Family Pizza Night: Sauce & Sequencing

Family Fun Pizza Night! 

As with my earlier recipe for meatballs I mentioned that in many store-bought pasta and pizza sauces there tends to be a lot of added sugars.  This easy pizza sauce recipe is full of flavor, and fun for the whole family. The sauce is primarily whole food ingredients, and super easy to make the night or day before!  I used the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix, which was really delicious and came with the yeast included!  I only made one pizza, so my crust was thicker.  This wasn’t an issue for me since it reminded me of a healthier version of Chicago deep dish!  The sauce yields enough for two pizzas so I froze my extra sauce for next time! 

As a speech therapist making pizzas is one of my most FAVORITE activities to work on sequencing and organizational skills!  From a health perspective it’s an amazing way to teach your children that cooking can be fun, healthy ingredients can taste great together, and that knowing what is in your food is important!  Ingredients matter!

Sauce

 You will need a blender, food processor, or Vitamix, it also helps to have a pizza stone or tray! My recipes are geared toward cooking when you have limited time.  You can still cook a healthy meal in 30 minutes or less.  It feels good to know what you’re eating! 

 1 can organic tomato paste

2 tomatoes

1/4 cup water

1 Tablespoon fresh parsley

1 clove of garlic

1 green pepper

1 teaspoon of Himalayan Sea Salt

Pepper to Taste

Roughly chop ingredients and place in blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer to pot, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook on simmer, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes. 

 The rest is easy! Follow directions for your crust and add whatever toppings you choose!  I added fresh mozzarella.  Enjoy!


Language & Learning Activities

During the process talk to your child about what ingredients went in the blender, what order did they go in?

When creating the pizza what ingredients went on first? Second? Last? 

 Which ingredients were vegetables? 

 Which ingredients were dairy?

 How many different colors are on your pizza?

 How many pieces do they think will come out of the circle?

 What shape are the slices?

 What were all the steps for making the pizza?

 What was their favorite step?

 Who did you think about when making the pizza?  How did you think about their feelings, likes, dislikes?

*If you want to work on narrative and writing skills take photos of the pizza steps and fun!  Save them for another  day and your child can write their own pizza making story, sequencing the pictures along the way!

You can do so much!  Cooking is the perfect learning opportunity!  It’s emotionally and physically rewarding! Enjoy!