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Cheesy Kid Favorites!

Bailey Woodean
Bailey Woodean
I have been a freelance writer for more than 4 years, a mom for more than 2 years, and a wife for just under a year. I am currently a student in a cooking and catering program with the intention of expanding my knowledge of the culinary business. I then plan to take this knowledge to properly write about and critique restaurants and food. Writing to you from Niagara Falls, NY, thanks for joining me on the ride!
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Cheesy Meatballs Casserole, Mozzarella Parmesan Chicken Casserole, Grilled cheese rollups. Here are some Cheesy Kid Favorites.

Cheesy Meatballs Casserole {LOW CARB}

  • 2 lbs (900g) ground turkey
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated or shredded parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 cup Marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice for topping (Mozzarella, Provolone, Monterrey Jack, Cheddar…)
  • Fresh basil or parsley, for topping
Cheesy kid favorites
  1. To prepare the meatballs casserole recipe: Preheat your oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Lightly spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine ground turkey, mozzarella, parmesan, egg, onion powder, garlic, Italian seasoning, Cayenne, crushed chili pepper flakes in a large salad bowl – except for the Marinara sauce, 1 cup cheese, and fresh basil that are set aside for the casserole. Use a small cookie scoop to form the meatballs all the same size and arrange the meatballs in the casserole dish.
  3. Bake your meatballs casserole for 15 to 20 minutes or until fully cooked. Remove the meatballs casserole from the oven and drain the grease.
  4. Top with the low carb Marinara sauce and shredded cheese and put the meatballs casserole back in the oven. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese has fully melted.
  5. Serve the low carb meatballs casserole with a side salad or over zucchini noodles as pictured. Enjoy!

Mozzarella Parmesan Chicken Casserole

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 cup no-sugar-added marinara sauce (or any tomato sauce, make sure it’s no sugar added)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup crushed pork rind, optional
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil, for garnish
  1. To make the mozzarella parmesan chicken casserole: In a shallow plate, marinate chicken breasts with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, crushed chili pepper flakes for 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC) and lightly grease a baking dish with oil, cooking spray, or butter.
  3. Spread the chicken in the greased dish and pour the tomato sauce over. Top with Parmesan and shredded mozzarella. Lightly sprinkle the crushed pork rinds over the top.
  4. Bake the chicken casserole for 25 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted and bubbly. Sprinkle with chopped basil and serve the mozzarella parmesan chicken casserole immediately. Enjoy!

Recipes notes:

  1. You can serve this chicken casserole with some low carb/keto sides such as cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles, or just plain rice, pasta, bulgur, or quinoa for non-keto dieters.
  2. If using whole chicken breasts, you might have to cook the chicken longer depending on the thickness and your oven – usually around 40 minutes.
  3. If not using pork rind, you can sprinkle a little parmesan on top of the chicken casserole instead.

Grilled cheese rollups

Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

  • 8 slices white bread*, crusts trimmed
  • 8 slices Wisconsin cheddar cheese*
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  1. Using a rolling pin, flatten bread squares to 1/4-inch thickness.
  2. Place cheese slices on top of each slice of bread, rolling up tightly.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add roll-ups to the skillet, cooking until all sides are golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 3-4 minutes, adding more butter as needed.
  4. Serve immediately.


*Whole wheat or whole grain bread can be substituted.

*Different types of cheeses of your choice can also be used here (ex. Monterey Jack, pepper jack, Swiss, provolone, mozzarella, etc.).

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