Pizza, Pizza! Cooking with Kids!

When I lived closer to my family, I often got to babysit and have overnights with my niece and nephew.  One of our favorite things to do was have movie nights and make dinner together.  They use to love to help in the kitchen, as most kids do.  Sometimes it can be a little nerve racking because 1) it seems unsafe, 2) most times they can’t really help, 3) they usually make a bigger mess, and 4) you are usually just trying to get done with cooking.  Making pizza became an easy way for them to help and for me to keep my sanity!

Pizzas are a great meal for kids because most kids love pizza and if they don’t they will love eating something that they helped make.  I used to get pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe’s, but the market close to my home also carries it or you can purchase other crusts that are available in your grocery store.  With kids it is best to do individual pizzas, they will love that it is “their” pizza and they can put toppings that they want.  Make sure to get lots of different toppings and try to sneak in some veggies, even if your kids don’t love them.  We usually do a little spinach, turkey sausage, and cheese.

If you are using a dough crust, you can add flour and let the kids roll it out on a flat surface.  Next, you can add a little oil and garlic to the surface before you add sauce.  I have an oil brush which the kids loved to use.  Then we added sauce, toppings, and cheese.  Check out our pizzas below.  A little messy looking but they were lots of fun to make!  I had to convince my nephew that he shouldn’t eat all the cheese off his pizza before it cooked!

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After they cooked for the designated amount of time they were ready to cut and eat.  Yummy!

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They loved them!  After that they always wanted to cook something when they came over, which I don’t know if that is a good or a bad thing. 🙂  This a great easy way to spend time with family, encourage cooking, and eating at home.  Of course you can make your pizzas healthier by using whole wheat crusts, as we did, add veggies and fruit, think pineapple!, and a little less cheese.  This meal never gets old and is easy to make.  Enjoy!! ❤ Kia Elise 02.11.13

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