Snacking, Weeknight Dinners

English Muffin Pizza

Winter break is approaching. Kids are going to be wild. They’re going to be “bored” and they’re probably going to get on your nerves a bit, especially if you’re home with them the entire time – or if one gets sick, and the other doesn’t and you’re trapped. We can create all sorts of scenarios, but basically, I like to have some activities in mind so we can make simple stuff fun, just in case we get stuck inside.

Today Carter and I made English Muffin Pizza Faces. I know, totally just making “what school sent home as an activity to work on” – but I’m feeling like Mom of the year for actually unpacking his backpack, and taking out all these papers, and then doing the “homework” together.

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It’s my fault. This is 4K, 4K wasn’t a thing when I was a kid, so to me, this is all just “extra” and IF we have time for it, GREAT. If not, no big deal. Life is busy. Especially right now. But I’m A+ing all day today over here. Just dont look at my kitchen floor because we could honestly feed a 3rd world country with how dirty it is. That’s another blog post.

For safe and nut-free ingredients, we used Thomas’ English Muffins, Chef Boyardee pizza sauce and some veggies we had chopped up in the fridge for the toppings. If you don’t have pizza sauce / canned tomato, you can easily whip up a bechamel / white sauce.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk, heated
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the paste cooks and bubbles a bit, but don’t let it brown — about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the hot milk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring it to a boil.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from the heat.
  5. To cool this sauce for later use, cover it with wax paper or pour a film of milk over it to prevent a skin from forming.

This recipe was adapted from Epicurious.com.

Hope you have a great week – things are nuts busy, try to savor the moments when you can. They are fleeting.

 

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