Easy Kid-Friendly Pizza Sandwich Recipe

Now that Shane is in school five days a week, it’s more important than ever to keep his little body fueled. He takes after me and gets cranky if he’s even a little hungry- plus I also worry that he won’t be able to focus in class if his tummy is rumbling.

Shane Kindergarten

Since he is in PM kindergarten, we eat both breakfast and lunch before he goes to class, giving us plenty of opportunity to fill his belly. However, a lot of the time we are out and about in the mornings- whether we are going to our music class at Gymboree, story time at the library, or just running errands. That means that I don’t always have a whole lot of time to make something for lunch before it’s time to pack up and go, so we are always looking for fast and easy lunch solutions that are kid-friendly.

One of our new favorite lunches are these pizza sandwiches. They use Oscar Mayer’s new Old World Style Classic Pepperoni and are so easy to put together- Shane can even help!

Easy Pizza Sandwiches- Kid friendly and quick!

Easy Pizza Sandwiches

Ingredients:

Bread or Roll of your choice

Oscar Mayer Old World Style Classic Pepperoni

Kraft sliced mozzarella

Sprinkle of dried oregano

Pizza sauce

Directions:

Place all ingredients onto roll on a baking sheet- personalize quantities to your taste

Place in oven and broil open-faced, watching closely, until cheese begins to melt

Remove, let cool, and enjoy!

Optionally, you can include a small cup with more pizza sauce for dipping!

There are no complicated steps and you don’t even have to wait for the oven to preheat, so it’s the perfect lunch for a busy weekday!

Oscar Mayer Old World Style Pepperoni and Salami

Oscar Mayer has several great new Old World Style options that kids and adults will both like, including Classic Salami, Cracked Black Pepper Salami, Classic Pepperoni, and Turkey Pepperoni. All of them come in sandwich-ready slices, so you could easily mix up your sandwiches- whether they are pizza sandwiches or not. Each of the items in the Old World Style line has up to 8 grams of protein per serving, helping keep little bellies full for longer- making for the perfect ingredient for school lunches!

You can find Oscar Meyer products at your local grocery store in the refrigerated meat section. They just came out in August, so if your store doesn’t have them yet, keep checking back!

What is your favorite quick lunch?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Florida Orange Marinade Chicken Kabobs Recipe

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Florida Department of Citrus. I received promotional item to thank me for participating.

We don’t watch football at our house, but I still love football season for one big reason- the food! Most of my favorite foods also happen to be great football & tailgating foods, so a season packed with chicken wings, nachos, and pizza works for me.

Now, I would love to just sit back and order delivery every Sunday, but my body disagrees. Those are all what we call “sometimes foods” around here- okay in moderation, but eat them too often and you’ll end up with a belly ache. We all feel better when we eat better ingredients- and preferably even use our own kitchen.

One of the most versatile things in my fridge is a bottle of OJ! I love drinking orange juice- for breakfast, for a snack, or even late at night sometimes- but did you know you can cook with it, too? Even better- you can make football food with it! Below is a recipe from the Florida Department of Citrus that I made for my family the other day:

Florida Orange Marinade Chicken Kabobs Recipe

Florida Orange Marinade Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients:

¼ cup 100% Florida Orange Juice

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp jerk seasoning

1 tsp ginger, minced

Directions: Combine all ingredients in bowl, mix thoroughly. Pour marinade over chicken skewers, cover and refrigerate at least three hours or preferably overnight.

It was such an easy recipe to make and would be perfect for a football party. It’s a great family meal too- not only is it a great way to get some veggies in but the orange juice itself has a lot of health benefits. One 8-ounce glass of 100% Florida Orange Juice is an excellent source of vitamin C {more than 100% of the daily value!}, counts as one cup of fruit, is a good source of folate, thiamin, and potassium, and is free of fat, sodium, cholesterol, and added sugar. It’s a great way to add some zing to a recipe, too!

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To kick off football season, the Florida Department of Citrus held a Florida-Style Tailgate Event in August. It was in NYC so I didn’t attend, but it looked like a lot of fun! An excuse to drink some fresh-squeezed orange juice sounds like a perfect event.

If you’re grilling, tailgating, or hosting a football party this season, don’t forget the orange juice!

What team do you cheer for?

20 Minute Meatless Meatball Recipe #BeyondMeat

This post is brought to you by BeyondMeat and Markerly. All opinions are my own.

As a teenager, I hated eating meat. I was never a full-on vegetarian, but I chose meatless alternatives whenever I could. Ten years ago, the meatless alternatives were good, but not great. They tasted good, but I could almost always tell the difference.

I do eat meat, but prefer to only do so when it’s been treated humanely from start to finish. Meat like that isn’t always available, and so it’s nice to know that there are other options out there. I was invited to try BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles, a new-to-me meatless alternative, and it completely blew me away. It tasted just like the real thing- in fact, it had several things going for it:

-It’s meatless. Whether you’re a vegetarian or just want to vary your diet, BeyondMeat offers an alternative. Made with 100% Non-GMO pea protein, it’s a plant product.

-Anyone can enjoy it: it’s Gluten-free, Soy-free, and Kosher.

-It’s nutritious: A serving contains 10g of protein {the same as ground beef}, without cholesterol, saturated fat, or trans fat.

