A healthy switch for pizza-loving Chicago kids

When I ask my kids what they want to eat for dinner, the answer is usually pizza. (I am not sure why I even bother asking them what they want for dinner.) In any event, tonight we created a healthy and delicious seasonal pizza that required minimal preparation.

My kids were very excited for the pizza. My daughter helped brush the olive oil and the sauce on the pizza crust. My son helped shred the Parmesan cheese and sprinkle it onto the pizza. The vibrant orange and green colors were a pleasant change from the white and red pizza we always eat.

The flavors of this pizza are light and delicious yet hearty enough to warm us up with all this snow!

Butternut Squash and Spinach Pizza


  • 1 ½ cup butternut squash, sliced about ¼-inch thin; the thinner the slice, the crispier the squash
  • Olive oil spray
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 premade pizza crust
  • 3 Tbsp. pizza sauce or marinara sauce
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly shredded


1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Spray olive oil spray on baking sheet and evenly lay butternut squash.

3. Drizzle squash with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cumin.

4.Roast butternut squash for 20 minutes.

5.Brush 1 Tbsp. olive oil over pizza crust.

6. Brush 3 Tbsp. pizza sauce over olive oil.

7.Place roasted butternut squash and spinach over sauce.

8.Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese.

9.Bake according to pizza crust directions, about 10-12 minutes.

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