New American Plate Challenge

Winter Veggie Pita Pizza

Weekly Recipe
Serves 4 servings

Healthy pizza really does exist. The key is using whole grains, going easy on the cheese, and loading up on cancer-fighting veggies. Whole-wheat pitas keep prep time short and portion size realistic. You can use any in-season vegetables, but this version features spiced butternut squash and roasted Brussels sprouts. Top with crunchy pecans and fresh sage for a simple, savory winter dinner.


  • 1 Cup
    Brussels sprouts, cut into quarters
  • 1 Cup
    cubed butternut squash
  • 2 Teaspoons
    extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 4
    whole-wheat pita bread rounds, 6 1/2 - inches
  • 1/2 Cup
    part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 Cup
    chopped red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon
    chopped fresh sage
  • 8 Teaspoons
    grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons
    chopped pecans


  1. In medium bowl, toss Brussels sprouts with 1 tsp olive oil. Spread evenly over baking sheet. In same bowl toss butternut squash with remaining oil and sprinkle with cinnamon and spread on second baking sheet. Place both sheets in oven and roast for about 20 minutes (or until fork tender), stirring once after 10 minutes.

  2. While veggies roast, lay pita rounds on cutting board. Spread 2 Tbsp ricotta on each pita.

  3. Remove squash and Brussels sprouts from oven and spoon evenly onto pita rounds. Divide red onion, sage and pecans evenly and sprinkle on pitas. Top each with 2 teaspoons of Parmesan cheese. Return pitas to oven, setting them carefully directly on the rack for a crispier crust or on a baking sheet for a softer crust. Heat for 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Nutrition: Per serving: 309 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 45 g carbohydrate,13 g protein, 7 g dietary fiber, 437 mg sodium.


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