Homemade Pizza Lunchables

IMG_0617When it comes to lunchtime, I’m all about making it kid friendly and easy, because any mom knows that when the hunger comes we have approximately 60 seconds to fill their plates. Popular items on our menu rotation include peanut butter and jelly, Annie’s mac and cheese, Earth’s Best fish and chicken nuggets, and Applegate hot dogs. Add to those sides of fruits and veggies and we’re golden.

Then there are always those occasions when we’re out and about running mid-day errands and I grab something to go. In a few cases, I’ve opted for pizza Lunchables which were an immediate hit. I couldn’t believe how quickly Baylen scarfed down all three pizzas. AND, he thought it was the coolest thing ever that he got to put on his own toppings. It’s so cute watching him carefully sprinkle on the cheese!IMG_0594Happy that I found a new lunch option, but not so happy about the preservatives and extra money that accompanied the Lunchables, I decided to experiment and go the homemade route.

It turns out these are the easiest and cheapest things to make at home! It’s also an awesome indoor activity for the kids to help with! Baylen had a ball rolling the dough.IMG_0578Basically, all you need to do is use a favorite pizza dough recipe and take a few minutes to bake tiny pizzas ahead of time. I’m pretty excited about these and will most definitely be adding them to the rotation. If you have school aged kids, I’d imagine this would be a fun thing to fill their lunch boxes with! On the flip side, if you have babies who are venturing into the solids realm, these are a great option too. My 10 month olds love them!IMG_0608

Homemade Pizza Lunchables (makes about 36 mini-pizzas)JJzp3o1391028109

Ingredients: 

(For the dough)

-4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (2 packets)

-1/2 tsp sugar

-1 1/2 cups warm water

-3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

-1 tsp salt

(For on top)

-pizza sauce

-shredded cheese

-additional preferred toppings

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet. Dissolve yeast and sugar in water; allow to rest for 8 minutes. Add flour and salt and mix to form dough. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes. Roll out with a rolling pin until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a glass or cookie cutter to form the size and shapes of the pizzas you’d like.IMG_0585 Place pizzas on baking sheet and poke with a fork to prevent air pockets.IMG_0586Bake for 5 minutes. Remove, let cool and serve. Store extras in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

I hope your sweeties enjoy them as much as mine do!IMG_0592

XOXO,

Amber

 

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7 comments

  1. Andrea

    Great timing… we just got out of the grocery store with the battle over getting lunchables vs buying a whole pizza :) THANK YOU!!

  2. mary timmers

    What a great idea. And from someone who’s already raised her kids, kudos to you for letting even one of them help. I would be “let’s just get this done”, and probably do it all myself. Good mom!

    Love,
    Mary

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