Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Time Savers for the Kitchen

With the days longer and light showing its face more, I really don't want to be in the kitchen.  I want to be outside playing with the kids.  In order to satisfy my desire to soak in the sun, I've paired together a few recipes that will save me (and you) time in the kitchen.

PW's Pizza Dough makes enough for two meals.  Here's a really easy way to make two separate meals from one days work...

Meal #1: Homemade Pizza and Salad
Meal #2: Baked Club Pinwheels, Veggies with Dip, and Fresh Fruit Salad

Prepping It All: 

  • Make dough at least an hour before you start or a few days before.
  • Prepare salad.
  • Slice up veggies for pizza toppings and Meal #2 (i.e. peppers, cucumbers, celery, carrots, etc).
  • Split the dough into two equal balls.  Roll them both out on a floured surface.  

Meal #1:
Prepare one rolled out crust for your pizza.  Bake.

Meal #2:
While you're waiting for your pizza to bake, you can easily prepare your next night's meal.  Take the other half of the rolled out dough and prepare the Baked Club Pinwheels according to directions, but don't bake.  Once you have the dough layered up and rolled, give the dough a good coat of olive oil to keep the dough from drying out.  Wrap entire roll in waxed paper and store in the fridge for the following evening.  Also store your cut up veggies in an air tight container.  BAM!  You have your following day's meal all ready to go.  All you have to do is heat the oven and bake.

By the time you're done preparing Meal #2 and cleaned up your mess, the pizza is ready to come out of the oven.  From start to finish this takes me only 35 minutes to prepare two meals.  They may not be the fanciest of meals, but they are good and much better than take out.  After all, take out could take 35 minutes by the time you drive there, order, get home, and plate it up.  Plus that would only be for one meal.  This way you get two!

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