What: Mini pizza slices for the 1-year-old and up set
When: When the spoons fail them, and your little rebels pause long enough from their meltdown to eat something nutritious and handheld
Why: Much of the angst we parents experience around toddler feeding comes from the ever-popular toddler food strike. When faced with such indomitable opposition, there’s only one place to turn – everyone’s favorite and unexpectedly healthy food, pizza.
How: Using pre-packaged (ideally organic) flatbreads, we have a durable base (perfect for little hands to grab) from which to build our easy toaster oven pizza. Remember english muffin pizzas from your college dorm? Same idea. I like to mince in fresh greens like baby spinach or arugula for sprinkling to pack an extra nutritional punch. While I don’t love the idea of “hiding” extra veggies in food (why must they lurk in the shadows when kids should be learning to love them?), adding them on top of a food kids (and adults) naturally love, is a great way to let your little one get better acquainted. So let your spinach fly free and watch as your tantrum thrower tastes this.
Four Ingredient Flatbread Pizzas
Organic Flatbread Round or similar pre-made Pizza Crust (whole grain, if you prefer). We like Rustic Crust Brand, cut into small triangles (carefully slice them in half width-wise if your feel the bread is to thick for your child to bite – but it should still be stiff, ideally)
Strained Organic Tomatoes, Jarred (Canned tomatoes are one of the most notorious sources of BPA). If you cannot be sure that your tomatoes are packed in BPA-free cans, buy them in glass jars or cardboard packages. We love Bionaturae Brand Bottles, and their cans are also BPA-free.
Provolone Cheese, sliced into thin strips, we like Organic Valley (we use Provolone over Fresh Mozzarella because it melts at a lower, more toddler-friendly heat and it is very flavorful too!)
Minced Fresh Baby Spinach or Arugula, we like Earthbound Farms
Easy! Prep your flatbread as above. Spread with about a teaspoon or two of Strained Tomatoes. Add a few thin slices of Provolone (or Mozzarella) and pop in the toaster oven.
As soon as the cheese has melted, remove and allow to cool to a reasonable temperature for you baby. Always check first!
Serve and watch as they enjoy. Hands off that pizza, mom!