Build a Better Pizza (Recipe: Basil Chicken Pizza with Fresh Avocado)

Whole grain crust, pesto, sauteed onions and peppers, chicken, and a measured amount of cheese form a solid pizza base. Avocado and fresh tomato finish it off in this “better pizza”.

One of my children requests Costco pizza on a weekly basis. And on a weekly basis, I say no.

Though it’s been our “go-to” pizza for almost two decades, our (hubs and mine) recent adventure in calorie counting has struck Costco pizza from the list. With one slice topping 500 calories, it’s just not worth it to us. Especially when I can make a personal-size pizza with whole wheat crust for fewer calories. Not only is my version less fattening but it tastes better and contains much more nutrition.

In our calorie education hubs and I learned to measure out toppings, like cheese or chicken. We realized that we were just as satisfied with an ounce of cheese as we were with several handfuls. Who knew?

Not only is measuring a great way to reduce calories, but it’s also a fair means to using less and thereby saving money.

When Hodgson Mill told me about their Build a Better Pizza Contest, I figured I’d throw my hat into the ring. This better pizza includes a whole grain crust, pesto sauce, chicken, and lots of fresh vegetables. We love adding avocado to a pizza after it’s been cooked. Gives it a nice dose of healthy fat and a boost in flavor.

Stay tuned for details on how to vote for this pizza in Hodgson Mill’s Build a Better Pizza Contest.

Disclosure: Hodgson Mill sent me a few bags of flour and cornmeal to test my recipe. I’m particularly glad to find a brand of cornmeal that is free of GMO’s. Yeah! All opinions are my own.

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  1. i want to try this but my tummy cant tolerate cheese, what can i substitute with that?

    • You could make it without. There’s very little cheese anyway. And the other flavors are so good, it’ll be fine without it.

  2. Yum… that looks fantastic! I’m really going to have to find myself a gluten free pizza crust mix.. I did hear of a nearby pizza place carries gluten free dough you can take home to make your own.. That’d be awesome!

    • @KimH, We really like Bob’s Red Mill pizza crust mix. One bag of mix will make 2 9×13 pans full of pizza (I usually freeze half the dough for later). It’s kind of funny to work with if you’re used to gluten dough, but if you follow the directions exactly, it works and it’s really yummy!

  3. This looks great! Can’t wait to try it!

  4. I loved this crust recipe! I make pizza from time to time and this is the best crust I have made! Thanks! I substituted marinated shrimp because I live on the coast and it was super fresh. This was a great recipe for my family because I was able to make one side of our pizza how my husband liked it (he refused to eat veggies) while still enjoying veggies (all of them!!) On my side. Great recipe!

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