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Lunch Box: Pizza

Pizza? A healthy lunch? If you do it right, yes!




What's for Lunch

It's pizza-to-go, though definitely not the cheese-soaked, pepperoni smothered version you might get delivered.

Pizza can be trimmed down easily and still tastes like a splurge. The kids will recognize all the familiar pieces: crust, red sauce, and cheese, but we're doing a whole wheat crust, going easy on the cheese (right?), and sprinkling it with healthier toppings the kids can choose themselves.

Serve with a piece of fruit or cut veggies, delicious Italian Cookies, and water or low-fat milk.


Lunch Box Logic

  • Make it healthier: stick to the suggested toppings and you'll be on the right track. Also, cut calories by not laying the crust on too thick--stretch it, literally, and shoot for a thin crust so it's not too bready.
  • Make ahead: this is the best part--everything can be made and packed up beforehand. Make the pizza the night before and the cookies up to a few days before--even more in advance if you plan to freeze them. You can also freeze the cookie dough and bake a handful the night before.
  • Make it portable: stack slices of pizza on top of each other, using parchment paper to keep them from sticking together, then wrap tightly with plastic wrap to keep toppings intact. 
  • Make it fun: let the kids choose their own toppings (from a list you provide) and designate portions of the pie for each kid's picks. And let them do the sprinkling honors too.


    Care for a Calzone?

    It's like pizza with a lid! Calzones can be dipped in (rather than stuffed with) red sauce, and parents know a little something about a kid's desire to dip. (Use one of the pizza sauce recipes.)

    • Use the recipe below for Real Italian Calzones, but substitute pepperoni with a low-fat protein suggested in the list of toppings.
    • Low-fat mozzarella can also be substituted for cheddar as a healthier option.
    • Save a step by purchasing frozen bread dough at the grocery store.
    • Put red sauce in a plastic container and add it to your child's lunch box for their dipping pleasure.
    • For easier transport, try making two smaller calzones instead of one big one. This way they will be easier for little hands to handle and, as opposed to cutting them in half and worrying about spillage, these mini calzones are both "sealed."

    Comments
    Mar. 9, 2010 4:40 am
    HELLO THIS TRACEY JOHNSON I AM DEAF AND I AM MOM OF 2 DAUGHTERS.. I WANT LEARN HOW COOK FROM RECIPES FOR KIDS WILL LOVE IT .. SMILE WINK
     
    DRFISH 
    Mar. 9, 2010 8:42 am
    so are you suggesting they eat this cold? my kids don't have access to a microwave-just wondering?
     
    May 11, 2010 9:10 pm
    if you look alot of lunch boxes are therma lined now and you can put a rice sock in the bag which will keep the food fairly warm if your kids require warm pizza personally i prefer my pizza fridge cold
     
    JORDAN LARSEN 
    Jul. 24, 2010 2:33 pm
    I WAHNT MAKE TACO FOR SUPPER O DON'T KNOW HOW MAKEING IT FROM JORDAN LARSEN
     
    Linda 
    Jan. 23, 2011 1:11 pm
    What is a rice sock and could I purchase this in an asian market?
     
    Alexa's Mommy 
    Feb. 2, 2011 8:39 am
    LINDA: To make a rice sock: It's just like it sounds...You get an old (clean) sock..fill it with plain white rice and microwave it for about 1 minute. (I know because I made one when was preggo...it's very helpful when in labor!
     
    Feb. 16, 2011 6:31 am
    Excellent idea to use the rice "sock". Personally, I make mide out of a thin scrap of material and make a long enough tube to wrap around the back of my neck so it sits on my shoulders. What a great idea to use it with the lunch! So easy to zap it just before they leave. Thanks. I use your site every day! People, please never wash your stone with soap. Cool, rinse under running water. Scrape if you must. Air dry in the oven. That's where mine has lived for years. MamaPat
     
    Bev4567 
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:50 pm
    Hi Tracey Johnson. Check out http://michicook.com/index.html . She has videos in ASL of how to cook recipes. Check it out you will love it. Big smile!
     
    Aug. 17, 2012 7:26 pm
    I'd be worried about bacteria unless it was kept really cold or really hot (outside of the 40-140 degree F danger zone). I doubt a rice sock could keep a piece of pizza hot enough. I wouldn't want my kiddos to get sick!
     
     
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