Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - Since the Pizzables idea from MOMables had been such a hit last time, when I saw I happened to have all the key ingredients laying around, I decided to try it again!
Pizzable Power!The beauty of this lunch is that it is not only healthier than the pre-made boxed kind, but it's very flexible in what you can use. And, quite frankly, more appealing and palatable too!
Not So Crusty: For the "crusts" you can use pre-baked pizza crusts, pre-baked gluten-free cauliflower crusts, naan bread, pita bread, even regular bread. And who wouldn't love it cut or baked into fun shapes instead of a boring old cardboard circle, like the boxed kind?
Not Too Cheesy: Z had chosen a three-cheese blend at the store, so I used that instead of just mozzarella. You could include a nice mix of fancy cheeses along with the traditional mozzarella for a gourmet twist!
A Little Saucy: For sauce, you could use pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, marinara sauce, or any kind of home-made tomato sauce. For an extra nutrient-packed punch, you could mix a pureed cooked "bunch" of greens of any kind (mustard greens, kale, collard greens, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, etc.) in your jar of sauce first - the acidity of the tomatoes masks the "green" flavor!
Don't Go Topless!: And as for toppings, the possibilities are endless! Anything you might put on a pizza that the lunch eater enjoys can be just as yummy in their lunch box! Even anchovies! (Yum!) To make it even more fun, you can use a small cookie cutter to make meats into shapes. Whee!
|Pita bread, pizza sauce, raspberries, carrots, shredded cheese|
We don't normally go through tomato sauce very fast, so I tend to avoid making anything that uses it. I get tired of opening a jar for one home-made pizza or spaghetti night, and then end up tossing the rest later. I should probably just start freezing it. (After adding in pureed kale or other greens. Teehee!) So it's nice finding other uses for it before it goes bad! My Mini Dipper was the perfect size, and kept the sauce from leaking all over everything in the lunch.
Hubby's employer caters lunch every day, so he no longer packs my leftovers to take to work, and often brings leftovers home from work. We're big hummus fans (love love love the Trader Joe's Tuscan White Bean Hummus!) so when they had leftover pita triangles, he brought them home. They were perfect in her lunch. In fact, she loved it so much she asked for it again in her afternoon preschool snack a few days later!
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