Midday meals are my favorite! What better time to teach little cooks about cooking? The fare is on the easy-side, we’re all still fresh and full of patience…unlike the busy supper-hour when my old-fashioned kitchen with its big-table-in-the-center becomes a one-person-too-many-kitchen! Unless it’s my dh vying for my attention, that is! By evening, I’m usually ready for some “taller than the table” conversation!
By helping me fix lunch my girls learn to use the stovetop and microwave, make sandwiches, chop veggies for salads, flip pancakes, become the “queens” of scrambled eggs…many days they won’t even let me in the kitchen because they want to surprise me with a fancy chef salad or a sandwich that would make Subway sit up and take notice!
Today for lunch we had apple slices, dill pickles and cheese pizza, courtesy of Miss Toddler…okay, she had quite a bit of help from me…
Pizza is one of my absolute favorites to make with children! And the best thing about my recipe for pizza dough is that it makes a bunch and keeps in the refrigerator for 2 weeks! Lots of dough to practice on and no time limits! My girls know the easy way to make pizza sauce: pop open an 8 oz can of tomato sauce, add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, minced onion and a bit of sugar…while they’re perfecting the sauce (we’ve diced garden tomatoes in a pinch and that’s better yet!) my two year old is poking fork-holes in around the edges of the pizza dough. Big spoons all around aid in spreading the sauce, and yes, some gets on the counter…
Toppings abound, the most fun for this part is when each girl makes their own personal pan…several kinds of cheese is a must! We’ve made all the traditionals, plus taco and bbq beef…yes, even dessert pizza! And on Valentine’s day we always send a heart shaped pizza to work in Daddy’s lunch cooler!
Pizza parties have been monthly occurrences with my homeschool friends…in fact, I got this recipe from one of them. It’s the best out there imesho!
5 cups flour
- 1 TB baking powder
- 2 cups milk (I warm mine in the microwave)
- 1/3 cup oil
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 TB (or 1 pkg) yeast in ½ cup warm water
Beat together. Let rise and then bake at 425 degrees for 18-25 minutes. Dough keeps in the refrigerator up to two weeks.
- You can make this dough in your bread machine; I do it all the time. My bread machine pan is only a 2 lb capacity so I have to shorten the rising time by 15 minutes to keep the dough from spilling over and making a huge mess…
- On big pizzas make sure the center is completely baked before serving. It’s a thick crust and tends to be doughy if you’re not careful!