Today I bring you a little something different to the blog. I am always looking for food inspiration for Zach. I feel like I am forever giving him the same things and that he has got into the habit of asking for those same things. I am not the most inventive in the kitchen so having easy and quick recipes is always a winner. Today I have Tiffany Watts from Dilesia giving us a couple of recipes for mini pizzas – and they are healthy too! Over to Tiffany…
Mini Pizza Recipe for Toddlers
There’s just no kid that said ‘no’ to pizza. Ever. Children seem to be programmed to love this food and sometimes we adults can’t deny we love it too.
I remember as a child my mother asking me what to prepare for dinner and both my brother and I screamed simultaneously: “Pizzaaaa!” I also remember my mom rolling her eyes probably thinking how naively she dared to expect a different answer every single time. Fortunately, pizza is not a difficult thing to do and it may actually be prepared both at home and with a healthy twist. Most pizzas are notorious for the amount of processed cheese and sausages not to mention the gluten-containing dough base. Truth is pizza can be incorporated into a balanced and healthy family diet and enjoyed freely every now and then by the whole family.
These are 2 recipes for easy to prep and bake mini pizzas which you can make together with your toddler. The first one includes regular dough which you can ferment and turn into sourdough if you feel like. It is very simple to do and requires 10 minutes to bake! The second one is gluten-free as we used potato slices for the base and topped with some everyday ingredients from the fridge. Both mini pizza ideas can be baked on a pizza stone or in a regular baking pan.
Broccoli and sausage mini pizza
100g pizza dough
50g tomato sauce
50g broccoli florets
50g slices thin sausage
50g mozzarella cheese
1. Roll the dough into a thin 0.5 cm layer.
2. Use a water or wine glass to cut small circles and place them on a pizza stone or baking pan.
3. On top of each circle spread a teaspoon of tomato sauce, a slice of sausage, a small piece of broccoli and a mozzarella bite.
4. Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated oven until the mozzarella has melted and crust is golden brown.
Potato capers spinach mini pizza
50g tomato sauce
50g feta cheese
a handful of baby spinach leaves
1. Rinse, peel and slice potatoes into 0.5 cm pieces.
2. Place them on a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
3. Roast for 10-15 minutes until soft but not golden or burnished.
4. Remove from the oven.
5. Spread a teaspoon of tomato sauce over each potato slice.
6. Sprinkle with feta cheese and decorate with capers.
7. Bake for another 5-10 minutes until golden edges.
8. Remove from the oven and decorate with a fresh spinach leaf.
Both of these recipes are suitable to bake on a weeknight but they are a great family activity on weekends. Small children love to make elaborate and beautiful food with their hands and these pizzas are mini craft projects as well! You can absolutely substitute an ingredient of your choice and add olives instead of capers or basil instead of spinach. It is up to you and your taste to personalise these suggestions. Experiment and amaze all your friends and family!
Pizza is not a bad word and should be made a healthy and special family ritual. If we do it at home with quality ingredients and add our favourite foods, it can actually be a balanced meal that suits our everyday life and brings joy to both adults and kids!
Tiffany Watts is the blogger behind Dilesia, a food blog curated for newbie and experienced cooking and baking enthusiasts, with the aim of bringing back the glamour and fashion in the kitchen. Dilesia, “where sweet treats and good eats meet,” provides a portal for everyone to discover delicious recipes, new and upcoming kitchen gadgets, and easy (and surprising) ways to upgrade culinary skills.