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Crunch Time: Lunchable Creation

Hey foodies!

Today, I decided to create my own version of one of my favorite childhood foods- the pizza lunchable. I assume many of you, just like me, used to beg your mom to pack you a lunchable to bring to school instead of  the usualy PB &J. Since this week’s theme is “crunch time,” I decided to try and find a crunchy-ish crust to substitute for pizza dough.  The cheapest and easiest substitute I could think of is flakey breakfast buttermilk biscuit dough.

Ingredients:

  • Flakey breakfast biscuits
  • marinara sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil
  • chopped tomato
  • pepperoni
  • other toppings of your choice!

Preheat the oven to 350* (follow the directions on the biscuits wrapper).  Flatten out the biscuits until they are about 5 inches in diameter.

Let the biscuits cook for about 12 minutes. While the busicuits are baking, go ahead and chop up fresh tomato and basil along with any other toppings you would like.  Once the buiscuits look slightly golden brown go ahead and take them out of the oven.  I removed the top layer of the biscuit, which had hardened over the flakey and soft inside layers. Add a spoon full of marinara sauce, fresh tomato, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni for a complete mini pizza.

This quick and easy recipe only took about 15 minutes.  It is a great recipe for when you are in a time crunch but still want to enjoy a childhood favorite!

-Katie

BYOBowl: Cheesy ANYday

A classic D-hall favorite that attracts tons of JMU students each week is “cheesy Thursday.”  This weekly menu option attracts long lines of students eager to get one grilled cheese and a small bowl of soup.  You may be thinking that this is a very simple recipe… you’re right, it is. To make this recipe more interesting I have a couple of different ideas to improve the meal.  Adding croutons to the soup is the first option.  This idea came from Panera which serves its tomato soup with a handful of croutons.  The second option is to put multiple types of cheese as well as slices of tomato on your grilled cheese.

Another great reason to make this meal off campus or at home is because you will save a meal plan punch or around $9.50.  Every JMU student will admit that they wait in the grilled cheese line and beg the chef to give them two at a time. This begging almost always fails to convince him or her and they end up in the back of the line to wait again for a second grilled cheese.  At home you can cook as much as you want while also saving money. Cheesy Thursday can now be on any day of the week!

Ingredients:

  • can of tomato soup
  • pepper
  • milk & water
  • croutons
  • two slices of bread
  • cheese
  • butter

Empty the can of tomato soup into a pot.  Then fill the empty soup can half and half with milk and water.  If you prefer your tomato soup extra creamy fill the entire can with milk, no water.  Stir occasionally on medium heat for about 7 minutes.  At the same time, butter both sides of each piece of bread and allow the bread and butter to heat up on a skillet (medium).  Once the first two sides of bread are headed put the cheese in the center of the heated sides and then allow the cool sides to cook until golden brown. This will take a minute or so on each side.  Once the soup is heated up add a touch of pepper and some croutons!

-Katie

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