Friday, January 27, 2012

WARNING: Healthy AND kid friendly recipe!

You've been warned! hehe

We love to involve the kids in cooking and they love it too!  Tonight we made these fun little mini pizzas, with a healthy twist.  The kids love them and I feel good about serving them something that is good for their bodies!

I present to you: Whole Wheat Mini Pizzas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Slice your english muffins in half and toast them (keeps them from getting soggy and you don't have to bake them as long)

Grate your cheese and chop your veggies

Lay your toasted muffins on a cookie sheet and spread 1 heaping tsp of pizza sauce on each one.

Then start laying your veggies on (we used colored bell peppers, red onions & olives).

Next add your turkey pepperoni slices (if you want to, nobody's forcing you - not everyone wanted olives either)

All layered up...almost ready to go!

Here's a good trick, take the back of a serving spoon (it doesn't have to be well-used or ugly like mine) and press firmly on your pizzas to create a flat surface for the cheese.  Dude, nobody likes all of their cheese to drip off the sides.  Nobody.

Put your cheese on (about 2 Tbl on each pizza)

We also did some plain cheese and pepperoni with cheese for the purists.

Place your cookie sheet in the oven and bake until the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned... 

Cheese and pepperoni ones are done!  A little sloppy...I see dripping cheese!

And here come the veggie pizzas!  Yum!  Notice, no dripping cheese...back of a spoon, I tell ya!

Aerial view of the plain cheese and pepperoni pizzas...messy, but oh so good!

Whole Wheat Mini Pizzas
1 pkg (6 whole, 12 split) Whole Wheat English Muffins
1 pkg Turkey Pepperoni (or other low fat alternative)
1/2 lb Mozzarella Cheese, grated
1 jar Pizza Sauce (our favorite cheap and easy and no weird additives is the Fred Meyer brand)
1/4 Red Onion, diced
4 Baby Bell Peppers, sliced thin (or your favorite large bell pepper - about 1/4 of one)
1/4 cup Olive, sliced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Split your English Muffins in half and toast each one (you can determine how toasty you want them) - just enough that they are crisp (so they don't get soggy when you put the sauce on).  Lay flat on a cookie sheet and spread 1 heaping tsp (up to a Tbl) of pizza sauce on each muffin.  Then layer as desired with: bell peppers, onion & olives.  Add 3 slices of turkey pepperoni to each muffin.  With the back of a large serving spoon, press down on the center of each muffin to flatten it out and make a nice area to set the cheese.  Top with about 2 Tbl mozzarella cheese and place sheet in oven for 15-20 minutes (until cheese is melted and slightly brown on top).


Nutritional Information HERE.

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Debbie ferranti said...

How many is a "serving" size?

Stephanie said...

@Debbie - A serving size is 1 pizza muffin (1/2 of an english muffin). :o)