Everyone knows that kids love pizza. It’s usually a safe bet for dinner time or birthday parties, but ordering in can quickly add up. The solution – making your own deluxe pizzas at home with the help of Trader Joe’s freshly made whole-wheat pizza dough. Another idea is to head to your local pizzeria — they’ll usually sell you some dough for a minimal cost. With the dough all ready to go, you and the kids can get creative about toppings. Raid the fridge and make pizzas with flavors ranging from plain cheese to pesto, sliced onions, droplets of chevre goat cheese and tomatoes. Fix up a salad, and ta-da – a meal that the whole family is excited to dig into for less than $10.

Ingredients
One ball of whole wheat pizza dough from Trader Joe’s, the local market or a pizzeria.

Your favorite toppings (tomato sauce, pesto sauce, assorted cheeses, meats and veggies)

Method
1. Get your materials together and have the kids wash their hands and put on some aprons to join in on the fun. A pizza stone is an awesome way to cook these pies (but a lightly oiled pizza or cookie sheet will do).

2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

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3. Unwrap the pizza dough and place it on a floured surface at room temperature for 20 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, slice and dice your desired ingredients.

5. To shape the dough, flour two work surfaces and cut the ball of dough in half. This will make two thin crust pizzas. Have the kids help by rolling out the dough with a rolling pin until it is a desired thinness.

6. Place the dough on the pizza stone (or pizza/cookie sheet).

7. Pour your desired sauce and spread it around the dough, leaving an inch of crust. Kids can sprinkle cheese and toppings.

8. Bake the pizza for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Let the pizza cool before enjoying your creation.

Darya is a freelance writer/ producer living in San Francisco with her husband and two boys. As a parent, she is keenly aware of the need to get out and do things with kids. She is currently Content Producer for triporati and writes primarily about travel, parenting, food, health and wellness for Red TricycleWellKiddos and Patch as well as a travel blog for triporati.