I have made so many positive changes in my diet over the past few years. While I used to think that I could never live without certain things (Reese’s cups, ice cream, potato chips), I have learned that once I quit eating that junk I also quit craving it. Thank goodness! There are very few things I genuinely miss from my old eating habits. Pizza is one of them. It’s easy to make vegan pizza – just eliminate the cheese. Almost any pizza joint is willing to make it this way. But since I don’t eat wheat any more, or other flours for that matter, well it gets a little more challenging. Until now….
Enter Quinoa Pizza Crust. Made from the whole grain nutritional powerhouse: quinoa. I know, right?
The original quinoa crust recipe and instructions are here, published by Cooking Light. I made only a few modifications to make it Ultimate Weight Loss approved:
Makes one 9″ Pizza (Once you try it you’ll probably want to double the recipe!)
3/4 c uncooked quinoa
1/4 c water plus more for soaking
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp rosemary
Place the quinoa in a bowl, cover with water. Soak 4-6 hours. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rinse quinoa after soaking. Place in food processor with remaining crust ingredients. Process for about 2-3 minutes until it forms a paste. Spread into silicone baking pan (or you can line a regular pan with parchment paper. Bake 15 minutes. Flip over and bake another 5 minutes.
1/4 c hummus
1/8 cup pizza sauce
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
1/4 onion, chopped
1/4 bell pepper, chopped
1/3 c broccoli, chopped
1/2 c cherry tomatoes, quartered
Artichokes, fresh basil, and red pepper flakes would make a nice addition as well. Pick your own favorite toppings and go to town! Or have a make-your-own-pizza party where everyone gets to create their own personal pizzas.
On the pre-baked crust, spread a layer of the hummus first, then a thin layer of pizza sauce followed by a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. Pile the veggies on as desired. Bake another 10 minutes. Slice and enjoy!