Lion King Movie Night

We are going with a Lion King Movie Night. We are finally sitting down to compare the live action to the animated in our #Movienightfriday. We tend to put the film on just to have an excuse to make our Lion Pizza, aka Veggie Pizza, which is one of Matthew’s favorites. I know a kid who loves veggies is rare indeed.

Anyway, Lion King is timeless in many ways. My Disney Film History and theorist in me wants to turn this into a when Lion King was set but y’all will need to join The Disney Pixar Connection Facebook Group for that. Lion King was set in Kenya though.

Have fun making your own menu and enjoy the food.

Veggie Pizza

We also call it Lion Pizza
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 People


  • Cookie sheet or baking stone
  • Rolling pin
  • spoon
  • cutting board
  • Knife
  • Pizza cutter


  • 1 Pizza Dough store bought is fine
  • 1 1/2 Cup Marinara sauce
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzerella
  • 1/2 sliced pepper, Orange and Yellow are less bitter
  • 1/4 Cup Spinach
  • flour for rolling out dough


  • Preheat the Oven to 400 Degrees
  • Sprinkle the flour down on your counter and knead the dough into a circle. Using your rolling pin roll out the dough while keeping the circle shape (unless you are doing a Sicilian Pizza) quarter turn your dough to keep the shape. Make sure to spread it as thin as possible withour tearing it.
  • Place the dough on to the cookie sheet or pizza stone.
  • Pinch the edges to form a crust. For a thicker crust you will pinch more while a thin crust will be less of a pinch.
  • Using your spoon, spread the marinara sauce evenly up to the crust
  • Spread the Mozzerella cheese in an even layer over the marinara sauce
  • Cut your 1/2 pepper into strips and lay it down in any pattern you want. We make it look like a Lions whiskers
  • Cover the pizza with the spinach
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing into it
Keyword Lion Pizza, Pizza, Veggie Pizza


Lion King Inspired Painted Rocks – Craft Habit

“Love Disney movies as much as we do? If so, you’ll enjoy this fun and colorful rock painting idea that was inspired by the movie Lion King.” – Sonja & Jane

The Lion King Printable Colouring Pages and Activity Sheets – in the Playroom

” The Live Action remakes that Disney have been making in recent years have been a huge hit in our house, and The Lion King was no different. Now this fantastic family film is out to watch at home, in digital or blu-ray / dvd so I’m sure we will be watching it again and again! If you did not see it in the cinema, then it’s definitely worth picking up a copy so that you don’t miss out.” – Anna and Luciana


West African Peanut Chicken Stew – What a Girl Wants

West African peanut chicken stew is a hearty, comforting dinner that’s loaded with flavor, smoky spices, and a touch of spiciness. – Cynthia

lion’s head (asian pork meatballs with bok choy) – Season & Thyme

“A classic Chinese dish, Lion’s Head, combines ground pork with aromatics and breadcrumbs to create a delicate and delicious asian pork meatball in savory broth with tender greens.” – Sarah

instant pot african beef stew – Season & Thyme

“I don’t know about you, but I have certain types of cuisines I gravitate towards when cooking. I’m comfortable with soups and sauces. Michael and I love anything Greek flavored. Thai food is pretty accessible. You get the picture.” – Sarah

ROASTED CASHEWS – Recipes from a Pantry

Try these addictive roasted honey sesame coconut cashews. Raw cashews are mixed with honey, shredded coconut and sesame seed and oven roasted to sweet nutty perfection. These sweet roasted cashew nuts will certainly become a firm favorite! Post includes a simple step by step guide on how to roast cashews. Suitable for people following a gluten-free, vegan or Paleo diet. – Bintu

PUFF PUFF – Recipes from a Pantry

“Guys, this Puff Puff is a traditional African snack. It is sweet, fluffy golden brown and suitable for vegans too. This is my tried and true method for making Nigerian Puff Puff. And I even have a step-by-step tutorial. Suitable for people following a vegan diet. – Bintu


