Whatever your reasons for packing lunches to school, be it financial, lifestyle choices, or dietary restrictions, it can be very hard for kids to watch their friends get to eat school lunch, while they're left "holding the bag." [Har har.] Every mom I've heard from says that the one school menu item that leads to the most begging and whining is the dreaded "Pizza Day."
Have Them Help!
Make Home-Made Pizza Even MORE Fun!
Make the toppings fun! Arrange them to make a face or picture, cut them into shapes, or arrange them to look like something else! And you can always shape your dough or use cookie cutters on pre-made crusts or flatbreads before cooking to have fun and unique pizzas!
It's always fun to make the pizza fit the season, like heart shaped dough or toppings for Valentine's Day Decorate a Christmas tree shaped pizza for the holidays, or a snowman in a set of smaller round pizzas, or just the head. Monster faces are fun for Halloween, as are jack-o-lanterns.
No matter the theme, you can always use mini cookie cutters or a knife on meats, sliced cheese, or veggies like bell peppers and olives.
Ways to Jazz Up Leftover Pizza:
plain pizza bite kabobs from Becoming A Bentoholic,
or Pizza Skewers with extra toppings and sauce or dressing for dipping!
Cookie cutter pizza shapes from Chaos and Confections and pizza cut into fun shapes from Becoming A Bentoholic.
Traditional Pizzas on Un-Traditional Crusts!
Bagel Thins from Zoe's Lunch Box,
You can send the chemical-filled frozen ones, or make your own! I am desperate now to try these with my Pie Pops molds! [This post contains affiliate links.]
dinner roll dough from Chaos and Confections, or even regular sandwich bread with Becoming A Bentoholic!
Pizza-fy Other Foods!
Some other ideas include: pizza mac and cheese, pizza pancakes, pizza crepe, pizza quesadilla, pizza sandwich or sub, mini pizza cups, pizza breadsticks, pizza muffins, pizza pretzels, stuffed pretzel pizza bites, pizza salad or pizza pasta salad, pizza pasta or pizza pasta casserole - and I am in love with this Pizza Lollipop idea!
Gluten-Free and Low-Carb
(for Diabetics or Special Diets)