Hi, Friends!

Today I’ve partnered with Midwest Dairy to bring you this Dairy inspired recipe and chat about how to fuel your fun with Dairy!

I must say, this summer has been one of the best! I spent most of May at school working on a professional culinary certification, June was spent traveling throughout Europe and July was spent with family and working on house projects. Don’t get me wrong, there were many long days and challenging moments too, but it was a very rewarding summer filled with a lot of fun memories! Whether it was drinking lattes in Scotland or eating ice cream in Ireland, I relied on the nutrition dairy provides to help fuel my body and my summer fun!


Now that summer is winding down and school is about to begin, I think it’s important to focus on how dairy can fuel your fun especially during the back-to-school season. As a culinary dietitian, chef and teacher, I know how important dairy is for me, but I also know it’s important for students of ALL ages as we head back into the classroom. Dairy provides nutritious energy for good focus, it can provide digestive health benefits and it provides protein for lean muscle building. Dairy really does put the FUN in functional!   Today I wanted to share one of my favorite new recipes, pizza bowls! Last year I took an artisan breads class and I know how challenging bread making can be and how much time it takes to make at home. (Hey, that’s why we have takeout, right? Ha!) Well, I wanted to give parents and older students an easy and quick option for making pizza at home. The best part is that you can customize it based on your food preferences! This is one recipe the entire family will enjoy! If you’re looking for more recipes for how to fuel your fun with dairy, check out Fuel Your Fun!  

Pizza Bowls

  • 30 minutes
  • 6 ingredients
  • 1 steps


  • 1 (5 oz) bag seasoned croutons, crushed
  • 1 lb ground sausage mixed with 1 TB dried Italian seasoning, browned
  • 1 (14 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (8 oz) bag mozzarella & provolone shredded cheese or Italian cheese
  • 1 cup sauteed veggies of choice: mushrooms, bell peppers, onion
  • ½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Crush croutons and distribute in 6 (6oz) ramekin dishes that have been sprayed with cooking oil. Cook sausage, drain and set aside. Top crouton layer with tomato sauce (about 3 TB) followed by cooked sausage (1/4 cup) and sauteed veggies (if desired). Finish with a layer of shredded Italian cheese blend and bake for 15 minutes at 425 F or until top is golden and bubbly. Garnish with fresh Italian parsley.

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