Cooking with Kids: Fast & Easy English Muffin Pizzas

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
   tomato sauce
   1 to 2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
Step-by-Step Preparation
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.
4.  Top with mozzarella cheese.
Another 5th-grader adds low-fat shredded mozzarella to the pizzas.
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)

This 5th-grader is cutting each pizza in bite-sized pieces for sampling.
In addition to the pizzas, we also made Chocolate Smoothies.

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