Oct 17

Weelicious Stuffed Pizza Rolls + A Weelicious Lunches Cookbook Giveaway!

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Weelicious Stuffed Pizza Rolls

In her newest book, Weelicious Lunches, Catherine McCord covers just about every possible hurdle you might face in packing a lunch for your kids to take to school.  Not only does she go over her “principles of the perfect lunch,” but she addresses how to stock your pantry to be better prepared to pack those lunches, how to use leftovers from other meals so that you’re working smarter not harder when packing those lunches, strategies for “picky” eaters, packing your way around food allergies, and even how to decide what kind of lunchbox to buy.  On top of all that information is packed more than 160 recipes for things that can be packed into your kiddos’ lunchbox.

The recipes are broken up into 10 sections: Salads, Soups, Sandwiches, Pizza, PB&J, Main Events, Veggies, Dips & Spreads, Snacks, and Desserts.  Over the past few weeks I’ve made at least one recipe from each section, and each has been checked off as one that I will be making again.  Not only did the kids love them, but Mr. Fuji and I did as well.  The book is a veritable treasure trove of information and ideas for anyone facing the sometimes/often daunting task of putting together a portable lunch for their children to take and eat at school each day.  Weelicious Lunches is easily the best book I’ve come across to date on the topic of making lunch for kids.  Whether you’re facing the task of packing school lunches for a child for the first time or you’re a seasoned lunch maker and lunchbox packer, there is information in this book for you!

Weelicious Lunches

One of the recipes we tried was the recipe for Stuffed Pizza Rolls.  Catherine describes these pizza rolls as her “savory version of a sweet roll—instead of being filled with cinnamon and sugar, they’re stuffed with mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, and broccoli (or your family’s favorite pizza topping).  We ate some of the rolls immediately, because they smelled so heavenly, then I set aside one for Squirrel’s bento (Japanese style packed lunch) the next day, and put the rest in ziploc baggies and threw them in the refrigerator.

Freeze leftover pizza rolls in ziploc plastic bags

I’ve been pulling one out about once a week and packing it in Squirrel’s bento that day.  I pack it frozen—by lunchtime it has perfectly thawed out without drying out.

Pizza Roll Bento

Two of the ingredients called for in the recipe are pizza dough and pizza sauce.  The book contains recipes for both—a White Wheat Pizza Dough recipe and a Veggie-Heavy Pizza Sauce Recipe.  I used both recipes, and they were crazy easy.  The pizza sauce recipe makes 4 cups of sauce, which leaves lots of leftovers.  I used some the leftovers one night to whip up a homemade ragu alla bolognese to serve over pasta.  The rest is going to be used in a casserole I’ll be making over the weekend.  It is wonderfully versatile!

Weelicious Veggie-Heavy Pizza Sauce

Once you have all the ingredients, the Stuffed Pizza Rolls are a cinch to make.  You roll out the dough, spread pizza sauce over it, and then sprinkle shredded cheese and chopped broccoli over the sauce.  Then you roll it up tightly and cut the roll into slices which you then place in muffin cups and bake.

Making Pizza Rolls

I’m sharing the recipe here today, but if you want her fabulous recipe for White Wheat Pizza Dough or Veggie-Heavy Pizza Sauce that are also in the book, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the book (see details after the recipe), or buy a copy for yourself!

Weelicious Pizza Rolls

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Weelicious Stuff Pizza Rolls

Reprinted with permission from Weelicious Lunches, by Catherine McCord

Makes 10 rolls

Olive oil
1 pound prepared pizza dough, at room temperature
3/4 cup pizza sauce
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped broccoli (or your favorite topping)

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease 10 muffin cups with olive oil.

2. Roll out the pizza dough to 1/4 inch thick, making a 10 x 20-inch rectangle.

3. Spread the marinara sauce in a thin layer across the surface of the dough. Sprinkle with the cheese and broccoli (or your favorite topping).

4. Roll up the dough lengthwise to form a 20-inch log and pinch the seam together.

5. Slice the log into 2-inch pieces.

6. Place the pizza rolls in the muffin cups and pat down slightly. (You can also place the rolls directly on a baking sheet—they’ll hold together.)

7. Bake for 25 minutes (20 minutes if using a baking sheet), or until golden and bubbly and the center of the dough is cooked through.

8. Immediately remove to a cooling rack to cool, and serve.


Weelicious Lunches Book Giveaway

There will be two (2) lucky winners who will receive a copy of Catherine McCord’s, Weelicious Lunches.

Rules: The giveaway will close Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 12:00 am PST.  The giveaway is open to readers with a US mailing address. The winners will be chosen randomly and notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.  To enter, please follow the steps below.

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*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the book for review, but I was not required to write about the book, nor was I compensated for writing this post.  All opinions are my own.  This giveaway is provided by William Morrow Publishers.

