If you been introduced to the wonderful world of Pinterest, I dare you to search "bento boxes". If you do, you might very well see how miserably you are failing your children by sending plain old rectangle PB&J sandwiches in your kids' lunches. Thankfully my kids are pretty much too old for the fancy sandwiches made to look like a chicken or a robot but I do still make their lunches. EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING. About a year ago I set out on a quest to get rid of the store-bought Lunchables, chips and Hostess cupcakes (mainly because I couldn't stay out of them) and make healthy school lunches for my kids. To my surprise, they accepted the change without any complaining forgoing the chips for fresh fruits and veggies and often omitting the dessert. The only downside, the busier and more tired I get, the less healthy the lunches become. With the new year, I'm re-focusing my efforts. This week I'm going to feature several quick homemade lunchbox meal ideas. The first idea I have for you is homemade pizza lunchables - taste tested by my kids and confirmed they taste "like the real thing". If you would like to go the extra mile and shape the pizza dough into spaceships, I'll leave that up to you. I'll stick with plain
Homemade Pizza Lunchables
*Recipe from MommysKitchen.net
1 recipe No Fail Pizza Dough (BELOW), your own recipe or store-bought pizza dough
1 (14 ounce) jar/can pizza sauce or homemade
Snack size sandwich bags
1 snap shut sandwich container or lunch size sandwich bag
Prepare pizza dough according to recipe. Separate dough into 18-20 golf ball size pizza dough balls. Set aside and let the dough rest for about 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a floured surface roll out each pizza dough ball into a 5 inch circle.
Place each pizza round on a pizza pan or baking stone. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottoms are very lightly brown. Remove from oven and let cool before removing from pizza pan.
To assemble lunchables, add two pizza crusts to a plastic container with a lid (*I used sandwich sized Ziploc bags). Add about 2-3 tablespoons pizza sauce to a snack size zip lock bag and seal. Add mozzarella, cheddar cheese and pepperoni if using to a second bag and seal. I added about 1/2 cup cheese.
Place everything into a plastic container (or Ziploc sandwich bag) and place a plastic spoon inside to spread the pizza sauce. Close or snap shut and add to your child's lunch box.
Store additional "pizza lunchables" in the freezer and pull out as needed.
No Fail Pizza Crust
*Recipe from MommysKitchen.net
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 (1/4 ounce) packet rapid rise yeast
Dissolve the yeast in warm water and set aside. Mix the flour, salt and baking powder together. Add the softened butter and cut into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or fork. Add the yeast mixture and stir together to combine. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until well blended. Place the pizza dough into a oiled bowl and turn the dough to coat. Let rest for about 20 minutes. Cover the bowl with dish towel or plastic wrap while the dough rests. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Proceed with baking as directed above.
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