How to Get Your Child to Eat His Supper

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The most recent problem I have with my kids is getting them to eat supper. This sickness apparently isn’t only an occurrence at my supper table, but many of my friends tell me that their kids suffer from the same ailment.

So how do we get our kids to co-operate?

I have found that when we include kids in the kitchen and allow them to help us, they are much more likely to eat. One of my kids’ favorite suppers (I think it’s all kids favorite supper!) is pizza. The problem with this is that, buying pizza is costly and can’t be bought in advance (unless you’re buying the frozen type, which my kids won’t touch). So I came up with a plan that’ll stop making me feel like a rotten mother, and that’ll allow them to enjoy their favorite food more often.

I looked around for a fast and easy recipe and found one that is quick, easy and not too much of a mess. I now make the most delicious pizza in the comfort of my home. It is the most smashing success!! The dough takes under 15 minutes to prepare. I lay out all kinds of toppings and the kids have a ball making their own personal pies exactly how they like them.

Finally I am at rest and they are well fed.

Delicious Homemade Pizza Dough


1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1 teaspoon white sugar

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

2 1/2 cups bread flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

Stir in flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or baker's peel dusted with cornmeal. Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.


- This recipe yields 1 12 inch pizza (the size of a regular pie).

- I just divide it up to give each kid their own pie.

- This recipe is very easily doubled.

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