Turkey Sausage and Quinoa Pizza Bowl

3.92 from 23 votes

Pizzeria flavor without the "pizza hangover."

Turkey Sausage Pizza Quinoa

I love a good pizza pie! That said, I don’t always love the way heavy pizza dough and gooey cheese makes me feel after I eat it. The solution? This Turkey Sausage and Quinoa Pizza Bowl. It satisfies my pizza cravings with all of the flavors of Italian sausage pizza without making me feel stuffed and uncomfortable. Avoid a “pizza hangover” and try our skinny pizza quinoa the next time those cravings strike!

This Pizza Bowl is Full of Nutrients and Flavor

A warm and delicious bowl full of nutrients!

Make a healthier version of an Italian sausage pizza by using nutrient powerhouse quinoa instead of pizza dough. After the quinoa is cooked, toss in a blend of vitamin-packed vegetables. Finally, top it off with Parmesan cheese and give it some heat with red chili flakes. Just like that: You’re ready to enjoy hot pizzeria flavors in a bowl!

Feel Free to Modify this Recipe

This quinoa recipe is a tasty take on delicious pizza!

If you don’t like turkey sausage, no problem! You can make some simple changes to this basic recipe to replicate the flavors of your favorite pizza.

First, if you prefer chicken, you can use cooked, shredded chicken and your favorite sugar-free BBQ sauce to make a BBQ Chicken Pizza bowl. Or use our SkinnyMs Taco Seasoning and salsa to make a Chicken Taco Pizza Bowl.

Alternately, if vegetarian pizza is more to your liking, skip the meat altogether. Add some roasted peppers, zucchini, broccoli, or any of your other favorite veggies. You can switch out the cheese too. Use your favorite shredded cheese, goat cheese, or feta. To make it a plant-based, vegan, or dairy-free pizza, leave the cheese out or use our homemade dairy-free Parmesan.

Finally, do you want to go Paleo or grain-free? Instead of quinoa, use cauliflower rice. Skip the steps to prepare quinoa and add the cauliflower rice directly to the skillet when you add the spinach & tomatoes. Done!

Whether you make it our way or make it your own way, we think you’re going to love this Turkey Sausage and Quinoa Pizza Bowl!

3.92 from 23 votes

Turkey Sausage and Quinoa Pizza Bowl

This dish is loaded with your favorite pizza flavors and nutrients that will nourish your body.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Dinner
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa pre-cooked
  • 1 pound ground turkey sausage
  • 1 onion diced small
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach chopped
  • 15 ounces parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes

Instructions

  • In a skillet on medium heat, crumble sausage and cook until browned and almost cooked, about 5-8 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure even browning. Drain excess oil, if needed.
  • Add onions, mushrooms, italian seasoning, salt and tomato paste. Cook another 5-6 minutes, until onions are softened and mushrooms are cooked through.
  • Toss in chopped spinach and diced tomatoes. Stir and allow to come to a simmer. Cover and cook another 2-3 minutes, until spinach is wilted and everything is heated through.
  • Pour in cooked quinoa and combine thoroughly. Divide into bowls and top with cheese and pepper flakes.

Notes

 Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup water if needed. One reader felt water was necessary. There was no additional water added when our chef prepared the recipe.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 2028mg | Potassium: 938mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2177IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 923mg | Iron: 5mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 16
Keywords Kid-Friendly

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Chef Sallie

Chef Sallie is a personal chef, recipe developer, and culinary instructor. She specializes in providing healthy meals for athletes, designed to prevent injury, promote healing and provide fuel for peak athletic performance. Her recipes are designed to use seasonal, whole ingredients. Her in-home cooking classes show her clients which ingredients can be used to help treat specific health issues and improve their quality of life. She is dedicated to the idea that delicious, healthy meals can be easily prepared and accessible regardless of budget.

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4 Comments

  1. Shouldn’t this include some sort of liquid in the ingredients? I had to add water when adding the paste; otherwise, it would’ve been a crusty mess in the skillet. The picture shown looks like there was liquid added. Anyway… with my addition of the water… it was really good. Besides everything called for here, I also added some diced bell pepper. To my leftovers, I think I’ll add some sliced green olives too.4 stars

    1. Hi Kelly,

      Keep in mind the quinoa is precooked and the can of diced tomatoes does have liquid. Adding a little more water is fine if preferred. 🙂

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