Tortilla Pizza

Pizza doesn’t have to be full of guilt. Whether you want a real pizza or this slightly lower carb, higher protein version, treat yourself to the version that is right for you! I love trying to make healthier swaps to make a meal fit with my nutrition goals. I still eat plenty of pizza and carbs on the weekends, but I do try to eat “clean” during the week, whatever that means! My body reacts best to a low carb, high protein diet which is where this recipe comes in. In case you haven’t stumbled upon them in the grocery store – Mission came it was these Carb Balance tortillas that are full of fiber and very low net carbs. They come in various flavors and sizes and are perfect for tacos, wraps, and an easy weeknight pizza. I also swap sausage or beef based meat for ground turkey and season generously with fennel seeds and other spices to recreate a tasty italian sausage with less fat! This recipe is great for a busy weeknight since it comes together in a pinch and you can get the entire family involved by letting them assemble their own pizzas! If you aren’t carb conscious (no shame), you can always swap for regular tortillas and follow the same cooking instructions below!

For the Turkey Sausage:

  • 1Lb Ground Turkey
  • 2 Tbsp Fennel Seeds
  • 2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Tsp Dried Basil
  • 2 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • Salt + Pepper, To Taste
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, Thinly Sliced

For the Sauce:

  • 16oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 8 Garlic Cloves, Thinly Sliced
  • 2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 3 Tsp Dried Basil
  • 2 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, Minced
  • Salt + Pepper, To Taste
  • 1 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper

Additional Ingredients:

  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • 6-8 Mission Carb Balance Tortillas (can also use regular tortillas)
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Black Olives
  • Pepperoni or Salami
  • Parsley, For Topping

To Make:

  1. First we need to get the sauce simmering. In a large pot add the crushed tomatoes and all the seasonings listed above for the sauce. Stir to well combine and turn the heat on high until the sauce starts to bubble. Once the sauce is bubbling, reduce to low, cover and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. While the sauce simmers, let’s brown up the sausage. Heat a large pan over high heat. Spray the pan lightly with Pam (or lightly coat with Olive Oil) and add the ground turkey. Allow the turkey to brown on high for 5 minutes before breaking up and stirring.
  3. Once the turkey starts to brown, reduce the heat to medium and add in the seasonings listed above for the turkey. Mix and continue cooking until the turkey is fully cooked through – about 8-10 minutes.
  4. When the sausage and sauce are ready to go, it is time to assemble and cook the pizza.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and add the tortillas on a foil lined baking sheet.
  6. Once the oven is heated, pop them in the oven for 4 minutes, remove and flip and place back in the oven for another 5 minutes. (this will help get the bottom crisped up before adding the toppings).
  7. Remove the tortillas from the oven and top with sauce, mozzarella, turkey sausage and any additional toppings you want. Place back into the oven for 5-6 minutes until the cheese starts to melt. Remove from the oven one last time – turn the oven to Broil and add the pizzas back in for 2-3 minutes. *Carefully watch to make sure the cheese doesn’t burn, you want a bubbly, golden brown cheese.
  8. Remove from the oven, slice into pieces and serve!

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