Portable Pizza Muffins

Portable Pizza Muffins
Staff Writer

Jerry Errico

Pizza Muffins

These are great for the lunch box, especially for kids who are tired and bored with sandwiches. They get three top-notch veggies, three whole grains, calcium, and protein all in a portable package of a muffin. Kids love anything called "pizza." They are also a great after-school snack. 

Notes

Missy Chase Lapine is the author of The Sneaky Chef series of cookbooks. Connect with her at TheSneakyChef.com or Facebook or Twitter.

Ingredients

  • 1/2  Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  Cup  whole-grain flour
  • 2  Teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  dried oregano
  • large eggs
  • 2  Tablespoons  brown sugar, packed
  • 3  Tablespoons  canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4  Cup  plus three tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2  Cup  Sneaky Chef Orange Purée*, or baby food carrot purée
  • 1/2  Cup  grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2  Cup  shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 12-muffin pan or line with paper muffin cups.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and oregano. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, canola or vegetable oil, ¼ cup of the tomato paste, Orange Purée, and grated Parmesan cheese until well combined. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until the flour is just moistened. Don’t overmix.

Divide the batter evenly among the 8 muffin cups. Top each muffin with a teaspoon of tomato paste and about one tablespoon of grated mozzarella.

Bake 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Turn the muffins out of the tins to cool or serve warm.
 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
9g
13%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
19mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
30g
23%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
55µg
8%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
322mg
32%
Choline, total
5mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
32µg
8%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
38mg
12%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
257mg
37%
Selenium, Se
8µg
15%
Sodium, Na
627mg
42%
Water
29g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Pizza Shopping Tip

Pressed for time on a busy weeknight, but don't want to settle for frozen pizza? Start with ready-made pizza crusts. You'll still be able to add your own sauce and fresh ingredients for a homemade taste.

Pizza Cooking Tip

If you're attempting to make your own dough, make sure to keep your work surface lightly dusted with flour, or the dough may stick.

Pizza Wine Pairing

Grenache, gamay, nero d'avola, pinotage, rosé; pinot gris/grigio with seafood pizza; albariño with white pizza.