I love cooking, but cooking with my kids is always…interesting. I can pin food for hours on Pinterest that looks amazing, but it’s hard to find recipes that are quick and easy. Let alone food that is FUN to make that my kids will ACTUALLY EAT.
My friend Ali is the co-author of a new cookbook called What a Good Eater! She also has two kids under the age of five, so she designed this book specifically with busy mamas in mind. There are a ton of great recipes that are nutritious, delicious, and easy to make.
We decided to make the English Muffin Pizzas, mostly because if there’s one thing our family can agree is awesome: it’s pizza. Here’s the recipe:
English Muffin Pizzas
AGE: 15 months+
YIELD: 12 pizza muffins
FOOD STORAGE: refrigerator friendly, freezer friendly
PREP TIME: 8 minutes
COOK TIME: 12 minutes
This recipe yields six “classic style” pizzas and six “white slice” pizzas, and leaves plenty of room to customize toppings so that everyone is happy.
• 6 whole grain English muffins (one package), sliced in halves
• 3/4 cup tomato sauce (Personal note: we used Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil sauce, but this amazing cookbook includes a recipe to make your own if you’re feeling
less lazy more ambitious than I am.)
• 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
• 3/4 cup fresh ricotta cheese
• 5 cherry tomatoes, sliced into thirds
• Drizzle (approx. one tablespoon) of extra virgin olive oil
Step 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2. Arrange the English muffin halves in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Step 3. Spoon approximately 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce onto 6 of the English muffin halves, gently spreading with the spoon to cover. Top each one with approximately 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella cheese.
Step 4. Spoon approximately 2 tablespoons of ricotta cheese onto the remaining 6 English muffin halves, then top with the sliced tomatoes, and drizzle with olive oil. (At this point, you can set aside any pizzas you’ll be freezing for later; store in an airtight freezer bag and place in freezer.)
Step 5. Bake the pizzas for approximately 10 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble.
Step 6. Switch your oven to broil mode, and broil for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese starts to lightly brown. Remove from the oven, allow to cool, then serve. Buon appetito!
These were ridiculously easy to make. We added a few extra toppings (pepperoni for Daddy, some sliced black olives for Mommy, etc.) and got creative with it. The whole family genuinely had fun making these, and they were even more fun to eat. Our family of four ate the entire batch!
What a Good Eater! is a cookbook of baby and toddler recipes, with healthy herbs and spices to add flavor and broaden your baby’s palate. It’s a guide for parents to confidently feed their babies and toddlers wholesome, healthy, age-appropriate foods, which help promote a diverse palate right from the get-go. It’s a great gift for the holidays as well as baby showers! (You can find it here on Amazon.)
I definitely recommend it for any parent whose life is hectic. These quick and yummy recipes will have your kids eating healthier and will save you some time and sanity in the process.
Ali also sent me a Vidalia Chop Wizard and and an Infinity Jar, which are guaranteed to save you time and effort as well (easily chopped veggies and fresh herbs for things like pizzas!) The Vidalia Chop Wizard is a tool that literally chops your prep time in half. While Infinity Jars are ultraviolet glass jars and bottles and apothecary containers, designed to preserve the freshness of your herbs, spices, and natural products. They also make great gifts for busy parents!
This post contains an affiliate link. I was offered a free copy of the cookbook, a Vidalia Chop Wizard, and an Infinity Jar in exchange for my review, but all content is my genuine opinion of the recipe and products mentioned.