Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza

Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza

Seeds are your friend, these babies are full of anti-inflammatory properties. I really love pepitas. Pepitas offer an abundance of nutrients including amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids, and a wealth of minerals such as calcium, potassium, niacin, and phosphorous. They are high in most of the B vitamins, and vitamins C, D, E, and K. They are rich in beta-carotene that can be converted into vitamin A as needed by the body, and they are also rich in the eye-protective carotenoid lutein. Pepitas are sometimes referred to as pumpkin seeds, they are the same seed. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you then look for them there. I think Trader’s has the best value and quality.

I usually make a pizza for dinner then enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day. 

You can buy processed polenta but that is not the kind you want for this recipe. Make sure you get your polenta/cornmeal organic NON-GMO if you can. Corn is one of the biggest genetically modified crops!!  I like Bob’s Red Mill brand.    

This recipe was modified from a recipe on FMTV called “THE SEEDY SICILIAN PIZZA” and was created by Ashley Jubinville.

PS: If you are interested in trying the health benefits of mushroom powder I would highly suggest Four Sigmatics. I was able to get a special coupon code for All in the Balance peeps. Use allinthebalance at your check out and save 10% Mike and I have tried and use almost all of their products.

Yield: 1 Pizza

Homemade Gluten Free Crust Pizza

Gluten-Free Seed Pizza on Plate with a Glass of White Wine

This gluten-free pizza is super easy to make and guaranteed to be a family pleaser. The crust comes out crunchy and is made with tasty superfoods.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour- I used the one from Trader Joes
  • 1/2 cup potato starch or tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup polenta. This is really just cornmeal but you should try and get organic NON-GMO if you can
  • 3 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Italian herbs- I used all-purpose no-salt seasoning
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil- I used Avocado Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tbsp Four Sigmatic Mushroom Blend ( optional )

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C). If using a pizza stone, preheat that as well in the oven.
  2. Prepare all baking trays/stones with baking paper as the mixture will be liquidy enough to ‘pour’ on. You are going to want to have your pan prepared before you start. Once you mix it all together it sets up quick (because of the chia seeds)
  3. Place all your seeds into a food processor and pulse for a few minutes. You want to try and mill your seeds the best you can before you add the other ingredients.
  4. Add in the other dry ingredients and pulse a few times, do not over mix.
  5. Add the oil and water to the dry mix and pulse until it is well combined.
  6. Using a spatula, scoop out the mixture right away, before the chia seeds have a chance to thicken the mixture. I use a spatula to scrape the bowl and fold the mix onto the pizza pan.
  7. If the pizza dough is not spreading very well with your spatula just run the spatula under some water for a moment. The water on the spatula will help the dough spread a little easier.
  8. You can shape the pizza in any form you want. Sometimes I make a round one and sometimes I do a deep dish. I like the dough to be fairly thin so it can have more of a crunchy crust.
  9. Place the pizza dough into your preheated oven for approximately 15-20 minutes. This allows the crust to really get cooked well before you add the toppings.
  10. Sometimes I just turn the oven off after 15 minutes then wait till I am ready to have dinner then pull the dough out and top it. It stays warm and gets even crunchier.
  11. Once you add your toppings finish baking the pizza in the oven. A good rule of thumb is to cook it for another 20-30 minutes with the toppings on the pizza.

Notes

You can make the crust and put it in the freezer if you would like. Just skip the toppings and second bake time. When you are ready you can pull it out of the freezer and do those steps.


Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 470Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 1343mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 9gSugar: 1gProtein: 11g
seeds in a food processor
You can use any seeds you have on hand.
Wet and Dry Ingredients Mixed Together for Gluten-Free Seed Pizza Crust
Once you add the wet ingredients to your dry ingredients you will get a smooth looking batter.
Gluten-Free Seed Crust Before Baking
You can create a round pizza or a deep dish pan shape with your batter.
Chopped veggies on a cutting board
Have fun with your toppings. I love to use veggies.
Gluten Free Seed Pizza on a gray plate
Time to eat.
Mushroom Coffee

Mushroom Coffee

You all know I am a shroom fan to the max. I fell in love with mushrooms and their healing capabilities years ago and I owe a lot of that to Four Sigmatic.  Four Sigmatic is truly my favorite go-to company for enjoying mushrooms. I have tried most of the companies out there and honestly, none of them come close in my opinion. 

The first thing I ever tried from Four Sigmatic was their Chaga Mushroom Elixir. 

 

Chaga is often known as “The King of Mushrooms” It is loaded with antioxidant properties to support your immune system and overall wellbeing. I know right now everyone is trying to keep a strong immune system and this is one the easiest and tastiest ways in my opinion.

 

It has a rich, earthy flavor, and is the perfect alternative to coffee, or addition to your existing coffee routine. It’s USDA organic, vegan, gluten-free, and even a rich source of natural vitamin C from rose hips. I like to add it to my smoothie in the AM. I do not ever notice an aftertaste or anything. 

Here is the deal, every year we learn more about how mushrooms are packed with polysaccharides like beta-glucans, terpenes, polyphenols, and antioxidant properties that all play a big role in supporting our immune system and maintaining its function.

I am studying to be an Herbalist and I am blown away at the research that is thrown at us every week about these cute shrooms. OK to be honest they are not all cute but they are all good for you and most of them taste delish 🙂

Recently Four Sigmatic rolled out a product that truly knocks it out of the park for me. It is their ground mushroom coffee. I normally am a coffee snob and would not dream of drinking coffee that is already ground but this stuff really tastes amazing and I am willing to take off my crown for this awesome ground coffee.

