Nutrition is always a key factor in my meal planning and recipe creations, which is why my grocery shopping lists are produce-heavy with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit. Vegetables are on our table for every family dinner, either cooked or fresh.
Getting kids to eat vegetables is not always easy, especially if you have a “picky eater”- which I do. I have one daughter who loves vegetables more than any other food, and will choose a fresh salad alongside baked salmon over pizza any day.
And my other daughter- not so much. I’m always looking for fun, creative and delicious ways to get her to eat more vegetables.
I find that having my kids involved in shopping and cooking is a great way to expose them to all the vegetable options out there. One time, Brooke (my picky eater), grabbed a bundle of radishes in the grocery store and said, “Look how beautiful these radishes are! Mommy, you need to get these and make a salad.” “Great,” I said. “Will you eat them?” She replied, “no.” I
still have a ways to go with her, but I’m happy with the progress we’ve made. She enjoys making salads on her own, and loves it when I saute vegetables.
Today, I came across this inventive recipe for Flag Pizza from Clare Crespo’s Cookbook for Country Crock.
Flag Pizza Recipe
For a printer-friendly version of this recipe for Flag Pizza, click here. Otherwise, enjoy my photo tutorial below for this fun meal that kids can help prepare.
Flag Pizza Ingredients:
- 6 ounces part skim mozzarella cheese slices
- 1 Tbsp. Country Crock® Spread
- 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, rinsed and patted dry
- 1 frozen pizza dough, thawed
- 1 cup Ragu® Pizza Quick Sauce
- 2 plum tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise and cut into slices or 1 sliced red bell pepper or a mixture of the two
- Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Flag Pizza Directions:
- Take two slices of mozzarella cheese and stack together.
- Use kitchen scissors or small knife to cut a few star shapes out of the cheese. Slice remaining cheese slices into 1-inch strips.
- Preheat oven to 450°.
- Melt Country Crock® Spread in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Stretch pizza dough to fit a rectangular pan. Spread Ragu® Pizza Quick Sauce evenly over dough.
- Sprinkle spinach over top left corner of dough. Place stars on the spinach. Lay tomatoes (or peppers) and cheese strips in alternating strips on rest of the pizza.
- Bake 10 to 20 minutes until cheese is melted and starting to turn golden and crust is starting to brown. Remove from oven and serve with crushed red pepper flakes (if using).
Simple and Delicious Vegetable Recipes
I find that there’s no need to hide vegetables from my family. In fact, vegetables can be delicious and fun with a little imagination. For more healthy and tasty vegetable recipes from The Organized Cook using Country Crock, check out:
Are you looking for quick and simple tips and recipes to make serving veggies more fun? Download the free Clare Crespo Cookbook here for fun and whimsical recipes your family is sure to love!