In the interests of total honesty, I have a confession to make… the recipe I’m sharing today did not go down well with my boys at all! BUT, I really, really enjoyed it myself (I couldn’t stop eating them!), so I thought it was worth sharing anyway because everyone’s tastes are different and your kids might love them. Assuming that (unlike mine) your children are willing to give courgette a go, or zucchini, for my American readers, these yummy pizza bites can be a great way of adding an extra portion of vegetables to their day. They make a fun snack or delicious side dish with any meal and the recipe is so easy that kids can make it themselves, with a little supervision for the hot oven of course. They’re also an excellent way of using up excess courgettes if you have a glut this summer.
I’ve created a child friendly printable recipe sheet to go with this recipe – written in simple language, it’s a great way of encouraging independence in the kitchen for kids, and following a recipe from start to finish ‘all by themselves’ can be such a brilliant confidence boost! You’ll find more recipe sheets for kids in my easy recipes for kids section here on the blog too, covering all meals from breakfast to dinner with some delicious snacks in between!
Courgette Pizza Bites
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1 large courgette (zucchini)
- 1 Tbs tomato puree
- 100g mini mozzarella balls
- Italian dried mixed herbs
Preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas mark 6/390°F). Brush a baking tray with a little of the olive oil.
Wash and dry the courgette and cut each end off (discard the ends). Cut the courgette into thick slices.
Place slices on the baking tray and brush with the rest of the oil.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then take out the tray, turn all of the courgette pieces over and spread a thin layer of tomato puree on each piece.
Add one mozzarella ball to each slice (larger slices might need two) and sprinkle with the herbs.
Bake in the oven for another 8 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the courgette cooked through.
Leave to cool for a few minutes before serving, they’ll be VERY hot straight from the oven!
If you’d like to print off a child-friendly copy of this recipe for yourself, click on the photo above to download the PDF file, or click here if that doesn’t work for any reason. Do comment and let me know how it goes down with the kids if you try it!
As I mentioned above, you’ll also find lots more of really simple healthy recipes like this in the easy recipes for kids section here on the Eats Amazing blog, all with free printable child friendly recipe sheets to help your child cook something from start to finish, with minimal help required. You might also like to pop over and follow my Cooking with Kids Pinterest board too, for lots more kids recipe ideas from all over the web!
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