Back to school, back to school…
Classic. I don’t know if it’s because I’m an educator, or because I have the sense of humor of a 13-year-old, but this Adam Sandler clip is on constant replay in my head during September. I love this time of year: the beautiful foliage, the crisp air, the beginning of football season and sweater weather and potlucks.
Also, the beginning of mayhem.
“Mom, did you make my lunch?”
“Dad, where did I leave my tennis racket?!”
“Mom, I need my permission slip signed! I need $20 for the field trip… oh, and you’re chaperoning.”
“Dad, it’s your turn to be a classroom helper this whole week!
“Jamie is wearing my sweater that I was planning to wear! I’m not going to school!”
“ I missed the bus, you have to take me.”
“I’m not eating meat anymore, MOM! I can’t believe you would make me a turkey sandwich for lunch! You never listen to me!”
“WHERE IS MY TENNIS RACKET?”
And that’s just trying to get the kiddos shipped off to school. In the evenings, there’s practice, lessons, meetings, detention… not to mention your own work you have to keep up with.
With all of this going on, the last thing on our mind is dinner. We tend to stock up on heat-and-eat, ready to go “non-meals” from the freezer, so that our children can fend for themselves when they are home from practice and their homework is finally completed. This school year, I challenge all of us to take a stand against the frozen food section, and put a few minutes of love into your family’s tummy. Send those microwavable dinners back to the 1950’s where they belong. In the end, you’ll feel really great about providing your loved ones with a little TLC, without taking on another mound of stress with a task-laden meal.
What I have for you here is a cheat, and even your kids (with supervision of the oven use) can do, and heck, they may even have some fun with it! I give you possibly the easiest meal I will post here: I call it the No Excuses Mini Pizzas. No excuses, because they are that easy, and the possibilities are endless, so everyone can customize their own! Pair with a fresh salad for a complete meal for your loved ones who are driving you to an early grave.
A side note note: I made these as a basic example, but you can really be creative and jazz these up! Next time I make these, I plan to use goat cheese and pesto. Yum!
No Excuses Mini Pizzas
- 2 cookie sheets or a pizza stone
- Cooking spray
- Aluminum foil (optional)
- 2 cans refrigerated biscuits (I prefer Pillsbury Grands!® Homestyle Golden Wheat)
- 1 c prepared pizza sauce
- 5 oz cheese (mozzarella for the traditional, but feel free to get a little creative here!)
- Additional toppings of choice (turkey pepperoni and banana peppers, anyone?)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease your cookie sheet with cooking spray.
- Remove biscuit dough from canisters, and carefully flatten by hand into a disc.
- Place each disc on the cookie sheet (or pizza stone). Be sure to spread out, about 2 inches apart from each other.
- Spread a tablespoon of sauce on each disc.
- Add cheese and other toppings to your dough. NOTE: you don’t want to go too crazy here… too many toppings will make it more difficult for the dough to cook evenly (soggy middle, hard crust).
- Place your creations into the oven for about 12-15 minutes. Check the middles of the dough to be sure they are completely cooked through. NOTE: if crusts are browning too quickly, place a piece of aluminum foil gently over the top and continue to bake.
- When the middles are completely cooked through, and the crusts are a golden brown, take out to cool for 2 minutes.