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Ohio's Winning Recipe: Chicken Sausage Cauliflower Crust Pizza

“Wyatt loves pizza, but his grandmother is gluten free and can't join us for build-your-own-pizza night,” says Wyatt’s mom, Tiffany. “He found a recipe for a cauliflower crust, but decided it needed to taste more like a seasoned flatbread crust. The flavor of the pizza was amazing since he added his own blend of spices into the crust. Serving it with a salad and fruit smoothie is our favorite way to have lunch.”

Wyatt Rosengarten, Age 9, is the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Ohio. 

Makes 4 Servings


For the Crust:

  • 1 cauliflower, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 2 egg whites

For the Sauce:

  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

For the Sausage:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seed
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Toppings:
  • ½ cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

Optional Toppings:

green pepper slices, mushrooms, olives, onions, tomatoes, and spinach


  1. To make the Crust: Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a food processor, add the cauliflower in sections and pulse 10 times until it has a rice-like consistency. Place into a dry dishcloth, squeeze and wring out any water into the sink. Pour out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes, or until dry and lightly golden. Remove and cool. In a large mixing bowl, add cauliflower and remaining crust ingredients. Mix together until dough forms, then press mixture into two 8-inch circles on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil if desired. Turn oven up to 450°F and bake for 20 minutes.
  2. To make the Sauce: In a large stockpot, combine all ingredients, stir, and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.
  3. To make the Sausage: In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the olive oil. In a large nonstick skillet, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken mixture and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes, or until cooked through and starting to brown.
  4. To Assemble: To each crust, add 3 tablespoons sauce, any toppings, sausage, and ¼ cup mozzarella cheese. Return to oven and bake 8 minutes, or until cheese is melted and toppings warm. Cut into 4 slices and enjoy.  

398 calories 22g fat 20g carbohydrates 32g protein