What To Make With The Bread Ends from HomeMade Uncrustables #recipe #foodie

Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks Recipe #foodie

Recently I shared a blog post citing that you can make homemade uncrustables way cheaper than by purchasing the store boxed brand Uncrustables. Click here to see that recipe. Today I share with you what I made during my food experiment evening over the weekend using the bread ends leftover from the homemade uncrustables I made for the week.

Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks

Ingredients:

  • Greased 13 x 9 pan with bread ends leftover from uncrustables creations covering the length of pan
  • Garlic Powder
  • Garlic Salt
  • Approx 1 1/2 cups of your favorite flavor shredded cheese
  • Butter/margarine

How to Make:

  1.  Make sure the 13 x 9 pan is greased well because you won’t want to have any of the excess cheese baked onto the pan and you will want to have an easier time pulling up the sticks once cooked fully.
  2. Preheat over to 400 F degrees.
  3. Bread one side of the bread ends as you spread butter upon them, place one by one into the pan until you have a single layer of bread ends that fill the pan.
  4. Open the Garlic Powder and sprinkle evenly across the bread ends. Repeat this step with Garlic Salt.
  5. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over the bread, it’s okay if you get some on the greased pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, check and maybe bake another 5 minutes. Basically bake until the bread is somewhat crunchy and the cheese is fully melted.
  7. Let cool down, serve and Enjoy!

 

Making More Time for Things That Matter

As a Mom who decided that sending my kids with a school lunch from home was a more feasible and healthy option, I have found some nights that I simply do not want to make these kids lunches. The problem is that my oldest was gaining a lot of weight years back from eating school lunches, so I won’t ever go back that route. I had a dilemma, I wanted to continue to make home school lunches for the kids, but I didn’t want to be spending hours every night making all three kids lunches. What is a Mom to do?

I turned to Google after recently hearing about a local Mom saying she made uncrustables for her kids at home. This was a brilliant idea! I went off to search the Internet, I searched high and I searched low. I came across ways to make uncrustables and found some snacks that I could make too, this would save money and time during the week.

Making School Lunches From Home in Less Time

How you make Uncrustables at home is relatively simple. I made Turkey and Cheese (plain without condiments) and PB&J for the kids. I took two pieces of bread, the sandwich ingredients and a coffee cup.

  • Place one piece of bread down upon a flat surface.
  • Place the meat & cheese or the PB&J in center of the bread.
  • Place the second piece of bread on top.
  • Use coffee cup or heavy glass circle shaped household item, or a sandwich press to push and hold on the combined sandwich for about 30-40 seconds.
  • Once you have held the item to press the sandwich for the allotted time frame, pick it up and voila you have a home made uncrustable!

You can freeze these for each week ahead of time and then not have to make sandwiches every single night for your kids! It’s a perfectly awesome time saver for the week nights. I heard that you can store the PB&J ones for up to a month, so feel free to make these for a couple of weeks ahead of time at once if you have the ambition! Oh and in case you are wondering, the meat uncrustables do not taste bad at all, you wouldn’t even know one had frozen them. (I had my fiance taste test over weekend for his work day on Saturday to confirm if that turkey & cheese was a good idea or not)

Making School Lunches From Home in Less Time

Next I moved onto home made snack ideas, above this text you will see an image of funky looking apple pies. These were derived from the recipe Lunchbox Sized Apple Pies, but made into my own unique shapes.

Making time for what matters

Pictured above are the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins I made as a snack for school lunches too. This is an easy to make recipe and since I had all but the pumpkin and chocolate chips at home, it was really not that expensive. I had fun making 48 muffins for the kids school week and the fiance’s work week lunches, The fiance was rather skeptical about pumpkin as he hasn’t ever had much luck with pumpkin flavored food, but he LOVED these.

Making time Efficient for School Lunch Creations

Pictured above is the home made chex mix crock pot recipe I found and decided to test out, but in all honesty, this was a bad idea. Next time we will use the recipe provided on this page, but will not use the crock pot. It didn’t come out great at all, not enough flavor spread through the mixture, but we will eat it.

