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Jack-O-Lantern Pizzas

Jack-O-Lantern Pizzas

Jessica Braider
This super quick meal is surprisingly packed with nutritional heft, thanks to the addition of the sweet potatoes. Let everyone build their own jack-o-lantern face with olives and slices of bell pepper and use a green bell pepper slice as a pumpkin stem to really bring these jack-o-lanterns to life!
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced, about 1 tsp.
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and grated (about 4 cups)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano or 1 Tbsp. minced fresh
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 8 whole wheat pitas (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey jack or cheddar cheese orange colored cheese will make the pizza look more pumpkin-y!
  • 1/4 cup olives cut into slices (optional)
  • 1/2 red or green bell pepper cut into slices (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat the oil.
  • Sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the grated potatoes, oregano, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Cook, covered, for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • To assemble the pizzas, lay the pitas out on a large baking sheet (use two baking sheets, if necessary). Spread ½ cup of the sweet potato filling on each of the pitas and top it with about 1/4 cup cheese. Use olives and bell pepper slices to create jack-o-lantern faces, if desired.
  • Bake the pizzas for 8 - 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted.

Notes

Do Ahead or Delegate: Dice the onion, peel the garlic, peel and grate the sweet potatoes, combine the spices, grate and refrigerate the cheese, if necessary.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Use chipotle chili powder or hot Mexican chili powder instead of traditional chili powder.
Tip: When grating cheese, try spraying the grater with a little nonstick spray first. This will keep the cheese from sticking to the grater and will also reduce
the friction to make the task quicker and easier.
Video: Watch Jessica make these on Facebook Live!
Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 300, Total Fat: 12g, 17%; Saturated Fat: 4g, 20%; Cholesterol: 25mg, 8%; Sodium: 660mg, 28%; Total Carbohydrate: 29g, 13%; Dietary Fiber: 5g, 20%; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 11g
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