I have a super easy and really quick weeknight dinner idea for you today. Put together a flatbread pizza bar and let each family member create their own pizza. There are so many flatbread options out there and many of them are whole grain. Just spend a few minutes at your local grocery or health food store and you should be able to find one that will work well for you.
I found this whole grain Lavash flatbread at Sprouts. After doing a little reading on Wikipedia I learned that Lavash is an Armenian flatbread. I also learned that there are actually hundreds of types of flatbread. Who knew?? Naan is another very popular flatbread that is often used for making homemade pizzas. You could also use pita bread.
The Lavash flatbread is SUPER thin and makes a truly flat pizza, which we really liked. We love thin crust pizza so this worked out great for us. My husband did say that he felt he needed more toppings on his to really fill him up since the crust was so thin. If you’ve got big eaters you might want to go with something like Naan, which is a little thicker.
There are so many options for sauces and toppings. For ours, I set out pesto and red sauce and for the toppings I used what I had on hand: spinach, tomatoes, olives, pepperoni, chicken, fresh basil, and a mix of mozzarella, parmesan, and white cheddar cheese.
Setting out the toppings and sauces and letting everyone create their own is a great way to get the kids involved and it allows everyone to customize their pizza. I set out the toppings and encouraged the boys to try several things on their pizza. Thankfully they were willing to do just that. I have found that when I’m making something they already like they are more willing to try some new additions. If your kids turn up their nose at the thought of veggies on their pizza you could try encouraging them to pick at least one new thing to try and they can just drop a few pieces on one little part of the pizza. Each time they try something new, however small, they are making progress towards eating more variety.
Most store bought flatbreads will have instructions for making pizza on the back of the package. If not, these instructions are pretty general and will most likely work for you. First set out the flatbread, sauces, and toppings and let each family member create their own individualized pizza. Then cook according to the instructions below or until the cheese starts to bubble and your toppings are cooked! (If you have thicker veggies you might consider sautéing them before placing them on the pizza.)
For the Lavash flatbread, heat the oven to 450 degrees and cook for about 4-5 minutes. It crisps up pretty quickly.
For the Naan flatbread, heat the oven to 450 degrees and cook for about 7 – 10 minutes.
For Pita flatbread, heat the oven to 425 degrees and cook for about 12 minutes.
Our finished Lavash flatbread pizzas:
Here are a few pizzas the boys had on whole grain Naan flatbread. My husband said the Naan flatbread filled him up better than the Lavash. I still prefer the thinner crust so from here on out I’ll probably buy both and let each person choose their own crust.
You can freeze any leftover flatbread and pull it out the next time you need it. It will defrost in just a few minutes at room temperature.
Do you make flatbread pizza? If so, what kind do you use and what toppings does your family like?