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Hungry and don't feel like cooking? Is takeout on your mind? STOP! Open the fridge and get creative, first.

Updated on June 19, 2013
That frozen version in a box from the supermarket costs over $3 and won't taste nearly this good!
That frozen version in a box from the supermarket costs over $3 and won't taste nearly this good!

Even those of us who like to cook sometimes just want something fast, that won't dirty up the kitchen!

I had a busy day today and figured we'd have leftovers. Well, surprise! Seems my husband took the leftover shepherd's pie and the leftover brats with him for lunch today. My son certainly wasn't in the mood for the only other thing leftover in there: pea soup. Nope, he's not a fan of pea soup.


Sometimes you need to get creative. I took a peek around my kitchen and was inspired by the leftover home made rolls I'd baked yesterday to go with the aforementioned brats. I know! My version of "french bread" pizza!

A quick scope in the fridge brought out a partial jar of pasta sauce, a bit of shredded mozzarella and a chunk of stick pepperoni that was left over from a family gathering we'd had. We're good to go, and technically, we're still using leftovers - we just need to assemble them!

When I bake, I bake enough for more than one meal.  Good thing, too.  These home made (and very cheap to make) rolls, a bit of sauce not used from my last pasta dish, a little stick pepperoni and cheese are about to make something good.
When I bake, I bake enough for more than one meal. Good thing, too. These home made (and very cheap to make) rolls, a bit of sauce not used from my last pasta dish, a little stick pepperoni and cheese are about to make something good.

Split the rolls lengthwise, and put on a baking sheet cut side up. Spread a tablespoon of sauce on each one, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and some diced pepperoni. You're only 10 minutes away from a crunchy on the outside, soft in the inside, cheese-y bit of goodness.

Here we go.  No need to tip the delivery driver, and no cardboard boxes to toss in the trash, either.
Here we go. No need to tip the delivery driver, and no cardboard boxes to toss in the trash, either.

Since I baked my own bread yesterday, this cost less to feed the the three of us than just the tip I'd have given the pizza delivery guy, never mind the pizza itself. Also less than a kinda cruddy fozen ones that are three bucks a box and not enough to feed three people.

Get creative, and remember make extra when you do cook so you aren't cooking ALL the time, we all need a little night off from scullery duty in the kitchen.

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    • Cook n Save Money profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      5 years ago from Minnestoa

      For some reason, I haven't been able to quite bring myself to put chicken on any of the pizzas I've made. My husband does enjoy one with chicken and white garlic sauce. Perhaps I'll surprise him and look up a recipe for your barbeque pizza.

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      Virginia Kearney 

      5 years ago from United States

      These look yummy. I do this a lot too. We use tortillas or flat bread and make "skillet pizza." You can also use leftover chicken and barbeque sauce for barbeque pizza--a big one here in the South!

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