Pizza Lunchable Makeover | DIY Homemade Recipe

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by on July 29, 2013

Pizza Lunchable Recipe

Pizza Lunchable Makeover | DIY Homemade Recipe

My son loves to take Lunchables for his school lunch – and his favorite is the pizza. Even though I do give in every once in a while, I do not like buying these preservative laden meals often.  If I can’t pronounce it I’m not wild about putting it in his little body. So, of course, I LOVED the idea of making them myself – I can control the ingredients, include some healthier options, and it is actually is cheaper, so that is a win-win in my book! Plus, this is another Freezer-Ready meal that I can make ahead, making busy mornings easier. Check out the recipe and tips below to make your own pizza lunchable – with tips on creating a Mickey Themed lunch, too.

How to Make a Homemade Pizza Lunchable

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This pizza crust contains 1/2 whole wheat flour, which adds another layer of healthy to it. You can try it with all wheat but it seems a bit too chewy that way. You can see the complete crust recipe below. This batch makes about 20 little rounds.

SONY DSCFor the sauce, put it in ice cube trays until completely frozen, pop out and place in a freezer bag labeled with – “Pizza Sauce and Date” (I did not run out and buy pizza sauce I used the spaghetti sauce I had on hand.) Pop 1 cube for every 2 crusts into your child’s lunch container.   Be creative with the toppings you pack. Aside from sauce and cheese you can include; olives, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, diced veggies.  Presented in a new way you might be surprised what your child will eat given the chance.

SONY DSCCreate a Mickey Themed Lunch

To recreate the simple Mickey themed lunchbox- before baking rounds; cut out a few “ears” I used a medicine dosing cup as a cutter, put a few drops of water on the ear and place on the head, press in. Using leftover scrapbook paper I made a band for the drink to add a touch of whimsy. I made a simple trail mix of cheerios, a few chocolate chips, and Craisins, and dried blueberries. That wild sweet tooth can be appeased without going overboard.

The sky is the limit on what you can do, use your child’s favorite character for inspiration and go for it! Try different shaped cookie cutters or free hand with a knife.  For even more advance preparation, all items, except trail mix can be frozen together pre-prepped. For multiple serving freezer lunches I like to use a container like this one.

Homemade Pizza Lunchable
 
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Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cup white all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 pkg. or 4 ½ tsps. dry active yeast
  • 2 cups very warm water
  • 4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°
  2. Pour warm water and yeast into a large bowl, let set for 10 minutes.
  3. Add all other ingredients and mix well. You can do by hand or use the dough hook on your mixer, until dough looks smooth. If dough still seems too sticky add flour 1 Tbsp. at a time. Let it rest for about 5 minutes.
  4. Roll dough to about ⅛”.
  5. Cut with a glass dipped in flour or use shaped cookie cutters.
  6. Poke rounds a few times with fork tines to release steam, and place on pizza stone or cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray, bake for 8 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool and place 2-3 in each freezer bag for a quick grab the night before.

 

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  • Danielle S.

    Great idea! We simply use whole wheat english muffins for our lunchable pizzas while we’re on the go. But I never thought to freeze the pizza sauce into cubes.

  • Melanie S.

    What a cute idea, and it seems like a much healthier alternative to those pre-packaged ones. Thanks!

  • Emily

    I LOVE how you divided the pizza sauce up in an icecube tray! Love this idea!

  • Chrysa Duran

    What a cute idea!! I love that it is homemade, healthier and less expensive too!

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net/ Melissa Hurst

    Thanks Chrysa!

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net/ Melissa Hurst

    Yes, especially since you can add whatever toppings you want – and you can add a bit more health into the crust. Thanks!

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net/ Melissa Hurst

    Thanks Emily!

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net/ Melissa Hurst

    That’s a great idea, too, if you don’t have time to make your own crust. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa

    Great idea in time for back to school. I need those food containers! Where did you find them? Thanks!

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