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Pizza Movie Friday

24 Feb

Pizza movie Friday has been a tradition in my family since my oldest daughter was very small and it was not something we were willing to forego once we “went primal.”  Over the past couple years I have tried several different pizza crusts (or shall I say my family has endured several different pizza crust concoctions!) involving everything from coconut flour to zucchini and every veggie and grain-free flour in-between you can think of! Yes, there will be occasional Friday nights when we order the kids “real” pizza (because we live in a real, and busy world!) but below are two of my favorites that have become staples for our Friday nights:

Zucchini Cauliflower Crust

1/2 cauliflower, riced in a food processor
4 zucchini, peeled and finely grated
1 egg
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
any Italian spices you might want to add

-Preheat oven to 375. Combine grated zucchini and riced cauliflower and squeeze out as much water as possible. I usually do this by either putting the mixture in a mesh colander and pressing down on it with paper towels OR putting the mixture in a white flour sack towel and wringing out the extra water. You should end up with a mixture looking like the first picture.
-Next, add the remainder of the ingredients until combined. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with olive oil. Spoon mixture onto pan and flatten into desired shape. You should end up with something looking like the second picture.
-Third, bake for 15 minutes until slightly browned and firm. Place another sheet of parchment paper on your counter and flip the crust onto it. Transfer that parchment paper to the pan and bake on the other side for 10-15 minutes more. The third picture is what the crust looks like once flipped.
-Lastly, take out of oven and add your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings. I used Rao’s brand pizza sauce (it’s one of the very few without added sugar or weird oil), whole milk mozzarella, chopped orange pepper, fresh spinach and sautéed mushrooms. Bake until cheese is melted and toppings are set!

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Coconut flour “traditional” pizza crust (the one that FINALLY won my husband over!)
adapted from a Primal Blueprint recipe with great video instruction

4 eggs
1/3 cup coconut flour, sifted
1/3 cup golden flaxseed meal
1/2 cup coconut milk (or whole milk if you do dairy–either works!)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp salt

-Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients (don’t worry–it will look a little runny). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease with olive oil. Spoon mixture onto pan into desired shape. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
-Place another sheet of parchment paper on your counter and flip the crust onto it. Transfer that parchment paper to the pan and bake on the other side for 10-15 minutes more.
-Top with your favorite sauce, cheese and toppings and bake until set. My kids love nitrate-free deli ham and pineapple!

Or, traditional round with sauce and cheese!
I prefer the veggie based crusts because quite frankly, they are not as calorically dense and I can “enjoy” more slices. My kids and husband prefer the coconut flour for it’s more neutral flavor.  I have been working on the perfect eggplant crust. It seems to turn out well about half the time. You’ll be the first to know when it’s post-able!
Happy pizza movie Friday!
Heather
*If you have any questions regarding the recipe prep please contact us! The veggie crusts can be time-consuming but worth is for special nights, while the coconut flour whips up quite easily and quickly. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the parchment paper…it is your best friend in both recipes!
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