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Children are notoriously picky eaters. They are hesitant to eat anything that looks or smells different from what they are used to. Getting them used to a diet that includes things like tofu and nutritional yeast is difficult. But it can be done. Here are some recipes that the kids will not only enjoy eating, but even the youngest of your brood can help make.

Chocolate Tofu Mousse

1 package soft tofu
3/4 to 1 cup semi sweet chocolate drops
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp soy milk (optional)

Melt the chocolate drops over low heat, or in the microwave, stirring every ten seconds. Mix tofu and melted chocolate in food processor or blender. Process until light and airy. Add milk if mixture is too thick. Add vanilla and process about 30 seconds more. Spoon into serving dishes and chill.

The next time the kids say “I want pizza” have them help you make this healthful version. My kids love kneading the dough, and making their own little bread loaves with any extra dough.

7 cups whole wheat flour (approximately)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil
2 1/2 cups warm water
2 TBS dry active yeast
1/4 cup nutritional yeast


artichoke hearts
green peppers
cheese (if used)
any other topping your family enjoys

1 jar tomato spaghetti sauce
I also use white pasta sauce like alfredo.
Sesame seeds

Place 1/2 cup warm water in a bowl (don’t use metal) add 1 tsp. of the honey and stir until honey is dissolved. Sprinkle yeast over the honey/water mixture. Set aside for about 10 minutes. When yeast is ready, it will be bubbly.

Pre-heat oven to lowest setting.

While you’re waiting for the yeast to poof, mix 2 cups of the flour, the rest of the honey, olive oil, nutritional yeast and the remainder of the water in a large bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon for at least 20 strokes. When the yeast is ready, add it to the flour mixture. Stir well. Add the remaining flour one cup at a time. Mix well between cups. When a dough has formed, begin kneading the dough. Add enough flour to make a dough that is soft but not sticky. Continue kneading for about 10 minutes.

Turn the oven off. Lightly spread the dough with olive oil, return to bowl and cover with a damp towel. Place in oven to rise. Allow dough to double in bulk.

While the dough is rising, cut veggies into bite sized pieces. Sauté separately over medium heat. Cook onions until soft, everything else until tender but not soft. Set aside to cool in separate bowls.

When the dough has doubled, remove from oven and punch down. Pre-heat oven to 425. Separate dough into 2 equal pieces. Using a rolling pin, roll out one piece of dough to desired thickness, making it about 1/2 inch larger than the pan you are using. Roll edges of dough to form a small wall. Dough should now be about the size of the pan. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for about 10 minutes, until crust is golden brown.

While the first crust is in the oven, roll out second crust. When first crust is golden brown, remove from oven and bake second crust. While second crust is baking, add sauce and toppings to the first crust. When second crust is golden brown remove from oven.

Set oven on broil. Broil first pizza for 3-5 minutes, until hot and bubbly and cheese (if used ) is melted. Repeat with second pizza.