Dinnertime can often be frustrating if I try too many new recipes or mundane if we stick to the few things I know my kids will actually eat. My son is a finicky eater and I often feel like a short order chef no matter how much I try not to give in to his demands, because sometimes it is worth the battle and other days it is not. Either way it is near impossible to make a toddler eat something he does not want.
Thankfully, one dish that my kids both enjoy is pizza, which I prefer to make homemade and control the ingredients. It does take a little planning ahead to make the dough, which does not always happen when I wait to start dinner after my kids are already whining about how they are famished. Consequently, I have not been making pizza very often this winter as I have not been on my “A game” when it comes to meal planning while my husband has been deployed.
This week we tried a new kind of yeast on the market made especially for pizza dough as well as our own unique pizza creation to jazz up dinner. Fleischmann yeast’s new pizza dough yeast does not require any rising time, which means you can get homemade pizza made and on the table in around 30 minutes. Now I have a few different pizza dough recipes I use and although I definitely prefer the loft and texture of my usual creations, this dough turned out surprisingly well and will be a go-to for busy nights.
I simply followed the recipe on the back of the yeast envelopes for the dough and we decided to change things up a bit by using sweet potato puree in lieu of pizza sauce. Growing up in Japan their “American” pizza restaurants serve very creative recipes, so I love to think outside of the box when it comes to pizza (my favorite as a child was the “Idaho Pizza” which had sliced potatoes, corn and mayonnaise. Yum). We balanced out the sweetness of the potato with some deli meat, cheddar and Parmesan cheese, put some olives on the side and voila: dinner. My daughter was my little chef and enjoyed mixing and kneading the simple dough recipe. Her favorite part as always was putting the toppings on and she was very deliberate in her placement of the ingredients.
Although I catered the flavors and ingredients to my children’s preferences, you may want to try a more “grown up” recipe for pizza such as Fleischmann yeast’s End Zone Sausage Pizza or a yummy appetizer like Spinach Artichoke Focaccia. Fleischmann yeast is currently running a Big Game promotion for Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast through February 3rd where fans can submit their favorite pizza topping for the chance to win free product. If fans also submit their favorite “Big Game” pizza recipe, they will be entered to win a grand prize including a pizza stone, pizza cutter, and other great prizes so check it out if it is up your alley.
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