Lunch isn’t as easy as it was when my mom was making mine. I remember getting peanut butter and honey on most days. With all the peanut allergies, most of us can’t give our kids peanut butter anymore. More and more schools are instituting no-nut butter policies; putting the peanut butter, almond butter and even soy and sunflower butters on the no-no list.
While I certainly don’t mind sending Little Guy to school with a turkey sandwich sometimes, I don’t like him having deli meat everyday for lunch. There are other meatless lunches that kids will devour though – like pizza.
Pizza gets a bum wrap. Although most pizza is full of fat and empty calories, it’s easy to make a homemade wholesome pizza full of whole grains, veggies and dairy. My lunch box pizza is the perfect example. This entire recipe is so fast and easy that I’ve gotten up with my son at 6:00 am and had this pizza in his lunch box and out the door with him by 8:30. Anyone who has ever tried to get a four year out the door in a timely manner knows that most of the time was spent wrangling Little Guy into his clothes and away from Octonauts not actually making his lunch.
The pizza dough is an adaptation from a King Arthur Flour’s No-Fuss Focaccia recipe that takes almost no time to make; there’s no kneading, no retarding of the dough and no starters. You throw everything in a mixer and whip it up for 60 seconds. You then spread it out on an oiled cookie sheet and allow it to rise for one hour. During that time you can preheat the oven, make the sauce and grate the cheese.
With most pizza joints using a simple combination of tomato paste, water and seasoning, it’s not hard to make something with more veggies than your average pizza. Just using your favorite jarred tomato sauce works in this recipe and adds an extra jolt of vegetables to the pizza. However, if you really want to hide add more veggies to your child’s lunch, then the sauce to make is my Vegeriffic Veggie Sauce. Packed full of different veggies–but pureed smooth so your kid won’t know–it makes a killer pizza sauce, and has enough flavor that your kids will really go for it. Top the whole thing off with just enough cheese to make your kids happy and then bake the pizza for 20 minutes. That’s it.
It’s a healthy lunch that is meatless, full of everything you want your kids to have for lunch and all homemade. The best part of it all is that they will LOVE it and want it all the time. Enjoy!
Note: Nutritional information calculated using basic marinara sauce.