As I was making lunch today, I realized that I needed to share these yummy treats with all of you: Pita Pizzas!
They are nothing short of tasty goodness.
Most of the time, we eat gluten-free (one of my daughters doesn’t tolerate wheat well) so that greatly limits our food choices.
While these Pita Pizzas aren’t gluten-free, I do have a gluten-free option for my daughter, which you can read about below. And even though they aren’t GF, they are Trim Healthy Mama friendly! (aff link)
:: happy dance! ::
Even if you have zero concerns about wheat or following any special way of eating, make sure you put these in your lunch rotation because they are delicious!
I only put these on the lunch schedule every other week or so in order not to get sick of them. But when the kids realize we’re having them, it’s amazing how quickly they can finish up their before-lunch school work. 😉
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Side note: I’m putting together a list of our typical homeschool lunches, so look for that next week. I always like to see how other families do things, to see if I can add any of their ideas to our routine – and that includes lunch ideas!
Today, I set up an assembly line with 2 of my girls and it worked beautifully.
Mom: Prepare the bread
5yo: Spread the sauce
9yo: Add meat and cheese
Mom: Toast in the oven
A few notes:
♥ I use Joseph’s Pita Bread to make these Pita Pizzas. They are divine and are low-carb. Win-win.
♥ You can add anything you want to these pizzas – mini pepperonis (SO yummy!), mushrooms, sliced grape tomatoes, etc. Just be careful not to load it too heavy with toppings, or it gets a bit soggy.
♥ If I’m in a rush, I can cook 5 pitas on my big bacon pan at one time.
(It is the BEST PAN EVER. We call it the bacon pan because I cook bacon in the oven every Saturday morning using this pan.) They are sometimes a bit soggy in the very center, but still yummy. To make them crispy throughout, cook in the toaster oven straight on the rack.
♥ I learned how to make the pitas crispy from the first Trim Healthy Mama cookbook, and just adapted it to make a pizza crust. The credit for making the pitas crispy totally goes to the sisters!
♥ We buy ground beef in bulk, so I always have pre-cooked ground beef in the freezer. I just pull out and thaw. Super easy.
♥ It’s easy to make this gluten free for my daughter. I place the meat in a bowl and cover with sauce, and then heat in the microwave. Then I top with freshly shredded cheese and heat again for 5-6 seconds. Then she eats it with gluten-free chips, nacho style. She loves it!
Pita Pizzas for Lunch – with a Gluten Free Option
- 5 pockets of [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/Josephs-Whole-Wheat-Flour-Bread/dp/B000BRWMIK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&keywords=josephs%20pita%20bread&qid=1463440736&ref_=sr_1_1_a_it&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=mamarecipes-20&linkId=69f6308563c80aa5a5e8b34780da7732″ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”]Joseph’s Pita Bread[/url]
- 1 jar of pizza sauce (I use Great Value from Wal-Mart)
- Freshly shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 pound of cooked ground beef
- Optional toppings: mini pepperoni, mushrooms, sliced onions, sliced tomatoes
- Place the first pita pocket on a paper plate, placing a few slits in the bread. Microwave the pita for about a minute. When ready, the pita should be [i]mostly[/i] crispy.
- Let the pita sit for a few minutes, and it will become even more crispy. If it is flexible at all, microwave it again in 15 second increments until it is completely crispy. Nobody likes a soggy crust!
- Next, spread a small amount of sauce on the pita pocket, covering to the edge.
- Then, top with meat and cheese.
- Broil in the oven or in the toaster oven on LOW for just a few minutes until the cheese is bubbly and melted. Watch it carefully, as it can burn quickly!
- Eat and enjoy!
Browse through the growing list of recipes here at Mama’s Learning Corner. Many are gluten-free and Trim Healthy Mama friendly!