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Do you ever feel like dinnertime is one big complicated math word problem?
Billy, Susie, and Tommy are hungry and their mom is making them pizza for dinner. Billy likes peppers, sausage and mushrooms but no cheese. Susie like sausage, cheese (but only if it’s orange not white), and tomatoes (only if it’s Tuesday and he feels like it). Tommy likes crust topped with only sauce and absolutely no cheese and will not come to the table if there are mushrooms within five feet of his plate. What should their mother put on the pizza–or should she run screaming out the back door?
That is no way to live. Which is why I’m increasingly a fan of build-your-own dinners.
Whether it’s Buddha Bowls or tacos, build-your-own meals solve a lot of headaches. Everyone can choose what they like best and you can still ONLY MAKE ONE MEAL. Which, as you probably know by now, is my number-one piece of advice for parents.
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When Flatout sent me packages of their Foldits to try, I thought they were the perfect canvas for mini calzones, a fun weeknight dinner (or easy lunch). I’ve been wanting to make calzones but have been feeling too time crunched lately to deal with homemade dough. With Foldits, not only can each person have a say in what goes inside, they can make it themselves using a shortcut crust. And everyone can eat them with their hands (who doesn’t like that?).
Start with a tablespoon or two of sauce on each one, then place other fillings on top.
Brush some egg wash around the edges of both sides to help them stick together.
Crimp the edges firmly with a fork to seal.
Then bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes until lightly browned. Serve with extra sauce on the side for dipping.
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Flatouts are available in Traditional White, plus varieties like Roasted Garlic, 5 Grain Flax, Ancient Grains, and Rosemary & Olive Oil.
Easy Mini Calzones
- 1 package Flatout Foldits
- 2 cups pizza sauce homemade or store bought
- 1 egg
- A variety of toppings such as shredded mozzarella cheese, cooked sausage, pepperoni, chopped veggies like broccoli, peppers, or mushrooms (cut into very small pieces), and fresh baby spinach
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
Place 1-2 tablespoons of sauce on one side of each Foldit then top with desired fillings, keeping them at least 1/4-inch away from the edges.
Lightly brush edges of Foldit with egg wash (1 beaten egg mixed with 2 teaspoons water).
Fold over top of Foldit until the edges meet. Press edges firmly with a fork until sealed.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool for at least 3-5 minutes (inside will be very hot!). Serve with additional pizza sauce for dipping.