As a parent it’s my responsibility to make sure that my family eats well. I need to make sure they get enough fresh fruits, vegetables, plenty of water and other essentials that their bodies need, especially my growing teenagers.
It’s not always easy to get kids to eat right and make healthier choices, that is why it’s up to you, as a parent, to provide them with healthy choices.
I’m fortunate that my kids like broccoli, spinach and prefer raw veggies over cooked ones. They also prefer water over soda, most especially my daughter (I’ve always been very impressed by that).
One area that I have a hard time with is getting my kids to eat enough fiber. My son especially needs more fiber in his diet because he tends to be very irregular. My kids are not big fans of whole grain breads or high fiber cereal (they refer to high fiber cereal as “old people cereal” LOL). That means I need to find sneaky ways to get fiber into their diets. For example, I slowly replaced regular pasta with whole wheat pasta. I did this by gradually introducing the whole wheat pasta into the regular pasta a little at a time. Now we mostly eat whole wheat pasta and my kids don’t even notice a difference. They only made comments about the different colors (whole wheat pasta is more brown then regular pasta), but that is about it. I did the same with brown rice. I had to slowly ween my family off white rice. Now we only eat brown rice.
Another great way to sneak some extra fiber into your family’s diet is with a new product from Pillsbury. It’s called Pillsbury Artisan Crust with Whole Grain. This pizza dough packs a whopping 16 grams of whole grains per serving. That is a lot of whole grains!
I received a coupon to try out the pizza crust. I was going to make barbecue chicken with red onion pizza (my favorite). I then contemplated Hawaiian pizza (ham and pineapple), that is until I came up with another idea – I’ll attempt to make a calzone. I figured it wouldn’t be hard to do. I thought I could just roll out the pizza crust, add the ingredients, fold the pizza crust over and seal it shut, then bake it. It was a good idea, it just didn’t turn out that good.
I TRIED to make a chicken parmesan calzone. I rolled out the Pillsbury Artisan Crust with Whole Grain. I then added some chicken (I picked up pre-cooked roasted chicken from the grocery store), pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese. I then wrapped the pizza crust over the ingredients and squeezed the dough together to deal it shut. It essentially looked like a giant ravioli. I then popped it in the over and baked it according to the pizza crust instructions.
Oh my! What a big mess! The insides ended up on the outside of the crust. I guess I used too much chicken, sauce and cheese. It was all oozing out from all over the pizza crust. Either that or the crust was too thin for a calzone, which is possible. I should have just made a pizza like I had planned. I was hoping it looked like the photo (below). Instead it was a hot mess.
On a positive note I was able to sample some of my culinary disaster. It wasn’t bad at all.
To be honest I didn’t get a whole wheat taste when I tried the pizza crust. For example, when you taste a slice of white bread and then taste a slice of whole wheat bread you can clearly notice the difference. When I tried the Pillsbury Artisan Crust it didn’t come across as whole grain. To me it tasted like a regular pizza crust. I didn’t notice a difference. I know my kids won’t notice a difference either so I’m going to buy another roll of pizza crust and try it again, but this time I’ll stick to pizza.
So far I am pleased with the Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain. Just the fact that is packs 16 grams of whole grains per serving is impressive enough.
Look for the pizza crust in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store.
You can also download a printable coupon for $1.25 off one package of the new Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain here, http://bit.ly/PCwWG.
I have a fun giveaway for a lucky reader, compliments of Pillsbury and MyBlogSpark. The lucky winner will receive the following;
- VIP coupon for New Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain
- $10 gift card (ingredients)
- Baking sheet
- Oven mitt
- Pizza cutter
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me what you would create with the Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain?
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*Disclosure: The product, gift pack, information, and additional sample have been provided by Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark. There was no compensation.The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.