I recently was a workshop presenter for Wellness Day at a local grade school. The topic was "Nutritious After School Snacks." With the help of eager fifth grade students, this is one of two recipes we made in a 25 minute span of time.
To read about the Wellness Day event, including student comments and reactions, go to the Abilene App blog: Garfield Wellness Day - "Kids Cooking" Healthy Snacks
Fast & Easy English Muffin Pizzas Makes 8 mini pizzas
Prep: about 10 min.; Bake: 10 min.
Tools/Equipment: Toaster oven or regular oven, baking sheet, pot holder(s), cutting board & knife, measuring cups (½ cup + 1 cup), silicon scraper or spoon, foil
4 whole wheat English muffins, split
About ½ cup canned pizza sauce (or make your own by adding Italian seasoning to
1 to 2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Cover the baking sheet with foil for easy clean up.
2. Place the English muffin halves cut side up onto a baking sheet.
|Since the English muffins weren't sliced all the way through, it was necessary to cut them open. This 5th-grader grips the knife properly while making sure his fingers are also positioned correctly.|
3. Spoon some of the pizza sauce onto each one.
5. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cheese is melted and browned on the edges.
Variation: Top mozzarella cheese with slices of pepperoni (look for low-fat varieties for a healthier snack)