My husband is a man of many talents and pizza making is one of them. It was on his most recent pizza making expedition that little Fig decided it was finally time to apprentice himself to the pizza master himself. And so we had a little impromptu pizza making lesson that turned out to be one of our funnest cooking adventures yet.
Making pizza might just be one of the best and easiest dishes to make with little kids. From mixing the dough, rolling it out, spreading the sauce and placing the toppings; there’s opportunities for little hands to be involved safety in nearly every step of the way. In fact, the entire active process took about 25 minutes and kept Fig’s attention the whole time ( which is like 2 hours in toddler time!).
We also had a major score on the vegetable front; Fig actually ate several raw tomatoes in the process, something that would never happened had I placed them on his plate for dinner. Our family eats a ton of vegetables but getting Fig to eat his regularly remains a challenge most of the time. If veggies aren’t thoroughly disguised they typically don’t get eaten. The only exception happens to be when we’re cooking together. Involving my little guy in the kitchen is one of the easiest ways to get him to fill up on raw veggies. I’m certainly known for shoveling raw ingredients into my mouth as I go through the cooking process and Fig has definitely inherited that trait from me. I’m always surprised when I see him double fisting carrots or beets into his mouth; the same carrots or beets that would most certainly be “shared” with the dog had they been on a plate. Toddlers are full of inconsistencies just like the rest of us and no matter the method, I’m always happy to see him eating his veggies!
Overall, we’ve decided that pizza making might just become a weekend tradition. A tradition that begins with sourcing our ingredients from the local farm stands and farmers markets and culminating in a evening of dough twirling and cheese grating! ( and let’s be real; a LOT of cleaning up afterwards!).