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By Nicole Spain, Registered Dietitian
Pizza is always a favorite at our house. Whether we are ordering out or making our own, my kids love it. One fun way to involve your children is to make mini individual pizzas. For a quick dinner (usually ready in 20 minutes or less) we love to use mini-naan bread as our crust.
Place these on top of a lined baking sheet (4-5 will usually fit on one pan). At home you can really use any toppings you want and it’s a great way to use up odds and ends in the fridge. Place all the toppings in separate bowls and let your children create their own pizza. I found that if I finely chop the vegetables, my kids will put a lot on. Their favorites are red sauce, spinach, red peppers, and mozzarella cheese.
You can also buy pre-made pizza crust usually in the fresh or frozen food aisles. Or if you want to try making your own traditional crust, try this Grow Fit inspired recipe. (Just note that you will need to make the dough a day or two ahead of time.)
The Tastiest Whole Grain Pizza Crust
Yields – Two 12-14 inch crusts
½ C plus 2 tbsp warm water (between 100 and 110 degrees F)
1 ½ packets active dry yeast
1 ½ tsp sugar
1 C whole wheat flour
1 C white whole wheat flour
½ C semolina flour from 100% durum wheat
2 tsp kosher salt
½ C buttermilk
1 tbsp olive oil
Cornmeal, for dusting
Recipe altered from: https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-the-tastiest-whole-grain-pizza-crust-228649?epik=dj0yJnU9a1RqNWxmZEV0NVNDeVg5UHBlbC05RGZQMlVZbkZISkQmcD0wJm49bUk0QzBlc2F1dHJWZHhraDY1eDZBQSZ0PUFBQUFBR0lCMnlV
Try one of these tasty combos!
Of course, there are the nights when everyone is too tired to cook and you get dinner delivered from a local pizzeria. Try to pick pizza toppings that are heart healthy like lean proteins and fruits or vegetables. If there is an option to order a whole grain crust give it a try! Here are some suggested toppings that many pizzerias have available. And don’t be afraid to try something new. I was recently introduced to a dill pickle pizza and couldn’t believe how delicious it was!
Heart Healthy Toppings:
Traditional Red Sauce
Roasted Red Peppers