We just returned from our family vacation in the beautiful mountains of Park City, Utah. It was a 16 hour drive to get there and as always, my biggest concern was what to eat in the car. I know the easiest option is to hit a drive-thru, but our family gave up on eating that stuff awhile ago. My kids are tired of eating sandwiches in the car, so I wanted to come up with something fun that would be a treat at the end of a very long day!
Since we are a family of 8, it is a very rare occasion for us to fly somewhere. If we flew, we would have no money for vacation when we got there! We drive everywhere. Seriously. We consider a 16-18 hour road trip nothing and easily done in one day.
You should be further impressed when you understand that there is no form of movies/tv for our kids to watch in the van. Mainly, they just read, listen to music and sleep….with the occasional “He’s touching me!!” thrown in so God can test my patience.
I made them these pizza sticks for dinner in the car and they were a huge hit. I didn’t make them with any sauce (because I prefer the inside of my car clean), but you could easily add a little sauce on the inside of the rolls and whatever type of toppings you like on a pizza. Use your creativity and go wild!
My other new experiment for this trip was what I kindly titled “The Box of Carbs.” I packaged all my kids favorite snack foods in snack sized ziploc bags and stowed them in a copy paper box behind the driver’s seat. When someone wanted a snack, or needed a distraction, I tossed them a bag. The first snacks to go were the double batch of my homemade granola bars followed closely behind with rice crispie treats. It was a huge success and I will definitely be using my Box of Carbs in a few weeks on my 16 hour drive to Ohio.
(makes about 28-34 sticks)
1 recipe pizza dough (here is my favorite)
1 lb mozzarella cheese, cut into sticks (I use low-fat cheese)
1 package pepperoni (I use turkey pepperoni)
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and lightly spray two cookie sheets with oil.
2. Roll out 1/2 of the dough until it is thin. Cut into rectangles big enough to place two pieces of pepperoni and a hunk of cheese. See my example above!
3. Fold in the short ends of the dough first, then the long sides. Pinch together well, or you will lose a lot of cheese when they bake. Place on greased sheet. Repeat for the remaining dough. Allow to rise about 15 minutes.
4. Bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes.