My kids are picky eaters.
One of them would happily eat toast with vegan cream cheese and jam all day long, with frozen fruit as her side dish.
The other will eat almost anything so long as it comes directly from my bowl. If I put it in his bowl, he might eat it. Or he might not. Depends on his mood.
Feeding them both is an enormous challenge.
Lately, there is one thing they will both (almost) always eat and that is Vegan Tortilla Pizza.
When I was growing up, my mom used to make pizza from scratch. She’d toss the dough into the air and everything. It was like living at a pizzeria, which I pretty sure is every kids dream.
I also remember having “mini-pizzas” on english muffins, which are the perfect size for little hands or for an easy snack for hungry, growing kids. I’ve made those for my kids, too.
Tortilla pizzas were a lightbulb idea I had one day when my daugher asked for pizza but I didn’t have english muffins in the house. I always have tortillas though, which are shaped like a pizza crust. And they’re thin, so these pizzas take about 5 minutes to cook in the oven.
It was such an easy hack I couldn’t believe I’d never thought of it before.
I make these just about every day now.
It’s my daughter’s favorite meal. She likes her pizza with red peppers and pineapple on top of her vegan cheese. My son likes to eat the pineapples and peppers off the pizza, then suck the cheese off, then leave the soggy remnants of tortilla in strange places for me to find later in the house.
You win some, you lose some.
Mostly, these babies are a win.
You can, of course, make them with dairy cheese. We’re just a plant-based, dairy/eggs/meat/animal products free family, so we use Daiya Mozzarella-Style Shreds. It’s ooey, gooey awesomeness. Highly recommend.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a tortilla pizza to take out of the oven.
Vegan Tortilla Pizza:
Serves 1 or 2 kids, depending on how hungry they are
1 whole wheat tortilla
2 Tbs tomato sauce (we like Marinara-style)
1/2 cup-1 cup Daiya Mozzarella-style Shreds (depends on how cheesy you want it)
optional toppings: we go with pineapple and red peppers, but anything works here that you might put on an ordinary pizza like olives, mushrooms, oregano, basil, or broccoli. Sky’s the limit!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Place your tortilla on a baking sheet. Spread on the tomato sauce, then add the cheese distributing it as evenly as you can. Add your toppings, knowing you’ll be cutting this baby into 4-8 pieces. Plan accordingly.
Put the tortilla pizza in the oven and cook for 5-8 minutes. The longer it cooks, the crispier the tortilla crust will be.
When the cheese is nicely melted, remove from the oven and let cool before you cut into it to serve.
Or, do what my husband does and roll it up like a pizza burrito.
No wrong way to eat this pizza!