The kiddos love to help me in the kitchen. The truth? Sometimes it not always as fun for mama as it is for them. It can be hard to navigate wanting to experience that time with them, wanting them to feel included, and making sure the dinner isn’t burned and all limbs are still attached by the time the meal is prepared.
I was trying to think of some meals that they can easily help with and immediately pizza came to mind. We had so much fun doing this together and is definitely going to be added to our rotation of meals.
What makes it healthier
For starters, swapping traditional pizza crust for Caulipower pizza crusts. I’ve tried Green Giant and that’s a no-go from me. Also, Stanley and the kids had no idea it was a cauliflower crust until I mentioned it (Mom win!). It makes a thin, crunchy crust which was exactly what we were going for. Also, using freshly grated cheese and fresh mozzarella from a block rather than pre-shredded that has a waxy coating. I also think choosing a high quality marinara sauce is important!
I loaded mine up with veggies but that’s not the kid’s jam so they had cut grapes and sliced cucumber to dip in healthier ranch on the side.
Our method to make it simple
This is a pretty simple meal already and I found that I didn’t feel the need to do any prep work ahead of time. You can definitely pre chop veggies and pre shred cheese before if you feel like that will make it a more enjoyable experience for you and the kids.
Another thing is I went ahead and bought three packs of crusts so we can have this meal for two nights. The kids ate on one pizza and Stanley and I both had an individual pizza each night. I’m BIG on making meals last at least two nights so I only have to hands-on cook 3 or so nights a week. We did prepare the parent pizzas on the night-of both nights to keep the crust form getting soggy.
Family Pizza Night
- 2-3 packs of Caulipower pizza crusts each pack comes with two, I prefer to make each meal last two nights
- 1 jar preferred marinara sauce we use Raos
- 1 pack of fresh mozzarella
- 1 block of mozzarella
- 1 pack of feta
- 1 pack of fresh organic spinach
- 1 pack of mushrooms
- 2 roma tomatoes
- 4 fresh basil leaves
- choice of pepperoni or salami we used salami
- *Any other pizza topping of choice.
- Preheat oven according to package instructions and remove Caulipower pizza crusts from packaging.
- Slice fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, tomatoes, and basil into thin slices and set aside.
- Shred 1/2 block of mozzarella and set aside.
- Spoon desired amount of sauce onto each individual pizza (approximately 4 tablespoons per pizza).
- Add a handful of shredded mozzarella over marinara (you don’t need to completely cover because of fresh mozzarella).
For cheese pizza:
- Add two fresh mozzarella slices (cutting in half to distribute if desired) over top of shredded mozzarella. Add a pinch of fresh basil.
For veggie pizza:
- Add a handful of spinach over shredded mozzarella (making sure not to add too much, you don’t want it to get watery), then add mushrooms, sliced tomatoes, two fresh mozzarella slices cut in half, a tablespoon of feta, and a pinch of fresh basil.
For husband pizza:
- Add choice of salami or pepperoni, again cutting two slices of mozzarella in half and distributing evenly. Stanley added 8-10 sliced banana peppers and fresh basil.
- Cook in oven according to package instructions (about 10 minutes worked for us).