Looking for quick and easy food options for the kids? I have my good friend nutritionist Hannah Scott on the blog today sharing healthy recipes that you and your little ones will enjoy!
Healthy Kids Meals: Spelt and Basil Mini Pizzas (with various toppings)
Spelt is a nutrient rich ancient grain that is easy to work with because it’s flexible texture doesn’t compromise the consistency of breads or pizza bases. It is richer in protein, soluble fibre and minerals (including iron, zinc and magnesium) than wheat.
Spelt is also lower in gluten and because of it’s high water solubility can be easier to digest for those who are sensitive to wheat. It is now freely available in supermarkets making it a great nutrient dense flour to work with in the kitchen.
These pizzas are so easy to make they are a great place to start experimenting with spelt. They take around 30 minutes from start to having a delicious piping hot melted cheesy pizza on a plate and ready to eat!
Spelt & Basil Mini Pizza’s with various toppings
Makes 4 small pizza bases
– 2 cups wholemeal spelt flour + extra for rolling
– 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
– 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/3 cup fresh chopped basil
– 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
– 2/3 cup warm water
- Preheat oven to 200C and oil two baking trays.
- In a large bowl, mix the spelt flour, baking powder, basil and Himalayan salt until evenly combined.
- Make a hole in the middle of the mixture and add the olive oil. Start mixing this in and then add the warm water a bit at a time until a dough starts to form. The dough will be a little sticky at this stage.
- Flour a work surface with a layer of spelt flour. Place the dough onto the spelt flour and begin to knead until the dough is no longer sloppy and in a consistency that can be rolled. Add more flour to the bench if you need to.
- Divide the mixture into four and use a rolling pin to roll the base into four small round pizzas.
- Place the pizza bases on to the baking trays and bake for 8 minutes.
- Remove the bases from the oven, add your toppings and bake for a further 15 minutes or until the cheese is golden on top.
Follow the topping suggestions below or create your own for a delicious and healthy kids meal.
Pineapple, Artichoke & Basil Pizza
- Tomato Paste
- Thinly sliced garlic
- Cherry tomatoes
- Fresh pineapple
- Fresh basil (added after pizza is removed from the oven)
Pesto, Goats Feta & Pine Nuts Pizza
- Tomato paste
- Thin slices of garlic
- Pesto sauce
- Goat’s feta
- Pine nuts
- Rocket (added after pizza is removed from the oven)
Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing Hannah, I’ll definitely be giving this a go. Anything quick, easy and healthy gets a thumbs up from me!
About the Author
Hannah Scott is an accredited Nutritionist, Naturopath and Health Coach. Hannah is the founder of Natural Health Forever wellness clinic, author of the Eat Better Forever food blog and a keen healthy recipe creator. She is currently studying a Master of Human Nutrition through Deakin University.