Adding bell peppers to this homemade pizza recipe can turn it into a rainbow!
We love this rainbow bell peppers pizza because the colors are so fabulous, the taste is amazing, and kids can’t get enough of it!
What are the benefits of bell peppers?
- 1 cup of bell peppers have 300% of the RDA for vitamin C
- 1 cup of bell peppers have 100% of the RDA for Vitamin A
- They are high in fiber, and kids today need more fiber.
What’s the difference between green and red bell peppers?
Here’s a little trivia to share with your kids from wikipedia
The most common colors of bell peppers are green, yellow, orange and red. More rarely, brown, white, lavender, and dark purple peppers can be seen, depending on the variety. Most typically, unripe fruits are green or, less commonly, pale yellow or purple. Red bell peppers are simply ripened green peppers although the Permagreen variety maintains its green color even when fully ripe. As such, mixed colored peppers also exist during parts of the ripening process. Green peppers are less sweet and slightly more bitter than yellow or orange peppers, with red bell peppers being the sweetest. The taste of ripe peppers can also vary with growing conditions and post-harvest storage treatment; the sweetest fruits are allowed to ripen fully on the plant in full sunshine, while fruit harvested green and after-ripened in storage is less sweet.
How to include bell peppers as a pizza topping
To use bell peppers for our pizza topping, we sauteed them in a skillet to soften them up and to bring out the flavor a bit.
First, we sliced and chopped!
We cooked our pizza crust first. Spread pizza sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese on top of the crust. Then, after cooking our peppers for only about 3-4 minutes, we topped the crust with the peppers. Then, we returned our pizza to the oven and cooked just long enough for the mozzarella underneath to melt.
Rainbow Pepper Pizza
- 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast, active dry
- 1/2 tsp packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 cup flour, whole wheat
- 1 3/4 cup flour, all-purpose
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese
- 2 cup pizza sauce
- 1 medium bell pepper, red
- 1 pepper bell pepper, orange
- 1 medium bell pepper, yellow
- 1 medium bell pepper, green
- 1 medium onion, red
- Dissolve yeast and brown sugar in water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Stir in salt, oil and flour. Knead dough on floured surface just until not sticky. Put in greased bowl and let rise in a warm place till double (1 hour)
- Punch dough down, let sit on pizza pan for a few minutes. Then roll out. Let sit again for 10 minutes
- Roll out on pizza pan. Cook at 425 for about 10 minutes.
- Chop peppers and onion. Separately saute each pepper and the onion in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, over high heat for about 3-4 minutes.
- After crust is cooked, spread pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and veggies on top. Return to oven and bake for 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.
That’s all! The kids love having this pizza!