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Before I actually had a child, I told myself that my kid would of course be an adventurous eater. They’d have no problem trying new, exotic foods and would simply eat whatever Asheley and I decided to eat. Easy enough. Right?
Life with a toddler is… well, if you have a toddler… you know. I love that Olivia is becoming a strong, independent thinker. Except that she’s now a strong independent thinker. If I let Olivia decide her dinner every night, it would most likely always consist of mac n’ cheese and yogurt. She is obsessed with the stuff.
In all honesty though, Olivia is actually a great eater. She really likes a bunch of different foods and loves the healthy stuff (her go to breakfast is avocado toast with chia seeds… she calls them sprinkles and we’re going to stick with that). Sometimes getting her to try new foods goes over really well. Most times, though, it takes some sly stealth maneuvers.
I’ve been trying to get Olivia to eat meatballs for quite some time now. She’s all about sausage and hot dogs, and I knew that the consistency of meatballs would fall right in her wheelhouse. But of course, using toddler logic, this is the furthest idea from the truth. But then one day I had an idea. Pizza. She is a huge fan of pizza night. And cheese. The girl is all about the cheese.
I had minimal time for dinner prep the other day but knew I could whip up a quick pizza in under 30 minutes with… meatballs! And guess what? Olivia devoured this Meatball, Spinach, and Ricotta Pizza. She even loved the meatballs. Sweet, sweet victory. Or savory, actually. Savory, savory victory.
Anyone else have a family that loves pizza? I’m all about ordering a takeout pie, but sometimes it’s way more satisfying to just whip up a homemade variety at home with customized toppings. Best of all, I can have Olivia help me make the pizza. She loves being my little sous chef (Daddy, I STIR!!!!).
And from what I’ve found, the more I ask her to help me in the kitchen, the more excited she is to try what we just made. Of course, having her help does increase the prep time a little bit (toddler cooking pace is S-L-O-W), but I love every minute. And even with Olivia’s “help”, I still got dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. BOOM.
I did have a huge help in getting this Meatball, Spinach, and Ricotta Pizza on the table so quick… Cooked Perfect Fresh Meatballs!
I’m all for making meatballs from scratch when I have a bunch of time on my hands, but let’s get real. Extra time on a weekday is pretty laughable. These Cooked Perfect meatballs are fresh and fully-cooked, making them SO perfect for a quick and convenient weeknight dinner.
How quick? The steam-in pouch microwave technology helps keep the meatballs flavorful and moist while they heat in the microwave in just 2 minutes. For this Meatball, Spinach, and Ricotta Pizza, I grabbed a package of Cooked Perfect Sundried Tomato & Roasted Garlic Chicken meatballs. I love that when you cut into the meatballs, you can actually see specks of sundried tomato and roasted garlic throughout. That really translates into more flavorful meatballs!
Bonus… there’s no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives in these meatballs! Huge win that makes me feel good about serving them to my family!
I’m super excited to try Cooked Perfect Fresh Meatballs other flavors really soon, including Italian Style Beef & Pork, Italian Style with Parmesan & Mozzarella Chicken, and Korean Style BBQ Beef & Pork. I’m especially pumped for those Korean meatballs… I’m dreaming of Korean BBQ Meatball Sliders for game day eats!
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Besides the meatballs, I was also pretty darn happy that I snuck in some spinach into Olivia’s dinner! At first she was like… what’s this?! referring to the meatballs and spinach, but once she realized it was all part of the pizza she was totally down to try it.
Proof? Check out her hands in the below photo. At this point in life Olivia knows that sometimes Daddy cooks and then takes photos of the food. She’s really good about being extra careful around all my camera equipment and photography gear, but she also LOVES watching. Daddy what that?! Daddy what doing?! Daddy I help! Daddy I want that!
When I was photographing this pizza, it took every ounce of her toddler level willpower to sit off to the side patiently while I snapped away. She kept pleading with me for some pizza, so when I finally said okay go for it… she literally dove for the pizza. Thankfully I snapped a pic just at the right moment!
Let’s review. An epic pizza night meal that’s family friendly, super convenient, and on the table in less than 30 minutes. Meatball, Spinach, and Ricotta Pizza for the win!
Oh, and psst… for excellent store-bought pizza dough, head to your local pizzeria. The ones by me are always happy to sell me just the dough whenever I need for only a couple of bucks!
Meatball, Spinach, and Ricotta Pizza
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