Pizza is ideal for the lunch box as you can use any combination of vegetables you know your kids will like in order to slip in some veggie servings. To add protein, try using veggie salami slices, or add pineapple tidbits for a little sweetness. For the healthiest pizza, buy in bulk and freeze whole grain pizza crusts, made from whole wheat or spelt flour. Freeze and use as required. Children are more likely to eat something they helped prepare, so share the pizza building at dinner the night before. The next day, use cookie cutters to cut cold pizza into shapes for the lunch box.
4 whole wheat flat breads such as Italian focaccia bread, ciabatta buns, or Indian naan bread
1/4 cup (60 mL) tomato paste
1/2 cup (125 mL) favourite vegetable number 1
1/2 cup (125 mL) favourite vegetable number 2
1/2 cup (125 mL) favourite vegetable number 3
1 cup (250 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese or soy equivalent
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Spread each flat bread with 1 Tbsp (15 mL) tomato paste and top with 2 Tbsp (30 mL) of each vegetable. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle equally with shredded cheese. Bake 10 minutes or until cheese bubbles. Serves 4.
source: "School Lunch Recipes Your Kids Will Love", alive #275, September 2005
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