How to Make Awesome Homemade Pizza Rolls

Who doesn’t like pizza? Well, some admittedly don’t; those people need a pepperoni pizza intervention. Then everyone can make these and love them too.

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

While you are preheating the oven to 375 degrees, spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or cover with parchment paper. Open one can of crescent roll dough, and separate into triangles. Beginning at the widest end of the triangle, lay out 4 pieces of pepperoni; then cut 4 mozzarella cheese sticks in half, and lay down the middle of the pepperoni and roll up from the wide end to the narrow. Repeat until you have 8 rolls.

Once the rolls are ready to go into the oven, melt 2 tablespoons of butter, add 1 clove of diced garlic, ½ teaspoon of dried parsley, and ¼ teaspoon of onion powder. Mix well and brush over the rolls; then bake for 7-11 minutes until browned. Use pizza sauce for dipping. You can skip the melted butter to save a few calories, but it is really awesome with it. These make a great snack or appetizer.

Slice and Bake Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Roll-Ups

These are an ingenious idea for pizza rolls. The name kind of gives it away. This pairs the love of all things pizza with easy-to-make. Not everyone has mad dough making skills, so if you are one of those, you will love this. It starts with 1 thawed premade puff pastry sheet.

Flour a cutting board or a clean counter to keep the pastry from sticking, then unroll the pastry sheet, and spread on ¼ cup of pizza sauce, leaving a 1-inch border at the large end. Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon of dried oregano evenly over the surface, then add 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup of diced pepperoni, and 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste (optional).Pizza rolls

Roll pastry as tightly as possible towards your 1-inch border, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 1 hour for easier cutting. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees while the pizza roll is chilling. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray, grease with a paper towel dipped in cooking oil, or use parchment paper. Remove the plastic from the pizza roll and, using a sharp knife, slice off 1-inch slices. Place the slices 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes and allow slices to cool for 5 minutes. These make great appetizers or party finger food.

Notes

One of the many benefits of homemade pizza rolls is you control the recipe, meaning you can use whatever you like as a filling, even adding some healthy things like veggies. Another benefit of homemade is that you can make your own pizza sauce also. Buying a jar pizza sauce saves time but it might have way more sugar than you want. You have to decide if you want the convenience or the control. And don’t feel bad if you choose a jarred sauce. You may find that you sometimes have more time to make the sauce and sometimes you need it quick. Pizza rolls just might be the perfect food.

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Four Things you can do with Ham

Ham is a popular holiday and Sunday tradition, but don’t throw out the leftovers. What can we do with this delicious meat besides baking?

#1 – Leftover Hambone Soup

This recipe makes good use of leftover ham and packs a lot of veggie punch with a variety of different vegetables to hit your daily allowance head-on.

Once you cut all the meat off the bone, put the bone in a large stockpot. Add water to cover the lower half of the bone and bring the water to a boil. Once the water has come to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer the bone for about an hour. The scent should be very aromatic and make the house smell yummy! Once the broth has simmered enough, remove the bone from the pot and discard.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in another stockpot if you have it. If you don’t you can drain the ham stock to a holding bowl. Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1 diced onion, 2 peeled and diced carrots, and 1 peeled and diced russet potato. Allow the vegetable mixture to cook slowly, stirring occasionally, for two to three minutes until the onion is translucent. Then add your stock, 1 cup of drained and rinsed canned white kidney beans, ¾ cup of frozen corn kernels, ¾ teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves, 2 bay leaves, Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. 

Boil then simmer for 10 to 12 minutes until the potatoes are tender; then stir in 1 ½ cups of leftover diced ham and heat through. Dinner’s ready!Leftover ham

#2 – Deli ham sandwiches

You can put whatever you like in this. Hollow out a sub roll, wheat or white, and add ham, cheese, pickles, coleslaw, olive oil and/or leftover macaroni salad, for example. This is best eaten after the flavors are melded. So refrigerate overnight or for several hours.

