This post was sponsored by Hillshire farm natural lunchmeats through Mom It Forward. Although I was compensated for my time, all opinions are 100% mine.
We’re a month into school and while I miss my kids they LOVE it. The worst part (other than waking up earlier than I’d like) is the monotony of school lunches! My kids attend a charter school that doesn’t have a kitchen or offer school lunches, so we go through the easy lunches pretty quickly.
So I wanted to come up with a great-tasting and wholesome lunch that my kids will actually eat and enjoy! It’s nice to add something new to the rotation. There are only so many days you can enjoy PB & J or Chocolate hazelnut spread before your sick of them. I remembered one of my favorites were homemade hot pockets (my high school lunch lady made them) and I decided to see if my kids would like them too.
I was super excited to get the chance to try the new Hillshire Farm Naturals™ premium line of lunchmeat! It’s great because there are a ton of options, Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, Hardwood Smoked Turkey Breast, Honey Roasted Ham, and Black Forest Ham. AND it’s a healthier lunch meat. It contains no artificial ingredients, preservatives or colors and no added nitrites/nitrates (except those occurring naturally in celery juice).
- Preheat the oven to 425
- Chop (or grate) your lunch meat and cheese, as much or as little as you want.
- Cut the pizza dough into 8 portions
- Roll out the pizza dough
- Sprinkle the meat and cheese onto one half of the dough circles
- Wet the outer 1/2 inch of the dough circle with some water on your finger (or a brush)
- Fold the dough over and pinch it REALLY well
- Place the half circles of dough onto some parchment paper
- Cook (I use a pizza stone but you can cook them on a pan too) for 12-14 mins, until the top is golden brown
- Serve warm or cold
I made a ham and cheddar, and a turkey and swiss for the kids. I made them for lunch for the Baby and I one day and served them for the older kids school lunches the next day. It was great cause they held up in the lunch box just fine, and the kids loved them! HUGE hit. Most of the kids just ate them cold but one heated them up in the school microwave and every kid came home and said they wanted them again.
Next time I’ll make a double batch over the weekend, letting each kid make their own flavor combination! By added a small piece of cheese to the top we could tell what flavor they each were. My kids will probably want to carve their initial into the dough so they don’t get messed up (they love personalizing their food!
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