With crazy busy schedules and multiple responsibilities we're all juggling, it's a really good idea to take advantage of premade or prepared ingredients at the grocery store to help with dinner. With a little bit of advanced meal planning, you can avoid feeding your family overprocessed or fast food in almost the same time it would take to have pizza delivered or to get to a restaurant and back. With premade pizza crusts and packaged salad greens, this meal requires only simple assembly. Open packages, toss, and serve.
3/4 cup bottled fat-free Western or French salad dressing
1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or oregano
1 10-ounce package (8 cups) torn romaine lettuce
1 8-ounce package (two 6-inch) Italian bread shells (Boboli), torn into bite-size pieces
1 cup chopped Canadian-style bacon or pepperoni
1 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese or pizza cheese (4 ounces)
1For dressing, in a small bowl, combine the Western or French salad dressing and the fresh basil or oregano; set aside.
2In an extra-large bowl, toss together the torn romaine lettuce, bread shell pieces, Canadian-style bacon or pepperoni, and cheese. Transfer to dinner plates. Drizzle each serving with dressing. Toss salad lightly to coat. Makes 4 main-dish servings.