Gluten Free, Guilt Free Super Food Pizza!

That’s a big claim, isn’t it? ¬†But I stand behind it ūüôā ¬†My past three posts have been leading up to this moment….this beautiful moment!!! ¬†I have had an underlying determination for months….knowing that someday, some how, I MUST come up with a way to create a pizza that I can firmly believe is healthy! ¬†It’s a strange thing…because I have never really liked pizza that much…but once I decided that I shouldn’t eat it any more, it’s started looking a lot more attractive. ¬†Especially every time my pastor is offering me free Cici’s. ¬†Oh boy. ¬†But now, I believe I have done it! ¬†The only thing questionable is that I did use cheese, but if you have followed me long enough you know what I believe…if it is natural,¬†preferably¬†raw (I have found it!), and if it is full fat…then in moderation, it passes the test! ¬†The book we try to follow says to keep dairy at 25% or less of your daily intake. ¬†I’ll admit…I don’t always find totally natural, full fat cheese. ¬†But we do the best with what we have, and I am still confident that you will find this pizza quite delicious and extremely nutritious! ūüôā ¬†Read on!!!

Here’s what you need:

(For a large crust:

*4 C grated cauliflower, about 1/2 head

*2 Eggs

* 1 3/4 C Mozzarella, shredded

* 1-2 Tbsp Franks Hot Sauce

* Handful of Parsley Leaves

*Tbsp Pizza Seasoning, or Italian or something similar)

  • 2 Tbsp(ish) Kale Pesto (There is your deliciously hidden super food!)

(Original recipe, you will have leftovers, or you can halve it:

*2 Small Bunches Kale

*1/2 Cup Olive Oil

*3 Cloves Garlic, Coarsely Chopped

*1/2 C Walnuts, Toasted and Chopped

*1 tsp(ish) lemon juice

*1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning, or something similar

*Salt and Pepper to taste)

  • Roasted Asparagus, chopped into thirds (about 1/3…but really to your tastes ūüôā )
  • Cooked Chicken, about 1/2 C. ¬†I used meat from a whole chicken I had used to make home made broth! ¬†But if you want to make it easier, pick up a rotisserie chicken. ¬†Just know you are going to be ingesting some artificial stuff!
  • Roasted Red Pepper Slices (about 1/3 C)
  • Red Onion, Cut into chunks
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • Mozzarella, shredded (Optional)

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Follow the directions to make a cauliflower crust!  
  2. Follow directions to make your tasty kale pesto!
  3. Melt the butter in a pan. ¬†Add onions and caramelize while you are waiting for the crust to be done! ¬†Red onions don’t take as long as white ones I am noticing, so keep an eye on them and stir frequently. ¬†I believe mine were done in 10-15 minutes.
  4. Preheat your broiler.
  5. Spread the pesto out on top of the crust.
  6. Top with mozzarella if you are using it!
  7. Arrange your roasted red pepper, chicken, asparagus, and caramelized onions on top.
  8. Toss in the oven under your broiler just for a few minutes!  So the cheese gets melty and everything else is warmed through.
  9. Slice.  Taste.  Do a little happy dance.  I did!

My mother in law loved this. ¬†That’s kind of a big deal. ¬†No offense Lorri, I love you! ¬†But I didn’t tell her till afterwards that she was eating cauliflower and kale. ¬†She went back for seconds! ¬†Also a big deal, because she is not a big eater! ¬†In fact, between the three of us…we ate the whole thing in one night!! OOOPS! ¬†That’s how you know it’s real good. It’s GONE! ¬†And to think we were being kind to our bodies at the same time!! ¬†Hallelujah!!!

Chop your onions, and get them a-caramelizing!

Caramelized Onions 2When your crust is done baking and you have gotten the pesto to your desired consistency…spread it!!!

Guilt Free Pizza 1.5So green!  I love it!!  Now if you are using mozzarella, sprinkle it on!!!  Alternately, to take it a step closer to health, you can use chunks of goat cheese instead!!

Guilt Free Pizza 2Already looks yummy!!!!  Now toppings toppings toppings!

