Looking for something fun and delish to make with your picky eater (s)? Make Pizza! It’s simple, hands-on, and may even get your picky eaters to eat their veggies! Rolling out the dough is also great for kids with poor gross motor skills. We made this for lunch today, with my 6 year old and my almost 4 year old.
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (you can buy it or make it – we buy it).
Pizza Sauce (we used Nature’s Promise Organic Pizza Sauce)
Part Skim Mozzarella (we buy pre-shredded)
Cornmeal or flour to sprinkle under dough
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
1. Give kids a hunk of dough (you can get three small pizzas out of a regular bag of pizza dough).
2. Sprinkle cornmeal or flour on your table (you can use a silicone mat, or just wipe down your table first – we wiped the table down).
3. Hand your child a rolling pin (or something to roll out the dough).
4. Clean up cornmeal or flour on table. Then give each child a bowl of sauce and a spoon. Have them spread the sauce on the dough (yes, it’s going to get messy).
5. Give each child a small bowl of shredded cheese. Suggest that they “sprinkle” the cheese on (my son tried to dump huge clumps on, I had to redirect him).
6. Set out veggies to top pizzas with. Carrots, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes…. are all good.. We used organic spinach only today (because that’s all we had).7. Transfer to baking sheet and bake for around 10 – 13 minutes (check the directions on your package of dough). Some dough may need more time to cook.
8. Feed to hungry, starving children! A benefit to this is that your picky eater will feel invested in it, because they made it themselves (and you can also get them to eat the veggies they decorated their pizza with). While we couldn’t get so creative with spinach today, I usually give them several different types of veggies so they can make funny faces.