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What’s For Lunch? Spaghetti Pizza

April 30, 2010
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Inspired by a thread on a forum I visit, I’m starting a segment called “What’s For Lunch?“.    I’m sure we’re all familiar with the old “What’s For Dinner?” routine, but  SAHMs and DCPs  also have to come up with exciting, healthy and kid friendly lunches on a daily basis.  Just like the dinner routine, it gets old fast and it’s easy to get stuck in rut.

In the “What’s For Lunch?” segment I’ll share some of my favourite lunch ideas, and hope that you’ll share some of yours.  Post a link in the comments, add the category to your own blog, and let’s share some ideas!

So today for lunch we had a Friday favourite around here, Spaghetti Pizza.  Of course it’s a favourite with the kids, it’s pasta AND pizza, what’s not to love?!  But it’s also an end of week favourite of mine because it’s a quick and easy way to use up leftovers from the week.  It also covers all the food groups, the kids think it’s a treat and for an added bonus it’s economical to make.  Again, what’s not to love?!

Spaghetti Pizza

Ingredients:

a few cups leftover cooked whole grain spaghetti (I’m not a big measurer, let’s say 3-4 loose cups)

2 eggs, beaten

a few tablespoons Parmesan cheese (I use the powered stuff for kid-food, sorry guys!)

1 small can pizza sauce

freshly grated mozzarella cheese

whatever toppings you can round up from the week’s leftovers; that half a pepper in the bottom of the crisper, the quarter of a chicken breast you couldn’t bear to throw out, that one slice of lunch meat that isn’t enough to make a sandwich, you get the idea

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Toss the cold, cooked spaghetti with the eggs and the Parmesan cheese.  Make sure the individual pieces of spaghetti are well coated; I find it best to use my hands instead of a fork.  Pour spaghetti into a pie pan well coated with cooking spray.  Bake for approximately 5 min or until set.

Remove from oven.  Spread pizza sauce on top of “crust”.  Add your diced toppings, followed by the mozzarella cheese.  Bake for another 5-7 minutes until cheese is bubbly.  Broil for a minute if desired/required.

That’s it!  Super fast and easy, and the kids think it’s a big treat.  We’re not big meaters, so ours is generally filled with veggies, but even still the pizza sauce counts and the eggs have protein, so whatever you put on top it’s still a pretty balanced meal.  Serve with cold veggies or sliced fruit to round it out, if you like.

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