“Veggie Faces” No-Bake Vegetable Pizzas and Wraps

~ Your kids will love this project – it’s so much fun to create edible art! No-bake veggie pizzas are a fresh, exciting lunch or snack! You can even pack all the ingredients in their lunch boxes, bento-box-style – a much healthier take on Lunchables! (Psssst … and a great way to get kids to eat more vegetables!) ~

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When you were little, did your mommy always sternly tell you not to “play with your food”?

Hmmmmm. Well, we’re totally throwing that out the window today! (Sorry!)

Getting gloriously messy-goopy-sloppy with food might not be gold-star manners at a schwanky restaurant or Aunt Mabel’s spiffy Sunday supper … but it’s one of the very, very best ways to get kiddos excited about trying new eating adventures (aka veggies)!

We can vouch for this firsthand.

Remember our posts about how to help picky little eaters grow up to be less, well … picky? And remember in our second post in that series, about getting the kids involved, when we suggested ways to let your kiddos (even the littlest guys!) help in the kitchen? Uh-huh.

"Veggie Faces" No-Bake Vegetable Pizzas and Wraps Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Well, here’s a prime example of how to do just that!

Make veggie pizzas (or wraps … depending on how you fold and slice ’em) designed as people or monsters or pirates or unicorns … or whatever!

Kids think this is super fun! They love the freedom to make hilarious veggie faces in the most creative, ridiculous ways they can imagine! Lunch just met up with the best messy art project ever – what kid can resist that?!?

It’s the perfect way to introduce them to the shapes, textures and flavors of new vegetables in a totally non-stressful, no-pressure way.

(It’s also a brilliant way to clean out the veggie crisper or use up some of the bounty from a wildly successful trip to the farmers’ market. Yay!)

"Veggie Faces" No-Bake Vegetable Pizzas and Wraps Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

We realize that we for sure weren’t the first people to come up with this clever, oh-so-fun hook to sweep kids into the thrill of eating veggies. (Who knows what enterprising mom originally dreamt this up? But we really want to meet her!!)

So here’s why we’re publishing this for you today. (Besides the fact that it’s mid-summer, and the kiddos might be getting a tad b-o-r-e-d, totally ready for some exciting, new project ideas!) Actually, this is the post we needed and couldn’t find. And since we couldn’t find it, we decided to write it ourselves!

"Veggie Faces" No-Bake Vegetable Pizzas and Wraps Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

You see, back in the spring, we were invited to work with a wonderful group of little third-grade Girl Scouts, to help them earn their “Snacks” badge. We had a lot of learning, creating and snacking to jam into one quick after-school meeting. So we knew we’d need a couple handy visual aids to jump-start the girls’ creative thinking quickly … and convince them that a few sprigs of broccoli and some carrot shreds could be magically transformed into an awesome – and delicious! – snackable work of art!

"Veggie Faces" No-Bake Vegetable Pizzas and Wraps Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

We figured it’d be no problem to find some great example photos. We’d just bookmark a couple of pics on the Internet, or find a few samples among the shelves (shelves!) of Shelley’s kids’ cookbooks. So obvious. Easy-peasy. But we were totally dismayed to find almost no good examples at all! Huh. Unexpected.

So, today we have all the inspiration you and your little foodie-Picassos need.

From a snowman … to a vampire … to (ummmmmm????) some stuff we don’t really have a name for …

"Veggie Faces" No-Bake Vegetable Pizzas and Wraps Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

These are the ideas that our own little artists created for us (and you!) one super-fun day last week. We all had a blast together … and a great lunch!

It’s the perfect project for a mommy-and-me afternoon, a playgroup gathering, or a (healthy!) preschool party snack.

You can even package up some ingredients into a way-cool lunchbox kit so your little artist can enjoy the best “Lunchable” ever (while their school buds drool in envy).

"Veggie Faces" No-Bake Vegetable Pizzas and Wraps Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

Sure, you can cut your edible art in pizza wedges, but a wrap is the ultimate grab-n-go!

There are no rules here … only suggestions! Use whatever veggies you have on hand!

Two must-haves, though: alfalfa sprouts and jumbo olives. Really!

Alfalfa sprouts were the surprise-hit ingredient at our Girl Scout meeting. Most of the girls had never even heard of alfalfa sprouts, but they were by far the most popular of all the veggies (since they make perfect hair … for pretty red-pepper hair bows!).

"Veggie Faces" No-Bake Vegetable Pizzas and Wraps Recipe {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}

And huge black olives? Well, that’s obvious! You’re just never too old for olive finger puppets!

So don’t be afraid to get a little messy, friends! Have fun with your food, and your kiddos will, too!

THK Signature Gretchen & Shelley cropped

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"Veggie Faces" No-Bake Vegetable Pizzas and Wraps

Preparation 2017-03-27T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 2017-03-27T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 1     adjust servings

Ingredients

CRUST

  • Whole-grain tortilla
  • Whole-wheat pita
  • Whole-wheat flat bread

SAUCE

  • Reduced-fat cream cheese (your favorite flavor)
  • Non-fat Greek yogurt dip (such as French onion or Jalapeño and Salsa)
  • Hummus
  • Cottage Cheese

TOPPINGS

  • Fresh veggies such as: colorful peppers (diced, slivered or cut into shapes), halved grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, carrot sticks or shreds, small broccoli florets, celery sticks, peas, sliced mushrooms, pitted black olives, and alfalfa sprouts
  • Shredded reduced-fat cheese

Instructions

  1. To assemble, start by spreading the “crust” with one or more types of “sauce.”
  2. Add desired toppings to make a fun face.
  3. To serve, cut into wedges like a pizza, roll up like a burrito or wrap, or fold like a quesadilla.

