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Spiral Pizza Bites

Spiral Pizza Bites
Life is very different right now with the COVID-19 pandemic going on. Most of us have been home with our children for over a week now practicing social distancing. It felt the right time to switch up things here at Mommy Spice. To hopefully not only help my fellow parents and followers get food on the table but to also try and incorporate that into a good teachable moment that involves food! Kids and food go hand and hand, I once did an entire lesson plan on sandwiches in college. Now I know my kids love snacks, and food is an awesome resource to use as a reward as well. Today’s post will be a little different, I’ll discuss the lesson, and supplies needed. Then the recipe and method.

Pizza lesson plan:

Supplies:
Book: Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party
Craft: Construction paper in a variety of colors, scissors, glue stick, colored pencils

Lesson: Fractions /sharing equally for younger ages

I did drive up pick up at Target for our Pete the Cat book, it was $8.99 for the hardcover. However, there are multiple read aloud versions on YouTube, if you don’t have/want to buy the book. Also really any kids book on pizza would work.

Plan:

Read Perfect Pizza Party to your children, explain alliteration to your older ones.

Cut white circles out of printer or construction paper and have the kids color their pizza crust, sauce and cheese.

Next cut out of construction paper all of the very silly toppings from the book. Use different colored paper, or draw, color and cut out your toppings. Now re-read the book and with each page, glue on the topping mentioned. Have the kids read aloud the tongue twister with you. Let your craft dry, and have the older kids fill out their pizza fraction work sheet. Again lots of free printable are available online, you don’t have to write up your own.

Spiral Pizza Bite Recipe

Ingredients:

1 can refrigerated pizza dough (crescent dough will work in a pinch)

1/2 cup of pizza or marinara sauce

1-1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Optional:

Parmesan cheese, for topping

Dry Italian seasoning

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Unroll your pizza dough on a large cutting board or clean counter. (If using crescent dough, pinch together all of the seams to make one large dough sheet). Sprinkle on Italian seasoning and press gently into the dough. Next pour on your sauce, and smooth out evenly, then sprinkle on the cheese. Starting at one side, roll your dough into a long tube shape. If your dough sticks, add a little flour to your hands to make rolling it up easier. Once your dough is rolled, using a serrated knife cut out 1-1 1/2” disc shapes (spirals), you should be able to get 12-15 spirals. Next lay them flat on your baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes or until a light golden brown. Once done, top with parmesan if desired and serve warm.

My tip for these pizza spiral bites is to work quickly. The refrigerated dough becomes harder to work with the warmer it gets.

Fun fact, this recipe came about because my oldest has started the braces process and on the “cannot eat” list is pizza crust. Doesn’t seem like a big deal right? She can still have the best part of the pizza! Well she was crushed and I was determined to find a way she could still enjoy pizza without having to give up the crust. Enter these spiral bites which are super soft and safe to eat. Not to mention super versatile. Fill these with any topping combinations you like and you’ll have a fun kid approved snack.



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