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Ground Turkey & Vegetable Pizza Chili

It’s called pizza chili because I substituted pizza sauce instead of regular tomato sauce- use what you have in the fridge and great recipes are created 🙂



  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 small sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 tomato, diced
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz. pizza sauce (make sure it doesn’t have a lot of added ingredients, especially sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 1/2 Tbsp. basil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne


  1. In a large skillet, sauté the onions and garlic over medium heat.
  2. Add in the ground turkey and cook until browned.
  3. Drain the excess fat and then transfer the mixture to the crock pot.
  4. Add in the pepper, celery, sweet potatoes, and diced tomato.
  5. Add all spices and stir everything together. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

By Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition.

Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news.

In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals.

Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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