-It’s delicious: Whether you choose the beefy flavor {a hint of garlic and citrus} or the fiesty variety {a zesty blend for tacos or chili}, it is perfectly seasoned.

-It’s versatile: You can make burgers, tacos, lasagna- whatever you want! If it uses beef, you can use BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles.

I made “meat”balls using the BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles. Not only are these meatballs meat-free, but they aren’t even really meatballs. I had never made meatballs before, and the recipes that I found on Pinterest were intimidating. Most of them took over an hour and  required dirtying several dishes just to make tiny balls of meat. By using the BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles, I was able to cut that cooking time down to roughly 20 minutes- including prep and clean up.

20 Minute Meatless Meatball Recipe

Ingredients:

-1-2 tbsp coconut oil {enough to fill pan when melted}

-1 tbsp basil

-1 tsp oregano

-1 tsp rosemary

-1 package BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles {beefy flavor}

-4 tbsp tomato paste

-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

-1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs

-Olive oil spray

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees

-Melt coconut oil in a medium sized skillet

-Add spices and heat on medium for about a minute

-While spices are on the stove, warm your BeyondMeat crumbles in the microwave for about 40 seconds {I put them into a bowl but you could leave them in the bag}

-Add the Beef Crumbles to the skillet in a single layer

-Add the tomato paste and stir well, coating most of the “beef”

-Simmer for a minute or two on medium heat

-When “beef” is hot, add mozzarella and stir. The mozzarella should melt into the “meat” as you stir- if it doesn’t, allow to heat on medium until it does.

-When everything is mixed, add the breadcrumbs and mix one last time.

-Using an ice cream scoop, form balls of “meat” and place onto a foil-lined cookie sheet. {As they cool down, you may be able to use your hands to form more compact, round balls.}

-Lightly spray with olive oil to prevent burning and place on the middle rack in the oven for ten minutes.

-Allow to cool for a minute or two before removing from cookie sheet, serve with pasta of your choice, top with marinara and enjoy!

I served ours with zoodles {noodles made out of zucchini} because Justin doesn’t eat pasta, and because it seemed fitting to replace our pasta with veggies since we were doing the same with our meat.

Buy It: BeyondMeat products are located in the freezer section of many grocery stores {we found ours at Whole Foods}. You can use the store locator to find some near you.

Read It: You can learn more about BeyondMeat products in these articles from The Today Show and the NY Times! You can also read more on their website.

Win It: EVERYONE who enters below will receive a FREE BeyondMeat Coupon! 5 people will win Beyond Meat swag kits including t-shirts, hats and coupons for Beyond Meat, and 1 Person will win a swag kit plus a $100 gift card to a Beyond Meat Retail Partner of their choosing. Good luck!

What recipe would you try first with BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles?

12 Quick & Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

This post is brought to you by Foodie. All opinions are my own.

Check out 12 Quick & Easy Chicken Dinners

by Shell Feis at Foodie.com

I love to cook for my family, but I don’t usually have a whole lot of time to do it. Whether it’s because the baby needs something, we’ve been out all day, or {soon} we’re trying to get homework done before bed, there’s always something else to do. So while I love to make homemade meals, I love it when they don’t take that long!

12 Quick and Easy Chicken Dinners- perfect for busy weeknights!

Above you’ll find 12 quick & easy chicken dinners- everything from slow cooker tacos to garlic chicken to chicken salad. They are great meals to make after a long summer day or in the craziness of back to school so be sure to save these recipes to your collections on Foodie.com!

What’s your favorite way to eat chicken?

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Shane loves helping in the kitchen. I let him whenever there’s something he can help with- so anything that doesn’t use the oven, the stove, a sharp kitchen tool, or raw ingredients that can make him sick. It sounds like that would eliminate a lot of recipes, but really it’s just an excuse to get a little creative in the kitchen!

My favorite things for Shane to help me make are no-bake dessert recipes. Whether we’re making a batch of no-bake cookies or just improving on an already delicious dessert, it makes the treat even sweeter when it includes time in the kitchen together.

These Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches are a perfect summer treat that any kid can help make! The best part is that they are ready very quickly so you don’t have to wait too long to eat them!

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe- great for getting the kids in the kitchen!

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients:

-1 box of ice cream sandwiches (I used vanilla but you could use whatever flavor you wish)

-Wilton candy sticks (located in the Wilton aisle at mass retailers or craft stores)

-1-2 small bottles multi-color sprinkles (located in the baking aisle)

Directions -

1. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with wax paper or foil, unwrap all the ice cream sandwiches, and cut them in half.

2. Take a candy and stick it into the middle of each ice cream sandwich.

3. Pour the multi-color sprinkles onto a plate and ‘dip’ each side of the ice cream sandwich into the sprinkles. Use your fingers to sprinkle more on the side where you inserted the candy stick. Lay the completed ice cream sandwich back onto the lined baking sheet.

4. Repeat the process with all the ice cream sandwiches.

5. Place back in the freeze for 30-60 minutes to ‘set’.

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

Not only are these ice cream sandwiches perfect for a fun afternoon or after-dinner activity, but they are a cute {yet very easy} treat to have for guests as well! We’re starting to plan Shane’s birthday party menu and these just may be on it.

What’s your favorite treat to make with your kids?

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