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Perfect Pocket Pizza

No, not a pizza for your pocket, but a pocket that's a pizza!

The are on the prowl in Marlborough! The roar of pick-up truck drowns out the low growl of the mini van as herds of mothers and fathers make the rounds, transporting young athletes to and from practice, to and from games, and home again to work hard fulfilling the first requirement of the student-athlete. Between academic demands and the rigors of athletics, a lot of calories are burned and a lot of time is spent in transit. Quick, nutritious meals are the easiest thing for a parent to offer with demands of their own. These quick pizzas are alarmingly easy, deceptively delicious and as close to cuisine as you’re going to get with just five minutes in the oven.

They’re totally customizable and easy to sneak in some potent power foods. Olives are good for many things, but did you know they’re a brain food? The tomatoes supply you with Vitamin C, great for cellular health. Mushrooms are great sources of antioxidants, providing the perfect immune boost to anyone who pushes the extra mile. The cheese? Well, that’s just plain fun!

    4  5” Pockets ( I used a bran-flax-oat pocket)
    ½ cup cheddar cheese
    ¾-1 cup mozzarella cheese
    ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes
    Marinated olives and mushrooms from an olive bar
    Salt and pepper to taste

Chop the sun dried tomatoes into ¼” strips, and spread over your pita pocket. If they are packed in oil, take a teaspoon or so and spread it around like a sauce. The flavors are wonderful!

Mix the two cheeses together, and divide between the four pockets, spreading evenly. Top with chopped olives and mushrooms.

Broil six inches from the top of the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese begins to brown slightly.

So very simple, and so very, very tasty! There are so many variations on this theme, it can be made into a “white” pizza with alfredo sauce and sautéed garlic. Instead of the sun dried tomatoes, one could put a homemade bruschetta atop the pizza. Younger children can have fun making “hot dog pizza”, with ketchup, relish and chopped hot dogs, or a spaghetti pizza, with marinara and spaghetti. Let their imaginations run, what good is food if it isn’t fun?

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