In our house, pesto counts as a vegetable and it's one of the best ways to get kids to eat kale! These Kale Pesto Pizza Rolls are one of my favorite family recipes to keep on hand in the fridge or freezer for quick dinners, especially on nights when the kids have activities. And they are so delicious that your toddlers will actually enjoy eating their veggies!
We always grow too much kale in our garden and this recipe gives me a very convenient way to serve it up to my family that requires no coaxing or encouraging (or me eating another kale salad!)—because these rolls just taste like pizza! But it's easy enough to blend up with a bunch from the store in just a few minutes, or you can look for the one that Trader Joe's has started selling. We don't always add meat to our Kale Pizza Rolls, but sometimes tucking a little salami in is a nice surprise at family dinnertime.
After you roll up the dough (which can be store bought or homemade—we like this Pizza Dough Recipe, which we do with 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup all purpose, and simply mix it together in a bowl), you simply slice and bake in a muffin tin. So easy! They're perfectly portioned for a toddler's mealtime (though my big girl and husband can eat 2-3 in one sitting!). So whether you make these Kale Pesto Pizza Rolls as a make-ahead option for pizza night or stash them into the freezer for those days when you are out of lunch ideas, I think you and the kids will love them—and the kale tucked inside!
- 1 bunch kale
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, almonds, or pine nuts
- 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
- 13-16 ounce pizza dough
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 4 ounces salami