Guilt Free Pizza 3

Look at all those colors!

Guilt Free Pizza 5Yummy!

Guilt Free Pizza 3

Guilt Free Pizza 6

Guilt Free Pizza 7

Turkey Feta Burgers.

Ah.  Aaaaaaaah.  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

 

This was really good. ¬†For real. ¬†I am so sad that I didn’t make a flippin¬†quadruple¬†batch. ¬†What. ¬†Was I thinking? ¬†Whyyyyyyyyyyyy?

Dramatic? ¬†Perhaps. ¬†But if you try this, I think you will agree that this recipe is worth the drama. ¬†If you have followed me for very long, you probably know of my love for cheeseburgers. ¬†My Achilles heel when it comes to healthy eating. ¬†This was a very healthy way to satisfy that ravenous hunger. ¬†And you know what’s crazy? ¬†I made these for dinner, then took the one remaining patty to work the next day and warmed it up for lunch. ¬†It was even BETTER the next day! ¬†Crazy sauce. ¬†No more talk. ¬†Let’s get to the recipe.

Adapted from womenshealthmag.com.

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 4 oz Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 4 oz Roasted Red Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3/4 tsp Greek Seasoning
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • Handful of Spinach
  • 1 Cucumber, sliced
  • Your favorite tzatziki sauce, optional (the original said just to mix plain Greek yogurt with lemon juice. ¬†I already have a hard time with the tartness of plain yogurt, so I omitted a sauce all together. ¬†My husband tried it with the lemon/yogurt combo and wasn’t impressed with the sauce. ¬†It really didn’t need it. ¬†But I bet it would be great with a proper tzatziki!)
  • Whole grain hamburger buns or a Portabella for gluten free folks, optional. ¬†We ate it with no bun, and were completely satisfied!

 

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Combine first seven ingredients in a bowl. ¬†Get down and get dirty, mix it up with your hands!!! ¬†Doesn’t it smell sooooooo good? ¬†Note…the texture may seem concerning…I thought it was too thin, but it worked perfectly! ¬†Don’t fear!
  2. Form into four even patties, don’t forget to put a small well in the middle to help them to cook flat!
  3. Toss them into the freezer for a couple minutes while you clean your counters, slice your cucumbers, and rinse your spinach.  My husband gave me this tip.  Apparently that is what Bobby Flay does when he makes burgers.  It helps them not fall apart!
  4. Heat a pan over medium heat, with a Tablespoon of butter in the bottom.
  5. Place the patties in your warm pan, cover, and cook for seven minutes.
  6. Flip, and cook another 5 minutes uncovered.
  7. Place on a plate, spread some of your sauce on if you went that route, top with cucumber slices and spinach.  Eat.  Be amazed.

SO.  GOOD.

 

Chop your roasted red pepper, and mince your garlic.  Prep prep prep.

Turkey Feta Burger 1Put the first seven ingredients together in a bowl.

Turkey Feta Burger 2Don’t forget the egg! ¬†I forgot it until after I had taken the pictures ūüėČ ¬†Mix it all together with your hands! ¬†I¬†recommend¬†taking your rings off first ūüėČ ¬†It’s amazing how good it smells already at this stage.

Turkey Feta Burger 3Form into four patties, not forgetting to put a small well in the middle to help them cook flat!

Turkey Feta Burger 4Place them in the freezer for a couple of minutes.  This will help them bind together and keep a good shape.  Now you can make sure your spinach is rinsed, your cucumbers are sliced, your sauce is prepped (if you decided to make a tzatziki style sauce), and your counters are clear.

Turkey Feta Burger 5Heat a pan over medium heat, with a tablespoon of butter in the bottom.  Place the patties in the pan, cover, and cook for seven minutes.  Remove lid, flip, and cook five more minutes.

Turkey Feta Burger 6Remove and place on a whole grain bun, a portabella, or straight on your plate like we did ūüôā ¬†Top with your sauce (optional), cucumber slices, and spinach leaves. ¬†You’re ready to enjoy!

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