Why it's healthier: Beets are packed with nitrates and vitamin C, which boosts immunity and lowers blood pressure. Beets are extremely beneficial to athletes because the high content of nitrates helps recover faster.

Healthy ingredients: Folate, manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin C, vitamin A

Recipe Developer: @healthylittlevittles, www.healthylittlevittles.com

Why we love it: This pizza is unlike any other, it will make you feel great even if you eat the entire pie by yourself. The pizza crust in un-beet-able and made with beet powder which is a fun ingredient to explore within all your recipes--it's a healthy and nutritious flour alternative.

Total Ingredients: 13 plus ice cubes

Make it for: A healthy dinner option and one of your kids will love!

Special Note: You can buy beet powder on Amazon, at Whole Foods, or any local health food market including GNC. (If you need to start prep the day before or order ingredients online, we will let you know that here. Otherwise, assume the dish can be shopped, prepped and served the same day with readily available ingredients.)

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Beet Hummus Pizza

Prep Time: 10 Minutes,

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Beet Hummus

  • 1 can (15 oz)chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp beet powder (I used Love Beets beet powder)
  • 8 small ice cubes

For the Crust

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
  2. Prepare your pizza crust according to package directions and add 2 teaspoons of beet powder, mix it until well combined. Allow time to let it rise if needed
  3. Make your beet hummus by placing all hummus ingredients in your food processor/blender and blend until smooth. Set aside
  4. Roll/spread out your crust on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake your pizza crust for about 7-10 minutes (this will vary per crust but you generally want to pre-bake it before adding the toppings)
  5. Remove from oven and spread the hummus over top as you would sauce, then top with sliced onions and beets
  6. Return to the oven to bake an additional 15-18 minutes
  7. Meanwhile, add your peas (if frozen) into a glass measuring cup (or bowl) and cover with water. Microwave for 2 minutes, drain and set aside
  8. Toast your pine nuts over medium-high heat in a dry skillet, tossing frequently until they turn golden brown. Be careful, they burn quickly
  9. Slice your avocado
  10. Remove the pizza from the oven and top it with the peas, arugula, avocado, and toasted pine nuts. Slice and serve.

Nutrition Info: Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Calories 437 Total Fat 29.5 g Sat. Fat 3.5 g Sodium 243 mg Total Carbs 36.6 g Fiber 4.4 g Sugars 15 g Protein 11.8 g

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