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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Delicious Veggie Pizza - Gluten-Free!

Believe it or not, my kids enjoy this veggie pizza.  The veggies are softened and seasoned mildly.  The crust has a nice crunch and a hearty taste.  It's a delicious and healthy meal all-around!  Enjoy!

Delicious Veggie Pizza
Cook veggies:
These veggies are also great as a side, or in a frittata or omelet!
Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat.
Add and sauté 2-3 minutes:
(Choose just 2-3 types of peppers from below)
¼ - ½ cup green bell pepper
¼ - ½ cup red bell pepper
¼ - ½ cup yellow bell pepper
¼ - ½ cup orange bell pepper
5-6 mushrooms, diced
1 small red onion, diced
½ zucchini, diced (optional)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp garlic powder
Cover and turn to med-low. Cook 3-4 minutes.  Mix, then cover and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.  You can sauté a few extra minutes uncovered if there’s a bit too much liquid left at this point (this tends to only happen if you’ve used zucchini).  Veggies should be softened, but not soggy.
Season to taste with extra salt/pepper, if desired. Remove from heat and set aside.
Green pepper, red pepper, red onion, mushrooms & spices
Prep your other pizza toppings:
Grated Mozzarella cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Roma tomato, sliced
Fresh basil, sliced
Spicy dried red pepper flakes (optional)
Spaghetti sauce (I like Classico sauces, personally. Most of their sauces don’t have added sugar)
Make Kristin's pizza dough recipe, using chia seed option and flaxseed meal option.  This will give it a heartier taste overall.  Remember to put your dough on parchment paper/silicon mat on an upside-down cookie sheet, so you can easily slide the pizza onto the oven rack to crisp the bottom for a few minutes.

Remember to use water on hands to help smooth out the dough and shape it as you desire.

Add toppings as follows:
1) Spaghetti sauce, use sparingly (see picture)
2) Grated Mozzarella cheese & Parmesan, if desired
3) Sautéed veggies, spread generously
4) Roma tomato, scatter around the pizza
5) Sprinkle fresh basil on top. You can reserve some and put on the top fresh after the pizza has cooked, if desired.
6) Spicy dried red pepper flakes, if desired.

Bake 15 minutes at 425F. Slide off parchment paper onto oven rack and cook an additional 4-5 minutes.   Remove from oven onto a cutting board. 
Slice and serve. Enjoy!

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