Family Favorite: Make-Your-Own-Pizza Night
The next time your family is craving pizza, why not gather everyone in the kitchen for an interactive make-your-own-pizza night? Homemade pizza is affordable and kid-friendly, and it’s a much healthier alternative to ordering out. Here are some tips for making the most of your next pizza night, including a few ways to boost nutrition in each slice with toasted wheat germ.
A delicious pizza starts with the crust. This Whole Wheat and Honey Pizza Dough recipe contains just six ingredients and can be made in advance to save you time during the dinner hour. For a variation on a typical pizza crust, try making wheat germ focaccia as a base for your pizza, as in this Chicken Sausage, Caramelized Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Focaccia with Wheat Germ Crust.
For a little crunch and even more flavor, combine parmesan cheese, toasted wheat germ, dried oregano and chili flakes in a small bowl. Brush the unbaked crust with olive oil and lightly sprinkle with the cheese mixture before baking. Your family will love the added texture, and you will love watching them eat heart-healthy wheat germ.
Short on time? Buy or make pizza dough ahead of time and stash it in the freezer for last-minute cravings. If you’re buying dough, look for whole-grain versions in your grocery store’s freezer aisle, or pick up a ball of dough at your local pizzeria. Of course, you can also buy a pre-cooked pizza crust.
Next, it’s time to think about the sauce. Our Homemade Pizza with Wheat Germ Crust recipe shows you just how easy it is to make a simple, flavorful tomato sauce for pizza. For the best flavor, try making and freezing tomato sauce with in-season tomatoes.
Once you have the sauce down, start lining up the toppings! Making your own pizza is the perfect way to get kids excited about eating a variety of brightly colored veggies and lean proteins. To make it fun, set out a variety of toppings in small bowls and create a pizza-making assembly line. In addition to traditional favorites, include roasted cauliflower or broccoli, chickpeas, pineapple, lean ham, asparagus and other toppings your kids may be more willing to sample when paired with pizza. The more the kids get involved in the process of making dinner, the more likely they are to eat the food on their plates.
What is your favorite healthy pizza topping? Leave a comment below—we’d love to hear from you!