In a previous post I mentioned that I’d be whipping up a special (and early) Valentine’s Day meal for my family since I won’t be with my loves that day and as you may recall I asked you to wish me luck.  I am very happy to report that it was a success!!!!!!  I’m not going to lie, I was a bit nervous about how it would turn out, but both the chicken pot pie and the cookie dough cheesecake bars were delicious and extremely easy to make. Did I mention that they were delicious?

I started with the cookie dough cheesecake bars since it not only needed to bake but also cool off for an hour and then go into the refrigerator (due to my lack of proper timing, I actually put it in the freezer while were were finishing up dinner just to be sure they were cool enough).  The cookie dough cheesecake bars were great to make because it didn’t involve a lot of ingredients, the ingredients it did call for weren’t expensive (most of them were great value products) and it was extremely easy to make.

Quick Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Great Value 16 oz refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough

*Most of the items above were Great Value products. Great Value is the generic version available at Walmart and it tastes the same as the name brand products but for less money.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Divide cookie dough in half; press half of dough into an 8×8 pan or pie plate.
  3. Cream the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  4. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth. Pour over cookie dough.
  5. Put remaining cookie dough on top of cheesecake mixture in small chunks.
  6. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minute or until set.
  7. Cool 1 hour and refrigerate.
  8. Cut into small squares.

You can also double this recipe. If you do, use a 13 x 9 pan.

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* Thanks Food.com

Next, I was ready to make the main dish.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 2 (9-inch) Great Value refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 (6 3/4-oz.) can chicken, chopped OR Sliced Frozen Chicken
  • 1 (16-oz.) can mixed vegetables, drained OR Frozen Vegetables
  • 1 (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning

* I opted for the Sliced Frozen Chicken. For the vegetables, I only included the ones my family eats (potatoes, carrots and peas). As I mentioned before, I used Great Value items when available (usually right next to the brand name products)

Directions:

  1. Fit one pie crust into a 9″ pie plate.
  2. Combine cooked chicken and all of the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Pour into pie crust.
  4. Moisten edges of pie crust with water; top with remaining crust.
  5. Fold edges under and crimp; cut slits in top.
  6. Bake at 400° for 45 to 50 minutes; let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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For the crust, I cut slits to spell out “I ♥ U” to keep with the Valentine’s theme.



* Thanks Gooseberry Patch Quick and Easy Family Favorites, Gooseberry Patch DECEMBER 2009

I will definitely be making both of these items again.

I bought a few decorations from the Dollar Tree and Walmart and set up the dinner table and the wall behind it. The kids weren’t allowed to look so that they could be surprised…They loved it!

[slideshow id=14] Disclosure: I am participating in the Great Value campaign with The Motherhood. I have been compensated for my time. However, ALL opinions are my own.