Today was the first full day of our family transformation. Whew! The Little One has had more junk food over the past few weeks than I care to admit, so today was our first true day of “detox”. It doesn’t help that we have a bug hanging around and his appetite is pretty lousy from that. All he wanted all day was candy canes. Around noon I finally just threw them all away. For some things moderation is the answer. For candy, not so much. We gotta get this junk outta here!!
My little guy really doesn’t care for veggies. He’ll eat most “average” fruits, but zero veggies. I started giving him some V8 juice (the yummy ones, not the tomato ones!) and I feel pretty sneaky about that. He loves it! Hubby and I like veggies okay, but we never make a very strong effort to eat them. Until now. Something has to change.
In an effort to make our transition into healthier eating a little easier, I figured we could make some “better for us” homemade pizzas. I can’t really sit them down in front of a bowl of broccoli and carrots and expect them to devour it. We have to ease into this, after all!! For Christmas I received a set of mini pizza pans, and they might be the greatest thing in my kitchen now. I am IN LOVE. I used one package of pizza crust mix and divided it between the four pans. Each of us was able to create our own pizza (and I have lunch for tomorrow!!) and we didn’t have to compromise on what each of us wanted. Hubby had BBQ sauce, onions, and baby bella mushrooms with a touch of mozzarella, and my munchkin made his very own pizza for the first time. He smashed down the dough, spread out the sauce, and added all of his own cheese. (WHERE WAS MY CAMERA!?!?) He was so proud when it came out.
The pizza I really want to tell you about, though, is my pizza. I’m feeling just slightly genius for my actions a couple weeks ago when I had some broccoli that I wasn’t getting around to eating. It had been in the fridge for about 3 days and it wasn’t on my menu for the rest of the week and I knew I was heading out of town for Christmas anyway, so I washed it really good, cut it up, and dried it real well. Then I put it in an airtight plastic container and stuck it in the freezer. Viola! I was able to have broccoli on my pizza tonight and I didn’t have to prep an entire bunch of broccoli or make my family suffer through me cooking it (because they hate it). I also had a bag of artichoke hearts from Trader Joes that no one else likes, so I got all of those to myself, too! I piled all my veggies on my crust and topped it with about 1.5 ounces of mozzarella and stuck it in the over for about 10 minutes and dinner was done! And you know what? Those tiny pans are the PERFECT amount of pizza. I wasn’t able to stuff myself silly because that was all the pizza there was, and now, 30 minutes after dinner, I am perfectly content.
I’m not sure that this post will be at all helpful to anyone else, but I wanted to share how much I LOVE these pans and how easy it made pizza night. My entire dinner was under about 300 calories and it was PIZZA! I’m feeling accomplished for the day. :)