As I fervently (and fearlessly!) test recipes for Fearless Feeding, I am resting on my laurels–that is, resurrecting some old posts, like this one for Cheeseburger Pizza. This is a huge favorite in my house and I hope you enjoy it!
Who says cheeseburgers and pizza are off limits? This meal is a healthier take on the classic All-American favorites- pizza and burgers- and makes nutrition feel like an indulgence. Just stock your Dinner Bar with all the ingredients and let your kids have fun assembling their very own creations. You will need:
- Whole-wheat ready-to-eat Naan, small
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- Shredded iceberg lettuce, 1 head
Condiments and flavorings:
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Salt & pepper
- Dill pickle chips or pickle relish
- Low-fat sharp cheddar cheese
To prepare the pizzas: Cook ground beef in a large frying pan. Drain the grease and season with a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and a little salt and pepper. Add the beef to your bar along with the chopped veggies and other toppings. Portion out just enough ketchup in a bowl for everyone to spread on their Naan, using the back of a spoon.
Let your child top the Naan with cooked beef, onions, and cheese. Place all of the individual pizzas on a large sheet pan coated with non-stick cooking spray, and bake according to the Naan package directions. Alternatively, grill the Naan pizzas. Once cooked, encourage your child to pile on the fresh veggies, and maybe even some mustard and pickles, and extra ketchup!
I can’t think of any meal that is more kid-friendly. Keep in mind that The Dinner Bar is about letting them make their own choices with food and eating. And don’t forget to practice what you preach when making your own pizza! You will be setting them up for success in making better choices!
Note: If your kids tend to over-do cheese, simply create your own blend with the addition of mozzarella, which tends to be lower in fat. Keep in mind that sharp cheddar is stronger in flavor than mild, so you can use less to get the same taste.
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: April 25, 2012
Updated on: May 11, 2019