Creative, fun meals, like pizza pockets and cookie-cutter sandwiches, are a great way to add a special touch to your kid's daily routine. Since you pick all the ingredients, you can make sure only the best is going into it, and your kids will have fun helping you prepare everything too! Add some pizzazz to their everyday lunch by preparing some of these great treats this week.

Pizza Pockets

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour (or 1/2 white 1/2 wheat flour)
  • 4 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsps shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni (sliced)*
  • 1/2 cup onion (diced)*
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms (sliced)*
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese*
  • 1/2 tsp oregano*

*Note: Feel free to use any of your favorite pizza ingredients. These are just good proportions for the amount of dough you're making.

Directions

  1. For the dough: Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the shortening and add milk slowly, stirring constantly to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and cut into 4 inch circles. Place circles on a plate and cover with a damp cloth.
  2. For the fillings: Sauté your onions and mushrooms together. Then, in a medium bowl, mix them up well with your tomato sauce, pepperoni, cheese, and oregano.
  3. Place 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each circle. Fold dough over to make a half circle and press the edges together. Pinch edges with a fork to completely seal.
  4. At this point, you can freeze them to bake whenever you're ready, or just bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes on a greased baking sheet and enjoy immediately!

These pizza pockets are a great recipe for prepare lunches ahead of time so you're not in such a rush in the morning, and they're unique enough to make your kid's lunch the envy of everyone else in class!

More Tips and Tricks

  • Have fun with cookie-cutters! With a few fun, cute shapes, you can make any meal a little more exciting for a kid to dive into. Turn these pizza pockets into pizza pocket hearts. Cut your sandwiches into stars!
  • Switch up your presentation by putting it on a stick! Instead of pizza pockets, try making french bread pizza squares or pizza rolls on a stick.
  • Wrap it up! There's a dozen different ways to serve a sandwich. Try serving up your sandwich ingredients wrapped up in a flour tortilla or a big, crunchy leaf of lettuce.
  • Give them choices! Chips and salsa, hummus and veggies, mozzarella and tomato--all healthier (and more fun) and a bag of potato chips.

Here are a few more recipes that'll add excitement to your kid's meal!

Bento Style Sandwiches from Adventures in Bento MakingBento Style Sandwiches

Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Let's Talk FitnessGrilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Peanut Butter Jelly Pie Sticks from Spoon Fork BaconPeanut Butter Jelly Pie Sticks

  Photo Credits: Recipes for Roger

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