01 Sep 3 Ways to Use Bread for Easy Back-to-School Dinners
After the unstructured fun of summer, snapping into a routine when school starts can be tough. In place of outdoor movies, cookouts with neighbors, and fireworks (and plenty of late bedtimes), there are sports practices, school clubs and heaps of homework.
It can be a challenge to manage dinner for your family in the midst of back-to-school madness, but we’ve got three tips and tricks on how Tribeca Oven bread can make things a little easier!
1. Toast Does the Most
It’s not always possible to enjoy luxurious, relaxed mealtimes like we do on summer evenings. One of the quickest meals to put together is a fancy toast spread. You can simply toast up lots of pieces of your favorite bread, like Tribeca Oven’s Sourdough Loaf or Ciabatta Loaf, and arrange them on a cutting board. Then, assemble an arrangement of things around the bread from the fridge and pantry: soft cheeses, like ricotta and brie; avocado, tomatoes and cucumber; cured meats and bacon; hard boiled eggs and oil-packed tuna; capers and pickled onions. Everyone can customize their toast to their liking (great for picky eaters). Serve with a simple green salad for a fast, delicious dinner.
Bonus: Repurpose any leftovers to make sandwiches for lunch the next day!
2. Simplify with Soup
Soups are a fantastic go-to for school-night suppers. You can make them ahead in a slow cooker, warm up prepared soups, or do the prep and get them simmering anytime throughout the day. Also, with different members of the family coming and going, soups are great because they can be warmed up if anyone’s schedule has them home after dinner. Of course, soups can also be frozen to make speedy future meals.
For a perfect side to soup, set out a bread basket filled with warm bread, like slices of Tribeca Oven French Baguette, Sourdough Loaf, or Olive Petite Pull Aparts.
3. Harness the Power of Pizza
Sure, every now and then you might just have to order a pizza for a no-brainer weeknight meal. But, you can also take those saucy, cheese flavors that everyone loves and use them in so many different ways. Keep a few extra jars of marinara or pizza sauce in the cupboard and a bag of shredded mozzarella in the cheese drawer, and you can easily pull together pizza beans (white beans baked with sauce and cheese) or pizza greens (same idea but with broccoli or broccoli raab).
Slice and toast Tribeca Oven Ciabatta Rolls with sauce, cheese and any other toppings you love, and bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 425° F. It’s similar to French bread pizza or pizza bagels, but the tender, light crumb of the ciabatta is truly the perfect base for this lightning-fast dinner.