Green Machine Pizza
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Green Machine Pizza

Green Machine Pizza



Do your kids ask for pizza as much as mine do? My kids ask for it a lot. In fact, for a while now I've sorta given up on offering them a choice of what restaurant we should go to (unless I have already narrowed the list down to the two I selfishly want to eat at) as their simultaneous answer is almost always, "PIZZA!"

However as much as Kenya and Chloe love going to a pizzeria, they actually prefer making pizza at home. It became such a fun Sunday night family activity that I invested in a bamboo pizza peel and pizza stone which turns out a mad crazy crispy crust. The real challenge for me is getting my kids to want toppings other than their usual favorite, cheese.

The first time I made this Green Machine Pizza I was pretty pleased with myself since I figured it was a great way to get the kids to eat their greens while also serving them one of their beloved foods. Kenya and Chloe had been thrilled that day knowing that they were getting homemade pizza for lunch, but when they walked into the kitchen they took one look at the first verdant pie I pulled out of the oven, they both shrieked in horror, "it's green!".

I still don't understand why green can be such a taboo food color for kids, but on this particular occasion, after I diffused all the negativity by putting a few zucchinis on my eyes for comic relief, I let Kenya and Chloe make the next two pizzas with me. As if by magic, the kids were then totally game for eating them.

If you've never tried pesto and green veggies like broccoli, spinach, and zucchini on your pizza, now is your chance. Sure tomato sauce and mozzarella will always reign supreme as the topping king and queen, but you might be surprised every now and then to watch a green machine pizza win the day!

Green Machine Pizza  (makes four 8-inch Pizzas or one large pizza)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins,
  • Cook Time: 15 mins,
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Do your kids ask for pizza as much as mine do? My kids ask for it a lot. In fact, for a while now I've sorta given up on offering them a choice of what restaurant we should go to (unless I have already narrowed the list down to the two I selfishly want...


  • 1 pound pizza dough (see recipe linked below)
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup1 small zucchini, sliced into thin coins
  • 1 cup frozen spinach, defrosted and water squeezed out


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. 2. Divide dough into four equal pieces and roll out or form each piece into a pizza disk.
  3. 3. Spread each disk with 2 tablespoons of pesto, sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, and top with chopped broccoli, zucchini slices, and spinach.
  4. 4. Bake on a pizza stone or baking sheet for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  5. Tip: If you use a pizza stone, make sure to dust some cornmeal on whatever surface you're preparing the pizza so the pie transfers easily to the stone. If you are cooking on a baking sheet, assemble your pizza pie on the sheet so you don't make a mess when transferring.

Accompaniments: pizza dough

Green Machine Pizza

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  1. Soujanya

    July 23, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Can I use the fresh spinach?

    • C. McCord

      July 25, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      You can definitely use fresh spinach! You might want to quickly wilt it on the stove first!

  2. Janice

    September 4, 2015 at 10:24 am

    And the pizza dough link doesn’t work.

  3. Janice

    September 4, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I can’t find the pesto recipe.

  4. Jeannine

    June 19, 2014 at 11:38 am

    This was so tasty! My four kids ages 1-7 loved it too. For sure a keeper!

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  6. Linda Haile

    February 26, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Green pizza-spinach, zucchini, & broccolu

  7. Sukyeong Nam

    February 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    My son loves all ingredients of this recipe so this is great for my son.
    I used mini bagels. It was very delicious. Thanks!^^

  8. Amelia

    November 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    We loved these! Chopping everything up made them so easy for the kids to eat. Thanks, C! xo

  9. April

    August 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    This is such a great recipe! I make it on English muffins, grate the zucchini and sauté with chopped spinach before putting on the pizzas. I can’t believe how much my 2 year old likes pesto!

  10. Beth

    August 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    When do you add the spinach?

    • Shannon V

      August 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      I mixed the spinach, broccoli and zucchini together with the pesto then put the whole mixture on top of the pizza.

  11. Shannon

    August 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I made this the other night and it was delicious! I used Flatout flatbread as the crust to save time. Very yummy!

  12. DesiZuni

    August 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    My son loves to drink the green machine smoothie now green machine pizza!!! Ohh yeah!!!

  13. Kasey

    August 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    This looks like my kind of pizza. Pesto! Yummmm.

  14. lei Parks

    August 6, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    my son will only eat pesto pizza. I can get him to eat anything green if i tell him it is pesto!! This will be a big hit. thanks.

  15. Christina

    August 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Oh wow! My little ones are going to love this, especially my toddler. He loves to eat anything colorful so he can name all the colors :)

  16. Kris

    August 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

    love this, so many kids , including mine, do not like red sauce.

  17. Ann

    August 5, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Love the image of the zucchini wheels on your eyes — fast thinking to divert the negativity! Nice job! Pizza reigns in our house, too.

    Recently made pizza on the grill and it was a huge hit as it was ready so fast!