There are very few times that I voluntarily want to turn on my oven in the dead heat of summer. We eat cold meals often, eat outside in the shade, and rarely have big hot meals. But there is one thing that we always eat, in the winter AND the summer…
I’m sure some of you have made what my friends and I refer to as ‘pita pizzas’. Well, I have found a base dough that blows all other choices out of the water. On extremely hot days, sometimes we go to a family restaurant nearby on the terrace and enjoy a family-size pizza. But for a healthier choice, with the oven on for only 10 minutes (I’m not kidding) we can all have personal pizzas. And I can tell you the truth – the kids and even my husband prefer these homemade pizzas.
The pita I have used for a few years now is by Ozery’s Bakery called Muesli Morning Rounds. I first found them in health stores and now you can find them in many large grocery stores in the bakery section. What I love about these pitas is that they are NOT white flour pitas with no nutritional value. Instead, they are packed with whole grain goodness and I feel very happy to use this as my alternative to the standard pizza dough or white flour pita as a pizza base.
For my kids, we usually use the multigrain pitas for our pizza creations. But really, they are all great for this recipe. I have even used the breakfast pitas that have raisins in them when I was out of the others, and no complaints!
Prepare bowls of all the pizza toppings. For the tomato sauce, I usually take my homemade sauce that I fill with pureed vegetables. If that isn’t ready, I either use plain tomato sauce or a store bought vegetable pasta sauce. Aside from the sauce and mozzarella cheese, for my picky eaters, I can get away with:
- black olives for the eyes
- mushroom slices for the nose
- any coloured pepper slice for the mouth
But really, just be creative and use whatever you have in the house!
The best part about this recipe is the creation process! I love giving my kids the toppings and seeing them make their edible faces. They have so much fun!
Bake in the oven at 375-400 degrees (depending on the strength of your oven) for 10 minutes and voila!When I told Ozery’s how much I loved their pitas they sent me a coupon to try their newest creation, pita chips!! Oh. My. Goodness. These are the perfect snack! I have to say they are much better tasting (and healthier) that the standard nachos you get at parties. I would be happy to serve these even to my kids.
So now you know one of our favourite meals at the MOE home. If you have tried this recipe, I’d love to hear from you and tell me your favourite way to prepare them!