{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

Susana I. October 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Thanks for the chance :)


Mel C October 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I am always looking for good, healthy, easy lunches to make for my granddaughter’s lunch. This would be a great addition to my cookbook collection.


Kelly G October 17, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I’m going to make these for my niece next week when I visit her.


Urban Wife October 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm

This cookbook looks great! I’m always on the lookout for easy lunches. Thanks for the chance.


pam October 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

those look yummy!


HapaMama October 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm

If these pizza rolls are any indication, this looks like a wonderful cookbook!


Krista October 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm

So I’ll be coming over for lunch every day this week. Mmkay?


Kimberly October 17, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I am so in need of lunch inspiration! Can’t wait to try these pizza rolls out on my daughter next week.


Dorothea October 17, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I’ve been hearing a lot about the Weelicious cookbook on numerous blog posts. . . Everyone seems to love the book – it would be great to win it!


Jaime October 18, 2013 at 12:19 am

I just put this book on my wishlist the other day!


Linda October 18, 2013 at 3:34 am

The stuffed pizza rolls would make a wonderful lunch for us “big kids” as well. :-)


Victoria October 18, 2013 at 5:37 am

It’s always hard to get my son to eat. I can’t wait to try these recipes


Ilana October 18, 2013 at 7:34 am

I actually came across this recipe on Pinterest and made it for my middle schooler. I did add pepperoni which is her favorite. It was a big hit.


Kay October 18, 2013 at 7:48 am

I would eat these for my own lunch at work – they look delicious!


Sarah H.P. October 18, 2013 at 8:38 am

I love Catherine from Weelicious! I would really love her cookbook!


Jan R October 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

Very cool pizza idea…


rio October 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

id love this, thanks!


Rachel G October 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

Can’t wait to try these!


Amanda Pierce October 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

My son just started kindergarten, so I have a long road of lunch packing ahead of me and could use any help!


Renee fuller October 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

These look delicious!


jackie October 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

These look amazing!


Katie October 18, 2013 at 9:31 am

Thanks for offering us a chance to win!


Kris October 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

It’s such a challenge to find anything besides a basic sandwich that my son will eat. THIS looks like a winner.


Elana Stein October 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

I pre-ordered my copy of the cookbook and LOVE it. There are SO many people I would like to give this to as a gift!


Elle October 18, 2013 at 9:50 am

Those pizza rolls look delicious, I love how portable they are!


Megan Hager October 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

My son will LOVE these!! Thanks for the chance!


Jaymee Houser October 18, 2013 at 9:56 am

I love Weeliscious!!


Joy October 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

I have the first Weelicious book and think its amazing. Can’t wait to try this one out as well!


Ruth P. October 18, 2013 at 10:06 am

one of my favorite recipe sites!


Kenny October 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

I think I’ll give these a try over the weekend.


Ria October 18, 2013 at 10:10 am

I’ve been reading so much about this book, Rachel. Thanks for giving us a chance to win one through your delicious blog!


Elizabeth October 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

What a great idea….will be doing Sunday to prepare for next weeks lunches!


Kim October 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

I love Weelicious recipes. Thank you for the opportunity to win!


Jen B October 18, 2013 at 10:25 am

I think both my kids would enjoy these – one with veggies and the other meat


Karen October 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

I just checked this book out of the library and love it! Would love to have my own copy.


Cristy October 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

I would love a copy of this cookbook to help with new ideas for school lunches. Love the recipe!!


Kathleen October 18, 2013 at 10:36 am



Helen Tracy October 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

Forget about for a kid’s lunch… I’m making these for MY lunches! haha!


Karen October 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

I would love this cookbook! I have been following her for a while and she has awesome recipes!


Lindsay October 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

I can’t wait to try these pizza rolls, they look delish! My daughter would love these in her lunch.


Tiffany Sizemore October 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

I have wanted ‘Weelicious Lunches’ for a long time! I’ve followed Catherine Mccords blog for a while and I love her yummy easy healthy recipes…can’t wait to read it!


Diane October 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

Grandkids would love to try cooking these !!


lejarie October 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

I so want to try making pizza dough from scratch. I know its simple but I can never get it right so this book would be great! :-)


Kathleen Kiley October 18, 2013 at 11:02 am

love this


Shuli October 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

These look yummy!!


Jennifer October 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

I totally struggle with what to make my daughter for lunch. This would be really helpful!


Andrea T. October 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

Always need new lunch ideas for my boys – this might be just what I need to change it up their packed lunches. Thanks for the giveaway!


Andrea H. October 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

I love cookbooks and I love Weelicious, so this would be a great thing to win!


Lori E. October 18, 2013 at 11:43 am

This book is already on my Christmas list!


Katie McCorkle October 18, 2013 at 11:47 am

I’d love have my hands on some new healthy, easy recipes for my little ones! Okay..and me too! ;)


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