Celebrate all the health benefits, robust taste, and nourishing pleasure of the Mediterranean diet with this garden-fresh, make-it-yourself pizza. It’s lots of hands-on fun (kids love to help), topped with colorful anti-oxidant-rich veggies, and so easy that you may end up doing what my family did and instituting a weekly Pizza Night!
Mediterranean Pizza is one painless and delicious way to get little ones to eat their veggies–and teens and adults love it, too.
Store-bought fresh pizza dough (whole wheat is great, if your grocer carries it)
Fresh tomato slices
Sliced red onion, Portobello mushroom, and bell peppers, lightly sautéed in olive oil
Fresh or dried rosemary or basil
Fresh or oil-cured mozzarella balls, sliced thickly or feta or goat cheese, crumbled
1. Preheat oven to 450F.
2. With a rolling pin, flatten and spread the dough to fit your cookie sheet. Free-form is fine. Sprinkle cookie sheet with cornmeal, then place dough on top. Drizzle dough lightly with olive oil.
3. Add toppings evenly, leaving a 1-inch border of dough showing all around, followed by herbs, then cheese.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes, until edges are browned and cheese is bubbly.
By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen (Inner Traditions, 2001).