Sunday, March 15, 2009

Helping Hands

Bella has a story book about making pizza which she loves to read and she has been asking for pizza for the past few days. Grandma and Papa brought us a fresh mozzarella from Laraia's cheese shop in NY so what better use than to use it for pizza?! We decided to make it this weekend and it was indeed delicious. We made a soaked whole wheat crust (Lindsay's recipe from - read more on her website about the benefits of soaking your grains. The short story is that soaking grains makes them way more digestible so that your body can better assimilate all of the nutrients from them. If you want the science behind it, visit Lindsay's website.) I love kneading dough because it works off tension and there is nothing like making your own dough from scratch - it feels like quite the accomplishment!

Bella's part was to help with the toppings which she thoroughly enjoyed - fresh mozzarella, red and green bell peppers, olives, and fresh basil. She really did a great job with no mess and just needed some direction in where to place the toppings (otherwise they would have been in one big pile).

Needless to say, she was so excited to eat it and devoured 2 helpings including the veggies. As so many moms will attest, involve your children in the food preparation and they will be more likely to try what they have helped to create and they will also feel SO GOOD about themselves. Check out our finished pizza. The house smells delicious and I may just have to hit the fridge for a leftover slice!


Gina said...

You know we love that pizza dough too! The toppings look so amazing - what a pro you are! Claire says hello to Isabella! :-)

Lindsay Sullivan said...

Hi Lauren,

A clarification on the "Lindsay" you refer to in the post would be helpful as I certainly can't seem to find the time to soak my own grains.

But I made your veggie chili tonight and it was awesome. I threw out the package but can you tell me where you got it?

Many thanks,

SUE said...

You have to tell me how to make this pizza!!! It looks AWESOME!


lauren said...

Lindsay from Passionate Homemaking - not Aunt Lindsay. For consistency sake, I will always refer to you as Aunt Lindsay on this blog. You are truly one in a million. I will post a simple recipe for those interested in starting to soak their own grains. It doesn't take any extra time - only a little planning ahead :) Thanks for reading, sister!@

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