Do your kids ask for pizza as much as ours do? Our kids ask for it a lot. Green Machine Pizza is a great way to get your little ones to eat their veggies with delight. If you’ve never tried pesto and green veggies on your pizza now is the time!
Making pizza at home has become a fun Sunday night family activity. The real challenge for me is getting my kids to want toppings other than their usual favorite, cheese.
The first time our co-founder, Catherine, made this Green Machine Pizza she was pretty pleased with herself because it was a great way to get her kids to eat their greens while also serving them one of their beloved foods. They had been thrilled knowing that they were getting homemade pizza for lunch, but when they walked into the kitchen they took one look at the first verdant pie Catherine pulled out of the oven, and they both shrieked in horror, “it’s green!”.
We still don’t understand why green can be such a taboo food color for kids, but on this particular occasion, Catherine let her kids them make the next two pizzas with her. As if by magic, the kids were then totally game for eating them.
Green Machine Pizza
- 1 lb pizza dough (see recipe below)
- 1/2 cup pesto
- 1 cup mozzerella cheese
- 1 cup finely chopped broccoli 1
- 1 small zucchini, sliced into thin coins
- 1 cup frozen spinach, defroosted and water squeezed out
- Preheat oven to 450 F.
- Divide dough into four equal pieces and roll out or form each piece into a pizza disk.
- Spread each disk with 2 tablespoons of pesto, sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, and top with chopped broccoli, zucchini slices, and spinach.
- Bake on a pizza stone or baking sheet for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
- If you use a pizza stone, make sure to dust some cornmeal on whatever surface you're preparing the pizza so the pie transfers easily to the stone..
- If you are cooking on a baking sheet, assemble your pizza pie on the sheet so you don't make a mess when transferring