Pizza ! A stable on most people menu seen as an indulgent treat which also has an unhealthy stigma attached to it. Well that last bit can certainly be change. My quinoa crust pizza base is so indulgent but is a super healthy and gluten free alternative ! It’s super easy to make and you only need a good quality food processor.
Time to make: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy to medium
Ingredients to make one small/medium pizza for one:
95g of quinoa
20ml of apple cider vinegar or the juice of one whole lemon
1 teaspoon of Oregano
1 teaspoon of hot chilli flakes
1 and half tablespoon of tomato purée or if you are feeling the need for some spice I can strongly recommend Harissa
Then your choice of topping – spinach, pepper, tomatoes, olives, rocket, mushrooms.
The list is endless, versatile and is all down to personal taste.
First step is vital and one usually most people forget. Soak the quinoa in water for at least 9 hours – the water should be around 1cm higher than the quinoa in the bowl and just leave it in the fridge overnight and the next day.
After that time, drain off any excess water but usually I find there is hardly any. Pour the quinoa, apple cider vinegar, oregano and chill flakes into the food processor and use until a smooth paste is formed.
This usually takes around 5-10 minutes.
Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and pour the batter on the baking tray.
Using the back of a knife carefully shape and flatten the batter to resemble your pizza crust. It’s up to you what shape and how thick you want it but I usually go for a little bit bigger than a one pound coin thickness.
Cook this at 190 degrees fan for 15 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from the oven, spread on your base (tomato purée for instance) and add your topping.
You can either eat this raw or return it to the oven for another five minutes. The choice is yours or either steam your toppings and add once the pizza base is completed in the oven.
Then enjoy. It’s a very simple and quick recipe to transform your beloved favourite recipe and as its healthy you could have it more than once a week!