Congress did kids a favor a few weeks ago by declaring pizza as a vegetable because of the tomato paste … um … sauce. Meanwhile, health food advocates and families gasped in horror at the news. Usually made with processed and poor quality ingredients, pizza is the symbol of unhealthy cafeteria school lunches. What’s a health advocate to do when the government demonstrates it doesn’t care about kid’s diets?
Make pizza from scratch and involve the kids in the process. When making the dough, use the opportunity to teach them about whole wheat, ground cornmeal and spelt flour (to a name a few). Visit a farmer’s market, and let the kids decide which vegetables they want on a pizza. Teach them about the importance of diary to our bodies and the beauty of diversity by visiting an Italian market to purchase locally made organic mozzarella cheese. Grow an herb garden to educate kids about the earth and where real food originates.
If corporations can convince congress pizza is a vegetable, then health food advocates and families can easily convince kids to eat their vegetables with a generous slice of Eggplant Tomato Pizza with Cornmeal Crust. When kids are introduced to quality food at an early age, at least they won’t be easily convinced that pizza is a vegetable.
Eggplant Tomato Pizza with Cornmeal Crust
Ingredients for Cornmeal Crust Pizza Dough
Ingredients for Pizza Topping
Directions for making the Cornmeal Crust*
Directions for Preparing and Cooking the Pizza
Note: Instead of making pizza dough from scratch, alternatively use any flavor store-brought pizza dough.