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Quinoa Pizza Crust

 

Quinoa Pizza Crust

Posted by admin in Dinner 16 Apr 2015

Warning: post promoting grains!!!!

There are some food trends that are healthy (like steering away from processed and sugary foods) and there are some food trends that are down right dangerous!!! Eliminating whole grains from the diet is one of latter!There are a lot of gluten-free products out there and that’s fine. But our focus really needs to be on WHOLE grains. And there are plenty to choose from. If you choose to give up wheat, oats and barley…no problem. But make sure other grains are somehow included. Here’s a list of the top 5 (they don’t covert to glucose in the way other grains do). These are loaded with nutrients (and when I mean loaded we are talking LOADED)!! These 5 are heavy hitters of the whole grain family:

Buckwheat

Millet

Amaranth

Quinoa

Wild rice

(The last two are technically seeds)

Here is a super simple way to use a couple of them: pizza crust!
This just might be the EASIEST and HEALTHIEST crust I have ever made!! Seriously. I actually just made it for myself assuming the kids wouldn’t like it….wrong…they devoured it…and I picked my jaw off the floor.
And we all know we should be eating our veggies so why not throw them on a pizza. You can use whatever you want but may I suggest roasted mushrooms, sautéed spinach, carmelized leeks, and organic tomatoes. Oh buddy it was good!!!

Now for the crust.

The hardest thing you will do is go to the grocery store to get quinoa, millet and apple cider vinegar. The rest is easy.

Soak 1/2 cup of quinoa and 1/2 cup of millet in water for a few hours or overnight (I won’t even get into the benefit of sprouting grains but let’s just say antioxidant and vitamin C….and beautiful skin). Just throw them in s container, cover with plenty of water and then drain off the water when you’re ready for the crust.

In a high-powered blender combine:

the grains
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt

Blend until smooth and then spread it out onto a parchment paper that is on a hot pizza stone or cooking sheet. (It is much runnier and won’t look much like a “dough”)
Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Remove from oven.
Flip it over and remove the parchment. Top the pizza with your choice of toppings and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes.

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