My household is divided. Some of us eat veggies, while others won’t come close to anything green. However, there is one item everyone, including my picky toddler, can agree on: pizza. While there’s nothing wrong with a treat on the weekend or a busy weeknight, we all know that having our food delivered in a greasy box is not the key to optimal health. But don’t wave goodbye to your favorite pizza dish just yet. There’s a way to enjoy that meal and save calories—along with cash.
This butternut squash pizza is the answer. All it takes is a few ingredients and a little time in the kitchen. Once you look at the health benefits, you’ll see why. Butternut squash is one of the healthiest ingredients you can incorporate into your family’s dinner. It’s full of beta-carotene, which not only gives it color, but also converts to vitamin A in the body. We need this vitamin for good eye health. But the health benefits don’t end there. The spinach on this pizza contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that protect your eyes from harmful high-energy light waves. So you’re feeding your family their favorite meal and possibly boosting their eyesight at the same time. What pizza place can say it’s offering you all of that?
- 3 cups butternut squash, cubed
- 6 oz. bag fresh baby spinach
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Onion salt
- Prepared whole wheat pizza crust
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place butternut squash in glass baking dish and toss with olive oil and onion salt. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
- Put squash in food processor along with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and run until smooth.
- Spread squash mixture over pizza crust and bake for allotted time on package. While that’s baking, heat a pan over medium heat, add olive oil and sauté spinach and onions.
- Top pizza with spinach and onions and enjoy.