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Peggy’s Lazy Woman’s Guide to Eating: Home Made Convenience Food.

This week I made a supply of convenience foods for Don to eat while out on the road. He won’t stop to heat anything up, or to just sit and eat. He eats while driving so the food must be in a snacking form. If he stops he is either sleeping or dealing with shippers or receivers, or fueling, or fixing the truck, or doing what is necessary. Heating up food is not on his list of things to do in the truck.

So this week he gets Sandwiches and Little Pizzas, featuring Easy Batter Bread  http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-batter-bread-82126 . I made a double batch of Batter Bread, using spelt flour rather than whole wheat, cuz wheat is evil in our house.(Long, boring story). If you don’t want to make your own bread, you can easily buy frozen bread dough (Rhodes has some) or frozen pizza dough would work just as well, or i guess you could just buy some rolls......

I made 12 small rolls using my wonderful muffin-top pans. (I have 3 and I got them at St. Vinnies so don’t ask me where to buy them. You will see a picture of one further on down the page.) They give the rolls a nice shape for cutting for sandwiches. I don’t make loaves cuz when you cut them the sandwiches are all crumbly and fall apart and doesn’t work for our life style.

I cut them open, butter them, add cheese and roast beef if I am gonna freeze them. If I make them for immediate use, I add some onions to the mix for Don.

Then I wrap them individually in plastic wrap
    and put a label on them.

My labels! They were my idea so Don would think they were store bought sandwiches...., he saw thru that ploy, but Don came up with the name… Pegtastic Foods. The labels serve several purposes. They make it so Don can "shop" his cooler, I can write what it is on them, and it makes for easy opening… tape holds too well and is hard to grab, the labels work really well.
I am thinking of putting a price on them, too!

With the other half of the double batch, I made little pizzas.   I cut the dough up into 20 pieces, rolled them into a ball, and  then flatten them to fit into my wonderful muffin top pans!
Add sauce, toppings--- I used a ½  a jar of Ragu Spaghetti Sauce, Brown and Serve Beef sausage cut up in slices, onions, canned pineapple, banana peppers and black olives, mozzarella cheese.  Okay, this picture is from another batch of chicken pizzas-- but it shows off my wonderful muffin top pan.


Next time I plan on making my own sauce to avoid all the sugar and bad things they add to the jarred stuff. I will share that recipe when I actually make it. I will be using Linda Roth’s amazing spaghetti sauce recipe with some changes. ---- future post.

I made up 3 kinds of pizza to see what Don prefers. My favorite is sausage, onion and pineapple, but I switched out the pineapple for either banana peppers or black olives (yuck!) Cooked them for 15 minutes at 350F, pulled them out to cool.

 I wrapped them individually  and into the freezer. Don can now shop the cooler instead of the convenience stores at the truck stops. I don't have to make these again for a couple weeks as he will get some of what i call Egg Muffins, and some other foods that i will blog about one of these days.

Later that day I used the rest of the can of pineapple, the left over onion and sausage in a stir fry that i made with my vegetable mix i keep in the fridge. (see the last post) That was really good! I liked the pineapple in the stir fry so i plan on doing that again!
Tags: Lazy Woman’s Guide to Eating, food, pizza, trucking

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