Meatball French Bread Pizza – perfect for pizza night! French bread with pizza sauce, homemade meatballs, and lots of cheese! Easy and delicious!

Heeeey guys, happy Friday!

Do you guys do pizza on Friday night? We usually do but we’ve been off our usual routine this summer and I’m trying to get back into it. School starts in, like, a week and a half here. Ugh.

I took them school shopping the other day. I don’t wanna talk about it.

ANYWAY.

Our babysitter got my oldest kiddo really into cooking a few months ago. Like, I would come home at night and find pancakes in the fridge for the next morning or brownies on the counter with a note that said they were just for me. Every time I went out, they would make something together.

So now, he really enjoys being in charge of pizza night. He loves for me to buy the pizza dough from Trader Joe’s or French bread for pizzas like this Meatball French Bread Pizza.

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This post has been sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Greek Stuffed Peppers - easy, healthy, and delicious! Peppers filled with turkey, rice, zucchini, tomatoes, and topped with feta cheese!

Heeeeey guys, are you loving summer?!

I, as I am every summer, am in love.

I know everyone is complaining about how hot it is but this is what I live for.

I have the top off the Jeep, I’ve been hiking several times a week, my tan is looking amazing.

Why can’t it be summer all the time?

Just kidding, I live in central Texas. It IS summer all the time.

Except that one month last year when the Jeep’s window zipper was broken. That month was cold.

Very cold.

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This post sponsored by Jennie-O. All opinions are my own. 

Hey guys, happy almost Friday! I hope your week has been fab!

My kids have a half day at school today. Isn’t it weird to have a half day on a Thursday? I will never understand it.

Like, the beauty of a half day is that it’s supposed to kick off the weekend. Right? But nope, they have to get up on Friday and go to school.

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This post sponsored by Green Giant. All opinions are my own.

I feel like every year around this time, my house gets super busy. It’s like, January hits and all of the sudden all my kids have a million activities and it’s made worse this year because I have a forever long list of things I want to do here before we move. So we are never home anymore.

I mean, it’s great and fun and all but it means we’re rushing to eat dinner, do baths, finish homework all in, like, an hour before bedtime. It’s not always easy to cook something healthy in that time so I wanted to share a delicious and healthy shortcut I’ve discovered.

Have you tried the Veggie Tots from Green Giant yet?

I am obsessed.

I spotted these at my grocery store a couple months ago and they’ve been a staple in my house ever since. And the best part is that my kids are all just as obsessed with them as I am.

So the Veggie Tots are a new take on the kid favorite tater tots and they get super crispy on the outside and are creamy and delicious on the inside. On nights when life is just crazy and we don’t get home until well past dinnertime, these are a great way to avoid the drive-thru because they take less than 15 minutes, everyone loves them, and I am happy that my kids are eating veggies. The new Green Giant line of Veggie Tots is also made with no artificial flavors or preservatives.

In addition to the Cauliflower Veggie Tots, Green Giant also has Broccoli and Broccoli & Cheese Tots! Plus, other delicious products like riced veggies, mashed cauliflower, and roasted veggies!

Keep an eye out for these delicious tots at Walmart, ShopRite, Food Lion, HEB, and more. They’re over with the rest of the Green Giant vegetables in the frozen veggie aisle.

I’ve been really enjoying incorporating the Cauliflower Veggie Tots into casserole-type dishes like this shepherd’s pie. They make dinner prep so much easier. Whereas with a traditional shepherd’s pie recipe, you’d have to make mashed potatoes to spread on top, you totally skip that step and just layer some Cauliflower Tots on top!

Plus, the tots get nice and crispy and who doesn’t love a crispy topping on a casserole?!
I chose to use ground turkey but feel free to use ground beef or chicken if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

Cauliflower Tots Shepherd’s Pie

6 - 8 servings

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 small white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon ketchup
¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup frozen peas and carrots mix
2 (16 ounce) bags Green Giant Cauliflower Veggie Tots

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey and onion; cook, breaking up the turkey, until the turkey is cooked through and the onion is soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in flour and stir to coat the turkey and vegetables. Add ketchup, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil; lower heat and cook until thickened. Stir in frozen peas and carrots.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a 9x13-inch casserole dish. Top with Green Giant Cauliflower Veggie Tots in a single layer.
  4. Bake 12 - 14 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot.
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