This is not so much of a recipe…. More like a solution.
The majority of my day yesterday was spent planning, shopping, and cooking. I needed to make soup for the local high school. It’s teacher appreciation week and the PTSO requests donations of different food items each day. I enjoy making food for these events, not only because I like to cook, but because I know by doing so I’m saying thank you to all the teachers that come in contact with my children, by feeding them with my home cooked food. Much easier (and cheaper!) than giving each teacher a gift. This year one of the days will be a soup and sandwich lunch, with soups provided by parent volunteers. I decided to make my vegetable barley soup. This soup is great to make in large quantities (and I do mean large… my fridge is jam packed with soup!), which is perfect, because the PTSO will be feeding over 200 teachers and staff at this lunch. (Note: I added frozen chopped leaf spinach to the soup this time, along with the onions, celery, green beans, corn, and carrots.)
So anyway, I was finally done at about 5:30, and tossed myself on the sofa to rest a bit. That’s when my daughter came into the room and asked what’s for dinner, and did I remember she had to leave at 6:15. Oh no. I had forgotten to plan a dinner for my family. Well, that’s not true, I did plan to make chicken last night, but lost track of time. When she reminded me of the necessity of eating dinner, I had not the energy nor the time for chicken.
But I did have English muffins in the house. And tomato sauce. And mozzarella cheese. English muffin pizzas! Perfect solution to my “oh my gosh I forgot to make dinner for my family and we need to leave the house in less than an hour” problem.
And what’s even better is that my kids love these as much as I do. Everyone was happy!
English Muffin Pizzas
I toast one English muffin per person, and I do so on a high setting, to make them very crispy.
I put the toasted muffin halves on a baking sheet lined with foil.
Then I add a tablespoon or so of tomato sauce (homemade if I have it, or from a jar of our favorite store-bought sauce) to the top of each muffin half.
On top of the sauce I distribute some shredded mozzarella cheese.
If available, I add pepperoni and/or cooked sausage to the ones for my daughter and husband.
These go into a 400F oven (regular oven or counter-top toaster oven).
Bake for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.
A green salad, or a few carrot sticks, or any raw veggies on the side, and dinner is done!