For those of you who have picky children, take heart! Most of the ingredients, including the mushrooms and olives, were suggested by formerly picky eaters. I’m talking seriously picky eaters! So picky, I could count the foods they would eat on my hands. So picky that I packed a cooler of food they would eat whenever we visited friends or family. So picky that I seriously wondered what I had done wrong to create such picky eaters.
I had one rule that I stuck to during those trying years: I asked my children to taste the food I cooked, even the food they were sure they tried a month before and hated. By try, I don’t mean eat. I realized that taking a whole bite might have been too much for them, so I let them just stick their tongue to it and taste it. Tastes led to bites often enough that I didn’t escalate my food trying rules. Occasionally, I let a sniff satisfy the taste test if the child was convinced that the item was too horrid to taste. Slowly, they added more food to their diet. And at some point they started acquiring new foods at an exponential rate. I still remember the day I was in the produce section of our store and my oldest son announced everything smelled so good, he wanted me to buy one of everything.
I used my Slightly Healthier Gluten-Free Garlic and Herb Pizza Crust and my Chunky Pizza Sauce recipe. My oldest son’s reaction to dairy has become a lot more extreme, so I sprinkled a little Daiya Dairy-free (and soy-free) Mozzarella on the top, but feel free to smother it if you can. To compensate for the minimal cheese, I tossed the meat and veggies in Italian dressing to add more flavor.
Even though this has some exotic ingredients, I was able to keep the price down by taking advantage of sales and using small amounts on the pizza. I also saved money by using frozen artichoke hearts.
- enough pizza dough for a large pizza
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- ¾ cup cooked chicken, diced
- ¾ cup artichokes hearts
- ¼ cup mushrooms, diced
- ¼ cup olives, diced
- 2 tablespoons Italian dressing
- cheese (optional)
- Prepare pizza dough according to directions.
- While pizza crust is cooking, combine chicken and vegetables in a bowl. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to coat.
- Spread pizza sauce over the pizza crust.
- Top with chicken and vegetables.
- Sprinkle cheese over the top.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.
I only got one piece. In the interest of full disclosure I should tell you that my 5 year old took one look at it and said, I’m only eating the sauce and the cheese. One taste at a time and pretty soon he will be begging for seconds or even thirds like his big brother.