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Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Pizza

With pumpkins on the brain this time of year I had a little fun making last night’s dinner.  This really couldn’t get much easier and is a great way to get fussy kids to eat some vegetables!  You can get creative with which veggies you use and definitely involve the kids. I found a delicious bruschetta spread (see photo below) at Whole Foods using it as a nice alternative to tomato sauce.  I love the depth of flavor it gave these lil’ pizzas and the tinge of orange color was perfect! 

To see what last year’s Veggie Kids Halloween post was all about or for more vegan Halloween recipes and a link to a vegan candy list, click here.

TIP: Using cornmeal in place of flour to roll out dough and keep it from sticking to your fingers gives it a different, yummy flavor and texture so give it a try!

This meal can be made from start to finish in 25 minutes!
Jack-O-Lantern Pizza
makes 1 large pizza which can be turned into several Jacks
 
Ingredients:
1 package pizza dough
2 Tb. flour or corn meal for sprinkling
3 Tb. tomato sauce or bruschetta spread*
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
zucchini (for the stem)
bell peppers (for the eyes)
olives (for the teeth)
Directions:
1.  Remove the dough from the package and let it sit out on a flat, floured (or “cornmealed”) surface at room temperature for 15 minutes to rise.  Preheat the oven to 400F.
2.  Meanwhile, cut up your veggies.  Slice the zucchini into stem shapes, the bell peppers into triangles and the olives into crazy teeth.  For a tip on how to easily cut a bell pepper, check out this video at about 3:36 into it.
3.  Sprinkle some flour or cornmeal on your hands and grab the dough.  Gently work it into a large pizza shape (or make several small round “pumpkin” shapes) and spread it out onto a lightly greased baking sheet or pizza stone.
4. Spoon on the tomato sauce or bruschetta spread evenly using the back of the spoon.  Sprinkle with garlic powder.  Bake for ~10 minutes or until crust becomes slightly golden brown.
5.  Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes.  Use a pizza cutter to cut out pumpkin shapes (mine were 5-6″ in diameter).  Place the pumpkin pizzas onto a plate and go crazy decorating with the veggie shapes (i.e., zucchini for the stem, triangular bell peppers for the eyes, olives for the teeth).
*
This is the yummy spread I found at Whole Foods, although I’m sure any bruschetta will work as long as it has that red/orange color.
 
Have a Happy Halloween and remember to stay tuned for more about my exciting new vegan meal planning service under way!

 

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Pizza
Serves: makes 1 pizza
 
Ingredients
  • 1 package pizza dough
  • 2 Tb. flour or corn meal for sprinkling
  • 3 Tb. tomato sauce or bruschetta spread*
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • zucchini (for the stem)
  • bell peppers (for the eyes)
  • olives (for the teeth)
Instructions
  1. Remove the dough from the package and let it sit out on a flat, floured (or "cornmealed") surface at room temperature for 15 minutes to rise.  Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Meanwhile, cut up your veggies.  Slice the zucchini into stem shapes, the bell peppers into triangles and the olives into crazy teeth.  For a tip on how to easily cut a bell pepper, check out
  3. this video
  4. at about 3:36 into it
  5. Sprinkle some flour or cornmeal on your hands and grab the dough.  Gently work it into a large pizza shape (or make several small round "pumpkin" shapes) and spread it out onto a lightly greased baking sheet or pizza stone.
  6. Spoon on the tomato sauce or bruschetta spread evenly using the back of the spoon.  Sprinkle with garlic powder.  Bake for ~10 minutes or until crust becomes slightly golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes.  Use a pizza cutter to cut out pumpkin shapes (mine were 5-6" in diameter).  Place the pumpkin pizzas onto a plate and go crazy decorating with the veggie shapes (i.e., zucchini for the stem, triangular bell peppers for the eyes, olives for the teeth).

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