RECIPESFEBRUARY 4, 2014

pizza, please! try this quick + healthy version

If I was forced to eat one food, everyday for the rest of my life – it would probably be pizza. It’s been my favorite food since I was a little girl, and I seem to always have a taste for it. Since switching to a ‘cleaner’ way of eating – I don’t enjoy it as often, but have found ways of satisfying my cravings in a healthier fashion.

I recently shared my so-easy (gluten + dairy free) flatbread pizza recipe during the ‘Curb Your Cravings’ session of the Kickstart Detox program. It’s something I make quite often for myself in my own kitchen – but had never attempted for others or in another oven. As the strength of broilers can be quite different – it’s important to keep an eye on the tortillas – unless you like that ‘burnt to a crisp’ taste. I may have learned that the hard way. 🙂

Regardless of a few blackened tortillas, I finally got it right, and was happy that the pizzas were well-received. I got a few emails since then from happy participants that had success recreating the recipe on their own.

Feel free to customize your ‘pie’ however you like: I always have arugula on hand, but will also add kale or spinach when available. I occasionally add a little organic goat cheese or parmesan (in place of the nutritional yeast) on top of the sauce. You could also add mozzarella at that point, too. If you prefer going the dairy-free route, the nutritional yeast will help give a ‘cheesy’ flavor – as well as a dose of B-vitamins.

Stock up on the staple ingredients, and the next time the urge to order delivery or throw a frozen pizza in the oven strikes – whip up this super fast recipe instead. Get ready to start enjoying pizza on the regular.

Flatbread Pizza with Arugula

Ingredients:

1 brown rice tortilla (Food for Life brand)
3 tablespoons of your favorite pizza, pasta sauce, or crushed tomatoes
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1/8 teaspoon oregano (optional)
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
handful of baby arugula
good quality olive oil
sea salt + fresh ground pepper

Procedure:

Preheat broiler on high. Place tortilla on a large baking sheet. Broil tortilla for 3 minutes. Flip the tortilla and broil for an additional 2 minutes. The tortilla should be crisp, flat, and cracker-like.

Remove tortilla from oven and spread pizza sauce evenly on top. Sprinkle red pepper flakes and oregano if using. Return to oven, and broil for additional minute.

Turn off broiler, remove pizza from oven and top with a hearty handful of arugula. Add back to oven for about 30-60 seconds – just until arugula slightly wilts and turns bright green. Remove, drizzle with a little olive oil, a pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper. Use a pizza cutter to cut into 4-6 wedges.

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