Easiest Entrees: Double Duty Dinners

i-phone-293The other night I was making Mussels Marinara for dinner, with crostini toasts for dipping and a salad.  I’m not crazy enough to think my kids are going to go for this, so I needed to come up with something a tad more kid-friendly.  I’ve said before that I’m not a fan of “kid food”—chicken nuggets, hot dogs, etc.—and really make a concerted effort to be sure my kids eat what we eat.  I will not cook twice a night, and God strike me down before I eat that garbage on any sort of regular basis!  But, occasionally, when I’m in the mood for something a little more “grown-up”, like mussels, I’m willing to bend, a little.

I had an entire baguette for the crostini toasts, and while I could probably eat most of it myself, I didn’t want to go into carb-shock.  I decided to use half the loaf to make French Bread Pizzas for the kids—since I already had tomato sauce for the mussels, and there was a piece of mozzarella in the fridge.  I always have grated parmesan cheese on hand (sprinkle it on and your kids will eat almost any veggie!), so I could easily make them something they’d enjoy without feeling like I was whipping up two completely separate dishes.  Result?  Everyone was happy.  Nothing beats a whine-free dinner!

French Bread Pizza

Serves 2-4 kids

1/2 French baguette, halved lengthwise

1/4-1/2 cup prepared tomato sauce

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

2 tablespoons grated parmesan (optional)

Preheat oven (or toaster oven) to 350 degrees.  Line a small baking sheet with tin foil (for easy clean up).

Place the two pieces of bread on the pan, cut side up.   Spread the sauce evenly on the bread.  Top with mozzarella and sprinkle with parmesan.

Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly, and edges of 

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