An Ad-Lib Dinner: Turkey Pizza Melts

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When, the other day, my son came into the kitchen and asked, “What’s for dinner?” while I stood with the fridge open, I replied, “I don’t know. I was just going to make something up.”

In less than an hour we were at the table eating dinner.

 

As soon as I said, “I was just going to make something up,” I realized I should grab the camera so I could blog about how I went about it.

 

Earlier that week I had cooked a turkey that had been in the freezer since Thanksgiving, so I had a dish full of cooked turkey meat.

I had already made a broccoli-rice-turkey the night before, so I needed something different.

Earlier I had thought about making a white pizza with turkey instead of chicken, with the directions in Simplified Dinners (yes, it really is the method and resource I do use a majority of the time myself). But, I hadn’t started early enough to get a pizza dough going. However, I did have some flatbread I’d made a few weeks before and frozen. So I pulled those out of the freezer.

Turkey. Flatbread. Pizza lurking in my mind. Pre-grated mozzarella cheese and a red pepper in the fridge. Let’s just run with it.

 

Sometimes pulling out ingredients from the fridge and freezer can surprise you with a dinner you add to your meal plan. What fast meals are your favorite?

 

Dinner on the fly

I made a quick white sauce, because I knew the flatbread and turkey would be dry with only cheese. I used the recipe for pizza white sauce in Simplified Dinners, and chopping the onion was the longest step.

While I made the sauce, I set that inquisitive son to slicing a red pepper.

I set out the breads on a baking sheet with a Silpat, layered the ingredients like a pizza, and stuck it in the oven on broil.

 

Sometimes pulling out ingredients from the fridge and freezer can surprise you with a dinner you add to your meal plan. What fast meals are your favorite?

I had an extra tomato, so I diced that up for a garnish.

 

I forgot to set a timer.

 

Sometimes pulling out ingredients from the fridge and freezer can surprise you with a dinner you add to your meal plan. What fast meals are your favorite?

I smelled something about 5 minutes later and ran to pull out dinner before it was completely burnt!

 

The family all liked them, and said I could add that as a normal dinner plan and not only an “Ack, what can I pull together?!” meal. I love it when that happens.

 

Sometimes pulling out ingredients from the fridge and freezer can surprise you with a dinner you add to your meal plan. What fast meals are your favorite?

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2 Responses

  1. Anna Mary
    | Reply

    Hi Mystie,

    I recently purchased your ebook Simplified Dinners. I love the concept but am struggling with one thing…..how do you get by with such a small spice or seasonings stash. How do you make any desserts if you don’t have nutmeg or allspice?

    Our favorite recipe from your book so far is Taco Chicken. It is delicious!

    • Mystie Winckler
      | Reply

      Oops, is nutmeg not on there? Nutmeg is one of my favorites, and I use it & cinnamon instead of allspice. My family doesn’t like curry, cayenne, or cumin, and I don’t really cook any ethnic style dishes, so the basic herbs and spices work for me. However, you should definitely modify the spice (or any!) section to suit the tastes of your family. The recipes are totally flexible, and if your family enjoys spicier foods, you can “ad lib” the spices and taste as you go to get the level you like. :)

      I’m glad you like Simplified Dinners! Thanks for your comment and question. :)

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