Recipe: Semi Homemade Pizza







I planned on making fresh pizza dough but SOMEONE didn’t wash dishes like he was suppose to *cough teenagers cough*  So I grabbed some refrigerated pizza dough and went ahead as planned.  Pepperoni with fresh basil on one side and roma tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic on the other!


Quick Semi Homemade Pizza

*2 cans of refrigerated pizza dough

*jar of plain pasta sauce

*minced garlic

*fresh basil

*roma tomatoes

*2 packages of shredded Italian cheese


1.  Pop open the pizza dough and roll out onto a cookie sheet.  I always line mine with sil-pads to prevent sticking (obviously mine are well loved and used often!).  I follow the directions on the packs but pre-cook the dough for half the cook time so the crust is crispy and not soggy.

2. While the dough is pre-cooking cut up some roma tomatoes and fresh basil.  I am going to post a YouTube video on the best way to cut fresh basil- it will seriously make your life sooo much easier!)

3. Once the dough is pre-cooked spread a layer of pasta sauce over the top.  I added a spoonful of pre-minced garlic to one and spread that around to mix it together.

4. I used an entire package of shredded cheese on top of each pizza.  Then I topped the pizzas with their toppings and finished baking.

5.  Cool the pizza after cooking for about 5 minutes so the cheese doesn’t slid off the slices when you cut and enjoy!  Kid and hubby approved!


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Recipe: Quick Chicken Parmesan with Garlic Bread

It’s been raining and storming the last few days (and forecast all week!) so I am moving pretty slow the last few days thanks to my lovely rheumatoid arthritis.  Anyone with any kind of arthritis can sympathize I’m sure!  Didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time standing in the kitchen so I made this super fast, easy and cheap version of Chicken Parmesan and garlic bread.


Quick Chicken Parmesan

*bag of frozen chicken patties (my youngest son calls them “the biggest chicken nuggets ever”)

*2 jars of pasta sauce

*box of pasta (any kind is fine- I used rotini last night)

*shredded Italian cheese


1. Bake chicken patties as directed.

2. Heat up the sauce in a saucepan.

3. Prepare pasta according to package.  I subscribe to the theory of adding a little bit of olive oil and salt to my water to help prevent sticking and to flavor the pasta.  Strain and return to the pot.  My hubby used to work for a local Italian restaurant and demands I prepare pasta “properly”.  Add just a ladle or two of the sauce into the noodle and combine.  This coats all the pasta with a little bit of sauce and also prevents the pasta from sticking and clumping together.

4. On a plate lay down 1 or 2 chicken patties then top with a ladle of sauce.  Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.

5. Spoon on a portion of pasta and top with more sauce.  I also sprinkled some grated Parmesan Romano cheese on top.

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Homemade Garlic Bread

*8 slices of bread

*butter or butter spread

*garlic salt (I don’t have many “brand preferences” and usually just go for cheapest but Lawry’s Garlic Salt is one of those that is a must have for me)



1. Butter each slice of bread on one side and arrange on a baking sheet.  I use a silicone baking pad under to prevent things from sticking to the pan.

2. Sprinkle a little bit of garlic salt and paprika over the bread slices.

3. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until toasted.

4. Serve whole or cut into half.

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Before going into the oven


Recipe: Lasagna Rolls

Last night was a little hectic but I was able to squeeze in making these inexpensive, quick lasagna rolls.

*box of lasagna noodle (Barilla is my favorite brand but only if it’s on sale- otherwise store brand is just fine too)
*2 jars of pasta sauce (I used what I had left in the pantry which was 1 jar of chunky vegetable and 1 jar of traditional)
*container of cottage cheese (ricotta is traditionally used but also expensive so I only buy ricotta if on sale and/or I have a good coupon)
*1 pound of ground turkey (cheaper and healthier than beef)
*spoonful of prepackaged minced garlic
*olive oil
*salt, pepper and basil
*shredded Italian cheese (I buy when it’s 3/$6 and freeze it!)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In large pot boil water for pasta with olive oil and salt sprinkled in for flavor and to prevent sticking.  Prepare pasta per package instuction. Strain.
3. Brown ground turkey. Toward the end of cooking add garlic, salt, pepper and basil to taste.
4. Add in container of cottage cheese and chunky pasta sauce (or whatever your sauce preference is). Stir well and set aside.
5. If pasta is still hot just rinse with cold water till you can handle it without burning your fingers. In a bake dish lay out one lasagna long ways.  Spoon on meat mixture along most of the noodle in a thin layer.  Start at one end and roll up the noodle like a pinwheel.  Continue until pan is full.
6. Pour a thin layer of sauce over lasagna rolls and top with shredded cheese.
7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Looks fancy, easy to make and delicious!