These Lunch Box Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups sneak an extra serving of vegetables into your little one’s lunch! They can be heated up or served cold.
Who doesn’t love cold pizza?!? If you have a kid who loves to dip, serve with a side of marinara sauce! I’m a big fan of sneaking veggies into unexpected foods! Even if your kid is a good eater, an extra serving of veggies never hurt anyone! I like to add sautéed and pureed veggies into pasta sauce. For these I used carrots, celery and kale, but feel free to use any veggies you have on hand such as zucchini, mushrooms or spinach!
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Simply sauté veggies in olive oil until tender and toss into a high-speed blender with your favorite marinara sauce.
Roll out pizza dough (homemade or store-bought) into a rectangle, spread sneaky veggie sauce, sprinkle with cheese and roll up like a jelly roll.
Slice into 8 pieces, place on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle a little extra cheese on top.
Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Serve hot or pack them for a school lunch…just be sure to add them to your healthy snacks recipes list.
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- For the sauce:
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup carrots chopped
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 1 cup greens spinach, kale or collards
- 2 cups marinara sauce jar or homemade
- For the pizza roll-ups:
- 1 pizza dough homemade, store-bought or canned and refrigerated such as Pillsbury
- 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese or more if desired
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a saucepan heat olive oil over low heat. Add carrots, celery and greens. Saute for 5 minutes on or until vegetables are tender.
- Add cooked vegetables and marinara sauce to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.
- Spread pizza dough into a rectangle on a greased surface. Add 1-1.5 cups of veggie sauce and spread evenly. Sprinkle with cheese. Roll up dough until 1 large roll is formed. Slice into 8 pieces and lay on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.
- Option to serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
Can you believe it’s that time of year again? The kids go back to school!
However, creating a healthy and fun lunch box day after day can be a bit daunting! Here is a cheat sheet to put your troubled minds at ease!
Follow this simple formula to create a healthy lunch box!
Lunch Box Basics:
(Idea adapted from Whole Foods)
Color + Protein + Crunch + Bonus = Perfect Lunchbox
Pick one from each category
apple slices, orange segments, grapes, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper slices, watermelon, blueberries
nut/seed butter, hard boiled egg, hummus, chicken/turkey, cheese, black bean dip, edamame
whole grain crackers, celery sticks, baby carrots, cucumber slices, rice cakes, air popped pop-corn
yogurt, apple sauce, all natural fruit strip, string cheese, trail mix, granola bar
Sample Lunch Box: Serve a veggie pizza roll-up that provides protein from the cheese and color from the veggie packed marinara sauce. Send with some baby carrots for crunch and a yogurt for a bonus!
Check out these other healthy lunch-box ideas!
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