When you think of having a pizza together as a family, it can be tough to get everyone in the family involved. Children obviously don’t want to eat pasta and other unhealthy foods while parents can sometimes have qualms about adding pizza to the diet. It’s not that the idea of pizza is bad per se, it’s just that you need to approach it with the family in mind. Here are some ideas to help make pizza as a family activity easier.
When you’re making your pizza, there are some things you’ll need to consider first. Do you want a traditional base pizza or one with vegetables? How about whether to make it cheese or without? The choice is really up to you and depends more on what you and your family like. You might even want to take some time to consider what goes into the pizza itself and what will go best with what.
Once you’ve decided on the base recipe for your pizza, then you can start thinking about what kind of toppings you’d like to put on it. Traditional toppings include Italian sausage, pepperoni, garlic, marinara sauce, and cheese. These are the ingredients that make up a traditional pizza and they are easy to combine together to create the perfect pizza for your family.
The next thing to do is to decide how much money to spend on the pizza. This depends more on the size of your family as well as how often you plan to feed it. For example, if you have a small family that doesn’t typically eat pizza as often as you do, you don’t want to go all out and spend a lot on a large pizza. You may find that you spend more money on frozen pizza as a result especially if you’re feeding it to a number of people.
You’ll also want to make sure that everyone gets their fair share of toppings. It’s fun to let the kids get a bit creative with their toppings, so long as they stay away from the items that are traditional. Most people are used to cheese, so you may want to try something like fresh mushrooms, sausage, or artichokes. Just be sure that they are a size smaller than your own hand, as they can easily go all over the place and look a bit messy.
As you cook the pizza, you’ll want to make sure that you leave enough time to finish cooking. This will ensure that your family is satisfied and that the pizza tastes good. If you find that you run out of time before your family is ready to eat, you might want to consider having everyone pile into the car and head to a restaurant. That way, you’ll have more time to think about what to serve them and you won’t end up making a terrible dinner.
Finally, when you are all finished preparing and cooking up your pizza, you’ll want to be sure to let everyone know where you did it. One great idea is to put up a small sign on the counter indicating that you did it. You could also put up a smaller sign on the table indicating that you have a free pizza for the next day. Remember that the purpose of this meal is for the family to enjoy spending time together, so make sure that you don’t ruin it by being stingy! The last thing that you want is for your friends and family to be upset with you for what you’ve done.
Above all, remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a great family pizza. Sure, there are some high-end specialty pizzerias that you can go to, but many times these are really expensive and you’re probably not going to be able to justify the costs. That’s why it’s a great idea to simply go to your local grocery store and pick up some tomato sauce, cheese, and other toppings that are easy to eat (and don’t cost an arm and a leg). Then, take your time to cook your family pizza and enjoy it, and if you make it a weekend ritual, you might even get your kids to help you while you cook! Happy eating!