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As much as I love the break from packing lunch boxes during the summer, I sometimes feel stumped about what to make for my kids when they’re home. My typical weekday lunch is a mammoth salad (get my salad formula here: How To Build A Healthy Salad). But my boys aren’t on board with loaded salads for lunch (yet!), and they need a good meal to keep them from grazing through the cupboards all afternoon…though that does occasionally happen anyway.
Both of my kids happen to love Hawaiian Pizza. I love the sweet-and-savory flavor combo too–and I like that it’s teaching them to enjoy other toppings on their pizza besides cheese!
I actually got the idea of using Applegate ham on Hawaiian Pizza from a local wood-fired-oven pizza place, which used Applegate ham on their Hawaiian Pizza (and name-checked the brand on the menu!). This is the third year I’m working with Applegate as part of their Sandwich Board, and it’s a brand I buy and respect. I like that their meats come from animals that weren’t treated with antibiotics or hormones and were humanely raised. That’s important to me.
I use whole grain flatbreads for this recipe for some extra fiber. I’ve also tried both fresh and canned pineapple on these and both work well (when using canned pineapple chunks, cut them into thinner slices). You’ll want to pat both the pineapple and the ham dry with a paper towel before topping the flatbreads so the crust doesn’t get soggy.
These little Hawaiian Pizza Flatbreads are really easy and quick to pull together and need just a few minutes under the broiler to cook, so they make a perfect summer lunch!
- 2 whole grain flatbreads (about 7-8 inches across)
- ½ cup pizza sauce, store-bought or homemade (my recipe)
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or to taste
- 2 slices Applegate ham
- 15-20 small slices of pineapple or to taste
- Move oven rack to second highest position and preheat broiler on HIGH.
- Place flatbreads on a baking sheet.
- Pat the slices of ham and pineapple dry with a paper towel (this will keep your flatbread from becoming soggy). Cut ham into small pieces (and cut pineapple into thinner slices if in chunks).
- Spread pizza sauce over flatbreads then top flatbreads with cheese, ham, and pineapple (I start with cheese then save some to put on last to sort of "glue" the toppings down).
- Place baking sheet in the oven and broil 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melty and crust edges are browned.
- Slice and serve!