Thursday, March 31, 2011


Sometimes, a good ol' restaurant meal is just what a gal needs. Am I right?

For starters, we all love those favorite menu items that we just can't replicate at home. Edamame Dumplings with Shiitake-Ginger Sauce. Or that amazing Blue Cheese-Garlic Penne with Roasted Broccoli and Walnuts.

My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

And the whole not-having-to-do-the-dishes thing? Priceless.

And let's not forget that special treasure trove on the menu that is too often overlooked by us "adults." That's right: I'm talking about Kids' Menu. It's loaded with food that reminds you of days when Lisa Frank was your favorite artist... and your fashion idol was Clarissa from "Clarissa Explains it All."

Er, wait--maybe that was just me.

Anyway, the point is that Kids' Menus are rich with creative possibilities that you
can re-create at home.

Case in point: Pizza-Dillas--a pizza-licious take on quesadillas made by one of my favorite local spots, Black Bear Burritos.

We made these last week for a quick n' easy dinner, and we loved them. I honestly wondered why we hadn't thought of such a tasty take on pizza before.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go get my Lisa Frank art set and sit down for an episode of Clarissa.

What was your favorite kids' menu treat?


Sometimes the Kids' Menu is just more fun. All you need for this Italian-American-Mexican hybrid of a dinner is your favorite pizza toppings, plus whole wheat tortilla shells. Easy-peasy!

  • Whole wheat tortilla shells
  • Your favorite marinara sauce
  • Part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Your favorite pizza toppings (we used bell pepper and onions)
  • Italian seasoning
  • Fresh garlic, minced
Heat a dash of olive oil in a large skillet. Spread one half of a tortilla shell with marinara sauce. Sprinkle cheese and other toppings on top. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning in garlic. Fold tortilla in half and place in the heated skillet. Cook for about 2 - 4 minutes over medium heat, until golden brown on the bottom. Flip and cook until the other side turns golden brown. Enjoy your inner-child for the evening :)


  1. Yes please! =) I'm making pizza english muffins for dinner -- it's not as fun but I know it will hit the spot and save me from doing dishes! <3 =)

    this looks great doll!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  2. What a fun treat!! I am totally going to keep these in mind when my little bro and sis come down. I know they would love them. Not to mention they are quick and easy to make!!

  3. So delicious! I am willing to eat anything that tastes remotely like pizza :)

  4. Yuuum! I make something like this, but I dunk the quesadilla in pizza sauce. I like how you topped it instead, looks tastier too :)

  5. Love the kids menu :) and anything crammed in a quesadilla is a good thing!

  6. ohhh I love non traditional pizza recipes!!! this looks delish!

  7. YUM!!! I want this now at 7am! I love the idea of making pizza in quesadilla form. :)

  8. These look wonderful & healthy.. I really need to buy/make some whole wheat sprouted tortillas.. but need a tortilla maker.

  9. awww how fun! i LOVED lisa frank. whatever happened to all those awesome dolphins and bears??? :)

  10. My grandson loves these- so do I! :)

  11. What a fun and yummy idea! I never even think to look at the kid's menu..silly me!