#3 – Ham and Egg Saucers

Grease a muffin pan; place one to two pieces of ham as needed to fill each cup completely, for the “saucer,” add a pinch of grated cheddar, tip in one raw egg, salt and pepper to taste, and a little more cheddar. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Delicious and easy.

#4 – Cheese and Ham Sandwich

This is so easy and tastes so wonderful! It’s definitely a contender for the world’s best cheese and ham sandwich. Start with toasting 2 slices of Texas Toast with crusts removed in butter; then top with a slice of ham, add a slice of Gruyère cheese (adds an amazing  flavor), and drench in Bechamel sauce. Heaven!

You can substitute ham anywhere you would use bacon. You can always freeze leftover ham for a lovely treat later on and you can also freeze ham bone for stock later also. Love your ham! It’s delicious.

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Three Meals you can Build Around Olives 

Olives are a great food that tend to get a bad rap sometimes. There are many people who do not like them (despite there being hundreds of different types that they haven’t even tried), but let’s face it: the health benefits of olives simply cannot be denied. For one thing, they do an outstanding job of protecting against skin cancer along with colon and breast cancer. See? They’re already starting to look better, aren’t they? They also contain monounsaturated fatty acids, along with oleic acid, both of which have been proven to reduce excessive inflammation. The compounds work side by wage war on free radicals within your cells.

Did you know that olive oil is good for the heart? Containing biophenols, it is capable of suppressing bad cholesterol, also known as LDL, and is also key in reducing blood pressure. Finally, olives are known to reduce chronic pain from diseases like arthritis. Adding a bowl of olives to your daily routine can be very beneficial, and may even go so far as to save your life. They will certainly serve to make your quality of life better, especially if you deal with any of the above issues.

The vegetable that so many see as just a condiment, or perhaps something to be ignored, is one of nature’s greatest gifts to us, and quite frankly, we think that it should be used everywhere. You already know that they can be used on salads, and you probably order them with your pizza, but what you might not now is that they can be used to make a number of different meals. Let’s cover three of them below and you’ll be on your way to becoming a gourmet olive chef.

Meals you can Build Around Olives 

The Olive Chicken Dish

Chicken is without a doubt the harbinger of the most popular meals on the planet, but you can make it even more interesting by creating an olive marinade. All you need is:

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasoning (your choice)

After slicing the olives, you can use these ingredients to create a marinade, and then coat your chicken thighs (or breasts if you would rather) before placing them in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. If you want to spice it up a little, feel free to serve with lemon slices.

The Tart Dish

This is a quick dish and a great snack for summer time. You will need:

  • Puff Pastry Tray
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Roasted Red Peppers

You will start by cutting circles from the sheet of puff pastry, as many as you need. Cover it with the ingredients, and top with olives. Add any other ingredients you want, we strongly recommend anchovy fillets, and then cook in the oven for fifteen minutes at 350 degrees.

Olive Stuffed Tomatoes

This can be used as either an appetizer, or simply as a light lunch. You just need to scoop out a few tomatoes and stuff them with cooked rice, minced garlic, chopped tomato, herbs, lemon juice, and of course, green olives. Bake in the oven for five minutes at 350 degrees and serve.

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Three Organic Smoothie Ideas

 

Smoothies are a great way to get healthy and lose weight whether you are incorporating them as a permanent part of your diet, or if you are simply trying to cleanse yourself from the toxins you have built up over the course of several years. Before you simply choose a smoothie however, you need to consider what you are trying to accomplish. To be clear, that thing you buy at McDonalds really isn’t a smoothie. One of the greatest ingredients in smoothies today is superfoods, which is a name that tends to be thrown around quite a bit, but what is a super food and how does it help you?

Organic Smoothie Ideas

Understanding Super Foods?

Superfoods are those foods that deliver vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals along with phytonutrients which do far more than just feed our cells. Superfoods are packed with compounds that our bodies need, such as antioxidants, vitamins, phytonutrients, and several others that go above and beyond, ensuring our bodies get exactly what they need. Some of the most popular additives to smoothies include:

  • Acerola
  • Cherry
  • Maa
  • Cacao
  • Spirulina
  • Coconut Oil

These superfoods can be added to anything, and they are especially popular in smoothies. Let’s take a look at three smoothie ideas that you can use to start your day, or use as a pick-me-up for lunchtime.

The Banana-Ginger Smoothie

This is a great recipe if you want to fix problems with digestion along with other issues. In this recipe, along with the obvious banana, you will find ginger, yogurt, and of course, honey.

Soothe digestion, heartburn, nausea, and other stomach trouble with the fresh ginger in this natural remedy smoothie recipe.

1 Tablespoon honey
1 Sliced Banana
½ teaspoon ginger
¾ cups of vanilla yogurt

Once you have the ingredients in order, the recipe is pretty simple, all you need to do is throw them into a blender or smoothie maker and blend until the concoction is perfectly smooth.

Berry Smoothie w/ Pomegranate

If you’re looking for a treat, this is one loaded with cottage cheese, banana, and pomegranate juice. You simply can’t go wrong, and it only takes about five minutes.

1/2 cup of cottage cheese (you can use either fat or non-fat, completely up to you)
1/2 cup of water
1 cup of pomegranate juice
2 cups of frozen berries(mixed)
1 banana (any size)

Once you have all of the ingredients collected, place them in a blender and blend until smooth. Keep in mind that this recipe will make two servings, so be sure to save one for lunch!

The Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie

We spoke of antioxidants earlier in the article, and this smoothie is an outstanding example. Eat it any time of the day and reap the benefits!

3 Tablespoons water
1½ cup frozen of blueberries
2 tsp honey
1 green tea bag
½  banana
¾ cup of vanilla soy milk

Mix these ingredients together, serve, and enjoy.

Just because it’s a smoothie doesn’t mean it has to be bland or unenjoyable. Stay healthy, but stimulate your tastebuds – they could use it!

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Making Great Meals on a Tight Budget

Cooking for your family definitely presents a number of unique challenges, and if you are on a tight budget you will most certainly find that choosing the right foods is much more difficult. Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways that you can keep to your budget while providing your family with a great meal, and we’re going to cover them right now.

Making Great Meals on a Tight Budget

Your First Tip: Choose the Right Meat

Most meals involve meat, but if you have children you can’t go all out and purchase steak for every single dinner. Once in a while it might be okay, but for the most part, you need to choose the meats that come at a slightly lower price point. The two most inexpensive meats on the market right now are pork and poultry, with poultry being the lowest. If you want to save even more money, consider purchasing dark meat, such as chicken thighs, rather than going with white meat as this is much cheaper.

You can use meat to create several different meals, and it doesn’t always have to be the most obvious. In the net few paragraphs we are going to discuss methods by which you can create entire meals using some of the most unlikely and inexpensive ingredients.

Your Second Tip: Use Rice

Rice can be a very important building block in any meal, and as you probably know, it’s very cheap. The most amazing thing about it however is that it is capable of taking on virtually any flavor so long as you are able to mix it with broth, condensed soups, grease, etc. The one thing you must be careful of when doing this however, is that you do not mix it with something unhealthy, even though it might be tempting!

Rice can be mixed with all kinds of meats and turned into an amazing dish. Give it a try and see what you can come up with in your kitchen.

Your Third Tip: Pasta is your Friend

Great meals don’t always have to be creative. One of the best things that you can do is create pasta dinners for your family, and you will find that some of the available pasta is actually quite cheap. In addition to that, you can alter the flavor of your pasta sauce in many different ways to change it up. One of our favorites for example is to combine tomato pasta sauce with cream cheese and ground beef, it sounds simple, but it’s actually pretty intricate when you think about it.

Cooking doesn’t have to be expensive; of course you might want to spring for something a bit more costly now and again, but you must always remember that just because you are on a bit of a budget doesn’t mean you have to starve. Consider these tips, create your own, and have a great dinner.

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