We all love pizza by Serena Norr
Who doesn'??t love pizza? The gooey cheese, the yummy sauce, the crunchy dough '??it'??s no wonder why kids go nutso for this Italian staple. My daughter is certainly in the I heart pizza club, which I generally (try to) reserve for special treats; however as I have been sneaking in more veggies (they are like kryptonite, I tell you), I realized that pizza isn'??t all that bad.
No, really it isn'??t: cheese is super rich in calcium, the sauce has lycopene, which are believed to ward off certain cancers and the dough well, who doesn'??t need carbs? Even though my little one is two and a half, I really want her to experience these fun foods in healthy way. And what better way to do that than to go the semi-homemade route by making pizza together.
For older kids, you can make pizza night a little family contest such as creating a colorful pizza (a veritable veggie medley) or a different pizza (using new cheeses and even fruit)'??whatever you want to try is not off-limits, as long as you and your family try something new.
For this pizza in question, my fussy two-year old and even fussier thirty plus year-old husband wanted the standard cheese and sauce pizza, while I was looking to add veggies. We meet in the middle: I created a half spinach and leek pizza with fresh mozzarella, while the other half was cheese and sauce. I did add fresh herbs (rosemary, basil, oregano and sage) from my little urban garden aka the porch, which was shortly followed by messy tomato sauce faces.
Next pizza idea: figs, prosciutto and ricotta cheese, and of course the half cheese staple until we can make a more colorful pizza together. Pizza really is a great family treat. What is your favorite type of pizza?
'?¢ 1 bag of Trader Joe'??s ready-to-bake pizza dough
'?¢ 1 cup of organic tomato sauce
'?¢ 8oz of fresh Mozzarella cheese
'?¢ Approximately ½ cup of spinach (can use any veggie you have)
'?¢ ¼ cup of leeks, diced
'?¢ 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil
'?¢ Bunch of fresh herbs-rosemary, basil, oregano, and sage
'?¢ 1/4 cup of flour (for kneading dough)
Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees. Chop up the fresh herbs and let them marinade in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Open the package of pizza dough and let sit for 10 minutes. Place some flour on a flat surface as you knead the dough. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough and work the edges with your hands to create a shape (my dough ended up having a square-shape). Place the dough on a sheet of aluminum foil or a baking sheet. Sprinkle some olive oil on the dough, along with tomato sauce. Cut up the cheese, veggies and fresh herbs to be placed on the dough. Place it in the oven and let cook for 15 minutes-checking on it periodically. Pizza is finished when dough is slightly brown and cheese has melted. Enjoy!
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