Thursday, March 17, 2011
Very Hungry Caterpillar Pizza Buns
1 batch of whole wheat pizza dough
2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 red pepper, diced
4 white mushrooms, diced
1/2 cup ham or sausage, chopped
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
3/4 cup pizza sauce
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1 tsp cornmeal
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Saute onions, garlic, peppers, mushrooms, ham, basil, oregano, salt and pepper until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and drain off any excess liquid. Stir in pizza sauce and ricotta cheese.
Preheat oven to 450F and grease a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Grab a handful of pizza dough and flatten it in your palm. Place a spoonful of vegetable filling into the centre of the dough and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Gather the ends of the dough together and pinch them closed, then mold it into a round shaped bun. Place on baking sheet and repeat with the remainder of the ingredients, forming a caterpillar shape with the buns. Place a piece of pepper for the eye and spinach for the mouth on the head of the caterpillar. Bake for 12 minutes.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Academy of Pediatrics are featuring the best-selling children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle in their new campaign to promote healthy eating habits called Eating Healthy. Growing Strong.
For more information about the Eating Healthy Growing Strong campaign, visit the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (www.healthiergeneration.org/veryhungrycaterpillar) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (www.healthychildren.org/veryhungrycaterpillar). These sites have resources including a printable growth chart, a reading guide, and tips for healthy eating.