Food: 5-minute pitta pizzas with secret veg sauce

 
Pitta pizzas with hidden veg sauce
Pitta pizzas with hidden veg sauce

Today has been such a lovely day, it finally feels like summer might have arrived - I really hope it holds out until the weekend so I can get out in the garden and actually into the sun, instead of gazing at it longingly through the office window.

Tomorrow/today/Friday (depending on when you're reading this) is Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day - which aims to get kids excited about food. So I've got another secret veg sauce recipe for you which is perfect for cooking with any little people you might know - or any big kitchen-phobes for that matter.

It's a super quick recipe for pitta pizzas which my children love - it takes just five minutes to make. This was one of the first "proper" meals they had when we were weaning - I made these but with toast instead of pittas and cut them into fingers for them to gum and they really did love them, which frankly during weaning was flippin amazing*.

For this one you need one of the small pots of veg sauce that you stashed in the freezer or three or four ice cubes of it. If you don't have the secret veg sauce on hand you can just use any pasta sauce - or even a mixture of tomato puree and ketchup - although you'll probably want to add some veg as topping then.

Pitta pizzas with hidden veg sauce
Pitta pizzas with hidden veg sauce

This is a stock lunch for us. I always have pittas in the freezer and I just grab a couple out, stick them in the toaster to warm through and then top away. You can be as creative as you like with the toppings and it's a great way to get the children involved. These ones are just cheese and 'tomato' (with extra sneaky veg) but you could throw on ham, sweetcorn, chopped peppers, extra chopped tomatoes, pineapple, or for grown ups chorizo, olives, Parma ham, feta.......

And of course you can use the sauce on any base - standard pizza base, a mini baguette sliced in half lengthways, an English muffin, a cheese scone - whatever you have really.

I'm extra sneaky with my pitta pizzas because I grate up courgette and tuck it under the cheese - they can't see it and they eat it every time.

Pitta pizzas with hidden veg sauce
Pitta pizzas with hidden veg sauce

This is hardly a recipe - more of an assembly job - but here goes:

Makes four pitta pizzas

4 pitta breads - I used wholemeal 1 small portion of secret veg sauce (about 4 tbsp spoons) 2 tbsp tomato puree A large pinch of oregano 1/4 courgette - grated 1 large handful cheddar cheese (you could use mozzarella, feta or goats cheese) Toppings of your choice Olive oil

Method

Warm through your pitta breads if they're frozen and pre heat the grill to high.

Mix the tomato puree into your veg sauce, add a little extra oregano and a drizzle of olive oil - mix well. Smear a heaped tablespoon of the sauce onto each pitta bread and spread out, leaving a slight gap. (Feed a piece of cheese to the starving toddler hanging around your leg)

Pitta pizzas with hidden veg sauce
Pitta pizzas with hidden veg sauce

Scatter over a large pinch of the grated courgette and then a good amount of cheese. You could add extra toppings here. Dust over a little more oregano and then drizzle with a little olive oil.

Pop under the grill for 3-4 minutes or so until the cheese if bubbly and golden. Serve with a little salad on the side (which they probably won't eat - but hey you gotta keep on trying!)

Pitta pizzas with hidden veg sauce
Pitta pizzas with hidden veg sauce

* Please note - I did baby led weaning and didn't start until they were 6 months old - I wouldn't recommend giving these pizzas to children younger than six months.

Pitta pizzas with hidden veg sauce
Pitta pizzas with hidden veg sauce

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Ingredients

Makes 4 pitta pizzas

4 pitta breads 1 small portion of secret veg sauce (about 4 tbsp spoons) 2 tbsp tomato puree A large pinch of oregano 1/4 courgette - grated 1 large handful cheddar cheese (you could use mozzarella, feta or goats cheese) Toppings of your choice Olive oil

Method

Warm through your pitta breads if they're frozen and pre heat the grill to high.

Mix the tomato puree into your veg sauce, add a little extra oregano and a drizzle of olive oil - mix well. Smear a heaped tablespoon of the sauce onto each pitta bread and spread out, leaving a slight gap.

Scatter over a large pinch of the grated courgette and then a good amount of cheese. You could add extra toppings here. Dust over a little more oregano and then drizzle with a little olive oil.

Pop under the grill for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese if bubbly and golden. Serve with a little salad on the side