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!
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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