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.
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
Color + Protein + Crunch + Bonus = Perfect Lunchbox
Pick one from each category:
- Color – Apple slices, orange segments, grapes, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper slices, watermelon, or blueberries
- Protein – Nut/seed butter, hard-boiled egg, hummus, chicken/turkey, cheese, black bean dip, or edamame
- Crunch – Whole-grain crackers, celery sticks, baby carrots, cucumber slices, rice cakes, or air-popped popcorn
- Bonus – Yogurt, apple sauce, all-natural fruit strip, string cheese, trail mix, or a 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. Add some baby carrots for crunch and yogurt for a bonus to your lunch box!
- 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 store-bought or homemade
- 1 pizza dough homemade or store-bought
- 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded, plus more for topping
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a saucepan, heat olive oil over low heat. Add carrots, celery, and greens. Saute for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Add cooked vegetables and marinara sauce to a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Spread pizza dough into a rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Add veggie sauce onto the dough and spread out evenly. Sprinkle generously with cheese.
- Roll up dough, starting at the long end, until 1 large roll is formed. Pinch seam closed to seal. Slice dough log into 8 pieces.
- Lay pizza roll ups on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle the top of each roll up with a little more mozzarella cheese. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve warm or at room temperature. I like to have some extra marinara on hand for dipping.
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