Healthy Flatbread Pizza

Healthy Flatbread Pizza | simply fresh dinners

Do you know anyone that doesn`t like pizza?   Me either!  I think I could happily create pizza only recipes and never run out of ideas – so many fresh ingredients to play with!  Today I`m thrilled to be sharing my latest recipe with my friend, Jenny, at The NY Melrose Family  and I`d love it if you`d pop over to visit.

If you’re a fan of sweet and savory dishes then you will love this easy snack.  The sweetness of maple syrup roasted squash and the saltiness of pancetta will satisfy the pickiest of eaters and will still leave you with the good feeling of clean-eating.

I’ve also included a giveaway today.  What is that you say?  Pizza AND a chance at cool, free stuff?  I know! Fabulousness!  This NINJA Supra Kitchen System is a dream I`ve got to get myself one of these!   Good luck, everyone.  See you at Jenny’s!


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So let’s start cooking so we can get to my favourite part – eating! If we want to keep healthy eating exciting, we need to ensure there are loads of flavors in each dish and this one has it all. This flatbread pizza has maple -roasted butternut squash, red onion, chard, pancetta, fresh herbs, ricotta and pecorino cheese – how`s that for an explosion of the taste buds? The sweetness of the maple syrup complements the saltiness of the pancetta and when you add the creaminess of the ricotta you`ve got a glorious bite of gusto with texture, too!

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There are two things you must promise me you will do when you make this dish. Number One – use only pure maple syrup. Pancake syrups (with no real maple) are no comparison. True maple syrup has a complex, nuanced sweetness and it works equally well in savory and sweet dishes. It will keep, refrigerated, for several months. It’s all natural, high in calcium and has loads of vitamins and minerals. I use it instead of sugar to bring a more subtle sweetness in almost all of my recipes. At the bottom of this post, you’ll see a list of other uses for maple syrup.

Promise Number Two – buy fresh pancetta, not the cubed stuff. Fresh pancetta should look pink and damp. Avoid anything that looks discolored and dry. The fat should be white and creamy colored and the rind should be thin and elastic.

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This recipe is a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Pizza is always a popular choice and they can help in the assembly. Teaching kids healthy eating habits at a young age is imperative if they`re going to develop a vital, fit lifestyle.

This dish has a few components but they`re quick and easy and you`ll be delighted with the results. It`s a great snack for a large group or can be dinner for a small family. More proof that eating healthy can be your every day eating. I know you`ll enjoy this as much as I do. Cheers!

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Some other wonderful uses for maple syrup:

  • In your homemade salad dressings
  • As a marinade for salmon, chicken or pork
  • As a substitute for sugar in baking
  • When roasting veggies. Brussel sprouts and carrots are especially delicious with a drizzling of maple syrup


Healthy Flatbread Pizza
Author: Inspired by a recipe from Fine Cooking
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 large or 2 small Naan thin crust pizza
  • 3/4 lb butternut squash, peeled, cut into small 1/4 inch square pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus an additional 1/2 Tablespoon oil for brushing over crust
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced (3/4 cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 6 ounces fresh pancetta, fat cut away
  • 3/4 cup ounces fresh whole-milk ricotta
  • 3/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups very thinly sliced Rainbow chard leaves
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F
  2. In a large bowl, toss the squash with 2 Tablespoons of the maple syrup, 1 1/2 teaspoon of the oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Spread it in a single layer on a large heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet and roast until tender and lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Let cool to warm.
  3. Lower the oven temperature to 425 F.
  4. Using small pan, cook pancetta over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on either side. Remove from heat, place on paper towel while you prepare other ingredients.
  5. Brush the Naan pizza crust lightly with 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, ensuring you cover the entire crust.
  6. In a large bowl, gently toss the squash, onion, thyme, 1 1/2 teaspoon of the remaining oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  7. Scatter the squash mixture evenly over the pizza, top with sliced pancetta, and teaspoons of ricotta all over. Sprinkle with the pecorino and baked until brown. About 12- 15 minutes.
  8. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 1 Tablespoon syrup and 1 Tablespoon oil, the vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add the chard to the bowl, toss and coat. Scatter the chard over the flatbread. Cut into pieces and serve.



  • Reply
    Anita Rivera
    January 16, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Good morning my dear Robyn! HOW ARE YOU?

    I love pizza. It is my favorite food in the world! YES! And what a sensational giveaway!!!!!

    If you have time, let me know about that lens you mentioned…how was your trip? Have a super weekend! Anita

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    Bam's Kitchen
    January 16, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Delicious and it looks like you have all kind of healthy toppings. I can’t wait to visit Jenny to check out the rest of of your amazing photos! I hope you are woking on your tan and surf moves… Take care, BAM
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    January 16, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Looks amazing! And who doesn’t like pizza, especially homemade with lots of fresh ingredients. Have a great weekend!
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    January 16, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I love pizza too 🙂 In fact, that’s what the family and I ate last night for supper….although yours looks WAY better! I will have to check out the recipe and make it for lunch sometime soon.

    Thanks for sharing, sweet friend! Hugs!
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    mila furman
    January 16, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I love flatbreads!!! tHESE LOOK SO FANTASTIC!!! Honest, I just want to reach in and take a crispy bite…
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    Debbie Harris
    January 16, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Oh yea…who doesn’t love pizza!
    I have never tried it on flat bread, what a great! I have always made my own pizza dough, but the flat bread would be so much easier.
    Thank you, Robyn for sharing this with us.
    Blessings, Debbie

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    January 16, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Pizza is favorite and this looks amazing! Visited The NY Melrose site and such fun to see you there – great job on the post 🙂
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    Gourmet Getaways
    January 17, 2015 at 11:36 am

    What’s good about flatbreads is that they are so versatile. Love your choice of toppings here, too! What a great comp, good luck to all!!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx
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    January 18, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Robyn, love the ingredients you used on these…..we love pizza in our house!
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    January 19, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Lovely pizza, I can’t wait to try this. I have nan bread in the freezer and was planning on making some kind of pizza with it this week, thank you for the idea!

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    January 20, 2015 at 11:42 am

    We love all kinds of pizza. My hubby is a bread guy, so there you have it. So creative and healthy. I bet it’s very tasty as well. Very generous giveaway Robyn. Hope you are having fun! Miss you! Lots of love from W.W. xo
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    January 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Pooh that pizza looks so good.

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    January 24, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Great pizza recipe. Makes my mouth water. Thanks for sharing recipe & your giveaway on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.
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    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    January 25, 2015 at 12:12 am

    That pizza looks wonderful! And the giveaway…so awesome!! Crossing my fingers…
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe at #FoodieFriDIY…pinning it to our features and faves board!
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    Miz Helen
    January 26, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    Your Flatbread Pizza looks so good, a wonderful pizza for the big game day. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen
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    January 27, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Hello, my friend! Thinking of you as you’re enjoying the warm sunshine 🙂

    I just wanted to let you know this delectable pizza was featured at Roses of Inspiration. Thanks for sharing. Hugs to you!
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    January 29, 2015 at 10:59 am

    What a colorful and healthy flatbread! We have pizza night every Friday. I’ll have to try this one very soon. Thank you for stopping in and linking up with us this week on #LetsGetReal. I love your ideas and will be featuring you during this week’s party! I hope to see you again this weekend on I’ve pinned your link to our group Let’s Get Real Board and stumbled it along.
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    Julia Olsen
    February 5, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Gosh, it looks delicious! It’s a must try for me! Yum!

    I’m cooking on youtube and I’ve just uploaded a recipe for homemade lasagna, hope you will check it out! Thank you! 🙂

    Thank you for an awesome recipe!
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