Cooking With Kids: Easy, No Bake Veggie Pizza Recipe

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How do you get kids to eat their vegetables?

Many parents complain that their kids won't eat vegetables. I was at a baby shower recently with my daughter and the lady next to me asked me how in the world I was able to get my daughter to eat the broccoli soup that she was eating. My answer, I started them from the beginning. I always fed my children vegetables from the time that they could eat regular food and never gave up. I also found it important to give my kids unusual vegetables like asparagus, cauliflower, eggplant, and parsnips. Children will not just wake up one day at the ripe old age of eight and want to eat every vegetable that you place in front of them. It must be done early and consistently.

So what happens if you haven't been doing that? Don't worry it's not too late! There are many ways that you can get your kids to eat their veggies, it will just take a little more creativity and probably more attempts on your part as the parent.

Easy Vegetarian Pizza

Making vegetables fun to eat is one of the easiest ways to get kids to eat them. Sure you can "hide" the veggies in various other foods but I have never been a big fan of that to be quite honest with you. I think that it is ok sometimes, but my personal belief is that children should learn the taste of veggies and how to eat them so that they will continue to have healthy eating habits as they become adults and no one is there to "hide" their veggies for them.

One way that we like to get our daily dose of vegetables is to make vegetarian pizza for a snack. I have seen a recipe similar to this one but it involves cooking the 'dough'. The thing that I like about this recipe is that it is quick, does not involve any baking and can be used as a light lunch or for a healthy after school snack.


How did you enjoy this kid friendly vegetarian pizza?

4.5 stars from 4 ratings of Veggie Pizza

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: approximately 4 servings

Vegetables for the Pizza

There are many vegetables that you can add to this pizza. Try to put out some veggies that you know that your children will enjoy as well as some that are new to them and encourage them to give it a try.

  • carrots
  • avocado
  • red, yellow, or green peppers
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • green onion
  • chopped spinach
  • tomatoes

Ingredients for Vegetable Pizza

  • about 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 cup various chopped vegetables
  • 4 small whole wheat tortillas

Instructions for Veggie Pizza

  1. Chop the veggies into small, bite sized pieces. Remember that this should be done by an adult or by a responsible, older child under adult supervision.
  2. Take the small whole wheat tortillas and spread a thin layer of cream cheese on it.
  3. Sprinkle the veggies over the top of the cream cheese and cut into "pizza slices." Enjoy the veggie pizza!

Photos of making our pizzas.

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Spreading the cream cheese on the tortilla.Adding the yummy veggies!Mommy's finished pizza!Grace takes great care in adding her vegetables.Alex is all done and ready to eat!Grace decided to make hers into a face.She is very proud of her pizza!Yummy!
Spreading the cream cheese on the tortilla.
Spreading the cream cheese on the tortilla. | Source
Adding the yummy veggies!
Adding the yummy veggies! | Source
Mommy's finished pizza!
Mommy's finished pizza! | Source
Grace takes great care in adding her vegetables.
Grace takes great care in adding her vegetables. | Source
Alex is all done and ready to eat!
Alex is all done and ready to eat! | Source
Grace decided to make hers into a face.
Grace decided to make hers into a face. | Source
She is very proud of her pizza!
She is very proud of her pizza! | Source
Yummy!
Yummy! | Source

Eating the Vegetarian Pizzas

Not only did my kids have a great time making their own veggie pizzas, but they loved eating them too. There was not one vegetable left behind. In fact my kids are not particularly fond of tomatoes but they each tried them on their pizza creations. My daughter stayed with her dislike but my son decided that he really does like tomatoes! Here's to getting your kids to eat their veggies and like them too!

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Comments 35 comments

kelleyward 4 years ago

This looks so fun and easy Cardelean! I can't wait to try this with my kids. We just made some homemade tortilla chips together so I have tortillas leftover! Voted up and useful! Take care, Kelley


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Brandym2012 4 years ago from PA

Thank you for sharing this hub. It does look like a lot of fun and I'm sure the children would love to try this.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I hope your kids love it kelleyward! I can't wait to check out your hub!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I can't speak for all children but it was definitely a hit with mine! Thanks for stopping by Brandym2012.


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ChaplinSpeaks 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

We will try this very soon! I am sure chances are better for kids to try the veggies if they help prepare this fun pizza. I agree with your point about hiding veggies. Voted up. Thanks for this awesome hub and recipe!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Another great cooking with kids hub! I love that your son had a change of heart around tomatoes, what a huge achievement. I think the plates you use are the cutest thing ever! Up and so much more, cara!

