Pizza is undoubtedly one of our favourite take out foods. However, it has also become a very difficult food to digest due to the combination of refined wheat, sugary sauces, contaminated cheeses, and nitrate filled meats. It’s time to make a healthy pizza, and we start with the crust and move our way to the toppings.
We don’t want to give up pizza…but we can’t continue to eat it the way it is typically prepared and expect our body to feel good about it. The good news is pizza can still be as good as you remember it by making a few simple switches so that your ingredients are not as harmful to your gut. We start with an easier digestible grain in quinoa, and substitute the toppings with something a bit more nourishing, while still remaining delicious.
- Good quality blender
- 12 inch skillet
- 1 cup quinoa (cover with enough water to soak)
- 1/4 grapeseed oil or olive oil
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
- 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 2 hours and drained
- 1 medium tomato
- 3 tbsp cold pressed olive oil
- 2 large pitted dates
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp italian dressing
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- Place quinoa in bowl and put in enough water to cover. Let it soak for 8 hours.
- Preheat oven to 450F. Take large, 12 inch skillet and brush with oil. Place in oven to preheat.
- Drain quinoa and rinse thoroughly, then place in blender.
- Add most of water and seasonings and blend. Add more water as needed until batter resembles that of pancakes.
- Once oven is heated, pull out skillet and pour the batter onto it and quickly spread it out evenly across the bottom. Place back in oven and bake for 10 minutes or until underside is well browned and starting to crisp.
- Use large spatula and carefully flip the crust.
- Bake for another 10 minutes, and pull out of oven.
- Place all ingredients into high speed blender, and blend until smooth.
- Add sauce to top of pizza crust and spread evenly with spatula.
- Add veggies, and organic chicken breast, if desired.
- Add daiya, feta, or goat cheese on top, if desired.
- Put back in oven for additional 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
- If you make a number of pizza crusts in advance, this healthy pizza recipe can be enjoyed in a matter of minutes, at lunch or dinner.