200g pizza base mix (plus extra for dusting)
1 courgette or carrot, grated
125ml tepid water
8 heaped tbsp tomato pizza sauce or passata
50g cheddar cheese or plant-based alternative, grated
Veg topping suggestions (offer kids a few options of chunky veg and try to put at least two on the pizza, along with some of their favourite other toppings if you like):
Sliced red onion
Sliced courgettes or aubergines (chargrilled frozen ones are perfect for this)
Sliced peppers (frozen is fine)
Sliced mushrooms (fresh or frozen)
Butternut squash chunks (fresh or frozen)
Sweetcorn (tinned or frozen)
Veg Portions / Serving:
A pizza slice with plenty of vegetables. We have suggested a super tasty and healthy version with a veg stuffed pizza crust and chunky veg topping, but you can use any pizza slice as long as it has a vegetable topping. The secret will be to keep it fairly chunky so the kids can find it, and to serve with a reminder to the children to Eat Them to Defeat Them and say “This slice is mine!”
Preheat your oven to gas 8/450°F/220°C. In a suitable bowl, add the pizza base mix, grated courgette or carrot and tepid water, using your hands to bring all of the ingredients together to form a dough.
Sprinkle a work surface with a little extra of the base mix or plain flour, and continue to knead the dough (just fold it in on itself and push down hard on it over and over) for about five minutes until the dough has a smooth outer texture.
Roll the dough into a roundish thin shape and place onto an oiled baking sheet. Evenly spread the tomato pizza sauce on the pizza base, add the sliced vegetables to the top making sure that they are evenly spaced, and top with the grated cheese or plant-based alternative.
Place the pizza into the preheated oven and continue to cook until golden brown and well risen, about 5-10 mins. Remove from the oven, then portion and serve.
Kids in the Kitchen:
Have the kids help you measure and weigh ingredients, make the dough, pick some veg toppings from options you can give them, and top the pizzas – they can really own this recipe! For more tips on cooking with kids check out Kids in the Kitchen on Simply Veg.