For nights where you want to get the kids involved in the kitchen while having a great time as a family, building a pizza bar is so much fun!
Many parents ask me how they can get their kids interested in cooking, learning about foods, and expanding their palate with new recipes. The answer to these questions and more are never simple since all families are different and we all have different amounts of time to dedicate to the kitchen.
I will say, that getting kids to enjoy exploring new foods begins with using new ingredients in simple recipes, like pizza, pasta, etc. Incorporating a new ingredient to something already familiar has a better chance of being tried than making it the centerpiece of a meal.
I know a lot of families do pizza night like we do, so why not create a fun pizza bar with whatever veggies you might have in the fridge?
As you can see from the video below, my kids are like any other kids, they are curious, fun, and sometimes ask the cutest things. While making pizza isn’t a new concept, I wanted to give you some insight what cooking with kids is really like -so make sure to watch through the bloopers at the end.
While my kids appear in some of my YouTube videos, they are kids, not actors. It’s been fun to watch them become comfortable being in front of the camera since they, like me, have never had any training.
When they hear that mom has video day coming up, they often ask what recipes I’ll be making because they want to “help” mom in her business. If the recipe includes chocolate, I tend to have a lot of volunteers but if it involves veggies… not so much.
The thing is, that because I continue to do my thing and add variety to our recipes, my kids are becoming more open to trying new foods. And that, my friends, is all I can ask for.
So if there is one takeaway from the video and today’s easy recipe is that you ask your kids to help you in all areas of the kitchen, not just when you are baking cookies. They will often surprise us and show us an interest in things we had no idea they might like.
What are some ways your kids get involved in the kitchen?
Family Night DIY Pizza Bar
Have fun with the kids building these individual pizzas. By using store bought flatbreads, these individual pizzas cook faster than the delivery guy can get to your house. Bonus: Use leftover veggies and protein from the week as toppings!
- Yield: 6 individual pizzas 1x
- 6 round flatbreads, white or whole-wheat
- 1 1/4 cups pizza sauce
- 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella
- Favorite pizza toppings
- Preheat your oven to 400F and position oven rack in the lower third of the oven.
- Meanwhile, line two baking sheets with parchment paper and place 3 flatbreads in each.
- Spread 3-4 tablespoons pizza sauce onto each flatbread, top with toppings and cheese.
- Bake one tray at a time, 7 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and melted. Carefully remove from ov-en and serve.
- Tip: Store leftover pita pizzas in the fridge. To pack for school lunch, lightly toast in the toaster oven, remove and cool down to room temperature before packing in a lunchbox.