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Mini Pizzas

Recipe: Mini Pizzas

small pizzas for kids packed lunches

Summary: Just as delicious cold as they are hot, these mini pizzas make ideal lunchbox fillers!

When my children asked for pizzas for their lunchboxes I was horrified. Surely they didn’t want cold, greasy pizzas for lunch after all the lovely, tasty packed lunch ideas I’d come up with? But sometimes children just want to be like their friends and have a bit of a treat for lunch, so I set to thinking about how to make healthy pizzas that were just as tasty cold – no mean feat! However these mini pizzas have proved to be a hit with the kids and I’m happy that they are still getting a nutritious lunch.

Whilst making your own pizza dough may seem a lot of effort, this pizza dough recipe is the easiest I’ve found and can be made in around 5 minutes, plus as the recipe makes around 6 pizzas, you can freeze the rest (before you cook them!) and use them later on.

Ingredients

  • 150g self raising flour
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons of milk
  • Tomato puree or tinned tomatoes
  • Grated cheese
  • Other pizza toppings

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 7 or 220°C.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and put into a bowl with the flour.
  3. Rub the mixture in-between your fingers until they resemble breadcrumbs.
  4. Add some of the grated cheese and milk to the mixture and form everything into a firm dough. Don’t worry if the dough is a little slimy at this stage, the flour needs time to absorb so make a cuppa and come back to it in 10 minutes, if it’s still slimy then just add a little more flour.
  5. Divide the dough into six small balls and roll each one out to around 3 inches in width.
  6. Smear with the tomato paste, sprinkle with the cheese and decorate with any other topping you like. For the ones in the picture I used sliced red peppers, baby tomatoes and a piece of salami for the middle.
  7. Pop them into the oven for 15 minutes or until the pizza base is golden and the cheese is melted.

Quick Notes

The kids tell me that these mini pizzas are just as delicious cold as they are hot and I have to take their word for it as I usually gobble them up before they get a chance to cool down!

Variations

Experiment with fruity toppings such as pineapple!

Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 15 min

Diet type: Vegetarian

Meal type: lunch

Mini Filled Bread Rolls for Packed Lunches

Mini Filled Bread Rolls for Packed Lunches

mini filled bread rolls for packed lunches

 

I was telling a mum in the playground how Cai would always leave his crusts and sometimes would only eat his sandwich filling, leaving the bread. She suggested that I get half baked mini bread rolls that you finish off yourself in the oven. They come out lovely and crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.

I got these from Sainsburys but I’ve also seen them in the Co-op so other supermarkets are bound to do them. Freeze them on the day of purchase and just get them out when you need them. Sprinkle with water and pop into the oven for around 10 minutes (a little longer if frozen) for a lovely fresh roll. They have proved to be very successful with both Bethany and Cai; I think the size helps too as they just big enough and very easy to eat. Also they don’t dry out like sliced bread and let’s face it, they are much more interesting than sliced bread sandwiches!

These rolls have a ham and tomato filling with lettuce but you can use tuna, mayonnaise, sweetcorn and cress as Bethany had them before and said they was delicious!

Mini Sandwich Shapes for Kids

Mini Sandwich Shapes for Kids

little mini sandwiches cut into shapes for kids packed lunches

I have to credit my sister once more for this wonderful idea! As my little boy won’t eat his crusts and goes through phases of not liking bread, getting him to eat his lunch is definitely a trial! However these mini sandwiches cut into shapes make lunchtimes fun and the sandwiches are handy little bitesize pieces that are easy to eat!

Just buy some shape cutters from the supermarket or shape them yourself at home like I have done in the picture above. Make the sandwich as you would normally and then cut out shapes.

You can make any sandwich you like with these, although cutting the shapes can be difficult if you’ve a lot of salad in the way so it works best with plain and simple sarnies, which our fussy eaters like anyway!

You can even make them appropriate to special days, like three-leaf cloves for St Patrick’s Day, love hearts for Valentine’s Day and stars for celebrating Fridays!

TIP: Use the leftover bread and crusts to feed the birds or ducks on your way to school!