Quinoa Crust Pizza

QP9It’s 6 Nations Time!!!!!!!!!!! As a Rugby mad house hold I think it’s safe to say we are excited!! Welsh internationals are probably my favourite days out, and the Millennium Stadium (I’m not quite ready to call it Principality Stadium just yet) is my favourite place in the world. There is nothing quite like it and if you’ve never been I recommend you add it to your bucket list! I’ve been going to home games religiously since I was about 16 with the same crazy crowd (pictured below). There’s occasionally a few more of us (I think our record is about 21 of us in one crowd) and we come together every home game, eat in the same restaurant, sing the same old songs, wear the same old jerseys, and love every minute of it

This weekend however it’s an away game for us Welshies and our day out in Cardiff will have to wait until the Scotland game next weekend. In the mean time it got me thinking about what I could possibly share with you to go with the 6 nations theme?

I wanted something that made me think of game day but short of faggots and peas from the local pub (and let’s be honest nobody under the age of 40 actually likes faggots and peas) I was struggling for an idea. Then it hit me! The best thing about game day is being with other Rugby mad people, sharing stories, opinions and food. Game day is all about sharing (with friends and rugby enemies) and what is more sharable than a pizza!! So I’ve decided to share with you my favourite clean eating pizza ready to make this weekend and share with friends while watching the rugby!

QP5.jpgIt also helps that this is the perfect meal for the upcoming romantic day known as Valentines day! Whether you and your other half are having a romantic night in, or if you’re having a film night with some single friends, this is the perfect meal to share!

I’ve tried many a clean eating pizza in the last few years, from sweet potato crust to whole grain, I’ve tried them all, and this is my favourite by far! It is the perfect substitute for a thin and crispy pizza without gluten, flour or a million and one calories. This is my ‘Quinoa Based Pizza’ and works with just about any topping you want (Healthy or non-healthy). The recipe makes one medium sized pizza which is perfect for sharing if you’ve got a couple of extra nibbles (even if it’s just a bowl of side salad) but if you’re looking for a serious treat then 1 pizza won’t be too much.

If you’ve spent all of January craving a weekend Pizza Hut but don’t want to break you New Year clean eating this is definitely worth a go! It’s also about as easy as it comes so no excuses if you think you are bad at cooking.

So whether you are looking for a romantic meal, a rugby sharer or simply a healthier alternative to your favourite Italian dish then I urge you to give this protein packed, delicious pizza a go!

To all friends and foes of the Rugby world, I wish you luck over the next few weeks, and may the best team win! (Let’s just hope it’s Wales!!) Happy 6 Nations!


Quinoa PizzaQP8

Serves: 1-2                 Difficulty: Easy                      Time: 50 minutes (and 8 hours soaking time)


Ingredients

For the crust:

  • ¾ Cup of Quinoa (Soaked)
  • ¼ Cup of Water
  • ¼ Tsp of Salt
  • ¾ Tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 ½ Tbsp of Coconut Oil (Melted)

For the sauce:

  • ½ Tbsp of Coconut Oil
  • 4-6 Garlic Cloves (according to personal taste) (Crushed)
  • 400g of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp of Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tsp of Italian Seasoning

Toppings:

Completely up to you! The pizza’s pictured are ‘Pepperoni with cheddar and mozzarella’, ‘BBQ chicken with red pepper and mozzarella’ & ‘Pesto with spinach, goats cheese and red pepper’. But you can use what ever you choose.


Directions

  1. Place the quinoa in a bowl of water and leave to soak over night (or for at least 8 hours). Ensure there is enough water in the bowl because the quinoa will grow in size
  2. When ready to start cooking pre-heat the oven to 220°C and line a 9” baking tray (round or square will do) with baking paper.
  3. Drain the quinoa and place in a food processor along with the water, salt, baking powder and ¾ Tbsp of coconut oil and blend on high for about 2-3 minutes. The batter should be like a thick pancake mix with no lumps.
  4. Use the remaining coconut oil to coat the baking paper evenly and then pour in the batter.
  5. Bake for around 15 minutes until set.
  6. Flip the base and bake for a further 10-15 minutes. Once you’ve added the topping it won’t cook much more so ensure it’s crispy before adding toppings.
  7. While the pizza is baking prepare the sauce.
  8. Heat the oil in a saucepan before adding the garlic. Sautee for 2 minutes, stirring constantly until the garlic releases a strong fragrance (Do not burn or it will be bitter).
  9. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and allow to simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  10. Remove the base from the oven and add whatever toppings you wish. Return the pizza to the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese has melted

 

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