A New Twist on Pizza - Adding Fruit

Fruits can add a fun element to kid's meals. Finding fun food for kids can be as easy as taking them to the grocery store with you. Selecting fruits that are tasty and chock full of vitamins can be a fun adventure. Getting little ones to consume fruit can be simple when we make it fun and entertaining. Since fruit should be a staple in every family's menu, let the little ones select what fruits they require to prepare a festive and interesting fruit pizza project. You may be surprised by the fruits they choose at the farmer's market. Let the kids select which fruits and vegetables they would like for their at home project. Opt for fun or colorful fruits at the grocery store or farmers' market, then turn the kids loose creating imaginative faces on this tasty fruit pizza. Odds are, they'll snack as they create--and love what they taste. Select fruits in an assortment of colors and sizes. Let the kids decorate the pizza with festive faces or make other shapes on this colorful and fun pizza. Ingredients. Ready to bake piecrust Filling 1/2 cup fat free or reduced fat cream cheese 1 tablespoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1.4 teaspoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon 1% milk Toppings Opt for strawberries for the nose, kiwi fruit or seedless grapes for the eyes, a banana for the mouth. The options for making shapes are only restricted by their imaginations. The kids can choose pineapples, mandarin oranges, or any fruit they desire. Instructions: 1. Let the piecrust come to room temperature per the package instructions, then unfold it onto a large cookie sheet or pizza pan. 2. Roll up edges of the crust, crimping them gently so that they'll stay rolled up. Prick the crust lightly with a fork in about 20 places (allowing air to escape). 3. Bake the crust in a preheated 450 degree oven for about 9 minutes or until it's lightly browned. Remove from the crust from the oven 4. Whisk together cream cheese ,sugar, and vanilla extract, lemon juice adding just enough milk to make the mix able to spread onto the crust. *Allow the crust to cool. *Spread the cream-cheese mixture with a rubber spatula, *Spread to the edge of the crust Now its time for the kids to get involved. *Allow the kids to arrange the fruit onto the cream cheese mixture. Don't worry if it is not perfect. It is perfectly healthy and fun. Little Ones may like to add sprinkles. Let their creativity go wild. *Refrigerate the pizza for at least 1 hour *Cut with a sharp knife and serve The kids will be impatient and want to eat the pizza immediately. The pizza cream cheese is basically already set. So after cleanup, let the kids to assist you here. They will be eager to dig into their creation.

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