Sunday, February 9, 2014

We like to eat healthy {pizza crust recipe}

Before eating clean, my husband and I always tried to eat fairly "healthy". We ate plenty of fruits and veggies, made most meals from scratch and avoided too many sweets and treats.

We did have one junk food habit though. Once a month, we'd use one of the Pizza Hut coupons we received in our mailbox and buy two medium or large sized pizzas with all the fixings. We'd whip up a batch of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing for dipping, find a good movie on TV, and settle down on the couch to polish off those pizza pies.

We really looked forward to that once-monthly dinner date, as it was the only time we ate greasy take-out and the only time we ate in the couch in front of the TV. It was a special time for us, if you can believe that :p

After realizing how poorly I handle gluten and dairy, ad after deciding to eat clean, that once-monthly dinner date vanished from our habits. And, except for a gluten-and-dairy-free pizza eating at Pi while visiting my folks this summer, I haven't had pizza in over a year.

It's messy - but you can pick it up!
I decided to change that and got to work analyzing recipes, comparing ingredients and finally deciding on a game plan.

I whipped up some homemade Ranch Dressing, mixed together to crust ingredients, set to work on some homemade marinara sauce and hoped for the best.

And the result was delicious! It was all I had longed for and more! The best part? Not having a terribly stomach ache after dinner.

Pizza on the couch in front of a good movie and just the two of us is definitely going back on our schedule, just this time things will be a bit healthier and less stomach-achey. Win!

(PS - Completely food un-related but very important: continue to "date" your spouse, no matter how many years you've been married. Even silly little things like eating pizza on the couch are important to keep doing because it's something special just between the two of you. Let your spouse know you love him or her and your marriage will be a much happier one!)

Pizza on the Couch Crust makes 1 12-inch crust

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 3/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  1. Bring water and ghee to to a boil. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in tapioca flour and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Stir in the egg, coconut flour and salt. Mix until well combined.
  4. Line an oven-safe baking tray with parchment paper and form your pizza crust by flattening out the dough with your finger. If you prefer a chewier crust, leave it thicker. Make the crust thin for a crunchier crust.
  5. Bake at 180°C (350°F) for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  6. Take out of oven. Discard the parchment paper and flip the pizza crust. Bake for 5-10 more minutes to dry out the bottom.
  7. Take out of oven and top with your favorite pizza toppings. Bake again until everything is cooked to your preference.

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