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Make Your Own Pizza

Here's a meal that you can make together and find opportunities to introduce – and taste – new foods.

 

Materials

Pita bread, Bagels, or English muffins
Tomato sauce
Grated cheeses ( Mozzarella, Cheddar etc,)
Variety of Pizza toppings (i.e. mushrooms, olive slices, different kinds of peppers, tomatoes, etc.)
Mixing spoon
Cookie sheet

Directions

  • Lay out the ingredients in a line on the table, so that everyone can make his or her own “pizza.”
  • Spread the sauce on each pizza. And the cheese.
  • Choose toppings. This is a good opportunity to encourage your child to try at least one new topping – maybe even two!
  • Put the pizzas on to the cookie sheet under the broiler or in a toaster oven. The pizzas are done when the cheese melts.

Take It Further

When you’re preparing a meal or a snack, think about what parts of the work your child may be able to do. Being invited to be an “assistant chef” can make children feel proud, as well as more willing to try some new food they’ve helped prepare.

Talk About It

Many families have rules about tasting new foods. You may want to suggest taking just a small bite, saying something like, “You don’t have to like it, but at least you tried.” Some children like to try new foods. Others don’t and forcing only upsets them.


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