On Friday I visited R's classroom to make individual pizzas with R's classmates. R and 3 others were chosen to help me cook, while the others "oooh-ed" and "ahhh-ed" with anticipation.
Why pizzas? Well, a couple reasons. I had 30-40 minutes to make 21 items from start to finish, using any items I could bring from home. The school's teacher's lounge oven was available, as was a hot plate, but the bulk of the cooking and preparation had to be done in the classroom, on top of those little tables, with little chairs (I love those!). In other words, I needed something simple to prepare.
I also chose pizzas to drive home the point that kids can and will eat healthy foods if you prepare them in the right way...so we used whole wheat English Muffins for the crust, pizza sauce with great vegetables in it, a small sprinkle of low-fat mozzarella cheese, and all-natural, no-nitrate pepperoni, olives and roasted bell peppers for the toppings:
You want to know something else? By using the roasted bell peppers to make the smile on these smiley pizzas, despite many kids saying, "I don't like peppers," every last pepper was eaten. Every one (unless someone pulled a fast one on me)! Let's here it for positive peer pressure, as the first kids to eat the pizzas were telling the other kids, "they're really good!"
I felt like a mini-Jamie Oliver. Speaking of Jamie Oliver, despite Food Revolution being over, don't miss your opportunity to join in the revolution. Around a half a million folks have already signed this petition for better, healthier, natural foods in schools and to help encourage others to cook in the same manner.
Last but not least, our meals for the week:
Grilled Fish and Avocado Tacos, Refritos, Mango
Pasta Puttanesca, Roasted Asparagus
Tortellini Soup, Hummus
Calzones, 3 Bean Salad
Have a sweet week-