As much as we’d like to involve our young children in the cooking process, it’s easier said than done! There are many benefits in letting them explore with foods and cooking tools; motor skills and interest in new foods being the two most important ones.

If you had to bet on one food you know your toddler never says “no” to, what would it be?

We also have a safe bet around here: it’s pizza! Kids can pretty much customize their own pizza the way they like, while still having fun and using healthy ingredients that are appealing and taste good.
No matter how many children are involved in the process, this recipe doesn’t require much organization.

1. Prep for the kids: you can either make your own crust or buy it pre-made from the store. OR, if you are up for it and think the kids will like it, you could even make a cauliflower crust (the recipes are all over the web.)

Divide in as many portions as there are children. If you think the little ones are capable, let them spread the dough, it’s always fun! Don’t forget to throw a little flour on the counter/table before to make their job easier.

Cut the vegetables in advance so there’s no knife around during the actual pizza prep. Don’t be shy with the veggies as this might be your opportunity to introduce new options in a playful way.

2. Sauce: It’s tomato sauce time (or olive oil)! This might get messy…

3. Toppings! Kids can let their creativity go crazy with all the colours and shapes vegetables have to offer. It might be fun to make a face on the pizza with the ingredients you have on hand.

4. Veggies/Fruits
Here’s a list (non-exhaustive) of options to “decorate” your pizza:

  • Spinach
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Onion
  • Broccoli
  • Pepper
  • Pineapple
  • Apple
  • Cranberries..

5. Say cheese!!! There are tons of different sorts of cheese to choose from! Be careful as some cheese mixes might be a bit too spicy for the younger kids.

Have fun and savour your masterpiece! You’ve just spent quality time with your family and entertained the kids without toys or screens…

So, how did it go? Share your experience in the comments…