It has been awhile since I have given the kids the opportunity to help me cook. If they had it their way they would help cook every night, instead, I usually go through the motions as quick as I can just to make sure we have a hot meal on the table in enough time to get to the nightly activity or next thing we need to do. Over the holiday's things slowed down a little and I figured it was a good time to get the kids involved in a meal.
One of the big obstacles I have when it comes to dinner is making something everyone likes. There is always at least one person that has something to say about what is on the plate, and its not always a complement. I figured I couldn't go wrong with pizza, even better, I'd let everyone make their own pizza so it was just the way they liked it and no one could complain! At first I thought I would look for small pizza shells, or maybe use tortillas or English muffins. In the end I decided to go with crescent rolls because we all love their buttery flakey goodness.
At first my intention was to put the fillings on the rolls and roll them up and bake them sort of like a pepperoni roll. This was a little difficult for the younger kids to do. Instead we ended up folding them over and making what looked like a large ravoli and ended up being called "Pizza Perogies" by the kids.
Here's how you do it!
- Gather all your ingredients and put them in bowls. We had sausage, ham, chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, pineapples, pepperoni and cooked onion.
- Separate your crescent rolls into rectangles and roll them out on a cutting board
- place your ingredients in the upper half of the rectangle
- fold the bottom half of the dough over the ingredients and seal the edges with your fingers
- Place on a baking sheet and cook at 375 degrees for about 12 min until nice and brown.
- Serve with a side of your favorite Ragu Pasta Sauce for dipping
Although they all got to make their own dinner the way they wanted, they were particularly moody that night and no one would let me take their photo. I think they are over the whole "Mommy has a blog" thing…….. anyway here are some combinations they created.
Emilee – 14
- chicken and mozzarella cheese with a side of Ragu Classic Alfredo Sauce
Zac – 12
- chicken, bacon, cheddar no sauce
- bacon, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, more mozzarella cheese, side of Ragu Traditional Sauce
- pineapple, chicken, mozzarella cheese, side of Ragu Traditional Sauce
Austin – 9
- sausage, pepperoni, ham, mozzarella cheese side of Ragu Six Cheese Sauce
- ham, pineapple, cheddar cheese, side of Ragu Classic Alfredo Sauce
Nathan – 6
- pepperoni, pineapple, sausage side of Ragu Traditional Sauce
- pepperoni, sausage, ham side of Ragu Traditional Sauce
- ham, sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese side of Ragu Traditional Sauce
- chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese side of Ragu Classic Alfredo
- ham, pepperoni, onion, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese side of Ragu Six Cheese Sauce
- chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, side of Ragu Classic Alfredo
Everyone really enjoyed dinner, NO ONE complained and I felt good knowing they got their daily dose of veggies thanks to Ragu! #Winning night at the dinner table if you ask me.
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