When it comes to a kids favorite food, pizza usually makes the list. Homemade pizza can be a very healthy and quick dinner option for those busy nights. It’s a great way to sneak a variety of veggies into a meal and using a whole wheat crust ensures you are receiving all the nutritional benefits of whole grains.
Today’s recipe for pizza pockets is for kids and adults alike. These little pockets can be personalized for each family member and frozen for quick and easy access. What I like most about these is it’s one of the few ways I can get my kids to eat kale. Green veggies apparently taste better covered in marinara sauce, cheese and mushrooms:). These are a healthy alternative for Hot Pockets and Pizza Rolls, taste much better too!.
The only time consuming part of this recipe is the dough which will take an hour to rise so be sure to plan ahead. You can also prep the dough in the evening and leave in the refrigerator overnight so it’s ready the next day. Double or triple the recipe so that you can freeze the extras and have dinner ready for another day.
Get creative with your pizza toppings and make a few of each. Try some of these variations:
- Veggies and mozzarella cheese
- Hawaiian ham and pineapple
- Sausage and veggies
- Pesto, veggies and feta
- Spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms and mozzarella
For the above picture I used onions, garlic, mushrooms and kale topped with mozzarella. I like to saute my veggies first when I am using kale or spinach but that is just a personal preference and not necessary.
This recipe is a good way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Set out a pizza bar with the dough and a variety of toppings. Let your little helpers cut out various shapes in the dough and then fill it with their desired toppings. Help them press the top down with a fork to ensure it is completely closed. Then give them a toothpick to engrave a design or initials so they will know which one is their very own pizza pocket when it comes out of the oven.