Frozen dinners have come a long way since the ‘50s. Today, with the increased use of microwave ovens and less time spent stove cooking, frozen dinners have become a large part our dinner meal time. According to a Harris Interactive online survey, each American chills out with six frozen meals per month. Research by the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) reports that over $4.5 billion is spent on frozen meals per year, mostly because consumers want convenience and prefer to eat dinner at home after a busy week. Summer excursions and back-to-school shopping trips cut further into dinner prep time, resulting in even less time spent on meal planning and cooking and increased spending on frozen entrees and pizza.
1. The average American eats an average of 46 slices (23 pounds) of pizza a year.
2. Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or 350 slices per second.
3. Kids between the ages of 3 to 11 prefer pizza over all other food groups for lunch and dinner.
This Brown Beech Mushroom Flatbread makes a wonderful appetizer as it comes together in less than 15 minutes. Or you can double the recipe and serve it for dinner with a nice salad. I love using Naan flatbread because of its soft airy interior and crunchy crust once it comes out of the oven. If you can’t find naan flatbread, you may use pita bread, prepared pizza crust or even regular tortillas. The sauce base is a flavorful basil pesto, and you can find prepared pesto in jars right next to spaghetti sauce at the grocery store. (Serves 2)