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Hidden Veggie Pizza Recipe
May 24, 2015 | Home >Healthy Kids > Picky Eaters > Best Recipes >Hidden Veggie Pizza Recipe

Hidden Veggie Pizza Recipe

We are big believers that when you don’t have access to fresh produce, use frozen! Frozen fruits and veggies often have just as much nutrition as their fresh counterpart.  We are lucky that we can get most things fresh year round, but when they aren’t in season they are usually more expensive and also the flavor and texture usually isn’t as good!  We will on occasion buy frozen spinach to use in different recipes.  This Hidden Veggie Pizza Recipe was inspired by how to use a box of frozen spinach we needed to use.  And the result was amazing – our kids loved it!!

Hidden Veggie Pizza Recipe. Boost the nutrition by adding spinach and mushrooms, without your kids complaining about it! Getting them used to flavors is one way to help them develop a love for veggies.

 

We added our frozen spinach with a jar of our favorite spaghetti sauce in our Blendtec.  We feel like when you are making recipes like this, having a high powered blender is such an advantage because it blends things so smooth.  Then I added some mushrooms and pureed those in as well.  Sometimes kids have texture issues with mushrooms, and so adding the flavor in the sauce is a good start!   We used our homemade crust recipe added our sauce and cheese (because plain cheese pizza is my kids’ favorite) and baked it up.

Hidden Veggie Pizza Recipe. Boost the nutrition by adding spinach and mushrooms, without your kids complaining about it! Getting them used to flavors is one way to help them develop a love for veggies.

Rather than having veggies on top of our pizza, sometimes it is good to switch up how you serve them.  We know it is important for kids to learn to love fruits and veggies, but we also think it is good to try different ways to get them used to flavors and textures.  In a pizza sauce is a great way!    They know it’s there because I tell them.   They got a healthy dose of spinach and mushrooms and everyone was happily eating pizza!

Hidden Veggie Pizza Recipe. Boost the nutrition by adding spinach and mushrooms, without your kids complaining about it! Getting them used to flavors is one way to help them develop a love for veggies.

Why Spinach?  It’s one of the most nutrient dense vegetables there is. It makes you strong of course (and tell your kids that).  But also 1 cup of boiled spinach has 1110% Daily recommended value of vitamin K and almost 300 % DV for Vitamin A.  Plus, for pregnant mom’s 65% DV for folate and so much more easily absorbed than in a supplement.

Hidden Veggie Pizza Recipe. Boost the nutrition by adding spinach and mushrooms, without your kids complaining about it! Getting them used to flavors is one way to help them develop a love for veggies.

Pizza is a meal that is really fun for kids to be involved in. We usually give each of our kids some dough and let them make their own pizza.  I also give them toppings in case they want to add more veggies, or pepperoni to their pizza. Double dose!  Make this for your next Friday night pizza night!

Hidden Veggie Pizza Recipe. Boost the nutrition by adding spinach and mushrooms, without your kids complaining about it! Getting them used to flavors is one way to help them develop a love for veggies. Food and Recipes- Hidden Veggie PIzza

Hidden Veggie Pizza Recipe

Hidden Veggie Pizza Recipe
Serves: 8
Prep Time: 1 h
Cook Time: 10 m
Serving Size: 8 small slices

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 teaspoon – yeast, active dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon – brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup – Warm Water (80-90°F)
  • 1 teaspoon – salt
  • 2 tablespoon – olive oil
  • 2/3 cup – flour, all-purpose
  • 2/3 cup – flour, whole wheat
  • 1 package (10 oz) – spinach, frozen
  • 1 cup, pieces or slices – mushrooms, white
  • 2 cup – spaghetti or marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup – mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions

 
  1. Dissolve yeast and brown sugar in water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in salt, oil and flour. Knead dough on floured surface just until not sticky. Put in greased bowl and let rise till double (1 hour)
  3. Punch dough down, let sit on pizza pan for a few minutes. Then roll out. Let sit again for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  4. Roll out dough on pizza pan. Cook at 425 for about 10 minutes.
  5. In a high powered blender, blend together spinach, mushrooms, and spaghetti sauce.
  6. Spread sauce on the partially baked crust.
  7. Top with cheese and other desired toppings.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly (for the best results, bake on bottom rack).

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 168 8%
  • Fat: 6 g 9%
  • Carb: 22 g 7%
  • Fiber: 3 g 12%
  • Protein: 6 g 12%
  • Sugar: 4 g
written by
Natalie Monson

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Comments(21)
Wendy says:

I love spinach!!!!!! Two of my favorites with the frozen kind are spinach dip and spinach quiche! Can you make it healthy for us Amy?

Amy says:

I like a challenge Wendy, and I LOVE spinach quiche too. I’ll see what I can come up with.
Thanks

cathy says:

Great idea! I wonder if my son would notice the difference. He’s got a surprisingly sensitive tongue when it comes to tastes. I always add sweet potato puree to our pizza sauce. Too much, and he notices. If I can hit it just right, though…

I’ll try spinach puree next time. Thanks!

Tara B says:

I haven’t stopped by in a while and wow!! You have so many new yummy looking recipes! I will be trying a few of these!

Natalie says:

my kids are the same way. they know it is in there because the love blending it up but there is much less murmuring going on at the table when hidden by cheese. i use 2% cheese on our pizza and it melts great…the fat free variety doesn’t melt… maybe one day they will make it where it will…

Jamie says:

I use frozen spinach all the time. love it. I’ll have to try blending it in pizza sauce. I actually make a great spinach quiche with a brown rice crust. Sometimes I’ll use barley or oat groats or any other leftover grain I have on hand. Turns out fabulous.

andy abraham says:

It is so nice to have a healthy pizza recipe… it is so hard to get kids to eat right… Thank you for sharing your pizza recipe…

Andy
http://www.recipebuddys.com

Very informative posts, love the look of you site.

Autumn says:

What a great idea!! I am going to do this…maybe my little Taco Man will eat healthier if I just trick him into it!! Thanks Amy!

Heather says:

Did you use fresh mushrooms or canned? I love this idea!

Amy says:

Heather, I have tried to email you so many times since you’ve been commenting on my site, and my emails always get rejected. So I hope you come back here for my responses. I don’t want you to think I’m ignoring. But in a simple answer… fresh! I love fresh mushrooms.

Tanya Chadha says:

I used to make this in college all the time for my roommates. It was one of my favorite meals! What a great healthy treat for kids!

Heather says:

So Sorry Amy, I am having e-mail problems right now. But yes I do check back for your responses. I check back everyday for new ideas. 🙂 Thanks a ton – Heather

[…] one is for Wendy who commented Saturday she needed some healthier spinach dip.  I think this one turned out great.  […]

Kim says:

K, so I recognize this was put up a year and a half ago, but somehow I just found it. My question is: can you use fresh spinach for this too? (If I were to chop it up in our blendtec, so it still gets really tiny?)

Amy says:

That would totally work Kim. In fact, I usually put the whole fresh spinach leaves layered with our lasagna. It turns out fine!

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Peggy says:

Can I use kale in this recipe of I don’t have spinach on hand?

mace says:

How is this healthy? 1344 calories for this pizza. Can get a frozen one at the store healthier……

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