Mini Pizza Pockets – Perfect For Lunches

This mini pizza pockets recipe is perfect for school lunches! These will freeze great so that the kids can have a delicious bento-box lunch ready!

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Mini Pizza Pockets recipe

Mini Pizza Pockets – Perfect For Lunches

I have a fun and pretty easy recipe for you guys that is sure to be a hit in school lunches! Mini Pizza Pockets! In fact, you may find that are making a few extra of these pizza pockets for you too 😉 School is in session, or about to be if your area hasn’t started yet. That means it’s time to start thinking about lunch. Yes, that very important meal that comes in the middle of the day that keeps our kids fueled and ready to learn all day long. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy giving the kids something fun and different. There are only so many peanut butter sandwiches my kiddos will eat!

Mini Pizza Pockets

Produce for Kids emailed me to let me know that the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge is back on this year, after a successful launch last year, Produce for Kids is encouraging families nationwide to kick off the school year right by pledging to pack a healthier lunchbox at PowerYourLunchbox.com. And to get us all excited about fun and healthy lunches for our kids, they also shared a yummy Pizza Pocket Recipe! I will admit, I didn’t make my pizza dough from scratch, but they still turned out delicious.

Mini Pizza Pockets recipe

To make your mini pizza pockets, you just grab your favorite fillings from Publix (or your favorite retailer), I used mushrooms, Pero Family Mini Sweet Peppers, cheese, mini pepperonis, and sauce.

Mini Pizza Pockets

I did get the premade pizza dough from the deli at Publix, once it was rolled out I used a pancake ring to make 4 inch circles.

Mini Pizza Pockets

Once the circles were made, I started filling them with the toppings.

Mini Pizza Pockets Recipe

What I really love about these, is that they are completely customizable! Add extra cheese for one child, extra sweet peppers for another, no mushrooms for one day…oh the possibilities are endless!

Mini Pizza Pockets Recipe

In fact, since these are so small and bite-sized, it’s easy to sneak in a veggie without the kids really noticing!  Mine at a mushroom for the first time ever and had no clue 😉

Mini Pizza Pockets Recipe

Once the pizza pockets are all filled, you will then fold them over and use a fork to seal the edges.  Cook them for about 15 mins at 425 degrees and BAM – fun lunch ready!

You can easily make a bunch of these ahead of time, refrigerate them for a few days, freeze them, etc.  They are the perfect size for little hands and fit perfectly into Bento Boxes.

Here is the Mini Pizza pocket Recipe.  Be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make them again and again.

Mini Pizza Pockets – Perfect For Lunches
Recipe Type: Lunch
Author: Adapted from Produce for Kids
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • ½ cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • mini slices pepperoni
  • 4 mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 Pero Family Farms® mini sweet peppers, sliced
  • pre-made fresh pizza dough
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Spray large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Use 4-inch round cookie cutter to cut rounds.
  4. Spoon 1 tsp. tomato sauce in middle of each round.
  5. Add ½ Tbsp. cheese, 4 quarters of pepperoni, mushroom slice and 2 pepper rings.
  6. Moisten edges of dough with water.
  7. Fold dough over filling and press to seal.
  8. Use the tines of a fork to crimp and further seal the edge.
  9. Place pizza pockets on large baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  10. Poke the top of each with fork.
  11. Bake 15 minutes, or until tops are browned (some cheese may leak out).
  12. Once cool, freeze single layer on baking sheet. Once frozen, wrap individually in plastic wrap and transfer to freezer bag. If placed frozen in a lunchbox, even with an ice pack, they will defrost by lunchtime.

 

Mini Pizza Pockets Recipe for Bento Boxes

I hope you and your family enjoy these Mini Pizza Pockets as much as we do!

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77 thoughts on “Mini Pizza Pockets – Perfect For Lunches

  1. Even my husband would like these! I would probably have to add some jalapeno peppers,to them,because he likes spicy stuff!

  2. I have to tell my sister about these, for my nephew’s lunches!!! Since peanut butter is banned in schools here, due to allergies….there are limited options for a quick-made lunch! Plus, my nephew takes after me, he loves pizza!!!

  3. These mini pizza pockets are a great idea. I love that they’re so fast and easy to make and you can fill them with whatever you like. You can even fill a few with pie filling and make fruit pie pockets. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  4. These look so much better than the frozen grocery store kind! Plus, if you let the kids pick their fillings, they’ll be more likely to eat it!

  5. We, in Canada, have banned peanut butter in schools due to allergies. I would love to make these for my nephew! He would love to eat these for lunch…I will have to tell my sister about this recipe!!!

  6. What a great idea! We love the pizza dough from Publix and made calzones for dinner last night. We made huge ones and cut them up, but then all the filling comes out. Genius idea to use a pancake ring to cut the dough smaller. I will definitely do that next time.

  7. I’m always looking for new ideas for the kids lunches and this is a great one! Thanks, I really love that they are so easy to customize for different children, too.

  8. This mom is always on the hunt for new lunch ideas & this is a great one! You just know this tastes of homemade fresh, delicious goodness, instead of the processed frozen pizza pockets. A hit in my book!

  9. What a good lunch idea. It’s easy to make and a favorite kids meal. Sneaking in a bit of vegetables doesn’t hurt either

  10. My daughter will be starting her first day of school next week. I have been looking for ideals for my daughter’s lunches. Thank you for sharing.

  11. I don’t have any school aged children. When I went to school, I always bought lunch. It was unheard of to pack it. It’s nice that kids are going back to it. The food is much healthier.

  12. I love this pizza bento box idea. My daughter starts all day kindergarten and I want to pack her lunch daily. Thanks for the great idea!

  13. These are awesome. And they’d be great anytime. So many combinations you can come up with. My grandkids would love these. Thanks for the recipe.
    Carol L

  14. I have to try these! I have 1 ultra picky kid who won’t eat any meats except hamburger & hotdogs. I’m running out of ideas for her! I’ve never heard of selling pizza dough in the deli! Wish our store did that. Thanks for sharing!

  15. This is such a great idea! I think it’s great how easy and customizable this is! My kids are definitely going to love this one, and so will I! I bet you could even use premade biscuits and just flatten them out?

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