Lazy Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza

It is often the times that we are feeling low energy that we reach for the convenient, pre-made comfort food. When we are tired we are more likely to go off the rails–but it is at these times that we most need a boost from nutritious foods. If you are on special diet be it gluten-free, vegan, or whatever else–you are more likely to prepare your own meals.  This is one of the many reasons you likely eat healthier. At the same time–we don’t not always have the energy or motivation to make everything we eat.

I recently spent a very lazy afternoon reading and napping. I was tempted to go for something unhealthy but came up with this recipe instead. It only too a few minutes to throw together and the result was extremely satisfying.  I give you Lazy Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza:

Ingredients:

  • Gluten-free pizza rice crust (I keep these on hand in freezer)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Summer squash
  • Tomato
  • Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & spices (I used onion powder)

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Add tomato sauce, sliced summer squash, tomato slices, olive oil and spices
  3. Bake for 15 minutes
  4. Top with basil

Next time I will add the basil after cooking…but it was still delish!

 

Special tip: I noticed a huge difference when I cooked the pizza on the Martha Stewart parchment/foil wrap.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust…Yes We Can!

Cauliflower pizza crust is the type of recipe concept that brings many food bloggers together: the Weight Watchers, the Low Carbs, Atkins folks, Gluten-Free peeps, the No Grains and the Low Grains. We are not so different after all. And when it comes to making a delicious pizza crust out of cauliflower…yes we can!

I was so excited to get a head of cauliflower in my farm box yesterday so I could try this out. My daughter went from “that sounds gross” to “that looks delicious” very quickly.  Due to the crazy weather in California our farms cauliflower heads are quite teeny at this time. So this turned out to be a small pizza and my husband was shut out. Well next time.

When perusing different recipes online I did not see any using almond flour which I think makes it easier to form a crust. The addition of fresh green garlic added enormous flavor, if you can’t find green garlic chives would be a good substitute. I’m not going to use exact measurements because it depends how big your cauliflower head is.

First chop a head of cauliflower into crumbly pieces (mainly the head and a bit of the stem).

Microwave dry in a small bowl for about 5 minutes. It will be brownish and there will be shrinkage. Mix with egg, salt, cheese and finely chopped green garlic. I also mixed in 1/4 cup almond flour (not almond meal). Add enough to form into a crust.

Grease a pie pan with olive oil (a lot) and form a “crust”. (I’m using real quotes and air quotes when I say crust.)

Bake @ 10-15 minutes. You will know when it’s done when you start to smell it and it’s bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool.

Brush with olive oil then add tomato sauce, cheese and toppings of your choice and put back in oven until cheese melts.

Enjoy!