We made some kick-butt pizza Saturday night. In fact, we made some kick-butt pizza 2 Saturdays ago as well. My two stepkids don't eat much besides processed foods...I don't have much control over what they eat. However, Saturday nights, they are with me, so I decided to start a new tradition. Instead of letting them eat frozen pizza that their dad buys for them, we are now going to make our own homemade pizzas each Saturday they come. My stepdaughter is really excited about learning how to cook, so I let her roll out the pizzas while I did the dishes.
The dough recipe we use makes 2 pizzas, which is perfect. We can make one regular pizza, and one with more adventurous toppings. The 'safe' pizza is pepperoni and cheese. That's it.
Here, I'm working on the 2nd pizza. Barbecue chicken was the theme for that one. We couldn't help stealing some bits of BBQ chicken before the pizza went into the oven.
The pizzas looked fantastic cooking int he oven. All the kids kept asking when they would be ready.
Here are the pizzas straight out of the oven. The pepperoni and cheese pizza sprung a leak while it was baking, but that's okay with us. We like using the pizza trays with the little holes in them cause we get a little crisper of a crust.
My son is chowing down on his pizza. He usually likes to complain about food, even if it is something he likes, but there was no complaining tonight.
The kids ate their pizza and we finished watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, before we started our movie. We have learned a lot watching that show. I think it has really opened the older kids' eyes to what most processed food is made up of. Having a cooking from scratch tradition not only is healthier for us, it allows us to bond as a family. Kids that cook and eat regularly with their parents are less likely to be involved with drugs and violence. The time spent together in the kitchen helps create positive memories and trust that will carry over into other areas of their lives. Also, being able to cook for yourself from scratch is a skill that will help you continue a healthy lifestyle throughout your life. I hope that this tradition will be one that we can continue for a very long time.
What do you cook together as a family? Do you have any special memories of cooking things from scratch?