Organic & Whole Living: Back to School Series: Healthy Lunch, Bagel Pizza's
I know I'm probably not the first person to come up with a recipe like this. Better yet, I know I'm not. There's already a registered trademark company making these, they've been making them for years. My problem is, I don't know what the ingredients are or how they're processed. Just today I read an article about lunch meat glue. Yep, you read that right! GLUE! Gross, right? Even though we home school, I still have to come up with lunch every day, and my goal is to make sure they're getting the best ingredients for their learning minds. Who could learn anything fueled by glue!
My son has been begging for a version of these for awhile now. He says, "Mom, you don't have to buy those, just make me a home made version." Awe, isn't he sweet thinking his mama could make him a home made version of anything he wants. This mama aims to please though and I think I did just that today with this easy recipe.
1 Can of Organic Tomato Sauce
2 T Organic Olive Oil
1 Clove of Garlic
Toppings; think fresh veggies from the garden, pepperoni, olives, or anything else you or your kids like on your pizza.
Seasonings; Fresh Basil, Fresh Oregano, Salt, Pepper, Pinch of Cayenne
Mini Plain Bagels (we use the Trader Joe's kind)
Start by heating your olive oil on low in a small sauce pan. Add your minced garlic clove (or the whole thing smashed if your kids aren't big on garlic). Add fresh basil, oregano, salt, pepper to taste and a tiny pinch of cayenne. Let the oil infuse with all of these herbs for about 30 seconds or so being careful not to burn them.
Next add the tomato sauce to the pan and mix the spices into the sauce. Cover and let simmer on low while you prepare the other ingredients.
Slice and toast the bagels, and prep any fresh veggies and toppings you would like to add.
When your ready to asemble, top each bagel slice with a spoonful of yummy sauce and add your toppings. Top with cheese and place under the broiler for a few minutes. Be sure to keep an eye out on them so you don't burn them!
Cool and enjoy!
Time Saver Tip: After broiling each pizza, cool and freeze individually on a cookie sheet. Wrap and store for later use. When your kids need a quick lunch or snack, they can pull out a couple of these and warm in a toaster oven. Simple as that!