Meal Idea for Kids: Portabella Pizza!

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It’s no secret that pizza has long been a favorite food for kids (and adults!).  But if you want to take a low-carb, extra healthy step when making your next pizza pie, mushrooms are a perfect ingredient!  Our friends at Super Healthy Kids share more:

It’s mushroom week!  Mushrooms are definitely a super food. As the only in the produce department that provides vitamin D, they are essential for kids.  Especially during those dark winter months.  Mushrooms also:

  • stimulate the immune system
  • Inhibit estrogen production
  • Prevent DNA Damage
  • and slow cancer growth! (source)

rSo, for my first mushroom post, I knew I wanted to use some large portabellas.  Just one contains

  • 18 calories
  • 3 grams of carbs
  • 0.5 grams of fiber
  • 2.1 grams of protein
  • and loads of potassium, selenium, riboflavin, niacin, and of course, Vitamin D

While we don’t count calories for kids, the calorie per nutrient ratio makes these portabellas a very nutrient dense food.  So, with our portabellas, we decided to make mini- pizzas.  My kids and I were debating between tostadas, frittatatas, and pizzas, and of course, the pizza won.

The steps to make these pizzas are as simple as you can imagine. First, purchase 4 large portabella caps.  Turn them over, and scrape the ribs out of the middle.  Kids can do this with a spoon.

Once scraped, brush with olive oil.  Arrange on a cookie sheet and roast the caps in an oven for about 8 minutes at 400 degrees.   This helps get your mushrooms nice and tender, and warm througout.

After they are roasted blog them dry with a paper towel. These mushrooms get very weepy.  Then, assemble pizza with your choice of toppings. We used:

  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Green beans (sliced in rings)
  • and cherry tomatoes.

After you add your toppings, return to the oven for about 4-5 minutes to melt the cheese.

Of course, you can be creative with your toppings.  Have a pizza bar and let your kids add the toppings they want.   Come back and report if you try this recipe! We’d love to hear what your kids think of it.

These are a terrific substitute for regular pizza, especially if you need to be gluten free!  We have done this before with mini-mushrooms if you can’t find the large portabellas.

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Portabella Pizzas For Kids

 

  • 4 Large Portabella Caps
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce/marinara sauce
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup of veggies, chopped finely.  Including- broccoli, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and green beans.

Scrape ribs from the underside of the portabella mushrooms.  Brush with olive oil and roast in 400 degree oven from 8-10 minutes.  Blot dry with paper towel.  Spread each mushrooms underside with marinara sauce. Sprinkle with cheese, and add choice of veggies. Return to the oven and bake one more time until cheese is melted.

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