Hey, Pizza Lover! A Gluten Free Delight

Do you laugh at yourself?
If you just answered no to that question, well…you better start laughing! When you take yourself too seriously, the mind starts mulling and deluding and that’s precisely when the problems begin. Just remember, we’re not that important in the grand scheme of things, so do yourself a favour and have a good ol’ chuckle at yourself and your odd tendencies. Being human automatically means you do have some of those. Guaranteed.

The Obsession
So in sitting down to write this, I realized that I have a bit of an obsession. When I hear of a recipe I think sounds appealing or different, I have to make it RIGHT AWAY! No matter how full the fridge is, whether or not I’ve just cooked a meal to last us 2 days, no matter how many tasks I’ve got piled up on my desk, it simply doesn’t matter- all of that goes straight out the window! The recipe in question must be tried, tested and tasted immediately, code red alert.

The Excitement
This excites me so much, I feel like a kid again. I rush around, going here and there scavenging around in my fridge and pantry to see which ingredients I’ve got, I’ll head over to the local health food store to pick up the rest and I’ll get going in my kitchen. I’ll let you in on a little secret though: I’m not into following recipes. In fact, when I do follow recipes, I mess up the creation, go figure! I would consider myself a naturally born cook-whatever comes out usually errs on the good side of things. Let’s put it this way: the end product almost never disgusts. I love to cook creatively and find allergen free options for my clients who can’t tolerate certain food items – Lord knows many clients walk through my office door these days who are gluten free, nut free, dairy free, wheat free…you name it. And these people need to eat! Not only do they need to eat, but they need to eat tasty food because isn’t that one of life’s greatest pleasures? Well in our society it is, but I won’t get into that now.

The Inspiration
So tonight’s gluten free pizza crust recipe was inspired by several recipes I’d heard about on the ‘healthy’ block (after all, us Naturopaths sure spend a lot of time talking food), but I decided to modify the idea and put my own twist into the pizza mix.

Here it goes, Enjoy…We sure did, it was devoured in one single evening!

Gluten Free Pizza night Delight
Gluten free. Contains Dairy, or not: up to you
Makes one baking tray…

Ingredients
•    1 head Organic cauliflower
•    1 cup quinoa flour (I grind my quinoa into a fine powder in my dry Vitamix, works amazingly well) or you can purchase the flour.
•    2 Organic, free run eggs
•    Your favorite home-made tomato sauce
•    About 1.5 cups of organic shredded cheese divided into 2 portions (dairy free? Substitute with rice or cashew cheese)
•    Toppings of choice (wild mushrooms, zucchini, roasted red peppers, onions)
•    Dried thyme and oregano
•    Garlic powder

Method
•    Grate the whole head of cauliflower and steam the shredded cauliflower for about 10 minutes.
•    Once soft-ish, add to a mixing bowl along with 2 free run eggs, 1 cup of quinoa flour, garlic powder, dried thyme, dried oregano, sea salt and ½ the shredded cheese.
•    Line your baking tray with parchment paper
•    Roll out the dough evenly along the parchment paper
•    Allow dough to bake till crust gets kind of golden but not too golden
•    Add your sauce, the other 1/2 portion of cheese and toppings
•    Re-bake until it looks goldeny delicious.

  • Eat and delight on your pizza night!

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