To me, spending all of this time taking over the weekend while my kids were with their Dads made sense. It took up time while they were away rather than taking away from time that could have been spent with them, for those who don’t have shared visits of children, you can do some of this baking after the kids are asleep. This will keep yo from you having to do some made dash to make lunches every night and allow for more time where it matters; with the kids enjoying family time!

What are some ways you save time with school lunch prep that allow you more family time?

 

Ritz Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers

One day I had not realized that I ran out of bread but I did see we had Ritz Crackers, peanut butter and jelly. This would have to suffice and that day I created something for lunch that my kids have asked for more often than not…

Ritz PB&J Sandwich Crackers

Ingredients:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Rtiz Crackers

Needed Items:

  • Plate(s)
  • 2 Butter Knives – 1 for PB and 1 for Jelly

Get Started…

This is a pretty easy to make item, that is if you have ever made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before. Simply use two Ritz Crackers as if they are bread. Use one butter knife to place peanut butter on one side of one cracker then use another knife to put jelly on one side of the other cracker. Put the two crackers together, place on a plate and serve with a fresh glass of milk.
**We used Low Sodium Ritz Crackers, feel free to use whatever type of Ritz Crackers your family enjoys.

How to Make Poor Man’s Grilled Cheese

Have you ever been in a tight time frame but really wanted a grilled cheese? How about the kids, they are begging for grilled cheese for lunch but you just don’t feel like making it? Maybe you ran out of propane for your gas stove? Whatever the reason this is the BEST idea since sliced cheese!

Poor Man’s Grilled Cheese

Supplies Needed:

  • Microwave
  • Sliced American Cheese { 1-2 per sandwich}
  • 2 pieces of bread per sandwich
  • Toaster
  • Garlic Powder {optional}

How to Make Poor Man’s Grilled Cheese

  1. Toast two pieces of bread per sandwich, a light toasting is best.
  2. Place 1-2 pieces of cheese between the now toasted bread.
  3. Sprinkle the optional garlic powder on the cheese in between the bread slices, or any other seasoning your kids or you enjoy the flavor of.
  4. Place the sandwich, as a whole sandwich, into the microwave & cook on high for 10 seconds at a time for 1 sandwich or 20 seconds at a time for 2+ sandwiches at a time.

Once the cheese is melted to a point of satisfaction, serve with a side of celery or apple slices & enjoy!

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Meatballs, the new Appetizer?

I was able to recently review a cookbook featuring Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs, however, these meatballs are only available at Sam’s which is not a place I have ever shopped and the closest one is too far away for me to travel since receiving the cookbook. I have had many car troubles. *sigh*

I wonder if you all have tried Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs? They sound like they would make a great appetizer and so I would love to feature a recipe that everyone should try to make with our without your children.  As a Mom who is trying out new recipes and cooking with my children more I hope you all enjoy this ….

The recipe book is called 1010 Things to Do With Meatballs and this is my favorite recipe thus far for a meatball appetizer dish.

Meatball Sliders

Ingredients:

1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons mince garlic

1 can (28 ounces)  crushed tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

3/4 teaspoon salt

20 frozen, fully cooked Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs, thawed

20 (2 inch) soft buns or rolls

Time to make the appetizer:

In a 4 quart pan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic and saute 1 minute more. Stir in tomatoes, sugar and seasoning. Simmer 10-15 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add meatballs to the sauce. Cover the pan and continue to cook over medium heat 10-15 minutes more, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are heated through. Place a meatball and 1 teaspoon sauce in the middle of each split roll. Secure each meatball to the bun with a toothpick. Serve immediately. Makes 20 appetizers.

Note: any leftover sauce can be used for dipping bread sticks or serving over hot cooked pasta later.

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Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Csaa Di Bertacchi Meatballs as a new appetizer idea for your family. All opinions are that of my own.

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