We are big believers that when you don’t have access to fresh produce, use frozen! Frozen fruits and veggies often have just as much nutrition as their fresh counterpart. We are lucky that we can get most things fresh year round, but when they aren’t in season they are usually more expensive and also the flavor and texture usually isn’t as good! We will on occasion buy frozen spinach to use in different recipes. This Hidden Veggie Pizza Recipe was inspired by how to use a box of frozen spinach we needed to use. And the result was amazing – our kids loved it!!
We added our frozen spinach with a jar of our favorite spaghetti sauce in our Blendtec. We feel like when you are making recipes like this, having a high powered blender is such an advantage because it blends things so smooth. Then I added some mushrooms and pureed those in as well. Sometimes kids have texture issues with mushrooms, and so adding the flavor in the sauce is a good start! We used our homemade crust recipe added our sauce and cheese (because plain cheese pizza is my kids’ favorite) and baked it up.
Rather than having veggies on top of our pizza, sometimes it is good to switch up how you serve them. We know it is important for kids to learn to love fruits and veggies, but we also think it is good to try different ways to get them used to flavors and textures. In a pizza sauce is a great way! They know it’s there because I tell them. They got a healthy dose of spinach and mushrooms and everyone was happily eating pizza!
Why Spinach? It’s one of the most nutrient dense vegetables there is. It makes you strong of course (and tell your kids that). But also 1 cup of boiled spinach has 1110% Daily recommended value of vitamin K and almost 300 % DV for Vitamin A. Plus, for pregnant mom’s 65% DV for folate and so much more easily absorbed than in a supplement.
Pizza is a meal that is really fun for kids to be involved in. We usually give each of our kids some dough and let them make their own pizza. I also give them toppings in case they want to add more veggies, or pepperoni to their pizza. Double dose!