If you can’t get your children to eat vegetables, try one of these delicious vegetable pizza ideas. All with family pleasing pizza, pizzazz!
Don’t fret about making crusts, there are many a frozen and refrigerated doughs from which to choose. These ready-made doughs can help you create delicious, fresh foods for your family.
The sauce got you worried? There are many famous brands of canned marinara sauces doing double duty used as pizza sauce. Bottled pizza sauces available, but these are more costly than the canned marinara sauces and are very limited as to variety.
-Stuffed Crust Vegetable Pizza (Children love it!)
2-13 oz. cans refrigerated pizza crust dough
8 pieces string cheese (cut 4 cheeses in half)
1 cup marinara sauce or pizza sauce, more if your family likes lots of sauce
2 cups shredded or sliced mozzarella cheese
2/3 cup diced tomatoes
1 purple onion, diced small
1 green pepper, sliced into thin rings
1/2+ cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1-2 tbsp. olive oil
Heat over to 425oF.
Brush a 12 inch pizza pan with olive oil.
Combine 2 cans of pizza crust into a ball and press on a slightly floured board into a 14 inch circle. Place dough on the prepared 12 inch pizza pan.
Position the cut string cheese on pizza dough along the outside edge. Turn extra 2″ edge of dough over cheese and seal.
Spread marinara sauce over pizza up to the rolled edge. Spread shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over sauce. Arrange vegetables evenly over the cheese.
Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese, top off with Parmesan cheese. Brush cheese filled crust with oil.
Bake pizza in hot oven until it is bubbly and topping cheese is beginning to brown. Around 18-20 minutes.
Remove from oven, let the pizza sit 2 minutes before slicing.
This is a family-style pizza parlor type of pizza, a sure hit with kids!
Pizza doesn’t have to be made Italian style, try this southwestern jazzy pizza for a change of pace!
-Southwestern Vegetable Pizza
1 loaf thawed, frozen white or whole wheat bread dough, such as Rhodes
2 tbsp. granulated garlic powder
scant 1/4 corn meal
Brush olive oil on a 12 inch pizza pan, sprinkle with garlic powder and corn meal.
Completely thaw one loaf of bread dough. Form into a ball, roll out to a 14 inch circle, to allow for shrinkage. Fit to prepared pizza pan, bringing fully to the edges of the pan.
Pre-heat oven to 425oF.
1-12 oz. jar Pace Picante sauce
2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese or sharp Cheddar, plus additional 1/4 cup for pizza top
1 can frijoles negroes, drained(black beans)
1 small can diced green chili’s
1 cup fresh corn kernels or thawed frozen corn
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes, seeded
1/2 cup sliced black olives
Pour the jar of picante sauce over the crust, spread with a spatula. Add cheese, black beans, green chilies, corn and tomatoes, in this order. Spread toppings evenly, don’t forget the edges! Leave a one inch edge crust. Top with the remaining cheese and olives.
Bake in hot oven for 15-20 minutes or until pizza is bubbly and cheeses are melted. Let sit 2-3 minutes before slicing. Top with sour cream and chopped lettuce as desired.
This next pizza is baked on Italian bread halves. Use a favorite pesto recipe or try this brand on for size! This is a great date night pizza!
-Italian Style Pesto Pizza
Make a double recipe of your favorite pesto or
2-8 oz. jars La Bella Angiolina basil pesto sauce
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup grated Romano cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
large loaf of Italian bread, split
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup diced green bell peppers
1 cup artichoke hearts, drained halved
Set oven temperature to 425oF.
Slice bread in half, spread each with pesto.
Combine ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, stir well. Spread mixture on pesto topped bread. Add tomatoes, green peppers and artichoke hearts. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Romano cheeses.
Bake 8-10 minutes, until cheese is browned and melted.
After removing from oven, cut into sections and serve with a crisp green salad on the side!
These recipes are only a few of the great ways to prepare a healthful, fresh vegetable pizza at home. Each one is sure to please family and friends!