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Family Meal Makeover: Pizza dinner the Bedard family works on together

Author: Canadian Living

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Family Meal Makeover: Pizza dinner the Bedard family works on together

Mom Jane Bedard says the different food preferences of her kids leave her feeling like a short order cook. The Test Kitchen's own Senior Food Specialist Soo Kim responds with a customizable pizza recipe that brings the whole family into the kitchen to make a meal they can't wait to eat.

Does your family struggle with dinner too? Chat about it in our Comments section below or share with Canadian Living friends on our Facebook page.

Great tips from this video:
  • Preparing a recipe for dinner is a great opportunity to spend time together as a family.
  • Your family's different food preferences don't mean you have to make separate meals for everyone. Start with a basic recipe your kids can add to according to their taste.

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Video recipe: Basic Tomato and Cheese Pizza
Click for a printable version of Basic Tomato and Cheese Pizza

Preparation time:
 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Makes: 4 to 6 portions

Ingredients
1 lb (454 g) prepared pizza dough
2 tbsp (25 mL) all-purpose flour
2 tbsp (25 mL) cornmeal
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) whole tomatoes (i)
1/4 cup (50 mL) olive oil
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1-1/2 cups (375 mL) mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh basil leaves, optional

Preparation
On lightly floured surface, sprinkle dough with flour; cover with tea towel and let rest for 20 minutes. Sprinkle cornmeal evenly over 17- x 11-inch (43 x 28 cm) rimmed baking sheet or 12-inch (30 cm) round pizza pan. On floured surface, shape and stretch dough by pressing with fingertips then pulling at edges to fit pan; transfer to pan.

With scissors, cut up tomatoes in can; drain. Transfer to food processor and process until smooth. Stir in olive oil and salt. Spread evenly over dough; top with cheese. Bake in bottom third of 425°F (220°C) oven until crust is golden, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with basil (if using).

Catch up on all four episodes with the Bedard family where they discover red pepper hummus wraps, stovetop macaroni and easy vegetarian chili.

Can you relate to the Bedards, or do you have a universally loved dinner recipe? Come chat about it in our Comments section below or share with Canadian Living friends on our Facebook page.
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