Make Your Own Pizza Pockets (and freeze them, too)

Well this isn't my usual thing but I wonder how other parents and families are sustaining through these tough times while still maintaining a positive outlook.

I remember growing up with tasks to do and helping my grandmother cook. It didn't feel like work because she made it fun and helped us complete our goals with a sense of purpose and joy.

That said I thought I need to purposefully and joyfully stock the freezer with some quick meals. My children go through these as if they were starving. Here is a homemade version of the pizza pocket.

There are many variations of pizza out there. I used to work in a pizzeria, one of many jobs while putting myself through school, and for years couldn't abide the smell or taste of pizza. Having children has helped overcome that aversion. This recipe is my own and is an easy thing to do with kids. My children love to help. Eat well, live well, love well!

pizza dough
~dissolve 1 package dried yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp) into
~1 cup warm water (I just use hot tap water)
~add 2 1/4 cups flour, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt and 2 tbl oil and mix together
~add a bit of flour at a time if the dough is still sticky. I just use a wooden spoon to stir because I dont like getting my hands doughy
~Cover with a cloth and let rise for 20 mins.

While the dough is rising
~get sauce, any fixings (mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, drained pineapple) prepared
~chop any fillings small enough to fit inside the muffin cup

Grease the muffin tin. (My five-year-old does this perfectly)
~punch down the dough and pull out small palm-size balls
~give a ball to each child and let them press and pull it or roll out until large enough to fit in the tin (3")
~place the dough into the muffin cup hanging excess over the side and put a dab of sauce, fillings and cheese
~bring edges together and pinch to seal ingredients inside
~Bake at 350F for about 20 min. until golden brown or 10 minutes if you are going to freeze them

Kids can take these right out of the freezer and heat them in the toaster oven or microwave - a nice snack, light meal and most importantly they helped.


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