"It's easy to turn pizza into a healthy meal. Use a whole wheat crust, garden fresh toppings like tomatoes from Florida, and serve it with a salad," said Chef Justin Timineri, Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
These recipes are not only kid-friendly to eat, they're kid-ready to make. Older kids can help slice vegetables, and younger kids can help make the pizza crust and add the toppings. Look for the "Grown-Up Alert"
on each recipe for tasks adults should handle
or help with.
Get more recipes and learn about Florida tomatoes at http://bit.ly/floridatomatoes.
Chef Justin's Tomato Tips for Kids
|*||Never refrigerate a whole tomato. Storing in cold temperatures stops the ripening process and makes the flavor fade.|
|*||The best test for a great tomato is not color but aroma. Smell the stem end, and you should smell a strong sweet-acidic fragrance. Choose tomatoes that are plump, shiny and that give slightly when pressure is applied.|
Mini Pizza Snacks
Yield: 2 servings (3 mini pizzas per serving)
|6||mini pizza crusts cut out from whole wheat pitas, or pre-baked pizza crusts|
|1/2||cup tomato sauce or your favorite pizza sauce (optional)|
|1||cup mozzarella cheese|
|Pizza toppings such as pepperoni, black||olives, green pepper, Florida tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, etc.|
Preheat oven broiler.
Use a cookie cutter to cut pizza crusts that will fit in the wells of a muffin pan. Place one crust in each well.
If you want pizza sauce, spoon some onto each crust. Top with a sprinkle of cheese, then some of your favorite pizza toppings.
Place muffin pan on the lower rack of the oven, and broil for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven. Let pizzas cool for a couple of minutes before carefully using a fork to remove them from the pan.
Grown-Up Alert: Have an adult help with the broiler, and with removing pizzas from the muffin pan.