By: Allyson Meyler of Reclaiming Yesterday
Kids who grow up learning the importance of food are more likely to make healthy food choices on their own. So it’s important to explain where our food comes from, what it does for our body, how we can make it delicious. And there’s nothing like cooking with your children to instill these lifelong lessons.
But it doesn’t have to be hard! Once upon a time I was a nanny abroad in Europe. It was a great experience to help me pick up a few tricks that seem to be universal:
(1) Everyday food is sure to please if you add a wacky twist. Kids get curious and excited to try it, every time.
(2) When kids create something themselves in the kitchen, they are guaranteed to try it (and love it).
These Gluten-Free Waffle Pizzas are fun for kids to make and eat (and make for an easy meal and little to no mess). Better yet, they offer the perfect opportunity to introduce new veggies in a fun way. You can even bunch up an assortment of colorful veggies and allow each person to top their own pizza, or add a challenge to see who can create the most colorful pizza.
Gluten-Free Waffle Pizzas
Makes 6 mini pizzas
– 1 package Nature’s Path Organic Gluten-Free Waffles
– 1 can Eden Organic Pizza Sauce
– 1 package Organic Valley Mozzarella or Italian Blend Shredded Cheese
– Assorted veggies and toppings of choice, like green bell peppers, mushrooms, red onion, black olives, kale, or spinach
1. Heat oven to 350°F and add frozen waffles directly onto the oven rack. Bake for 2 minutes, flip, and continue to bake for another 2 minutes.
2. Remove the waffles and place them onto a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper for an easier cleanup).
3. Spread pizza sauce onto each waffle, then sprinkle with cheese.
4. Allow the crowd to gather around and add their favorite toppings.
5. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and melted.
6. Remove and have a colorful pizza party together!
Allyson Meyler cooks, photographs, and eats the recipes found on her blog Reclaiming Yesterday. After struggling with her own health issues—and becoming frustrated with the Western medical system—Allyson took it upon herself to search for healing. She found relief through diet and lifestyle changes, and became a strong believer in food as medicine. She now shares her recipes and experiences through her blog in hopes to inspire others to get into the kitchen and take control of their health—and to eat some delicious food along the way! Follow along on Instagram and Facebook.