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Gina2008 4 years ago

Thanks for posting this. I love getting the kids involved with cooking. Family involvement is awesome. :) I love it. I am starting my 2 year old in the kitchen and she loves it. :)


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ML Wright 4 years ago

This looks like a very kid-friendly recipe! Thanks. My little niece and nephew always want to cook and try new creations.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Wonderful - your kids look like they are having so much fun making the pizza. Love that its no-bake too. Great recipe and rated up!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Getting the kids in the kitchen is definitely an advantage to getting them to eat. They really want to try the creations that they have made. Hope you enjoy it.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

It was so funny to see that look on his face when he realized that he really did like them! Thanks so much for your comments K9!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

That's great Gina2008! The earlier the better! My kids have always helped me in the kitchen but have really done a lot with me lately. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I love this one, Cara - it is so simple and my kids love anything that includes the name "pizza!" Plus, this recipe is so healthy, and there is no baking involved. Perfect for a summer picnic out on the patio! The cooking projects have been wonderful for us - Nolan has always struggled with eating issues (medical difficulties behind it) and anything to get him to try to accept new foods is a huge hit in my book!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have made a similar pizza with tomato sauce but I've never trilled cream cheese. We'll have to give it am try! Another fantastic cooking hub!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is a great idea and a good alternative to using the traditional pizza dough. It would be simple for kids to do this on their own, and tons of fun. Voted up and useful. Yum!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

YUM! So easy and healthy. What kid wouldn't want to try this? Yeah, like K9, I loved the choice of paper plate, LOL Voted up and across.

I noticed the plastic knives in the cream cheese. That is very helpful when encouraging kids to learn the skill of handling cooking tools.

You're such a good mommy for introducing veggies to your kids at such a young age!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I hope that you get a chance to try some of my kids cooking recipes with them. We always have a blast in the kitchen together! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

We did have fun Steph. The no bake is one of the things that I like about this recipe because we can have as an addition to our lunch or as a quick and healthy snack. Thanks for reading!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Haha, I know what you mean about adding "pizza" to the foods! Funny because my kids are the same way. This would be perfect for a picnic, great idea! I'm so glad that you guys are enjoying the cooking projects as well. It has been a great resource for us to share some great ideas!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I actually just pinned this one, because I know my other mama-friends would love this idea. I was thinking that this would make a good school lunch, too - much healthier than a Lunchables kit (we never buy those), but just as fun!


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

Yummy! Fun and easy way to get those much needed veggies! Will have to try this out with my boys - especially because we have those same plates at our house :) Great recipe - voted up and awesome!


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HarperDavis 4 years ago from Midwest

Love this! I've always found it rather bizarre that so many kids (and some adults) don't like vegetables. I have pictures as a little girl walking around the family garden with veggies in hand, just milling about and chomping. Lol! You're right, the key is to start early.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

The cream cheese is nice because it not only gives it a different flavor but it also helps the vegetables to "stick." Thanks for your comments Teresa.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks so much teaches12345. I do love that it's so easy for kids to make. And they really do like it too!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Awww, I had a good example! :) Every so often I buy those plates and the tortillas fit perfectly on them. Thanks for your comments!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Leah I appreciate that! We don't buy lunchables either. My opinion is YUCK! They would be fun lunches!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Let me know how the boys like them Alissa. Once in a while I buy those plates and the kids love it! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Me too HarperDavis. There is never a shortage of fruits and vegetables in my house. My inlaws have a farm so my kids are always surrounded by wonderfully healthy food. Thanks for stopping by.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Yummy! When I wrote my "how to get kids to eat veggies" hub, that was one thing that was really important: starting kids on veggies really young. You're right on the money, Cara. Another fabulous hub!! :)


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

You know, Cara, the only reason I read these cooking hubs is to see the kids! Seriously, cute idea. Love the paper plates. And like your mom said, good way to let the kids get used to handling knives with the plastic ones.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Cyndi. I'm not sure how I missed that veggie hub but I'll go back and take a look at it and link it to mine. Thanks for the comments!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Haha, you're so funny. Stay tuned for next week's hub, I think it's going to be a pretty fun one! I have to say that my kids already use butter knives and with supervision, Grace is allowed to use sharp knives. But we did start with the plastic. Thanks for reading!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What kid doesn't love pizza, so I say a great way to present the veggies to them. Great instructions and photos!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Rebecca, so glad that you found the instructions and photos useful!


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared. At 70, I'm almost grown up, but I'm going to try this recipe.

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