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Blue Moon Potatoes and Rock and Roll Chicken

“Help me help myself.” Maria Montessori’s quote is the inspiration for this recipe… and the Gluten-free Bisquick® box.

How’s this for a contented look on a kid?

Anthony, age eight, prepared this meal on his own with a little guidance and he also made the broccoli and cauliflower recipe posted earlier, but we snacked on it while we cooked… until it was almost gone.

Shake Rattle and Roll Chicken

Ingredient list:

1 pound of boneless chicken thighs, cut into 2×3 inch pieces

3 eggs, slightly beaten

3 tablespoons Earth Balance or butter, melt in flameproof bowl in microwave

¾ cup Gluten-free or Original Bisquick®mix

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon salt or garlic salt

½ teaspoon paprika

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Line baking sheet with foil. Brush sheet with melted Earth Balance

In 1 gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix Bisquick mix, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt and paprika.

In a small bowl crack the first egg along side of bowl, check for shells, pour into a larger bowl.

Crack the second egg into the smaller bowl, check for shells, pour into larger bowl with other egg. Repeat with third egg. Beat the eggs with a fork to blend.

Dip the chicken pieces into the egg mixture. Three pieces at a time. Remove with prongs and place in plastic bag with mix. Seal bag and Shake-a shake- a shake. Check to make sure the chicken is well coated and remove with prongs. Place coated chicken pieces on baking sheet.

Repeat until all chicken is coated and placed on baking-sheet.

Lightly brush and drizzle melted Earth Balance over coated chicken.

Bake seven minutes. Open oven, let steam out, remove baking sheet from oven, place on heatproof pad or stovetop. Turn pieces over with pancake turner or clean prongs and brush with melted Earth Balance. Return to oven for 8-10 minutes longer or until no longer pink in center.


“The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages the child’s whole personality.”Maria Montessori

What kid could resist Blue Moon Mashed Potatoes?

Blue Moon Mashed Potatoes


Ingredient list:

5 peeled potatoes, cubed (figure one potato per person and one for the pot)

Water to cover potatoes plus 1 teaspoon salt

½ cup soymilk

⅓ cup melted Earth Balance or butter

½ teaspoon salt

Blue food coloring

In a saucepan cover the potatoes with cold water and add salt. Cover pan and bring to a boil. Simmer briskly for 15 to 20 minus. Drain. Return to warm saucepan. Cover. Put soymilk and Earth Balance into cup and microwave 20 seconds. Add 3 squirts of Blue food coloring and stir. Transfer potatoes to mix-master bowl. Beat at low speed until potatoes are mashed, adding blue milk mixture. Check color, and add more blue if desired! Scoop onto plate with ice cream scoop.

And for the Pescatarians in the crowd…we aim to please with Panko breadcrumbs and smoked Paprika powder!

Fish Chips and Blue Moon Potatoes

Use the same recipe with these substitutions:

1 pound cod, (or any  firm white fish) cut up

⅓ cup Panko crumbs and ½ cup Bisquick with smoked paprika for the fish coating mixture.

Everything else is the same.

““The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.””

Maria Montessori.


5 thoughts on “Blue Moon Potatoes and Rock and Roll Chicken

  1. Adoreable! With imagination the kitchen possibilities are endless…Smart, having fun in the kitchen, simple solution. You have always been ahead of the game Adagio, “Teaching to fish”, or in this case chicken.

  2. Now that’s “quality time”. Then they eat what they make with pride! I love the the time I spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mama and I know my kids do too. Thanks for reminding me of those the memories.

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