When everyone is trying to lose the extra pounds we got during Christmas, we eat pizza!!!
No, I'm not joking! Pizza can be part of a healthy diet, but we should take care of how often we consume it, in what quantity and of course consider the ingredients we add on the crust. But what would you say if someone told you that you can eat pizza more often? And without remorse after? There are ways to make our pizza healthier and nutritionally valuable. Yes, it’s true; pizza can be a part of our healthy nutrition and healthy habits. As long as you start considering the crust.
My newfound solution is my very favorite protein and fiber-packed quinoa. Yes, a crust made from gluten free and whole-grain quinoa. No processed flour in the recipe and believe me, it really resembles the original. Quinoa pizza crust is a gluten-free and more nutrition alternative to regular pizza dough. It has a delicious taste, it is crispy and it's healthy!
The base of this recipe is quinoa, which need to be soaked for five or six hours. It may seem a long time but you can do this the night before, or in the morning before leaving for work. Just take some quinoa, put it in a bowl, cover it with water and let it sit. When you get back home, the quinoa will be ready for dinner.
It’s only a few ingredients and it is made so easily in your blender. For the dough, just blend the soaked quinoa with salt, herbs and olive oil. After soaking, quinoa combines with water in the blender and creates a batter, which seems like a pancake mixture. When this mixture is baked, it turns into a golden chewy crust, thin, crispy and very tasty!
I like mine layered with tomato sauce, fresh basil, olives, mozzarella cheese and arugula. But, you can make your own favorite pizza, so layer it with what you like and have a great pizza night!
Ingredients for the crust (makes a regular pizza):
- ¾ cup quinoa (covered by water and soaked for 6-8 hours)
- ¼ cup water
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Ingredients for toppings (optional):
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- Fresh herbs (basil etc.)
- 1 cup Mozzarella cheese (or any other cheese you may like)
- 1 cup arugula
- organic olives
- After you have soaked the quinoa in water for 6-8 hours (or overnight) and you are ready to make your pizza, preheat your oven in 180 C.
- Rinse and drain your quinoa and put it in your blender with the salt, the baking powder, XNUMXtbsp of olive oil and ¼ cup of water and process until smooth, scraping the sides of the blender if necessary.
- Line a round cake pan with parchment paper and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
- Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove, flip the batter and bake for another 10-15 minutes until it becomes golden and the edges become crispy.
- Top with the sauce, cheese and any other toppings you like and bake for 10-XNUMX minutes until the cheese has melted.
- Remove your pizza from the oven, let it cool and transfer it to a cutting plate.
- Garnish with pepper, arugula or herbs and enjoy!!!
Molecular biologist - nutritionist