Pesto Tomato Pizza {Gluten Free, Meat Free}

ImageCheese is great – but it may be a little too great. I am trying to wean myself off this creamy goodness for the time being.

So when thinking about dinner recipe options – my choices were limited and semi depressing. Because I love cheese so much.

Haha. But, everything takes discipline. I found this tasty gluten free and vegan pizza recipe that looked amazing. Though I was a little skeptical of the lack of cheese, y’all –to take from Tina Turner – it was ‘simply the best!’ Throw down the microphone good.

Please make this. You will thank yourself for taking the time to do it. Here we go!

You will need: 1 {2 cups} package of gluten free pizza dough mix {I used Bloomfield Farms}. This mixture calls for two cups of water and 1 tbsp. olive oil. If you are trying to go full force vegan – let me suggest this cauliflower crust. I have not made this yet – but it’s next on my list!   

To make your own pesto sauce you’ll need: 1/4 cup pine nuts, 2 loosely packed cups fresh basil, 1/2 – 1 clove of garlic, salt and pepper to taste and olive oil (you decide the quantity here).

Additional glaze: 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp. of garlic powder.

First, dump 2 cups of the pizza mix into a bowl and add your two cups of water and oil. Knead with your hands and make a nice little ball of dough.

I lined a foil sheet with some more of the dry mixture and placed the ball in the center of the foil. Then rolled the ball in it, so it was not as sticky. Then flattened the crust with my hands to make a nice little round piece to place all your toppings on! I tried to make the bread as thin as possible.

Preheat the oven to 425 – to get the oven nice and toasty.

I added a garlic glaze to the top of my pizza to make it nice and garlic tasting. Just drizzled the oil infused with garlic on top of the dough. Pop this in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Now, on to the pesto sauce! Add all your ingredients from above into the food processor. So drop the pine nuts, basil, garlic, spices and oil – and pulse until creamy.

While the crust is still in the oven, I sautéed some garlic and onions with a little bit of dried basil. And chopped up some fresh grape tomatoes for the topping!

Once the crust is nice and toasty, I pulled it out of the oven and spread my yummy pesto sauce on top. Then arranged the tomatoes and slowly spread my garlic onion mixture on a well.

Let this cook for about 7 minutes – and you have a beautiful cheese and meat free pizza!

It is so fantastic, let me tell you!


Pepperoni Pizza Salad {Gluten Free}

saladThis little salad will make your mouth water. If you are trying to stay off breads and pastas – or live the gluten free lifestyle this is the perfect salad for you.

It is like an Italian pizza explosion in your mouth. And, it’s so simple to make.

You will get that pepperoni, cheese and spicy combo with this little green delight– and can also indulge on those black yummy olives. {I could literally eat a whole can as a snack!}

You will need: 1 head of romaine lettuce, 10 pepperoncini peppers, handful of black canned olives, 7 sliced radishes, 5 mini marinated mozzarella balls, low-fat turkey pepperoni slices – and your favorite salad dressing.

First chop up your lettuce. I like finely chopped salad. So spend some time making sure my pieces are little. Fill your big bowl up with this hearty goodness.

Throw the pepperoncinis on top of the lettuce. It’s ok if some of the juice drips into the salad – this creates such great flavor. Lay the rest of the ingredients on top of the lettuce.You don’t have to use radishes. I just found that they provided a real good crunch to this meal.

I used a low-fat ranch dressing for the salad and mixed it in. However, light olive oil and vinegar would probably taste nice. You will want something that pairs well with the Italian flavorings.

Hopefully, this is a fun new salad idea for you, if you are trying to spice up those mundane healthy meals. You get the taste of pizza without all the calories and gluten. Yum.

Healthy Zucchini Gluten Free Pizza Bites

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Finished product!

Who doesn’t like pizza? I do. I love pizza. Yet, being a pizza lover and gluten free, it’s hard to really indulge myself in some genuine pizza.

Business trips to New York are not the same – you pass by the greatest pizza places and close – but no cigar. You can’t have them because of the white wheat that you will consume with every gooey bite. Oh well.

But, my friends those tempting days are over!  {Cue the choir!} I know there are a lot of gluten free fast food pizzas now. Domino’s is one of my favorite. Please check out the GF Menu.

Yet, if you are a girl watching her skinny, little waist line – might not be the best option. And this is not for those with celiac. That needs to be noted – just for those with gluten sensitivity. The pizza is not made in a 100% gluten free cooking zone.

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Before putting these awesome pizza bites in the oven.

In comes the option of zucchini pizza bites – low-carb and gluten free. What? Yep. Completely guilt free.

This literally took me no time at all, and I dined on a feast of mini-pizzas last night. They were scrumptious. And, I really was not missing the dough or crust. I felt lighter and way more healthy for sure.

You will need: 2 zucchinis, 1 bag of low fat mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning and 1 jar of marinara sauce.

Simply slice the zucchinis into little circle pieces – and set on a baking tray (lined with cooking spray).

Take a spoon and dab marinara sauce on each little piece. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over these mini pizzas and then set a pinch of cheese on each round slice.

Preheat the oven to 375 and bake these little circles of goodness for about 10-15 minutes.

Ta-da! Pizza bites without the fat or wheat and totally accommodating to a low-carb diet. Enjoy, radiant ones!