As a parent, you’re always trying to find ways of getting more healthy foods into your kids without them noticing. Maybe that means sneaking spinach into their morning smoothie, hiding broccoli in mac and cheese or substituting mashed cauliflower for mashed potatoes. But of course, our favorite is to sneak beans into meals. They’re full of fiber and protein, and their mild flavor and creamy texture make them easy to sneak into kid-favorite meals undetected.
In this case, we’ve gone with the ultimate kid favorite: pizza. We’ve added beans under the cheese on a fairly standard pepperoni, olive, pepper and mushroom pizza to appease the kiddies, but the sky is the limit! Use vegan cheese and go veggie–the beans will give you enough protein so everyone walks away full. Or go classy and upscale with a white pizza. Brush the pizza shell with olive oil and roasted garlic and top with great northern white beans and artichoke hearts. Or get everyone involved and create a make-your-own pizza bar. Put sauce, beans and cheese on your base, then let the kids load up their favorite toppings. The beans will be our little secret.
This white bean recipe can be made with either Randall Beans Great Northern Beans or the Randall Beans Organic products.