Cooking for My Kids: Project Lunchbox – Recipe: Garlic Bread Cubes with Pizza Sauce

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It has been a great week to cook for my kids while participating in project lunchbox.  While I almost always pack lunches for the littles, this week has given me a new perspective on it as I looked for new, healthy, more exciting things to pack.

PhotobucketFor this lunch, I packed garlic bread cubes, pizza sauce, pepperonis, pineapple, grapes, and apple slices.  It took minutes to put it all together, and I knew that the boys would enjoy every bite.

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There is nothing spectacular about any of the lunches.  Most of them are just made by putting together a little bit of leftovers with some fruit and vegetables.  What has made them special is the extra little effort of coming up with something new, different, and fun for them.  Because, as much as the school year wears on me, it does the same thing to them.  We need to encourage each other.  And, sometimes something as simple as a fun lunch is all the encouragement that they need.

Garlic Bread Cubes with Pizza Sauce

Garlic Bread Cubes with Pizza Sauce

Ingredients

For the Garlic Bread Cubes

Pizza crust

Butter

Garlic salt

For the Pizza Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

1 6 ounce can tomato paste

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

    Preparing the Garlic Bread
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Using your hands, spread out the pizza dough into a rectangle, making sure to leave it thick and fluffy. You do not want to roll it flat like a pizza.
  4. Spread butter on the dough, and then sprinkle it with garlic salt.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and cut into slices. Then, cut those slices into cubes.
  7. Preparing the Pizza Sauce
  8. Pour the olive oil into a small pan, and heat over medium heat.
  9. Add the minced garlic, and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  10. Reduce the heat slightly and add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, onion powder, sugar, and Italian seasoning.
  11. Cook for at least 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning according to your taste preference.
  12. Serving
  13. Serve the garlic bread cubes with the pizza sauce for dipping.
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Enjoy!

Pizza Night – Recipe: Pizza Sauce

We have pizza and movie night every Friday unless we are out of town, and then we have it Thursday or Sunday.  It is a sacred tradition, one that I tell the children that we will continue even when they are teenagers and eventually dating someone.  Their boyfriend or girlfriend will simply have to do pizza night with us, too.  We believe that it is very important to have traditions, and pizza night is one of those things that brings us together at the end of the week.  It signifies family, togetherness, and the beginning of the weekend, which is also sacred in our house.

So, you can imagine my panic when I read Ethan’s food sensitivity results and saw gluten, wheat, and cheese on it.   I immediately started trying to research pizza crusts and cheese alternatives.  I knew that I wanted pizza night to continue, but there was no way that we were all going to make Ethan watch us eat pizza while he had something else.  We are in this together.  I knew that we all had tried and liked goat cheese, so I was certain that I would find a good mozzarella goat cheese.  What I was less certain about was the pizza crust.  We tried gluten free a few years ago, and I tried many of the pre-packaged cookies, pizza crusts, breads, etc.  This time I knew that I wanted to try to bake everything from scratch.  So many of the mixes have other things in them that I did not want our family to consume.  We did not want to remove one sensitivity just to create another one.

I tried a gluten-free pizza crust recipe tonight.  And, I did not like it well enough to post.  The boys both ate as much pizza as normal, and Gabriel gave it a thumbs up.  Summer only ate one bite and declared that she did not like it.  Sean and I were very much on the fence.  To us, pizza is as much about the toppings and sauce as the crust.  We were not disappointed, but we still think that there is a better crust recipe out there.  Or, once I get better at understanding the gluten free flour combinations, I hope to be able to create on myself.

Overall, it was another successful day.

Breakfast – Egg omelet with turkey and goat cheese (will post recipe later – it was delicious!), bacon, and fruit salad

Lunch – Noodle soup (easy as can be – organic chicken broth, V8 vegetable juice, gluten free noodles, and MSG free season salt), pineapple chunks, and nectarines

Dinner – Pizza

Dessert – Snickerdoodle cookies (They are currently cooling.  But, if they taste as good as they look, I will definitely post this recipe later.)

Pizza Sauce

Pizza Sauce

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 clove of garlic

8 oz. can of tomato sauce

small can of tomato paste

Salt

Sugar

Onion powder

Parsley flakes

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a sauce pan and heat on medium-low.
  2. Add the garlic.
  3. Let it simmer for about 3-4 minutes, and then add the tomato sauce and tomato paste.
  4. Add the seasonings. I just kind of toss the seasonings in and then taste it to see if I need more or less of anything.
  5. Let simmer on low for about 10 minutes.
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Overall, I think that day 3 has been a success.  We have found that we are getting hungrier more often than before, and snacking on nuts and fruit is not always what we are craving.  So, I hope to find more healthy things that we can snack on to keep us all a bit more satisfied throughout the day.  Honestly, though, I could not have hoped for better results than we have had thus far.  I am finding that it has been easier than I thought at times.  It has certainly kept me on my toes, though.  I need to plan more and be more organized because cereal for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch are just not an option right now.  That is okay, though, because cooking for my kids (and my husband) makes me happy.  And, at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want?