I want to start sharing a recipe with you every month. The recipes I share are going to be ones I found in magazines, cookbooks, etc. that I’ve adapted to make healthier to fit within my family’s heart healthy diet. I want to show you that you can make healthy and delicious food that everyone in your family will enjoy, even your kids. Here’s a pizza snacks recipe we enjoy.
When my kids and I have a vacation off from school, we like to have something for lunch other than sandwiches. One of our favorite vacation lunch recipes is Pizza Snacks. I think the recipe was originally from a Taste of Home Magazine, but I modified it to make it heart healthy, like I talk about in my post, 14 Ways to Adapt Existing Recipes to be Heart Healthy. The pizza snacks only take about 35 minutes to make and the best part is, it even makes enough for 2 lunches!
You only need 7 ingredients to make these Pizza Snacks! Half of these are ingredients I always have on hand, so I only had to buy 3 ingredients. All of these ingredients are inexpensive too, especially if you buy them on sale and with coupons.Are you looking for a quick and easy healthy lunch recipe to make for your kids? Check out my pizza snacks recipe! I even show you how to modify it for your picky eaters.Click To Tweet
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This recipe is really easy to make! You just have to combine all of the ingredients together. I will show you how I do it, in steps, so I can give you some tips along the way. First, I combine the shredded cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese.
You have to add chopped pepperoni to the recipe, so I wanted to show you it’s much easier than it sounds. I just stack up a few pieces of pepperoni and quarter them. It’s very quick!
After adding the pepperoni, I add in the chopped olives and the mayonnaise.
This is what the topping ingredients look like combined. The recipe also calls for mushrooms, but I add those later. My daughter doesn’t like mushrooms so I make her 2 Pizza Snacks first. Then, I add the mushrooms in, mix that all together, and then make the rest of our Pizza Snacks. If you have one child that doesn’t like mushrooms, or one of the other ingredients, you can do the same thing. It’s really easy to do and doesn’t take much extra time.
Since this recipe makes enough for 2 lunches, I prepare them on 2 separate cookie sheets. The cookie sheets are sprayed lightly with canola oil cooking spray. These whole wheat english muffins don’t just pull apart to separate the halves, so I have to help separate them with a knife.
I spoon the topping onto the English muffins, but I don’t spread them until I’m done putting a spoonful on every muffin. (The exception you see is the one without mushrooms for my daughter that I prepared earlier.)
Now, the topping is all spread out and there’s just the right amount for every muffin. They bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
These are the other half of the pizza snacks that I didn’t bake. I just fold up the foil they were prepared on, and add another piece of foil on the top. Then, I label them with the date and contents so it’s easy to find in the freezer when I need them. I also add them to my freezer list so that the next time I need a “vacation lunch” I just look at my freezer list and see what I already have.
20 minutes later, the cheese is melted, and the pizza snacks are ready to eat! My youngest son, daughter and I eat 1 pizza snack. My oldest son eats 2, and if he’s really hungry, he’ll eat 3. We also eat them with baked chips and yogurt, so it’s a nice well-rounded lunch.
You could also serve these pizza snacks, as snacks/appetizers on New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl, a birthday party, or any other event you’re hosting or attending.
A delicious lunch made healthier for you and your kids to enjoy! You can also serve them for snacks, birthday parties, New Year's Eve appetizers, Super Bowl parties, or any event!
- 1/2 cup shredded 2% milk cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
- 1/3 cup chopped turkey pepperoni
- 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp chopped ripe olives
- 5 whole wheat English muffins, split
In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; mix well.
Spread over cut side of each muffin half.
Cover and freeze half of them for up to 2 months.
Place the other half on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil and sprayed with canola oil cooking spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted
For all of my special tips on how I made the recipe, like for family members that don't like certain ingredients, make sure you read the blog post above. Then, you can just note the tips you want to use here, after you print out the recipe.
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