Making time for healthy meals can sometimes be hard during the busy days of summer. With the summer heat, my family craves more raw, fresh foods so we do a lot of meals like this one. Fresh, healthy, comes together quickly and with minimal fuss and clean up...the best kind of meal in my book!
Summer is a busy time in our household. The kids have many more hours of activities and sports because they don't have school. We are still focusing on school work by spending time doing educational activities everyday. The kids want to play outside....a lot. And mommy still has to run a business...but now I don't have the 5-6 hours a day without kids to get things done. Plus, family time increases over the summer as we try to fit in as many activities together as we can.
I wanted to share with you the super simple, easy to make recipes for one of our favorite meals...veggie pita pizzas. These things are DELICIOUS and take a whole 10-15 minutes to make, start to finish..and it's a great recipe for kids that want to help out!
Here are the SUPER SIMPLE instructions on how to make them! My instructions are pretty loose because you can customize this for each person. In our household, each adult eats one pizza and the kids each eat half.
HERE WE GO!
1. Preheat your toaster oven or oven to 350 degrees.
2. Chop up your veggies. I generally include combinations of spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes, basil, cilantro, mushrooms, black olives, onions, broccoli and zucchini. This will vary from person to person and day to day. There are so many variations you can make! And because it is so easy to customize these pizzas for each person, I don't mind making different combinations for each person. We've even done mexican pizza variation to this and added beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro...YUMMY! Get creative...anything goes here! (The combination pictured above is mushrooms, green and orange bell peppers, cilantro, spinach and cheese.)
This is a great teaching opportunity for kids that is also lots of fun. My kids (7 and 10) love to help with putting the pizzas together. I find they are MUCH more likely to eat a meal that they helped prepared so that's a bonus. My 10 year old is starting to help with the chopping of the veggies too, with lots of supervision.
I cut everything up and make little piles on the cutting board or preparation surface so it's easy to grab the ingredients I need for each individual pizza.
3. Spread your pizza sauce onto the pita. Go as light or heavy as you like! I go all the way to the edges since there isn't really a crust.
The pitas we use for these are fantastic if you can get them but any pita will do. I prefer these because they are thin and you end up with a crispy, thin crust pizza that isn't too heavy on the carbs.
4. Sprinkle on your veggies. Start with the light weight ones first (spinach, basil, cilantro) and then layer on the heavier ones. They help hold the light ones down.
5. Sprinkle on the cheese or vegan cheese (or skip this step) Again, go as heavy or light as you wish.
6. Stick your gorgeous pizza into the toaster oven for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.
7. Take it out and slice it up! Enjoy your healthy, yummy veggie pizza!