This one is so simple! It’s been a quick go-to of ours for years, but we haven’t made them in a while. The boys had their cousins coming over tonight for a sleepover, and it worked out perfect!
A big key in getting kids to eat healthy food is to have them be part of the process and decisions. We started tonight by asking the kids what kind of veggie toppings they like on their pizzas. They told us they liked peppers, onions, olives, broccoli, spinach, and mushrooms. Perfect, we can do that. We sautéed mushrooms, sliced green peppers, red peppers, onions, and opened a can of black olives.
I also steamed some frozen spinach and broccoli in the microwave, which have become staples on any pizza the Masiello boys eat, opened a jar of Engine 2 oil free tomato sauce, opened a bag of shredded mozzarella flavored vegan cheese, and took out some whole wheat tortillas. At that point we were all set, and ready for the fun part.
We simply put the tortilla shells on parchment lined baking sheets, and let the boys go to work. They each made an individual pizza, loaded with veggies and prepared just they way they want it. They did use some of the vegan cheese, which I am usually not a fan of, but I’m ok with it in a party type situation, especially when it includes people who are in transition or have not yet fully made the switch to a whole foods plant based Nutritarian diet. We didn’t put out a lot, so they had to use it sparingly, and I was happy to see that they didn’t even use it all.
|Quick Tortilla Pizza|| |
- Whole wheat tortilla shells
- Tomato sauce
- Chopped or sliced fresh veggies (anything you like!)
- Sautéed Mushrooms
- Steamed spinach
- Steamed broccoli
- Vegan cheese (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Prepare all of the toppings ahead of time. They can include slicing fresh vegetables, steaming spinach and/or broccoli, and sautéing mushrooms, or anything else that you like
- Line baking pans with parchment papers
- Lay whole wheat tortilla shells on the parchment lined pans
- Add tomato sauce to the tortilla crust. Just a little more than a coating, making sure you don't add too much, because it will make your pizza soggy and fall apart
- Add the toppings
- Bake at 425 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes, until the exposed tortilla crust begins to brown and crisp
The pizza party was a huge hit! Everyone enjoyed their pizzas, and ate their vegetables at the same time! Because we put out the ingredients I was happy with whatever combination of toppings they chose, and because they made the pizzas they came out just they way they like them. In general, I highly recommend make-your-own type meals for kids in situations like this sleep-over, especially when you want to make sure they eat healthy food. Tonight it was with pizzas, but we have done the same with tacos and burritos too.