Almond Zucchini Pizza Crust (Low Carb, Gluten Free, Clean Eating Paleo)

Getting a little creative again for dinner time tonight. I was wanting a lower carb and super healthy pizza crust! And ofcourse having a vegetable in there of some kind would be an added bonus so with my little almost 4yr old helper we got creating in the kitchen for tonights dinner. Here’s what we came up with and it was really really yummy!!  Something a little different too!!

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Almond Zucchini Pizza Crust

makes 1 9 inch pizza

1 cup almond meal
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup grated zucchini (squeezed to get all the juice out)
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 Tbsp italian dry herb mix (oregano/basil)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cumin powder (I love this spice!)
optional 1/2 tsp onion powder and 1/4 tsp garlic powder (I cant have these, but if my body could handle it then I would have added them in)

Basically combine everything in a bowl to form a dough. And press on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper into a 9inch circle. Bake for 10 minutes at 160 degrees. Add your fave toppings (We added cheese and shredded turkey breast) and bake another 10 minutes. Tip: wet your fingers so the dough doesnt stick to your fingers while pushing it down.  If too stick add a tablespoon of coconut flour.

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Eggplant & Zucchini Pizzas (Low Fodmap, Gluten Free, Clean Eating, Vegetarian)

I, lately, have been trying to get ideas of what to do for snacks that are healthy and low in fat and not always mixed nuts like I have been eating alot of lately which too much (even though they have good fats) isnt always a good thing and then starts off the IBS symptoms.   So I decided to give these a go as well, look how quick and easy they are to whip up and they are really really yummy.  For those on clean eating, use cheese sparing or find a low fat, as cheese isnt a true clean eating item but in moderation like with anything will be ok!

Eggplant & Zucchini Pizzas

Eggplant, thinly sliced (as much as you need for 1 or for your family)

Zucchini, thinly sliced (as much as you need for 1 or your family)

tomato puree (or tomato paste) make sure ingredients say only tomato and salt, no other add ins.  Or even tomato sauce (low fodmap dieters make sure there is no onion powder in it)

salt and pepper to taste

Italian herbs (I just used dried)

low fat tasty cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.  Lay eggplant and zucchini slices on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper,  in a small bowl mix in tomato, add salt and pepper if using and italian herbs and mix.   Spread over each slice of eggplant and zucchini and sprinkle with grated cheese.   Put in oven until cheese is melted and a little golden and serve.

Spinach & Cottage Cheese Pizza (includes pizza base recipe)

I first thought what an odd pizza topping but it doesnt disappoint!!   The clean eating pizza base is so full of flavour too its amazing.  You, ofcourse can use wholemeal pita bread as a base but its worth the extra effort making the thin pizza crust.

Serves 12

Pizza Dough
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed (dont worry if you dont have any, i have made this without before)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
2 Tbsp. italian seasoning (I just added a little basil and oregano)
2 Tbsp. garlic powder

Pasta Sauce,  you can use my homemade tomato sauce recipe found here  adding some basil and oregano or you can use tomato paste with 1/2 tsp garlic powder and oregano.

Directions

Preheat oven to 160 degrees

Place Yeast in a large bowl, add water and set aside.   Mix dough ingredients with the yeast.  Mx until you get a firm dough and then knead.  Place in a greased bowl cover with tea towel or glad wrap and place in a warm spot for 20 minutes.  

 Line baking tray with grease proof paper and lightly spray with olive oil spray.  You can either make one large pizza or smaller pizzas,  i prefer to make individual pizzas, with so many kids with different tastes its easier this way.  Make 12 small pizzas by rolling thinly between 2 pieces of grease proof paper and gently peel off grease proof paper and place on baking tray.   Or roll out bigger pizza, not too thin, as you can always reshape it on the baking tray. 

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes making sure sides dont get too brown.  

Mix pizza sauce ingredients and spread onto pizza base 

Topping:

Low fat cottage Cheese

Baby spinach leaves

low fat feta cheese

pine nuts

Spread spinach leaves over pizza base thats covered with sauce, gently spoon and spread cottage cheese over spinach.  Sprinkle with crumbled feta and pine nuts and bake in over for a further 10-15 minutes

If you are using wholemeal pita bread try a basil pesto instead of tomato sauce, its just as yummy.  But with the pizza base here having garlic i would just use the tomato sauce.