Family Cooking: Four Seasons Fruit Pizza

I don’t know about you, but I’m busy. I always say that I’d much rather be busy than bored, but sometimes I wish I had time to put better food on the table. I think we all do. That’s why I thought i’d share this fun, and actually healthy, recipe from Michelle’s book, Clean Eating for Busy Families. Kids love it. Adults love it. And it’s fast, healthy, and delicious. There’s no downside to any of that.

Have kids and no time? Check out these other great family cookbooks: Get Your Family Eating Right, The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet, The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet, Kids Cook French, Noodle Kids, and Baking with Kids.


Four Seasons Fruit Pizza
Excerpted from Clean Eating for Busy Families by Michelle Dudash

Kim was embarrassed to admit her son’s manners after he ate this and then licked the plate clean. Scarlet devours this for breakfast.

For crust:
Expeller-pressed canola oil spray
¼ cup (60 ml) expeller-pressed grapeseed or canola oil
1½ cups (300 g) granulated raw sugar (evaporated cane juice)
2 tablespoons (28 ml) low-fat milk
1 tablespoon (15 ml) vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 cup (120 g) whole-wheat or white whole-wheat flour
1 cup (125 g) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tablespoon (14 g) baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

For Filling:
1 (14-ounce, or 425 ml) can coconut milk (regular, not light), chilled until solid, not shaken
4 ounces (115 g) light cream cheese, slightly softened
2 tablespoons (26 g) granulated raw sugar (evaporated cane juice)

For topping:
6 cups (900 g) fruit*

Total Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes • Yield: 28 servings, 1 square each

Per serving: 155 calories; 7 g total fat;
3 g saturated fat; 3 g Protein; 22 g carbohydrate;
2 g dietary fiber; 29 mg cholesterol.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C, or gas mark 5). Coat medium sheet pan with canola oil spray and dust with flour.

To Make the Crust: in a medium bowl, whisk oil, sugar, milk, and vanilla and then beat in the eggs one at a time. Add flours, baking powder, and salt and stir just until combined. Do not overmix. Pour evenly into pan and spread with rubber spatula to completely cover the bottom of the pan. Bake until
golden, about 15 minutes. Cool completely and then loosen crust from bottom of pan with spatula. Quickly but carefully transfer the pizza to a platter and then decorate with filling and fruit.

To Make the Filling: using a fork, lift the solid portion of the coconut milk out of the can and place it in a chilled, medium-size bowl. Add cream cheese and beat with a hand mixer on high until mixture is smooth and soft peaks form, about 4 minutes. Beat in the sugar. Spread the filling onto the crust, leaving ¼ inch (6 mm) around the edges.

For the Topping: Arrange the fruit on top of the crust in a diagonal or concentric pattern. You can also cut into squares first and then decorate with fruit. Refrigerate until ready to serve, or up to 2 days.

Go Green
*You can vary the fruit based around the season.
» Spring and summer: whole blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries; sliced strawberries, mangos,
peaches, and nectarines; pitted cherries
» Fall: halved grapes; sliced pears and sweet apples dipped in diluted lemon juice (to prevent browning) and pineapple; pomegranate seeds
» Winter: sliced kiwi, dried figs, sweet oranges, bananas dipped in diluted lemon juice, and persimmons (ripened in a paper bag on the counter for 2 weeks until translucent and almost liquid)

Clean Eating for Busy Families

All moms know what a struggle it can be to get dinner on the table night after night—you want to prepare healthy meals for your family, but picky eaters, busy schedules, and way-too-long cooking times always seem to stand in your way.

Clean Eating for Busy Families takes the challenge out of putting delicious food on the family table on a nightly basis by providing you with a clear plan for dinner success. With streamlined weekly grocery lists, simple-yet-delicious recipes, and practical tips for healthy family eating, you’ll find it a cinch to trade in that uninspired takeout for wholesome meals that don’t just put your tummy to ease, but your mind too.

It’s Quick: From easy sautés and casseroles, to slow cooker meals, to pan-less grilling, all the recipes you’ll find inside list both mode and length of cooking time, so there’s no time wasted trying to figure out a time plan or what works best for your schedule. Plus, most recipes can be prepared in thirty minutes or less!

It’s Clean: The ever-growing “clean food” movement, which focuses on a healthy, whole foods-based approach to eating, lies at the foundation of this book, so you can be sure you’re feeding your family the very best. From wholesome ingredient lists to nutritional analysis on every recipe, you can feel confident that every meal you prepare is both nutrient-rich and calorie-conscious.

It’s Green: Featuring eco-friendly tips, along with information on how to go green while shopping and cooking, you’ll find it a cinch to keep your family and the planet happy. You’ll also find the peak season noted on every recipe, as well as substitutions for ingredients that are out of season, so you can adapt according to what works best for you.

And most importantly…it’s delicious! From Orange Peel Chicken & Broccoli Stir-fry with Brown Rice to Baja Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo and Summer Berry Slump with Vanilla Greek Yogurt, you’ll enjoy night after night of delicious home cooking—without any of the hassle. Get started creating new and exciting dishes for your family today!