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Quick dinner and breakfast ideas for the grandkids

Are the grandkids coming for a visit? For those busy nights when you need to get a meal on the table quickly, these simple yet savory Pepperoni Pizza Sliders can be a perfect solution. A modified take on a kid favorite – pizza – they’re easy to make and delicious to eat! And if the grandkids are staying overnight, try the second recipe below for Sausage French Toast Roll Ups.

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

Recipe adapted from


1 package slider rolls
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup mini pepperoni
1 1/2 cups shredded, low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
nonstick cooking spray


Heat oven to 350 F.

Keeping rolls connected, cut sheet of rolls horizontally, separating tops from bottoms. Place bottom halves of rolls in baking dish.

Spread pizza sauce evenly over bottom halves. Sprinkle pepperoni over sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella over pepperoni and cover with top halves of rolls.

Mix melted butter with parsley flakes, dried oregano, garlic powder and shredded Parmesan cheese. Spoon evenly over sliders.

Cover baking dish with aluminum foil sprayed with nonstick cooking spray to keep cheese from sticking.

Bake 20 minutes.

Remove foil and bake additional 5-10 minutes, or until Parmesan is melted and golden brown. Cut sliders and serve immediately.

A Traditional Breakfast with a Twist

Kids can be picky when it comes to breakfast foods, but this recipe for Sausage French Toast Roll-Ups is a quick and easy way to fill their bellies with a taste of several flavors they may already love. A sizzling sausage link wrapped with French toast, it combines a favorite breakfast protein and traditional deliciousness in one roll.

Sausage French Toast Roll-Ups

Servings: 12


12 sausage links
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
3 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 bread slices, crust removed, cut in half
3 tablespoons butter


In skillet, cook sausage links according to package directions. Set aside.

In medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, almond extract and cinnamon.

Dip bread slice in egg mixture. Wrap bread slice around cooked sausage link, pressing seam to keep from unrolling. Repeat with remaining bread slices and sausage links.

In large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Place roll-ups in skillet, seam-sides down, and cook until all sides are browned, approximately 10 minutes.

Drizzle with syrup.