Like many parents, I’m always trying to expand Owen’s picky palate. One thing I’ve found that he enjoys is pizza. There must be some kind of weird psychology to the word ‘pizza’ because he tends to eat pizza regardless of the toppings I put on.
I’ve gotten so good at making these bad boys that I can whip one up in about 5 minutes.
To keep things on the healthy side, I use whole wheat pitas, and I always add a vegetable, like peppers. For a little protein and added flavor, I throw on some HORMEL® Pepperoni. I use marinara sauce because we almost always have a jar in the house.
Owen doesn’t really like when I use the entire pita, so I cut it in half. This works for me because I can stretch out the food.
I turn on the oven broiler and pop the pita in for 1-2 minutes. While it’s toasting up a bit, I prepare the toppings. When the time is up, I flip the pita over and toast it for another 1-2 minutes.
I add the toppings– marinara, cheese, HORMEL® Pepperoni, chopped peppers, cheese.
Then, I put the pizza under the broiler for another 1-2 minutes.
The pizza comes out warm but not too hot for toddlers’ mouths.
I typically cut up Owen’s pizza into pieces because he likes to eat it with a fork. Then I add a vegetable and fruit onto his plate. This time is was carrots with hummus and sliced grapes.
Keep in mind you aren’t limited to using only pitas. I use the same method with tortillas to make pizzas for Owen. And while we don’t buy them often, you can also use English muffins.
I also tend to mix up the toppings so he can try out new and different flavors and textures. Sometimes I’ll do Mexican pizzas with refried black beans, salsa, meat, cheese, and sliced avocado. Other times I’ve added pineapple and sliced olives.
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