Today we attempted our first ever virtual Family Food Club session and made pizzas together in our own homes! (from the living room floor in our case!)
It can be a bit of a challenge getting the all ingredients we need at the moment so we need to be extra creative in the kitchen. We decided to make a super adaptable pizza online today, it works with many different options. Children love getting involved in every stage, particularly decorating their own pizza.
These are some of the results of our session:
*Pitta bread, pizza bases, tortilla wraps, naan bread (anything flat and bread like!)
*Vegetables and toppings (peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, olives, tuna, ham etc.)
*Sauce (tomato puree, pasatta, pesto, tomato sauce, BBQ sauce!)
Ingredients at our house (sliced tomatoes, grated carrot, cheese, olives, tomato puree, tuna, pitta bread):
It's good to get everything ready before you get cooking with children!
1. Chop or grate all the toppings
2. Add the sauce, tomato puree (or other base) to the pitta bread (or any other bread!)
3. Decorate the pizza with the toppings adding the cheese last
4. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for aprox 5 minutes, grill it for a few minutes, or wrap it up and eat it raw!
We got the idea from: https://www.myfussyeater.com/diy-pitta-naan-bread-pizza-kids-recipe/
Some of our mums chose to make their own dough for making pizza today, which is surprisingly easy!
If you want to make your own dough, this is an easy recipe to follow: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/pizza-margherita-4-easy-steps
Deshni's Tasty Aubergines
This recipe can be made with different vegetables if you don't have aubergines, you can try courgette, spinach, mushrooms, canned beans or potatoes (you would need to cook the potato first).
Miriam’s Roasted Vegetables
This is a super simple and adaptable dish as most vegetables taste great when they are roasted. You can use a wide variety of herbs and spices to add flavour, you can experiment!
- Sliced vegetables (peppers, mushrooms, courgette, try to make sure they are similar sizes so they cook at the same time)
- Olive Oil
- Herbs and spices (oregano, rosemary, garlic, pepper, thyme, chili flakes...)
- Heat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/gas 6
- Place vegetables in a roasting tin, add oil and seasoning and mix
- Roast for approximately 30 mins (depending on the size of the vegetables
You can accompany the vegetables with almost anything too, couscous, rice, pasta… Add some cheese or chickpeas too!
Miriam used her own special olive oil infused with bay leaf, rosemary, pepper corns and whole red chili.
Noemi's Courgette Fritters
Noemi shared this really adaptable recipe, which is kid friendly with me this week. You can freeze these fritters and save them for another time.
Or if you prefer a video:
Love Food Hate Waste
This is a really good place to find useful information on how to make the most of your food at this time, it has tips on:
- How to store food so it lasts longer - for example, what food can you freeze?
- How to make the most out of your ingredients – tasty recipes
Cooking on a Bootstrap
Jack Monroe is an expert on cooking with limited ingredients and on a budget, well worth a go!
Don't Forget to Keep Moving!
As well as eating well it’s important to have plenty of physical exercise as well, these exercises are recommended by our Family Food Club Mums.
Helen recommends these home workouts, and this yoga session to help deal with anxiety and stress:
Our PACT boss, Josephine, has made her own 5 minute exercise video in her kitchen to share with us all!
Omotola enjoys this one: