School has been in session for a few weeks now, but last week was the first time we felt super-crazy, busy and overwhelming. We’re not truly overscheduled, though we might be on the brink. Really, our problem is more that we haven’t yet adjusted to this “big kid school” life yet!
With a couple after-school activities on the calendar and a few minutes of reading homework each night, dinnertime is getting harder and harder to manage around here. So when I was approached to write about easy school-night dinner ideas from Pillsbury, I was excited to sign on.
You can find several yummy-looking recipes using Pillsbury Grands! biscuits in this booklet. I decided to try out the Mini Pizzas – and they were a big hit at my house!
Mini Biscuit Pizzas
1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands!® refrigerated biscuits
1 cup pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Sliced pepperoni, onion, red or green pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Smash each biscuit into 6-inch round. Place 3-4 flattened biscuits on greased cookie sheets. Top with sauce, toppings and cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes (or until cheese is bubbly and bottoms are golden brown).
I also made a couple other types of pizza. On one I used alfredo sauce, then topped with grilled chicken, basil, red pepper and cheese. On the other I used barbecue sauce, grilled chicken, onion slices, bacon and cheese. HANDS DOWN, the barbecue chicken was my favorite! (I’m planning to make a full-size barbecue chicken pizza later this week by smushing all the biscuits together!) Mark liked the pepperoni and veggie version, and Annalyn – as always – stuck with plain pepperoni (no veggies).
I have a few thoughts on this recipe as a busy weeknight solution. First of all, like I said, my family liked eating the pizzas, so that is obviously a win! Second of all, if you stick to one type of pizza – especially a one-ingredient type of pizza – it doesn’t take long to make. Definitely less than 30 minutes from start to finish.
However, part of the fun for us was letting my (5-year-old) daughter help, and that slowed things down A LOT. So for us, I think this will either be a quick weeknight dinner that I make alone or a fun, Friday or Saturday night dinner we make together. At this point in our family, there’s no way to combine kid cooking and quick cooking!
Also – a quick behind the scenes about this meal. Annalyn decided on Saturday morning to “clean” the house and then “decorate” our dining room table. She pulled out every leftover paper plate and plastic fork she could find, and set our table in “the fancy way.” She even left a note, instructing us to NOT throw away the plates and silverware!
That’s not a paper cup, of course. She informed me that she couldn’t find any (thankfully she only dug through one side of the cabinets and missed the opportunity to drag out everything on the other side), so she used “mom cups” instead. They’re called that, she said, because I drink from those cups. A lot.
Yep, I’m classy that way.
She was perfectly adorable as she split up her leftover apple slices from McDonald’s and the last piece of bacon on our Tinkerbell plates. And we all got a case of the giggles when Annalyn began instructing Mark how to be “fancy” and use his best manners.
But I would be remiss if I didn’t confess that our delightful dinner ended in tears and hysterics when she realized that we were going to throw away our fancy paper plates after eating pizza off them. Thankfully it was Sunday, and dinner was actually a late lunch, and naps were already on the agenda.
Just keeping it real, friends. No meal is perfect, even when it’s easy and tasty and sponsored by Pillsbury!
In the end, I’m still looking forward to trying a few more recipes using Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits. Did you look at the recipe booklet? Which recipes look good for your family?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of General Mills. Compensation was provided by General Mills via Clever Girls Collective.