1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #48
LUNCH – Cheese Pizza with Veggie Boosted Pizza Sauce, Spinach & Peppers
I pulled a hat trick this week and I am pretty darn pleased with myself. The veggie boosted pizza sauce, on this easy to make pizza, was the tomato sauce from Mondays meatballs & polenta, which became the veggie boosted tomato sauce that I served as a dip with the polenta chips on Tuesday and after pureeing it into a smooth pizza sauce, ended up on today’s pizza. It is flavorful and healthy and the kids love the taste. I especially like the flavor that zucchini adds to the sauce, but just because this is pureed doesn’t mean that I hide what goes in the sauce. Not only did the kids eat the sauce yesterday as a dip before it was pureed, but whenever possible they are also involved in preparing the food. So, they see it, they eat it and then we talk about it.
For example, if one of the kids says “This is yummy!”, I’ll say something like “I think it’s the zucchini that makes it taste yummy. What do you think makes it taste yummy?” And slowly but surely, if it wasn’t already, zucchini becomes our friend.
Back to the pizza – flatbread topped with veggie boosted pizza sauce, shredded Monterrey jack cheese, fresh spinach leaves and sliced yellow peppers. I like to add veggies to pizza, especially veggies that don’t offend. In other words, veggies that can be removed without “contaminating” the pizza. These toppings worked well:) Baked on a baking pan for 8-10 minutes at 400°F or until the cheese melts (really that’s all that we’re trying to do, right?).
SNACK – Banana Bowl with Strawberry Sauce & Dried Mulberries
So simple, so delicious. I found this snack idea on Pinterest and immediately knew it would be a hit. One of our favorite snacks is bananas in milk, this is a nice way to switch it up and I know we will have fun inventing our own sauces for future snacks. This is also the first time I have ever tried dried mulberries, they make a nice topper for this snack and would also be nice on yogurt or apple sauce.
SNACK – Popcorn Bowl
Popcorn is a fun, healthy snack and is even more fun when you can add your own toppings. Here I mixed the toppings together and served them on the side, letting the kids decide whether to add them to the popcorn or eat them separately. Sometimes, especially when I am introducing new toppings, I separate them into individual cups, but these toppings are all proven favorites, so I mixed them together. You can find more of our popcorn bowls here and here.
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the healthy lunch and snacks that I serve Monday to Friday, along with a few tips & tricks thrown in here and there. For more posts in this series click here. If you would like to see my lunch and snack ideas in real time, you can follow me on Instagram where I post them as they happen:)