Friday, August 17, 2012

DIY Pizza Lunchables

Last school year all Blockette could seem to talk about was Pizza Lunchables. How she loved pizza Lunchables. How pizza Lunchables were the best lunch on earth. And how come I never bought her pizza Lunchables? Didn't I love her? Didn't I know I was causing her excessive lunchroom trauma by not buying this wonderful meal in a box for her?


I explained to her that not only were they expensive for the amount of food you got, they weren't all that tasty.

She wasn't buying any of that.

I also tried to tell her that the pizza Lunchables probably wouldn't be a good idea because they are rather messy to eat. Oh, but didn't I know that Lunchables were magic?  They have the ability to transform the messiest eater into someone suitable for tea with the Queen.

I had no idea of those amazing properties?  Did you?

So I placated her by making a bargain. I found this recipe for diy pizza lunchables over at Mommys Kitchen.  I told her we'd test out how messy they would be while we were in the comfort of our own home, and if all went well, she could take some to school in the fall.

I let her assemble some mini pizzas just like she would if she was going to eat them in the school cafeteria.  

Guess what?

Not only were they messy, the cheese was NOT melted!  Maybe those Pizza  Lunchables weren't so stupendous after all. 

However, since we were at home, I popped those little guys under the broiler for a few minutes.

Now there was the awesome amazing life changing lunch Blockette was hoping for.  She was a bit bummed that she can't have them like this at school. (What do you mean no one will heat them up in the oven for me?)  I think she was satisfied to have them as a special at home lunch.

Homemade Pizza Lunchables from Mommy's Kitchen
1 - recipe no fail pizza crust or store bought pizza crust
1 - 14 oz jar pizza sauce - I like to add extra veggies (onions, roasted red peppers, shredded carrot, zucchini) to the sauce and freeze it for later
mozzarella and cheddar cheese

Prepare pizza dough according to recipe. Separate dough into 18-20 golf ball size pizza balls. Set aside and let the dough rest for about 10 min. Preheat oven to 400 F. On a floured surface roll out each pizza dough ball into a 5"circle.

Place place each pizza round on a pizza pan or baking stone. Bake for 8-10 min or until the bottoms are very lightly brown. Remove from oven and let cool before removing from pizza pan. When completely cool place in a gallon size freezer bag and store in the freezer until ready to use.

To assemble Lunchables for transport to school:
Add two pizza crusts to a plastic container with a lid. Add about 2-3 tablespoons pizza sauce to a snack size zip lock bag and seal. Add mozzarella, cheddar cheese and pepperoni if using to a second bag and seal (about 1/2 c cheese). Add everything to the plastic sandwich container and place a plastic spoon inside to spread the pizza sauce. Close or snap shut and add to your child's lunch box.

To make at home:
Defrost 2 - 4 crusts in the microwave on high for 20 seconds.  place on rimmed cookie sheet.  Top with sauce, cheese and pepperoni.  Broil for about 5 min until cheese melts.

No Fail Pizza Crust from Mommy's Kitchen
2 1/2 c flour
1 t salt
1 c warm water
1 T baking powder
4 T butter, softened
1 - 1/4 oz packet rapid rise yeast

Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. Mix flour, salt and baking powder . Add butter and cut into flour mix using a pastry blender or fork. Add yeast mix and stir. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface til well blended. Place dough in oiled bowl and turn dough to coat. Let rest for 20 min. Cover bowl with dish towel or plastic wrap while dough rests. Preheat the oven to 400F.

(For regular sized pizza) Spray pizza pan with non stick baking spray or brush with olive oil. You can also use a pizza stone. Press dough into pan. Pre bake crust 10 min. Remove from oven and spread with sauce and toppings. Bake until crust is golden browned and cheese melted, 10-15 min.

1 comment:

  1. They look delicious! School can be a shock for little ones that's for sure! She does look happy, tell her she can have one as an after school snack! She may like that too!


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