January is here and we are all trying to be healthier after the holidays. But if you’re anything like me, you’re still occasionally craving junk food. For my family, that craving is almost always pizza. Luckily it’s easy to fall in love with this mushroom pizza alternative, or meatza if you will.
It’s delicious, easier to make than normal pizza alternatives, and packed with the right nutrients. And who doesn’t love mushroom pizza?!
Kids love to play with their food and it’s an important sensory learning opportunity. This is one of those great recipes where kids can mix by hand*. Mixing by hand is great for hand strength and for learning about hygiene while cooking.
For kids who are unsure of mushrooms, mushroom pizza is a great way to introduce it gently. Don’t hide the mushrooms, but rather let them help you add them. This way they will see that they taste good but not overpowering when part of a mixture like this. Letting kids choose their own pizza toppings are a great incentive to try the mushroom pizza base.
*The mixture contains raw meat and raw egg, so please don’t let kids taste it.
Mushroom Pizza "Meatza"
- 500 g fresh mushrooms finely chopped (or minced in a food processor)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 500 g beef mince
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 egg
- ½ cup parmesan
- salt and pepper to taste
- pizza toppings of your choice we like mozzarella and peppers
- Heat the oven to 220°C.
- Fry the mushrooms in the coconut oil, stirring often, until golden brown (about 5-8 minutes). You may have to do this in batches.
- Using your hands, thoroughly combine the mushrooms with the beef, onion, garlic, egg, parmesan, salt and pepper.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper, or use a large round pizza stone.
- Flatten the meat and mushroom mixture onto the paper, about 1cm thick, and bake for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, add the toppings of your choice, and return to the oven for 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and golden.
- Cut into slices and serve with a salad.
For more healthy mushroom recipes head over to the RECIPE section.
DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association. The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association provided me with this recipe and associated images. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company, and/or its affiliates, in any way. The fact is, I’m crazy about mushrooms, and want to shout it from the rooftops anyway.