Kids in the kitchen: Make-a-face pita pizzas

The kids are out of school for the summer. Keep their little hands busy in the kitchen!

This recipe is as easy as it is fun! The whole wheat pita serves as a ready-to-use crust. The kids just spread on the sauce, shredded cheese and then make a face using toppings. They’ll be sitting down to their personalized pizza faster than you can order a pizza!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

4 whole wheat pitas, about 6-inches wide
1/2 cup pizza sauce (prepared pesto sauce can be substituted)
1 1/3 cups shredded Lucerne® part-skim mozzarella (more if desired)
Assorted topping to make faces:
Zucchini slices (cut widthwise)
Broccoli floret tops (used for hair or eyebrows)
Olive slices (for eyes)
Green, red, yellow bell peppers cut into shapes and strips
Fresh basil (for hair)
Cherry or grape tomato slices (for eyes or noses)
Servings: 4 pita pizzas

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
2. Kids can place their pitas on the foil and use a tablespoon measure to spread his or her sauce on each pita (about 2 tablespoons per pita). With clean hands, kids then sprinkle each pita with about 1/3 cup of the shredded cheese.
3. With several bowls in front of the child, filled with the various toppings, kids can decorate the pizza faces.
4. Parents bake the pitas for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling! Once they are cooled to a safe temperature, the kids can dig in.

Nutritional Information (including 1/3 cup veggie toppings per serving):
Servings Per Recipe 4: Serving Size: 1 pita pizza
Calories 305, Total Fat 9 g, Saturated Fat 4.5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g (Omega-3s .1 g), Monounsaturated Fat 2.5 g, Cholesterol 24 mg, Sodium 701 mg, Potassium 390 mg, Total Carbohydrate 42 g, Dietary Fiber 5 g, Sugars 4.5 g, Protein 16.5 g Vitamin D 5 IU, Calcium 296 mg, Iron 2.5 mg

Albertsons Wellness Services Dietitians

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