Feeding Hungry Boys
Welcome to my new series, Feeding Hungry Boys.
This series came about because of my absolute necessity of finding ways to feed all my hungry boys, I have five of them...and 3 hungry girls, without constantly having to be in the kitchen. I didn't like that their go-to was junk cereal, and I didn't like having to listen to all the whines from my boys telling me there isn't any food in the house.
I needed to take action right away, making meal and snack-time easier, and well, keeping boys' hunger pangs at bay; I'm excited to share with you what I've learned.
Those that follow this blog know how I feel about creating a baking day in your week. It is a necessity in order to feed your family well and save you money. The cost of some flour, oil, and eggs, doesn't even touch the processed junk in the middle isles of your grocery store in terms of price and nutrition. When you bake or prepare freezer foods, you're baking and cooking in abundance! Mark it in your planner and do not throw a dentist appointment on this day. Reserve it as your day to get some baking and cooking done that will last you well into the second week or a full month depending on your family's size and how much you freeze and bake on your day(s).
It's going to take some time to get your freezer stocked, and this is the idea; you want a stocked freezer. You can do this by creating a baking day like we discussed earlier, and by simply waiting until you are making a particular meal you want to keep handy, like pizza, and making a ton. Do the same (for example) taco meat on taco night.
I won't waste another minute. My first, freezer quick meal for boys (or hungry girls) is my personal pizzas. If you homeschool, this will be a godsend for lunch, if you don't, this is the perfect after school snack. This is also amazing for a quick dinner. Perfect for the weekend, it's perfect for anytime a boy says, "Mom, I'm hungry!"
Below are my, par baked (baked off for 5 minutes at 450 degrees), personal-sized pizzas. Allow to cool, label and freeze in individual freezer bags. To reheat, Preheat oven to 500 degrees, take frozen pizza out of zip bag and place on cookie sheet, and bake for only 10 minutes or until crispy and lightly golden! This is so delicious, it's homemade and you're feeding them easily and on the cheap!!
These pizzas were taken out of the freezer and baked for 10 minutes in a 500 degree oven.
|before they hit the oven for their par bake debut|
|do you see the deliciousness??|
Below is another option for quick pizzas in your week. On Friday night, pizza night, I make an abundance of dough and keep extra dough in a greased ziplock bag in the fridge to pull out, roll out, top with my favorite toppings and put in a 450 degree for 15 minutes or until golden and crispy for quick pizzas for lunch or dinner! The crust just gets better and better sitting in the fridge as it ferments and gets that perfect chew and flavor.
Keep your toppings chopped and cheese shredded for easy toppings for your pizzas all week. Really, it makes it a snap to roll out and throw a pizza in the oven!
|pizza dough can sit in the fridge for up to, and no longer than, 5 days|
My pizza crust recipe that is simple and delicious is found, HERE
My boys have been pulling these out and making themselves pizzas for weeks and the results are nothing short of miraculous. Miraculous in that I've fed my hungry boys a delicious, homemade meal, and I didn't even have to barely lift a finger!
Well, until dinner-time.
What are your hungry boy, hacks? Please share below!
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