My 3 Monsters: Cool Ranch Veggie Pizza

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1.02.2014

Cool Ranch Veggie Pizza

As usual, I am a day late and a dollar short.  I meant to share this recipe earlier in the week because it is one of our favorite snacks for New Years Eve, but it is also a favorite easy dinner recipe, so I decided to go ahead and share it anyway.  We like it so much, in fact, that I couldn't even keep the family out of it long enough to get a picture!

Cool Ranch Veggie Pizza -- my ace-in-the-hole for getting the kids to eat fresh veggies -- at my3monsters.com

Almost everyone I know decides to try to "eat healthier" as a New Year's Resolution.  If your idea of eating healthier includes eating more fresh veggies, then this recipe might be for you -- especially if you use low fat or fat free cheeses and whole wheat pizza crust.  It's an awesome way to get your kids to eat a ton of veggies without a fight.  Even my pickiest kid LOVES this cold veggie pizza!

Cool Ranch Veggie Pizza

1 pizza crust, prebaked {I usually use the refrigerated Pillsbury canned kind because it's easy, but you could make your own or try the whole wheat version from Trader Joes.}
1 {8 oz.} brick low fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. sour cream
1/2 pouch dry ranch dressing mix
1/2 pouch dry italian dressing mix
fresh broccoli, carrots, red pepper, green onion and/or your favorite vegetables, chopped
sliced olives
1 C. shredded cheddar cheese

1. Prebake your pizza crust according to package or recipe directions and allow to cool completely.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Add ranch and italian dressing mixes and sour cream and mix until well blended and smooth.  {Save the other half of each dressing pouch in a ziploc bag for next time you make this!}  Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over crust.
3. Sprinkle chopped veggies, olives, and shredded cheese over top of the pizza.  Press toppings gently down into the cream cheese.  This makes it a little less messy to eat, I think.  You can serve it immediately, but it tastes better if you cover it and chill for at least an hour. 

Cool Ranch Veggie Pizza -- my ace-in-the-hole for getting the kids to eat fresh veggies -- at my3monsters.com

Just look at all that fresh veggie goodness!!  It's almost too colorful and pretty to eat.  Almost.  This is my favorite way to use up veggies in our crisper before they have a chance to go bad.  I buy a bunch of whatever is on sale each week and that's what ends up in the veggie pizza -- this week I had some purple and yellow heirloom carrots that we threw on.  Sometimes I'll add a little shredded zuchini or italian cauliflower.  There's almost nothing that doesn't taste good!  

Now I've spilled the beans, what's your secret for getting your family to eat what's good for them? Is that something you'll be working on this year?  It's definitely a goal of mine!


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