kids’ choice

I’m going to start something new.  Instead of me always deciding what we’re having for dinner, I’m going to have the kids pick.  At least every now and then.  Each child has a night to pick a recipe from a cookbook (and yes, it must be directly from one of our cookbooks or an online food site.)  It’s not as easy as saying, “sloppy joes” or “pizza” or “spaghetti”.  It has to be a new recipe – perhaps one that we’ve not tried or an old favorite with a new twist.  My hope is that they will gradually get more adventurous and learn to love ethnic variety.  We’ll see how long we can keep it going.

First up this week was Brendan.  He wasn’t as daring as I thought he’d be and, after reading the recipe, I wasn’t too crazy about using canned crescent roll dough (something I NEVER buy.)  But, he picked it and we’d never had it before.

Yay or Nay?
All of the kids ate their piece of the pie. Some had seconds. Not bad. I think it’s a yay.

brendan's pick - pizza pie

Pizza Pie
adapted from 2008 HNOJ cookbook

1 lb hamburger or ground turkey
1 tsp Italian spice
1 Tbsp. chopped onion
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1 pkg. crescent rolls
1 pkg. mozzarella or Italian blend shredded cheese
1 jar marinara sauce

Brown hamburger, drain. Add onion and Italian spice. Mix with tomato paste. Place crescent roll dough in bottom of glass pie dish to form a crust. Spread hamburger mixture on top of crust. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cut into pie pieces and top with marinara sauce. Enjoy!

Serve with a hefty side of green veggies, fruit and a nice tall glass of milk to counteract those crescent rolls ;).


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