Girls Overtaking the Kitchen ~ Kid-created Dinner!





Tonight, I gave my girls the opportunity to make their own dinner – whatever they wanted and mainly all by themselves. This is a great way to see what they are used to eating- kinda like a “monkey see, monkey do” experience. Our kids mimic our eating habits, and I guess that’s why they both created their own salads to accompany their pizzas. They see what I make and eat, and so they naturally follow suit. For us, this was another excellent way to get them excited about eating healthy foods.

Unbeknownst to each other, they both chose pizza for their DIY dinner tonight. Aleyah decided to create a Cuban sandwich pizza, and Anna made a Hawaiian “taco” pizza. I must say, I was really impressed! They stretched the dough, cut veggies for their salads, made homemade dressing, and cleaned up! And both pizzas were delicious, and I even truly liked Aleyah’s dressing for her spinach salad (a mix of the leftover honey mustard dressing, a touch of greek yogurt and mayo, minced garlic, ground ginger, and poppyseeds). They also began to work together and made an apple and yellow pepper salad with a drizzle of honey and fresh lime zest- so proud of my girls!

Cuban Sandwich Pizza

  • Whole wheat pizza dough

  • Honey mustard dressing (equal parts mustard and honey and a touch of olive oil)

  • Swiss cheese

  • Cooked pork

  • Uncured ham

  • Chopped dill pickles (NO food coloring!)

Stretch out dough to desired thickness. Spread on dressing, top with cheese, pork, ham, and pickles. Drizzle with a little more dressing. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for about 20 minutes. 

Hawaiian Taco Pizza

  • Whole wheat pizza crust

  • Tomato sauce

  • Shredded mozzerella

  • Uncured ham

  • Pineapple

Stretch out dough into a rectangular shape and to desired thickness. Spread on sauce, top with cheese, ham, and pineapple. Pull up two edges to meet in the middle and pinch together. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for about 20 minutes. 

“Eating Clean on the Cheap” – Grilled Spicy Tuna and Avocado Pizza

Grilled Spicy Tuna and Avocado Pizza

  • 1 ball pizza dough* (Publix sells their 5-grain bread dough as pizza dough as well- ask if you can get this one at the sale price)
  • 1 can tuna in water, drained*
  • 1/2 of an avocado, chopped*
  • 2/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
  • dash of sea salt* and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed  red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons ginger dressing (found coupon on bottle!)
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • Olive oil

*On sale this week at Publix

Heat grill to medium heat. Mix cream cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Roll out pizza dough. Spray both sides with olive oil. Grill 3 minutes per side. Remove dough from grill and spread on cream cheese. Top with tuna, avocado, and carrots. Place back on grill for another 3 minutes or so. Remove from grill again and drizzle with dressing and garnish with cilantro.

Eating Clean on the Cheap – French Toast Waffles with Orange-Honey Fruit Salad

French Toast Waffles

(4 servings)

1 Box Van’s waffles (On sale at Publix)

2 egg whites

2 whole Eggland’s Best eggs (On sale at Publix)

1/3 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Allow frozen waffles to sit out for about 10 minutes. Beat egg whites and eggs in a medium bowl and then add remaining ingredients. Stir to mix thoroughly.  Heat a bit of oil on skillet over medium heat. Dip a waffle into the egg mixture, making sure to soak both sides. Let the excess drip off and then place the waffle onto the skillet. Let the waffle cook several minutes per side, or until desired doneness is reached. (I like mine crispy!) Serve with pure maple syrup, honey, or my sweet hummus.

Orange-Honey Fruit Salad

(4 servings)

(It’s summer! All of these fruits are on sale at Publix!)

1 Mango, peeled and sliced

1 Peach, sliced

1 Cup blackberries

1 Tablespoon orange juice

1 Tablespoon honey

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix juice, honey and cinnamon. Arrange fruit slices on a plate and top with blackberries. Drizzle the orange honey over the fruit. Serve alongside or on top of french toast waffles.