Shake ‘n Bake to coat the chicken and put onto a cookie sheet.  Bake!

Salad #KraftEssentials #cbias #shop RC

    • Put bagged salad onto plates, sprinkle with Kraft shredded cheese.
    • Set the table.  I used wrapping paper as a tablecloth, isn’t it fun?
    • Make a pot of Maxwell House coffee.

Sm Shake 'n Bake Chicken Fork #KraftEssentails #cbias #shop

    • Take the chicken out of the oven after baking for 20 minutes, let cool slightly.  Add to salads, drizzle with Kraft ranch dressings.

Welch's #KraftEssentials #cbias #shop RC

Welch's Glass #KraftEssentials #cbias #shop RC

    • Pour Welch’s Sparkling Juice for the kids, Maxwell House coffee for the grownups then sit down and enjoy!

Close Up Fried Chicken Garden Salad #KraftEssentials #shop #cbias RC

Maxell House Coffee #Kraft Essentials #shop #cbias RC

After dinner…

Peppermint-in-the-Snow Parfaits

Peppermint in Snow Parfait #KraftEssentials #cbias #shop

This is too easy to even call a recipe, but here you go!  I’m always looking for easy dessert recipes.

  • Put alternating layers of Peppermint Ice Cream and Cool Whip into glasses to make a bright and colorful parfait!*
  • Sprinkle Baker’s Coconut “snow” on top and Jet-Puffed Peppermint Mini-Marshmallows for extra fun.
  • Enjoy with a steaming hot cup of Maxwell House coffee and relax!

Variation:  We love Sugar Free Jello and Cool Whip Free parfaits for a low-calorie treat!  If you have Jello made in the fridge, that’s a quick, easy and pretty dessert.

Happy stress-free holidays, let Kraft Pantry Essentials help you out!

For more creative and easy ideas check out Holiday Family Table with Kraft

To see photos from my shopping trip to Walmart for #KraftEssentials, check out my Google + Photo Album.



  1. 1
    Brittany Ricciardi says:

    Sounds like a great recipe. I love Kraft products, never had a bad experience with them.

  2. 2

    Looks like my kind of dinner! We all love chicken and I’ve really been enjoying peppermint lately! #client
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  3. 3
    Tiffany Dover says:

    Oh man I am starving now. The food looks SOOO good!! And super easy to make too!

  4. 4

    this is def mouth watering!!! Great recipe since i eat a lot of salad, and its always nice to add something different to it. Thanks for the great recipe should def be going to wal mart soon :D

  5. 5
    Patricia T says:

    Crispy chicken garden salad…yum!

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