Here is one way to keep your kids busy and well-fed (on a budget) while we figure out how many bottles of wine we need to get through the weeks or possibly months-long coronavirus quarantine: have them make their own pizzas under supervision! This is the easiest and healthiest meal option I can think of, which my 3+-year-old loves and eats without a fuss.
I let him select the toppings from the vegetable tray. I added some leftover chicken to the option, but he decided to skip it, and perhaps that best for a planet-friendly diet. We (my son and I are already cooking together!) used pita as the base, but you can use naan, tortilla or rotis, too.
For the sauce, we just used ketchup, but marinara or pesto works great, too. Just ask your children how they want to make it, and you will be surprised at how accepting they are of deviations when they make their own food.
Do let them slather the sauce and add the toppings. This teaches them how to follow instructions, and they really enjoy the task. They will feel so proud and accomplished and hungry when the pizza is ready to eat. 🙂
15 Minute Homemade Pizza
- 1 pita bread
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1/2 bell pepper sliced
- 1/2 onion sliced
- 3 button mushrooms sliced
- 1/2 cup grated cheese divided
- salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line a baking tray with parchment and place the pita on it.
- Slather the pita with ketchup/marinara/pesto.
- Add vegetables and sprinkle half the cheese on top. Add salt at this stage if desired.
- Bake for 7-8 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top carefully, and bake for 2 more minutes.
- Let it cool a bit before using a serrated knife to cut the pita into squares.