Think you can't get your kids to eat
mushrooms? What about pesto? Think again. This pie will change
their minds about pesto and change your mind about pizza.
Christine Palumbo, a
mother of three, is a registered dietitian in Naperville and
an adjunct faculty member at Benedictine University.
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Who doesn't love pizza night? Moms love taking a
break while serving a meal everyone agrees on. Many dads consider
pizza a favorite food. Children seemingly never tire of it. Plus,
it's budget friendly. But there's that nagging worry that pizza is
a "junk food." Is it?
Janice Newell Bissex, a Boston area dietitian and
co-author of No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes
from The Meal Makeover Moms, is reassuring. "With the right
choices, a weekly pizza night can certainly fit into a
healthy family meal plan."
Consider these tips when you're ordering up a healthful
How hard is it to make a pizza at home? Not very. You can
pick up a pre-baked crust or fresh or frozen dough and with a
little planning, you can bake your own pizzas. Invest in a pizza
stone and peel for best results.
Camille Prindle, a Lake Forest mother of four, prefers
baking her own. "Pizza may be made from dough I make in my
breadmaker. But on days where there's time constraints, I'll bake a
frozen cheese pizza and add toppings-diced tomatoes, sautéed
spinach, onions and mushrooms."
Bissex concurs. "My girls love pesto pizza topped with
sautéed onions, red bell pepper and spinach. My husband and I like
to also add artichoke hearts and mushrooms. To get your kids
excited about all those veggies, set up a make-your-own-pizza bar,
and then let the kids add whichever toppings whet their
Christine M. Palumbo, RD is an award-winning Naperville dietitian and mother of three who loves a good quality restaurant pizza. She also enjoys whipping up a totally from-scratch pizza from time to time. Contact her at [email protected]
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