* English Muffins, pita bread, tortillas or pizza crusts
* Pizza sauce
* Shredded cheese~ mozzarella or cheddar
* Vegetables~ mushrooms, bell peppers, onions
* Fruits~ pineapple, olives
* Meat (optional)~ chicken, turkey sausage
1) Wash the vegetables for the pizza.
Little ones as young as 1 or 2 years old can help wash bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, etc..
2) Cut up the veggies.
Older children can participate in prepping the vegetables for the pizzas.
3) Prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Pouring the cheese, chicken and olives in separate bowls can be a job for nearly any age. The veggies can be scooped up by little hands and be placed in bowls as well.
Important: If homemade pizza sauce is cooked, or canned pizza sauce is heated up, please take care to cook it on the back burner. (See pizza sauce recipe below.)
4) Set out toppings and let everyone make their own pizza.
After putting sauce on your little one’s pizza crust, allow them to sprinkle on their toppings or at least choose which toppings they would like. With toddlers or picky eaters, it’s always good to have a nice variety of veggies, and protein options as well.
When using tortillas, or pita bread, be mindful not to pile on the toppings. The weight, and the moisture, of these ingredients keep the bread from getting crispy.
5) Put the pizzas in the oven.
Adolescents can preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Bake the pizza for approximately ten minutes, depending on how crisp one wants the crust.
6) Let the pizza cool down a bit. Eat!
Pizza Sauce Recipe
1 160z can of tomato sauce
salt & pepper to taste
1 teaspoon each of basil, oregano, parsley
(Add marjoram if there is no oregano.)
Heat up the tomato sauce in a sauce pan or small, shallow skillet. Stir in salt, pepper and herbs. Let the sauce simmer for awhile, (stirring occasionally), so that the herbs' flavor can permeate the sauce.
Caution: Brush sauce onto pizza for your little ones. When heated up, pizza sauce can easily burn if touched or spilled.
If there is leftover sauce, let it cool. Then freeze the sauce, for the next time that you make pizzas.