Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Kid's Pita Pizza

I'm just having left overs tonight (boring!) for supper but made the boys one of their favorite meals... Pita Pizza! I love this recipe cause it's easier then even the mini pizza's we used to grab in the frozen section all the time at the store and pay too much for... And with these you can add veggies into the sauce so,even though the boys think they are just having pizza, they are getting some extra good stuff in there too!!! The key to this meal to be fast and easy is to have everything made and on hand... If I have a day when I don't have much planned I will make a huge batch of this sauce and put it into 2 cup ziplock containers in the freezer. You also need to make sure you have a bag of pitas in the freezer at all times. I get the 18 pack of whole wheat pita's (Byblos Bakery) from Superstore... They are tasty and last a long time! I just take how ever many I'm going to use like a half an hour before and they are thawed by the time you need them. The last thing/things you need are toppings! My boys like just cheese ( if you know me, you'll know that Keegan, our oldest, is the pickiest eater out there!!) But if you can get some meat & more veggies on there that's awesome!!! My pizza/pasta sauce I found in "the sneaky chef" book by Missy Lapine. I usually double this recipe just cause then I don't need to make it as often :)

Here is the recipe:

Easy homemade pasta sauce:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely minced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup orange purée ( will provide recipe)
1/4 cup white purée ( will provide recipe)
1 can, about 28 oz, whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid.
1 6oz can of tomato paste
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper

Place oil in a deep saucepan over a medium heat. Cook onions & garlic until they are slightly translucent but not brown, stirring occasionally. Mix in orange & white purées, tomatoes, and tomato paste and bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 mind until sauce is thickened. Transfer sauce to blender or food processor and purée in batches to purée sauce. Stir in salt & pepper, to taste. Use immediately or store in fridge for up to a week, or can freeze for up to 6 months.

Orange purée:
1 medium sweet potato or yam, peeled and roughly chopped
3 medium to large carrots, peeled & chopped into thick slices.
3-4 Tbsp water

In a medium pot, cover carrots & sweet potatoes/yams with cold water and boil for about 20 minutes until all is very tender. Drain and put into food processor with 2 Tbsp of water. Purée on high till smooth, no chunks should remain. This recipe should make about 2 cups of purée. Store in fridge for up to 3 days... Or freeze up to 6 months.

White purée:
2 cups cauliflower, cut into florets
2 small to medium zucchini, peeled & roughly chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
3-4 Tbsp water, if necessary.

Place cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, cover with water, and microwave on high for 8-10 minutes until very tender. While waiting for cauliflower to steam, start to pulse the RAW zucchini with lemon juice only ( no water) drain the cooked cauliflower. Working in batches, add it to the pulsed zucchini in the bowl of the food processor with 2 Tbsp of water. Purée on high till smooth. If necessary, add the rest of the water to make a smooth purée. Makes about 2 cups of purée... Store in fridge or freeze.

So for the pizza's... Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Place pita's on a baking sheet. Spread desired amount of sauce on each pizza ( some people like more then others ) and then top with whatever your kids will eat! Top with cheese ( with us the topping is just cheese!) then bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned. We cut the pizza's into 4 triangles and the boys eat them up! As you can see, it is a bit of work but knowing what your kids are eating is a great thing, I think! Also, if your kids enjoy helping out... This is a great way to let them help by putting their sauce ( pre made) and toppings on their own pizzas. Randy also prefers this pizza from any we buy in the store!

Cohen Loves His Pizza!

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