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No Crust, No Problem: 6 Alternative Pizza Recipes Your Kids Will Eat Up

Are you tired of serving pizza weekly (daily?) to your family?

Erica Silverstein

Are you tired of serving pizza weekly (daily?) to your family? Sure, pizza is a superfood — one of the only dishes that hits all the food groups and appeals to picky eaters — but sometimes it’s nice to have a little variety. You can get creative with these six pizza alternatives that change up the concept of traditional pizza bases and toppings but remain firmly in the realm of family-friendly food.

Here are six easy pizza recipes you can make with your family:

1. Pizza Bagels

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The pizza bagel is the classic alternative pizza. Cut a bagel in half, then layer with sauce, cheese, and toppings and bake at 425 degrees until the cheese melts. Pro-tip: Toast the bagel first, so it doesn’t get soggy from the sauce.

Pita bread and English muffins are pantry staples that also make great pizza bases. If you want to turn pizza-making into an event, host a taste test of different sauces (pesto, tomato, alfredo) and toppings, so everyone can pick their favorites.

2. Tortilla Pizza


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If your family adores quesadillas, then tortilla pizza is a cultural hybrid they’ll love. Sure, you could go basic and top your tortilla with traditional cheese and tomato sauce. Or you could give dinner a more Mexican flair by making a sauce of refried beans and salsa and topping with ground taco meat and Mexican cheese (like cotija or shredded Mexican cheese blend).

3. Naan Pizza


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Need a gateway food to introduce your family to Indian cuisine? Try naan pizza flavors. You can find packages of naan in the frozen section of international markets or even Trader Joe’s. As with bagel pizzas, you’ll want to prebake the naan before adding the toppings and cooking until the cheese melts.

If you want to get more adventurous, top your pizzas with mango chutney and feta, or look for recipes for tandoori chicken or paneer pizza. Mango lassis are a palate-pleasing meal accompaniment: Blend up yogurt, milk, honey, fresh or frozen mango cubes, and optional cardamom into a sweet smoothie.

4. Pizza Pinwheels and Hot Pockets


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Pizza pinwheels and hot pockets technically use all the same ingredients as regular pizza. The fun comes from working together to turn those ingredients into uncommon pizza shapes.

For both, roll out store-bought pizza or crescent roll dough, brush with sauce, and top with cheese. For hot pockets, cut the dough into rectangles, put toppings on one side of each section, then fold dough over and pinch sides together. For pinwheels, spread toppings evenly, roll the dough into one long log, then cut individual one-inch rolls.

Bake each according to dough directions, until tops are brown (typically 20-30 minutes for hot pockets and 10-12 for pinwheels).

5. Cool Veggie Pizza


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If you’re looking for a refreshing pizza alternative that’s appealing to even the most stalwart veggie-skeptics, look no further than cool veggie pizza. Roll out a package of crescent roll dough, pinching any seams together and bake, according to directions, until lightly browned.

Then mix up a cool sauce of soft cream cheese, mayo, or sour cream, and dill, and top the pizza with salad veggies (cut-up broccoli, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, etc.). Refrigerate before serving.

If you need a harder sell on the vegetables, arrange the options in a muffin tin (one veg per muffin cup) and have your family choose from the tray. The more colors, the better. Or challenge the family to make rainbows or smiley faces with their toppings. It’s always entertaining to eat your art.

6. Breakfast Pizza

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Katrin Ray Shumakov / Getty Images

If your focus is more family fun and less healthy dinner, then go all out with breakfast pizza. Start with a base of pancakes or waffles. Use Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, nutella, or peanut butter as your sauce. Top with fruit slices or berries, chocolate chips or sprinkles.

You could also set out a breakfast pizza bar where you spread your waffle with scrambled eggs and top with bacon or sausage slices, cheese, tomatoes, and even breakfast potatoes.

And remember — you’re not restricted to eating these in the morning. Breakfast for dinner is always a winner!