Throwing away bread is a crime.

Not to say I’ve never done it, but I feel terrible guilt when I do. I make my own breadcrumbs (why buy them AND the bread that’s going in the trash!?!).  But sometimes more than just a few slices or buns are in danger of old age. Time for …


1/2 lb. Italian sausage, browned and drained
2-4 oz. pepperoni slices, diced
1/4 cup finely diced onion
1/4 cup finely diced green pepper
2 Tbsp. chopped black olives
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
8-10 oz. pizza sauce (or tomato sauce seasoned with Italian seasoning and garlic)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
4 leftover hamburger or hot dog buns
Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients except buns and Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Add more pizza sauce if needed to hold other ingredients together. Divide mixture into 8 portions and spread one portion on each half of a bun. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place on a pan and broil in the oven until warm and bubbly.  

Serves: 2 very hungry people, or 4 if serving with additional sides.

Of course, you can use whatever toppings, in whatever combination, you want: leftover scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese; diced chicken, roasted red peppers and pesto; hamburger, ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions and cheese.  Just think about your favorite sandwich to order at a restaurant and make that combination.

Kid-friendly: mixing, measuring, choosing, spreading … and very little wait time for their reward!

College-kid-friendly too: cheap, no delivery charge, few dirty dishes … Just don’t get so proud of your accomplishment that you forget to turn off the broiler!!!  Yes … I remember college.

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Anita Hinkeldey McVey

From the farm in Alta ... to college in Ames ... to the suburbs of Des Moines in Waukee ... I am an Iowa girl through and through. I married the cute, but quiet, guy who made me laugh out loud in Statistics class and we have two awesome, but terribly sarcastic, boys. In 1999, I quit my research job to be home with those active boys. Staying home allowed me to spend more time preparing meals, trying new recipes and striving to serve healthier options for my family. Now that my boys are men ... well, "adults" anyway ... and my husband still appreciates what I accomplish at home, I have time to explore my creative side and knock "writing a blog" off my bucket list. I love trying new things, traveling, gardening, reading and clean countertops. I love baseball (watching, not playing) and concession stands. Choosing a favorite food is impossible but if I was forced to pick just one, it would be pie! I thank God that He has led me to this place. Here's to a new adventure and hopes that others will be able to use what I post to discover the benefits of family meals and living a picnic life.

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