I have a bit of a confession to make. I don’t love to cook on the weekends, especially Sunday. I’m not exactly sure what it is, maybe because it’s the weekend and I would rather play with my family than hang in the kitchen? Or the fact that I just get a bit too relaxed to want to think about what to make for supper? Probably a bit of both. What this often leads to is cleaning up leftovers, having sandwiches and one meal of take out from one of our favorite restaurants.

whole wheat pizza dough

This weekend I had a plan for Sunday night. It involved the latest installment of the Food Matters Project…whole wheat pizza dough. You see, pizza is a bit of a favorite around our house so I knew that everyone would be pleased with my answer to the frequent question of what’s for dinner? The only thing they like better than pizza is grilled pizza, so I decided why not just do that too?

whole wheat pizza dough

With a stash of crimini and button mushrooms in the produce drawer, just waiting to be used, I summoned my 10 year old to help me out. I gave him a lesson in a ‘rough chop’ and cut him loose. Soon after, my 6 year old came in wanting to help too. I assigned him cheese grating duty, a task he never turns down. Not to be left out my middle son soon came into the kitchen, curious to see what his brothers were up to. At the moment I didn’t have a job for him so he decided to assign himself the job of labeling the piles of cheese his brother had grated. Shortly after, he set to work rolling out the risen dough.

whole wheat pizza dough

whole wheat pizza dough

Our plan was for two pizzas. One with mushrooms sautéed in olive oil and garlic, a little fresh rosemary thrown in at the end. The second was the usual margarita version we all know and love.

whole wheat pizza dough

I stood back and watched the scene unfolding in my kitchen as the boys worked away. They sampled the mushrooms, declaring them the ‘most delicious ever’, then took bites of cheese from the piles of fontina, mozzarella and parmesan. Collectively, they decided that the fontina should go on the mushroom pizza, using words like ‘creamy’ and ‘smooth’ to describe it’s flavor. I smiled quietly at the words of my food loving children. Critical cheese decision made, they returned to their assigned tasks, flour flying as dough was rolled, cheese falling to the floor for our puppy to clean up.

Jobs completed and pizza on the grill the boys ran outside for a quick game of backyard football before supper. I surveyed the disaster that was my kitchen. It was the most beautiful mess.

I may have to start cooking on Sundays more often.

Be sure to see all the other takes on this recipe by going to ‘The Food Matters Project’ blog. You can find the original recipe over on Salt and Pepper.

24 Responses to Mostly Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

  1. Keely Marie says:

    What a beautiful Sunday night scene with your children!

  2. Jenn says:

    What a lovely evening! Hoping to instill the same love of food and cooking in my little ones :)

  3. Alissa says:

    Beautiful pictures and such a tasty looking pizza! I love love love grilled pizza.

  4. Margarita says:

    I love all the help that you got from those cuties!

  5. Lexi says:

    Beautiful family post! Did you grill your pizza directly on the grill? Mine was a little too soft for that.

    • Alison says:

      Lexi, we did put it directly on the grill. I left the crust a little thicker so it wouldn’t fall between the grates.

  6. That sounds like a perfect Sunday to me! I love how your crust is charred – YUM and mushrooms are always a winner on pizza in my book.

  7. Meg says:

    Oh such beautiful domestic photos. Remind me so much of ours (except I only have two boys, 6 and 7). I bake pizza in the oven and have never heard of it grilled. To me grilling is under the top element of the oven, I think in the US they call it broiling? Is that how you grill? Or is on a bbq?

    • Alison says:

      Meg, we put it on our bbq (we call that grilling). We make it in the oven sometimes too, but the flavor of grilled pizza is really amazing.

  8. Evi says:

    This looks delicious! That’s really sweet that your sons helped out so well. Mushroom pizza is the best thing ever! =)

  9. Niki says:

    I LOVE grilled pizza… so jealous!

  10. Oh my gosh your boys are so cute!! I love that they wanted to help and even decided how the pizzas should be made. I’m sure it was such a wonderful Sunday dinner. Adorable!

    • Alison says:

      Thanks Kristen, it was fun and the pizza was really good. They were very proud of themselves.

  11. I bet your boys are still talking about that pizza, it sounds like they had a great time helping! How fun.

  12. that pizza looks delicious!! yummm

  13. Ana says:

    What a great family cooking experience! I think it’s great when kids join in the happenings of the kitchen. it leads to better food choices and better relationships with food. Your pizzas sound and look delish!

  14. Love your website, your recipes and your wonderful photos! I also added you to my fav veggie blogs list on my website 😀

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