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“Veggie Faces” No-Bake Vegetable Pizzas and Wraps
Author: Two Healthy Kitchens
Ingredients
  • CRUST:
  • Whole-grain tortilla
  • Whole-wheat pita
  • Whole-wheat flat bread
  • SAUCE:
  • Reduced-fat cream cheese (your favorite flavor)
  • Non-fat Greek yogurt dip (such as French onion or Jalapeño and Salsa)
  • Hummus
  • Cottage Cheese
  • TOPPINGS:
  • Fresh veggies such as: colorful peppers (diced, slivered or cut into shapes), halved grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, carrot sticks or shreds, small broccoli florets, celery sticks, peas, sliced mushrooms, pitted black olives, and alfalfa sprouts
  • Shredded reduced-fat cheese
Instructions
  1. To assemble, start by spreading the “crust” with one or more types of “sauce.”
  2. Add desired toppings to make a fun face.
  3. To serve, cut into wedges like a pizza, roll up like a burrito or wrap, or fold like a quesadilla.

 

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    • Thanks for the pin, Cindy! 🙂 Our kiddos had a fantastic time creating these masterpieces – and it wasn’t even a party!! And we gotta say – these fun faces are so much better than what we would have come up with on our own! Kids’ imaginations are sooo amazing!!! ~G&S

    • Thank you Kelly! It’s so fun to see what kiddos can come up with when they play with their food! We were so amazed at their creativity!! (These are WAY cuter than anything we could ever come up with on our own!!) Have a great day! 😀 ~G&S

  3. I love that you couldn’t find a post about it, so you made one yourself! This is one of those neat tricks that the parents who know might take for granted, but other parents would never think of it. Perfect way to get some veggies into hungry little mouths.

    • Our kiddos had a total blast creating fun faces! And when we had the Girl Scouts making these, we actually had to ask them to finish up – we were running out of time! Everyone was so creative, and there definitely were not two that looked alike! Best part – every last carrot and alfalfa sprout was gone! Super fun to create – super healthy (and delicious!!) to eat! 🙂 ~G&S

    • That will be a super fun party!! And all of the other parents will be thrilled the kids didn’t load up on sugar … the dreaded sugar crash after parties is never (ever!!) fun! But giving the kids fuel to keep playing and having fun will make everyone happy! Let us know how the party goes! 😀 Thanks for the pin! Have a great day, Vanessa! ~G&S

  4. I love these – too cute! I am an adult and I even want to make these adorable no bake pizza faces – I love them! What a great idea 🙂 Nothing beats a veggie wrap and this is such a perfect way to get some extra fun veggies in 😀 I love the photos by the way – Awesome! Pinned!

    • Lol! Being an adult should definitely not stop you! We had so much fun making our own “faces” while our kiddos created theirs! So glad you liked the photos – we had a ton of fun with this photo shoot! 😀 And thanks for the Pin, girlfriend! Have an awesome weekend! ~G&S

  5. Cute cute! I love it. I’m pinning for when the niece is older. Her name, btw, is Kiera, so if I can just say her name in the future. 😉 I have a pin board for all kinds of things to do with her. You might like some of that stuff too. Or, you might have one of your own. Thanks again!

    • Awwww … Kiera is such a gorgeous name! And what a lucky, lucky little girl to have an aunt who so totally dotes on her! Sounds like you’re gonna be about the most FUN auntie EVER!!! 😀 Oooh – and we’ve gotta go check out that pinboard! ~G&S

  6. Our Girl Scout Troop had a great time earning their snack badge. The girls enjoyed learning about healthy food, tasting and making some of your recipes. Thanks so much for a great meeting!

    • Thanks so much, Marrie! You know we had an absolute blast hanging out with the girls – what a really wonderful bunch of sweeties! 😀 So hilarious how much they loved those alfalfa sprouts (it makes us ridiculously happy whenever we inspire a kid to try a new, healthy food)! And we were thrilled to see how proud and excited they were once they finished creating their masterpieces! Thank you so much for inviting us! ~G&S

    • We just love projects that give kids the freedom to explore new foods in a fun, non-threatening way. Letting kiddos touch and play with new foods (especially veggies!) really can help them begin to feel comfortable with them and encourage them to try foods they never would want to otherwise! Mmmmmm … and this is so, so yummy, too! It really wins the kids over! 😀 ~G&S

  7. This is so great! I’m definitely going to be using this! I have Girl Scout troups come to me, too, to get badges and I lead kids cooking classes, so this is beyond perfect! You have so many great “face” ideas, too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Wow – thanks, Kara! We just know your Girl Scout troops and cooking school kids will love this, too! We’ve done meetings for Girl Scouts of different ages, and of all the projects we’ve done to help them meet their various badge requirements, this has gotta be the most fun of all! We hope our wide variety of “face” ideas will help you jump-start the kids’ imaginations – that’s the whole reason we posted this! Have fun!!!! 😀 ~G&S

    • Thanks, Kristi! Almost too cute to eat, right?!? Well, except they’re actually even more delicious than they are cute! We both mighta eaten slightly more than our share that day (since you can see we had quite a few to choose from 😀 )! ~G&S

    • Hi, Julie! So glad you enjoyed all the silly ideas our kids came up with! We got a total kick out of their creations, too … and were honestly kinda surprised at the creative ideas they had (that we never would have thought of)! A snowman? A sunshine?? A vampire??? A tribal warrior???? So hilariously great! 😀 ~G&S

    • Thanks, Charlotte! This really is such a fun project! Kids of all ages have a blast with it! (And … ummmmm … we had fun making our own, too! 😀 Seems you’re never too old to play with your food – lol!) ~G&S

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