One of our favorite meals is pulled pork made in the slow cooker. Although there’s rarely any leftovers, sometimes there’s just enough remaining for one person to enjoy the next day. So this time I decided to stretch the one-person-leftover-meal into a family meal of four by trying something new: pulled pork pizza. I had heard of it before, but hadn’t tried it until now.
Here’s my take on it. You will need the following:
♦ 1 pizza dough ball, home-made or store-bought
♦ 1/2 cup chopped red onion
♦ 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
♦ 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
♦ Preheat oven to 385°F
♦ Roll out pizza dough and place on greased baking sheet
♦ Spread the pulled pork evenly on top of the dough. Make sure to include the leftover juices as well, since you will not be adding any other sauce base to the pizza (e.g. the usual tomato sauce).
♦ Add the onions and mushrooms
♦ Cover with mozzarella cheese
♦ Bake for 15 minutes or until the bottom of the pizza is golden
So the next time you have pulled pork leftovers, try this recipe. It’s delicious!
Side note: You can also turn this into convenient pulled pork pizza pockets, ideal for school lunches.
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by Laura Reid, Dietitian
It is that busy time of year again, back to school for kids (big and small) and teachers too! Packing lunches can be stressful or fun, depending on how you approach it.
There are lots of pictures and ideas for lunch ideas for little ones, and they are very cute and fancy…but they are out of my league (and time commitment)! If you don’t have time to worry about cut-out shapes and forming food into a sculpture, don’t stress yourself! The most important thing is finding foods your child will eat, and finding things that are quick and easy to eat in the short time available for lunch. Lunch at my daughter’s school is about 15 minutes. That’s it. So our priority is not that her meal looks like a teddy bear, but that it is in small, easy bites and pieces that are easy for her to grab and go. You or your child may not be in elementary school like my daughter, but I am sure time is still an issue! My words of advice are to brainstorm a list of foods that are options for lunch, including snacks, drinks and the main focus of the meal. Involve everyone in making the list of foods, and be sure to do so before you hit the grocery store. If you are looking to save money, buy items in larger portions (rather than individual sizes) and portion out into containers (for example, buy a large container of apple sauce or yogurt and portion it into the container when you are packing the lunch (the night before to save time). Try to include choices from different food groups to not only help meet their nutrition needs, but also to add variety. One trick I use is to have four compartments or small containers in the lunch box to remind me to include a fruit, a vegetable, a grain and protein (usually put together), and something fun.
For the main focus of the meal, change it up from day to day: hot items on one day by using a thermos for leftovers (my daughter’s picks include soup, chili, and pasta) or items that should be kept cold on other days (like wraps, salads, mini pizzas or sandwiches). Just be sure to use an ice pack!
One final tip: include a small bottle of hand sanitizer or a wet wipe in the lunch box for cleaning hands before eating.
Laura Reid Dietitian, MEd,PDt StFX, Antigonish, NS firstname.lastname@example.org
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Earlier this month, while preparing to start our back-to-school shopping, Mackenzie asked what we were going to do with all the school supplies we were buying. I told her that I wanted to buy them now while they were on sale. She then asked “Can we get some to donate to the school as well?”. I said “sure”, and as we browsed she asked if she could get a couple backpacks to donate as well. I agreed. So we came home with two backpacks full of school supplies to be donated.
Later that evening she asked if I thought she could get more backpacks to donate. She also asked if I could create a Facebook page to fundraise a backpack project she wished to call Kenzie’s Backpacks. The idea just grew from there.
Mackenzie has participated in a few charitable programs in the past, but nothing of quite this size, or on her own initiative. When asked why she wanted to do this she stated:
“I know there are people who can always use help. I like to help people. Especially children like me.”
Kenzie’s Backpacks is about filling backpacks from grade primary to grade 12. We have had a ton of support so far and have surpassed our original goal of 20 backpacks. We need everything from scribblers and loose leafs, to math sets and binders. The more bags we can fill the better!
There is a school supply drive organized for Friday, August 17th at the Antigonish Education Centre parking lot.
As a guideline, here are some items we are looking for to fill more backpacks:
The backpacks are available to children in the Antigonish area, Town and County, as well as neighboring communities.
You can reach us via Facebook @Kenzie’s Backpacks and be assured that all messages will remain confidential!
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