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Kids’ DIY: Garden-Fresh Pizza Creation Station
Making pizza is a fun activity that kids enjoy. They love to create their own pizza masterpieces, and if you provide lots of interested garden-fresh veggies to the fixings, they tend to dig into the healthy stuff and get creative.
Once your pizza dough is kneaded and rolled, set up a “buffet-style” line of garden-fresh ingredients your kids can pile on their personal pizza. Be sure to provide plenty of room for the kids to work in, and help your littlest pizza makers with sauce application, if needed. This recipe can be used to create four to six personal-sized pizzas.
You will need:
1 pound whole wheat or white pizza dough, cut into four to six even balls
2 medium zucchini and/or yellow summer squash, sliced
1 medium sweet pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
2 green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
2 plum tomatoes, sliced thinly
1 8 ounce can pizza sauce
1/2 cup basil pesto
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pitted black olives
1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
Fresh basil leaves
Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
Start by placing the pizza dough balls on a lightly floured surface and let them rest 10 minutes. Roll them into rounds on a lightly floured surface, building up the edges slightly. Place the pizza dough rounds on floured paper plates for the kids to decorate with ingredients. Once all of the ingredients have been added–sauce and toppings–transfer the rounds to a greased baking sheet. Bake each for between 12 to 15 minutes or until the crust is browned and the cheese melted and slightly brown on top.
Your little chefs will be eager to eat their pizzas right away, but be sure to allow them to cool slightly before they take their first bite.