Sunday, 28 February 2016

#LittleKitchen Campaign with Wren Kitchens: Homemade Sausage and Pepper Pizza!


Getting the little ones in the family to eat their 5-a-day can sometimes prove quite a challenge which is why Wren Kitchens is running an exciting new campaign that focuses on getting children more involved with food preparation. I think it's such a great idea and I'm so proud to be apart of it! Vegetables are definitely not a child's best-friend, I've always wondered why they dislike them so I took it upon myself to do some investigating. I questioned my little brother and a few of his little friends to get a much needed answer. Yes, you guessed right, 'Vegetables are tasteless, just horrible!' That's the answer I got from every single one of them and it's about time that changed. 
We need to start encouraging the little ones to eat their 5-a-day, getting them involved in the preparation and even throwing in a few superhero swaps. Have you ever considered swapping ingredients in a popular kid’s meal like PIZZA with a healthy alternative? Well that's exactly what I've done. I've managed to make Pizza just that little bit healthier; incorporating in vegetables, a homemade sauce and other ingredients. I substituted white bread flour with Wholemeal Bread Flour as it is the healthier option. Wheat grains crushed into a fine powder, in this case the flour contributes to your grain intake for the day, helping you reach the six 1/2-cup servings of grains. Now if that's not something to smile about, I don't know what is. Here's how you can make these delicious yet nutritious sausage pizzas; why not make them with your children, have some fun in the kitchen.

Equipment needed:
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Mechanical Scale (To weigh your ingredients)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Measuring Jug/Cup
  • Tablespoon
 Ingredients for the Dough:
  • 300g (11 oz) wholemeal bread flour
  • 200ml luke warm water
  •  Half a teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried active baking yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 

Topping Ingredients:
  • 454g Pork sausages (You have a choice here, choose your favourite then fry in a tablespoon of oil until half done. They will cook some more in the oven)
  • Red, green and yellow peppers, chopped
  • Spinach, chopped
  • A handful of Sweetcorn
  • Homemade Tomato Sauce ( This is basically tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and a drizzle of olive oil blended together. No cooking needed)
  • Grated cheese


How to make the dough: 
  1. Pour the flour, salt, yeast, sugar and oil into a large bowl and mix with wooden spoon.
  2. Make a well in the middle then pour in the warm water gradually. You need quite a thick batter so you might not need to use all the water. Stir well to combine.
  3. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes then turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead.
  4. Roll into a not too thin circle then transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan dusted with flour.
Topping your dough before baking:
  1. Pizza number 1 is a Sausage and Pepper Pizza. Spread homemade sauce all over the top surface of the already circled dough.
  2. Add the sausages, peppers and sprinkle cheese to finish.

  1. The second pizza is a Sausage and Spinach Pizza. Do the same again, spread homemade sauce all over the top surface of the already circled dough.
  2. Add sausages, spinach and sweetcorn.
  3. Bake both pizzas in the oven at 180 C for 15 to 20 minutes. 

Enjoy!






This will bring a big smile to your children's faces and of course a whole new attitude toward foods that are actually good for them.
Nokhuthula xo 





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