Cooking with Kids: Easy Smiley Face Pizza Recipe

Nichol H |
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Finding plenty of activities to keep children engaged can be trying. Parents may not be devoted to crafting all day, or children may be too young to be outdoors, so I always encourage cooking with children. Cooking is a passion of mine so I’m eager to get my kids in the kitchen to watch how I prepare foods, which ingredients are healthier and permitting them to use their own cooking utensils like the ones provided by Curious Chef. This life skill teaches children how to read directions as well as interact positively with parents or caregivers.

My daughter has been helping in the kitchen since she was two. The one-on-one time we spend together is really awesome, plus I’m helping her acquire a skill we all wish we had. I enjoy making kid-friendly recipes that are fun yet easy so she can prepare at least 90% of the meal herself, such as these kid-friendly English muffin pizzas. What child wouldn’t want to make Smiley Face Pizzas?  This simple recipe lets children measure the sauce; toast the muffins (with supervision depending on age) and add the toppings any way they desire. This builds an enormous amount of self-confidence so be sure to praise your child while they are prepping the meal. These fun pizza muffins will also let your child’s imagination run wild. Because of the mini pepperoni, children can add cheeks or tongues!

We use healthier ingredients so my child can see that healthier eating is important. Use the vegetables and let them try the pizza they created. If they choose to pick them off later, that is okay! Enjoy the kid-friendly Smiley Face Pizzas, and remember, give your child the hands-on experience so they can feel proud!

What You’ll Need

  • 4 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins cut in half
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • 8 slices part skim mozzarella thinly sliced
  • 16 Turkey Pepperoni minis
  • 8 black olive slices
  • 8 thin green pepper slices
  • 4 thin honey ham slices

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Place muffins in the toaster and lightly toast. Place on a baking sheet and top each muffin with pizza sauce then a slice of mozzarella. Add two pepperoni minis for the eyes, olive as nose and green pepper slice as the mouth. You can also make cheeks and tongues with the mini pepperoni slices.  Add slices of ham for the hair.  Bake for 10 minutes.

Nutritional: Serves 8(1 muffin each) Calories 155 Carbs 14 Fat 6 Protein 10

 

About Nichol

I’m a stay at home mom to two children, a son who is 8 and a daughter who is 5. Before kids I had a big obsession with designer gear, and spending way too much money. After my son was born, I had to learn how to shop by shopping clearance, online shopping, and never paying full price. I’ve done pretty good. Now I have an addiction to online shopping for kids deals, online children’s sales, and home decor! Find deals and ideas at KiddiesCorner Deals.

 

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  1. SpouseLink
    June 19, 2012 9:27 am

    Hey Robin and Michele! We’re so glad you like this fun meal- the little ones gobble it up! Do you have any fun recipes? Check out our contribute page to share :)

  2. Michele
    June 14, 2012 2:45 pm

    Whoops. Now I see the picture. Looks Great!!!!!!

  3. Michele
    June 14, 2012 2:44 pm

    Sounds good! Do you have a picture?

    • Michele
      June 14, 2012 2:45 pm

      whoops – now I see it. Looks good too. Great idea

  4. Robin @ Mom Foodie
    June 14, 2012 2:40 pm

    Great kid friendly meal :)

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