The ground coffee has Lion’s Mane and Chaga. Lion’s Mane is your brain’s best friend. Chaga supports your immune system. Both are functional mushrooms and adaptogens that support overall wellbeing. AND did I mention that it is ORGANIC?

I truly recommend starting your day with the King of Mushrooms in one way or another. Maybe you would like the Chaga elixir in your smoothie or maybe you would prefer to brew up a cup of their organic mushroom coffee because, with everything you have going on, there’s no time for a timeout. It’s your daily bodyguard to keep you well. Mike and I gear up with Chaga and Lion’s Mane every day. We also enjoy eating raw garlic too 🙂 We will save that for another post.

Right now you can receive UP TO 20% off + Free Shipping on their Immune Support bundles, PLUS you can receive an additional 15% off when you enter code allinthebalance at checkout.I talk about this stuff a lot friends, I would not go there if I did not think this stuff is the bee’s knees.

Green Lentil Lasagna

Green Lentil Lasagna

Green Lentil Lasagna

Today it was all about “What Can I Throw Together for Lunch?”  Some of my favorite times in the kitchen are when I do not know what to make or have a recipe to follow.  This lasagna consists of:

  • Explore Cuisine Green Lentil Lasagna Sheets
  • Mushrooms, onions, garlic, broccoli, celery and peppers
  • Trader Joe’s fire-roasted canned tomatoes and a little tomato paste
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Do not get all wiggy about directions or ingredients. Just GO FOR IT 🙂  I started with the tomato/tomato paste layer, then added a few green lentil sheets, then some cheese and then I repeated it till I ran out of ingredients. I cooked it for about 20 minutes on 400. 

Note: Next time I will add more tomato sauce to make it a little saucier.

Homemade Birch Benders Muffins

Homemade Birch Benders Muffins

 

These homemade Birch Benders Muffins are the bomb! They are so easy to make and you can really get creative with the ingredients.  Our local Costco carries the Paleo and the Keto mixes.  As always I like to find a recipe that looks good and then I like to mess with it lol. I always enjoy putting my own spin on things. Sometimes it works and sometimes it is a complete flop.

Today I decided to use some berries that I had in the refrigerator.  You can use frozen berries as well.  Mike is a freak for chocolate so I mixed half of the batter with dark chocolate chips and walnuts and made the other half with the fresh berries.  You can truly get creative and add whatever you want.

The Paleo mix does have a little monk fruit in it. I do not like monk fruit but it is only a little. The Keto mix does not have any sugar alcohols but it does not create the same texture in the muffins. Next time I am thinking of combining them and see how that comes out. I love me a good experiment.

Here is the link to the recipe on Birch Benders website. I will also place the recipe below so you can check it out quickly. I encourage you to try these mixes and also check out their site for more recipes and product ideas. 

Ingredients

2 Cups Birch Benders Paleo Pancake & Waffle Mix
3/4 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Pourable Ghee Oil
1/2 Cup Chia Seeds
1 1/2 Cup Blueberries, fresh or frozen wild
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F, and line or grease a muffin tin.
  2. Toss blueberries with cinnamon.
  3. Combine Birch Benders, water, chia seeds, ghee and maple syrup. Fold in blueberries.
  4. Scoop batter into lined muffin tin.
  5. Bake 35- 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let rest 5-10 minutes before enjoying!

Shrooms :-)

Shrooms :-)

Remember when you use to say the word mushrooms and people thought you were tripping on something?  Now you hear the word shrooms and if you are anything like me you get all giddy inside. I have had a close relationship with mushrooms for over a year now and we just keep getting closer. I truly believe these fungi’s have magical healing power, not feel trippy power but the good healing kind of stuff.

Over the years I have experimented with a lot of different brands of mushrooms. OMG I still sound like I am tripping but I promise I am talking healthy talk :-).

Most other brands I tried were bitter and boring. Four Sigmatic’s have dialed their products in and they really produce some amazing goodies.

Here are the top 10 reasons I love enjoying mushrooms.

  1. They are adaptogenic. This means they are smart little fungi and they know what your body needs.
  2. They provide clean energy without jitters
  3. They really help me sleep at night
  4. They fight inflammation
  5. My skin improved after just two weeks of drinking mushroom tea
  6. Helps my workout by providing extra stamina and endurance ( I need this big time)
  7. The hot cacao is a guilt-free night time treat for me
  8. Their Maitake mushrooms help my tummy when it is not feeling perky
  9. Their lion’s mane elixir seriously helps me focus and not have a monkey brain.
  10. I believe food is medicine and these babies rock in so many ways.

I am indeed an affiliate with Four Sigmatic’s but I promise you I would not EVER promote something that I do not 100% believe in. If you have been following me for awhile you know how important integrity is to me. If you are at all intrigued by these guys pick some up at your local health food store or use my link and receive an extra good discount at checkout.  If you put allinthebalance in the coupon code area at check you will get an extra bonus. Either way, I hope you try these, your body and mind will thank you. PS Make sure you sign up for their email list because they are always offering special discounts and they also send a lot of free swag your way.

A new way to make popcorn

A new way to make popcorn

I found a new way to use my new kitchen toy the Ninja Foodi. This thing is such a workhorse. I can not believe all the things it can do. Check out the video below and see how easy it is to make a natural healthy treat.

You can get that yummy ghee here.  I know you want to run out and grab this Ninja Foodi so you too can dance while making popcorn. You can grab one here.

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