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Sweet-Potato-Crusted Turkey & Veggie Pizza

"I love pizza! I can eat it every meal and every day!” admits Jacob. “My Mom and I came up with this low-fat option, which lets us enjoy what we like, while it’s healthier for us. It is gluten-free and low-carb, which allows my Mom to eat it too. I would serve this pizza with a berry smoothie, made with fresh berries and yogurt!" - Jacob Cook, age 9, New Jersey

Makes 6 servings


For the Crust:

  • 1½ cups cooked or microwaved sweet potato (1 large sweet potato)
  • 1½ cups almond flour or all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup egg substitute
  • ½ cup low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

For the Toppings:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 ounces ground turkey
  • ½ red onion, peeled and sliced
  • ½ small eggplant, peeled and chopped
  • ½ zucchini, chopped
  • 3 portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ orange bell pepper, sliced
  • ¾ cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup low-fat mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine all of the crust ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Spray a 9-inch round springform pan or pizza pan with cooking spray. Spread the dough into a circle, to cover the pan. Bake the dough for 25 minutes or until the center is firm and the edges are browned. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, warm the oil over moderate heat. Add the turkey and onion, and cook about 5 minutes, or until turkey is cooked through and onions are tender. Add the eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, and bell peppers and cook for about 5 minutes, until they are soft. Remove from heat.
  4. To assemble: Spread the sauce on the pre-baked crust, top with the turkey-vegetable mix and cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

429 calories; 25g fat; 33 carbohydrates; 19g protein

More information about the Kids' State Dinner:

  • Check out the other winning 2014 Kids' State Dinner Recipes here.
  • Learn more about Kids' State Dinner here.