Today we’ll be sharing our Homemade Spinach Feta Pizza Recipe: spinach pizza with feta cheese, garlic, and tomatoes on homemade crust! Better still, we’re giving you a new way to get your kids to eat their vegetables!
In our house, like most houses I’m sure, it’s not always easy to get our kids to eat their vegetables. “I don’t like it!” are words we’ve all heard despite our best efforts to present a myriad of vegetable choices served in delicious ways. It can be frustrating. This is when you have to get clever and realize that foods like pizza that kids will usually readily eat can be your friend and can act as a vehicle for a serving of fresh vegetables. Your kids might eat spinach on pizza. Because in their mind they’re just eating pizza. And they might even like it!
We consider pizza making an experience. Making your own homemade dough, searching for the right fresh ingredients to serve as your homemade pizza toppings, having your kids help roll out the dough and assemble the pizza…it’s more than dinner prep its an adventure. Hopefully you’ll start to look at pizza making in the same way if you don’t already. I think getting your kids involved in the cooking process increases the likelihood that they are going to try it and enjoy it.
Spinach Feta Pizza – Secret Deliverer of Vegetables (shhh!)
Today’s vehicle for getting your kids their daily serving of vegetables is our Spinach Feta Pizza with Tomatoes on a homemade whole wheat crust. I’m sure we’ve all had a leafy green spinach salad with feta cheese and tomatoes before, but these are also perfect toppings to go on top of a homemade whole wheat pizza crust. Once you sell your kids on the fact that you’re having pizza for dinner, they won’t even realize they’re eating vegetables because it’s so delicious. And who doesn’t love anything with Feta cheese?
To improve your chances for success, when choosing your pizza toppings always go for fresh ingredients. Besides usually having more health benefits, fresh ingredients just taste better! And homemade pizza is something that is screaming for fresh ingredients. Whenever we are making our spinach and feta pizza we head to the market or local produce stands in search of fresh spinach and fresh tomatoes. For us, this is part of of what makes it an experience. If you really take pride in finding quality ingredients you’re final product is going to be that much better. Plus, it’s fun to head out to the farmers market in search of homemade pizza toppings. Spinach and tomato are great pizza toppings, but if they aren’t fresh and available, then try out something that’s in season, fresh, and available. Let your dinner reveal itself! It’s also a great way to come up with new pizza ideas you’ve never tried before. Just remember to sneak some veggies on there. ;).
Another key to a great pizza is a great crust. Our go to crust is a Simple Homemade Whole Wheat crust that’s super easy to throw together.
Now on to the recipe to show you how to make our popular Spinach Feta Pizza:
Homemade Spinach Feta Pizza
- 3-4 oz . fresh spinach , chopped
- 1/4 c . extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp . Italian seasoning
- 2-4 garlic cloves
- 4 oz . feta
- 3 plum tomatoes , sliced thinly
- Make your dough ahead of time, let rise for 45 minutes, then punch down and wait for 5 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
- Add the oil, garlic, and Italian seasoning to a bowl.
- Then chop and add spinach and toss to coat all the spinach with oil. I usually do this before the pizza dough is ready.
- Roll out the pizza dough and place on preheated pizza stone.
- Spread the spinach mix over the pizza dough.
- Add thinly sliced tomatoes (if you are using a really "wet" tomato, I would drain it in a sieve or on a paper towel since too much liquid will make the pizza soggier).
- Sprinkle feta on top.
- bake for 12-14 minutes.