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Summer is slipping away and we are trying to fill the last moments with as many memories as possible.  Backyard play, trips to the mall, crafts, an upcoming road trip and a number of other things.

Easy Parmesan Garlic Knots Recipe #shop

I’ve tried to create extra time where I can, and one of those ways has been to utilize a few shortcuts in the kitchen.  You all probably realize by now that I actually love to cook and bake.  I tend to slow down on it a little during the summer, though; it’s hot, and I’d rather be playing.  There’s plenty of time for baking when it’s 10 degrees and snowing.

Stouffer's Family Size Lasagna and Nestle Toll House Cookies #shop

On nights that I want a little help in the kitchen, I occasionally turn to frozen entrees, like a Stouffer’s lasagna.  There are a number of options to choose from (and not just lasagna, though that’s what we reach for most often) so you can please most any palate.  And if you’re a little squeezed for time, there’s a microwave/oven combo cooking method that can put it on the table in under an hour.

Easy Garlic Knots

Easy Parmesan Garlic Knots Recipe and Dinner Shortcuts #shop

We love garlic bread and breadsticks with our pasta meals, and I’ve come up with a shortcut recipe for those, too.  My garlic knots take less than 20 minutes from start to finish and are a great pairing for the lasagna.

Parmesan Garlic Knots
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Ingredients
  • 1 can breadsticks
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 T grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Remove breadsticks from can and separate.
  3. Roll each breadstick piece briefly between your hands, giving you a smooth "rope" to work with.
  4. As you would a shoelace, "tie" each breadstick into a knot, tucking the ends underneath.
  5. Melt butter in a microwave safe container.
  6. Mix in remaining six ingredients; stir well.
  7. Using a basting brush, coat each knot with the butter mixture, using about half.
  8. Bake garlic knots for 10-12 minute, until golden.
  9. Immediately brush with remaining butter mixture and serve.

 

Extra Time for Outdoor Play! #shop

While the lasagna was cooking, we used some of that “created time” and hit the backyard.  We looked at trees and flowers, discovered pine cones, played on the swingset, and just walked around.  Honestly, for me, there’s no better way to spend a night than hanging with my family.

Yummy Nestle Toll House Cookies! #shopOooey Gooey Goodness! Nestle Toll House Cookies #shop

A couple of nights per week we usually end dinner with dessert.  Keeping in theme with a night full of short cuts, I reached for refrigerated Nestlé Toll House cookie dough.  It’s a baking classic that I remember from my own childhood that we all still enjoy today.

Stouffer's Family Meals and Nestle Cookie Dough at Walmart #shop

What shortcuts do you use to create time with family?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  9 Responses to “Easy Parmesan Garlic Knots Recipe and Dinner Shortcuts”

  1. Hi Liza! These Garlic Knots look fabulous! Would go perfectly with so many meals!! I would personally dunk one in a big bowl of soup. Would love for you to share this and some of your other fantastic creations at our Create and Share party!
    Have pinned! ~Erin

  2. Thanks for that easy recipe! My family loves garlic knots. Cannot wait to try these!

  3. Garlic knots are my weakness whenever I’m at pizza places – I used to go into the pizza place near all the bars when I was in college and literally ask the guy for one garlic knot on my walk home. Shameless drunken cravings. Thanks for bringing back the memories haha, I have to try your recipe!

  4. This looks great! Sadly we don´t have can breadsticks in Germany but I am going to figure out an alternative!

  5. These look so yummy and super easy. I love these with almost any meal and admittedly by themselves as well.

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