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Cooking with your kids can be fun and educational. Allowing kids to measure, learn safe cutting skills, mix and pour involves them in preparing the food they eat and gives them ownership. Sometimes, this helps you introduce new foods for them to try, by having them take part in the cooking process.

This month, we have a recipe that kids and moms will both love! Kids love pizza, and moms love finding ways to get their kids to eat their veggies. This month’s recipe combines both!

Pizza Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

  • 1 Spaghetti squash
  • 1 package pepperoni slices (you may choose to slice them in half)
  • ½ cup diced mushrooms
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • ¼ cup diced onions
  • ¼ cup diced green peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

With a large, sharp knife, slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Allow your kids to scoop out the seeds. Put the squash cut-side down in a baking dish with 1/2 inch of water and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until soft. Set aside to cool.

While the spaghetti squash is cooling, have your children help you with chopping and measuring the next ingredients. Once all ingredients have been sliced and diced and are ready, heat olive oil in a pan and then add onions and green peppers. Sauté for 3–4 minutes and then add mushrooms for another 3 minutes. Next, add the black olives, pepperoni and jar of pizza sauce and heat through.

Leaving the sauce on warm, it’s time to shred the spaghetti squash. Give your child a fork and let him or her scrape the squash into a bowl. Once both halves have been scraped, put halves back into the baking dish. Add the spaghetti squash to the sauce mixture and mix together. Put the spaghetti squash and sauce mixture into the empty halves and top with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted, about 15–20 minutes.

This dish is loaded with veggies, but all the pizza toppings will remind your kids more of pizza than of squash. Play around with this, adding other favorite pizza toppings as your family desires.

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