We continue our Christmas recipe theme this week with these delicious Christmas pizzas! We incorporated some of the key messages from the voluntary Food and Drink Based Guidelines to ensure we continue to them throughout the festive season. Much of the food and drinks served during times of celebration are high in saturated fat, sugar and salt, meaning they offer little nutritional value for young children.
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to be creative in the range of activities you do with children. This week we asked the nursery children to draw a symbol they associated with Christmas and we have chosen two (of the many creations!), a Christmas Tree and Christmas Stocking. We used these drawings to shape our pizzas.
- Rolled PastryLimit the use of pastry to once a week, as it can be high in fat and saturated fat. Instead of pastry you can use pitta bread or chapatti or bread slices.
- Your choice of vegetables and tomato pureePlan meals and snacks to include a variety of vegetables each day as it will provide children with the good balance of nutrients they need.
- Grated Cheese to sprinkle on top Dairy foods can be provided as part of meals and snacks across the day.
Step 1: Ask the children to draw a symbol that they associated with Christmas, cut this out and use this to create your Christmas Pizza
Step 2: Use a children friendly knife to cut out the shape on your bread or pitta or pastry. The children can help to do this.
Step 3: Lay your base out on a chopping board and have your vegetable toppings ready to add. Make sure you give children some choice here e.g. ‘would you like pepper or sweet corn or would you like mushroom or carrot’. Remember if children help to choose the ingredients and make the recipe they are more likely to eat it
Step 4: Using a spoon or knife, encourage children to spread the tomato puree on the pizza base.
Step 5: Sprinkle the vegetables and cheese onto your creations. The more colourful the better! If serving as part of lunch or tea, include a protein food, such as beans or tuna.
Step 6: Place your Christmas tree on a baking tray and place it in the oven at 180C for 10-12 minutes.
Step 7: Carefully remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly and serve to children at snack time or as part of the tea time.
Step 8: Enjoy and share the recipe with families to recreate at home over the holidays.
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By Edwina Revel