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Gluten Free Vegan Pizza

Posted Mar 31 2011 6:06pm
It has been 21 days since I first decided to take part in the Crazy Sexy Diet cleanse and I am not sure where the time has gone. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was off to the store to pick up my gluten free grains, b vitamins, and exorbitant amount greens. Although the cleanse has flown by I have learned so much and feel that my overall health has improved because of it. Throughout the 21 days the greatest challenge I faced was trying to keep my carnivore boyfriend happy with three weeks of vegan, gluten free dinners. Although he is an extremely adventurous healthy eater, Dutch loves his fish, cheese, and free range organic chicken. One goal I set as I embarked on my journey was to become more creative in the kitchen and figure out ways to make gluten free and vegan exciting for both Dutch and myself. I would say after our dinner last night my goal was officially met as I don’t think I have ever heard him gush over food the way he did as he ate this pizza. I am pretty sure the only words that came out of his mouth the entire meal were “wow this is good, so good I can’t believe it” and lets just say I could not wipe the grin off my face :)

Veggie Pizza

adapted from Whole Life Nutrition

gluten free+vegan

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups raw buckwheat groats ground into flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 teaspoon sea salt divided
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup warm water 3 T extra virgin olive oil plus more for sauteeing 1 tablespoon honey (sub agave if you don’t use honey) 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1/4 onion 1 clove garlic 6 asparagus stalks 6-8 mushrooms 2 T tahini 1 T sesame seeds 2-3 T nutritional yeast red pepper flakes 1 c tomato sauce Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grind buckwheat groats in a vita mix or measure out your pre ground buckwheat flour. Add buckwheat flour, tapioca flour, 1/2 tsp salt, and baking soda to a bowl, whisk to combine. In another bowl mix together wet ingredients and add the wet ingredients into the dry, mix until combined. Generously coat a pizza stone with cornmeal or olive oil and roll dough out onto it. Bake 15 minutes or until crust starts to become crisp. While crust is baking saute all of the vegetables except the tomatoes in olive oil salt and pepper. Once crust has baked spread with sauce, top with veggies, drizzle with tahini, sprinkle with nutritional yeast, 1/2 tsp salt and sesame seeds and bake another 10 to 15 minutes or until brown. Let cool, sprinkle with fresh basil or parsley, red pepper flakes, and serve!

I apologize for the horrific pictures by the time dinner was ready it was almost 9pm and I was starving, but this pizza was absolutely amazing. The crust was thin and crispy, just the way I like it and the buckwheat gave it a delicious nutty flavor which paired fantastically with the sweetness of the tomato sauce. The nutritional yeast, tahaini, and sesame seeds gave the pizza a fabulous salty,cheesy flavor that makes you not even miss the cheese one bit. I also love the heat red pepper flakes add along with the freshness of the herbs, I swear it was to die for and like I said I don’t think Dutch was even breathing as he inhaled half of the pizza.  Bottom line, my gluten free vegan creation was a success and I have a feeling our cheesy pizzas are a thing of the past as I have successfully convinced the ultimate cheese lover that nutritional yeast+tahini is a perfect dairy free substitute!

Although the cleanse has come to an end I am loving my new creativity in the kitchen and plan to continue basing my diet 99% around plants. I prefer not to label myself as vegan simply because I feel that it will only add stress and expectations, but I love the way a vegan diet makes me feel and I plan to stick to my current way of eating as of right now because it is what works for me.Dutch has also made the choice to reduce his consumption of cheese and meat which is something I am quite proud of and he too is satisfied with less animal products in his diet and when he does consume them they are all organic, humanely raised and mostly local. Our greens intake has also tremendously increased and we have been incorporating new things such as dandelion greens, collards, and kale into our diet on a daily basis. I also have found starting off my morning with lemon/water/ and cayenne pepper has really improved my digestion as well as helped increase my water intake throughout the day. Over the past few months my journey to health has led me to eliminate all processed foods, reduce my sugar and carbohydrate intake, increase my consumption of greens and taught me to listen to my body and give it what it craves. The cleanse was the cherry on to of a fabulous journey and I cannot wait to continue learning and growing in health and sharing it with you. Dutch and I recently have been quite interested in learning more about our body’s pH balance and will be sure to share more on that soon.

I also wanted to share with you a quote from the last day of the cleanse that I feel really explains what health and happiness is and how you can achieve it.

I commit my life to the pursuit of peace. Peace begins with my physical and mental well being, it extends to my plate, guides all my relationships, personal business transactions, and decisions. People can’t give me happiness, they can only share in my already present happiness stemming from peace.

What makes you find peace? is it exercising, meditation, yoga, eating healthy, spending time with a loved one, writing, cooking, blogging?

Have a great night i’ll see you tomorrow :)


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