…And how to get it done!
Because the hardest thing when we have a toddler is to actually get dinner done while they always try to play with some life-threatening items!
Last week I talked with a few moms on Instagram who were saying they want to cook for their kids but
1: Don’t know where to start
2: Don’t know how to start while having to supervise them.
I fought for nothing for a few months until I realized that the only way I will be able to do anything is to include him and forget about the clean kitchen, because kids will make a mess, but at the end, your dinner will be made, so I consider that as a winner!
I will share with you my best weapon when it comes to dinner prep and making my 2 years old happy.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw it already has it’s my favorite, easy, quick go to dinner: homemade pizza. And that’s exactly how we make it.
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, olives, goat cheese, anchovies, fresh basil
Pizza dough :
This is the only thing you will have to make ahead, but if you have a KitchenAid or other robot it will take only 10 minutes.
2 cup organic all purpose flour
1/2tsp dry yeast
1tbsp olive oil
Mix all ingredients together (but do not let the yeast touching salt before you start mixing) until combined and looking smooth. Then cover it in a bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for 1 to 2 or 3 hours.
The point is to make your life easier not to make a perfect pizza so the sitting time of the dough isn’t so important. Try to wait at least 1 hour before touching it and no more than 4 hours.
When the dough is ready:
Preheat your oven to 350 degree
Make a ball with the dough and start spreading it with your hand. That is the part your kid will love, real edible playdoh!! As a chef, I did get stressed out by the fact that he was messing up my work but I quickly had to get over it and accept it won’t be a perfect round shaped pizza.
I keep spreading it by hand until it fit my whole pizza pan. (If you don’t have a pizza pan, just use a regular square sheet tray).
Once your pizza lay on your pan, add the topping (that is the second best part for kids).
My topping usually consist of leftovers or whatever I have in my fridge, but I always start with :
Tomato sauce (any kind from pure tomato sauce to pasta sauce or even organic pesto…)
Mozzarella cheese (or any cheese you have, cheddar is great)
Deli meat (turkey, ham, prosciutto, pepperoni, rotisserie chicken…)
Veggies (zucchini, onions, artichokes, bell pepper, broccoli, asparagus…)
Other (olives, anchovies, oregano, basil…)
Then place on the middle rack in the oven for about 30 minutes.
Why we love this recipe? It’s easy, simple, entertaining and healthy! Yes, a pizza healthy! Because you make it from scratch you skip all preservatives and added chemical from a frozen or Domino pizza, use only raw and fresh ingredients, entertain your toddler and teach him something, educate his taste bud and put love in it. I already said it, but I swear, homemade food made with love does taste better. Emi always get so excited to see the final result and think HE actually made it so he will eat it all!
Let me know if you tried it and how it came out, I would love to know what you think about it, in the meantime, Enjoy the cleaning 😉