“The famous Nigerian meat pie is buttery and flaky, filled with savory meat sauce. This meat pie will leave you longing for more.” – Maur


“I am feeling controversial, so let me start by saying that Nigerian Jollof rice is and always will be the best as far as rice goes.I sense rotten tomatoes coming my way from my fellow West Africans after that bold statement! However, there is no denying that Jollof rice is a classic in the African region, no matter how the dish is prepared.” – Maur


Lion king movie night rice snacks

“A Lion King movie night isn’t complete without snacks! We’ve put together a list of our favorite movie night menu ideas, and share our favorite Lion King Paw Print Rice Krispies below!” – Kim & Kalee

CHICKEN YASSA – Pandemonium Noshery

“Welcome to this month’s Eat The World, where we are checking out the country of Senegal. Senegal is a country in western Africa sounded by Mauritania to the north, Mali to the west, the Atlantic to the east, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south. Senegal completely encompasses the country of Gambia. Due to a history of French colonization in the region Senegalese cooking is a mix of African flavors and styles with a French influence.” – Juli

SENEGALESE CHOP SALAD – Pandemonium Noshery

“This delicious salad from International Cuisine goes great with just about anything and I look forward to bringing it to many barbecues over the summer, probably with some chopped cucumber added. But until then, it went great with yesterdays Ghanaian Ground Nut Stew. “- Juli

Lion King Cupcakes for the Disney Family – The Inspiration Edit

The Lion King Cuocakes

“These Lion King cupcakes are perfect for the new release of “The Lion King.” If your kids are like mine then you know that this year’s birthday theme is going to be all about “The Lion King.” – Angela

Lion Pancakes – Angie Holden

Learn how to make lion pancakes with this quick and easy breakfast idea! Lion King and jungle lovers will really fall for this special treat! #lion #lionking #breakfast #pancakes

“Lion pancakes are the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming live action Lion King movie. Plus when you don’t need any special tools to make them, it is even better! So, whip up a fun breakfast for the jungle lover in your home any day of the week with this quick and easy idea! They will love these themed pancakes and you will love seeing them smile! Have a unicorn lover in your home? You can also see how to make our unicorn pancakes here.” – Angie


  1. I noticed you covered foods from multiple African nations even if it’s far away from Kenya. At least you shared some more knowledge about Africa than most Lion King fans I’ve interacted with, to be brutally honest. A couple of years ago, I made fufu for the first time since I wanted to try making Congolese food after finding out a major ethnic group with my DNA test. I do wish Disney would own up to the racist things in that movie, the plagiarism, protagonist centered morality, and cultural appropriation associated with that movie. What does tick me off is people treating me like I’m crazy when I bring up the unfortunate implications of that franchise. It would be interesting if you compared and contrasted Lion King with Kimba the White Lion as well as real African movies for a potential lesson.

    • True, I couldn’t get Kenyan food to share in time for the article but will update as I get. And yes Disney has its issues. That is absolutely something you can do. Also Lion King was more inspired by Hamlet as well. The one thing I will give credit where it’s due is that Lion King kept the Swahili in it. They also took a song Mbabe (Lion Sleeps Tonight) which originated in Africa in the 1930s

      • Gotcha. I understand when it comes to Kenyan food not being found on time. That would be fun to check out and I want to research various African recipes. Something I can do in terms of that comparison lesson plan idea, you mean?

        I’m aware of some of the Hamlet allusions although both stories don’t go the same way besides the uncle killing the father, obviously. It’s fine that they kept the Swahili, but I wish they wouldn’t do THAT trademark. Yeah, The Lion Sleeps Tonight plagiarized Mbube which I learned from The Lion’s Share and The Lion King was the main impetus for Solomon Linda’s daughters to sue Disney and the American licensing company. They made $15 million in royalties from that song in the first movie and never credited Linda or paid the royalties to his family.

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