Pizza is one of our favourites. We like to eat pizza when we are ready for something different. A change of pace. A holiday. A birthday.
We very rarely eat any bought preprepared food. Mostly because we don't know if the food is clean and healthy for us, and secondly because we ALWAYS feel awful in our bodies and minds, after eating preprepared food. We truly are to pursue the best of health, for what is ahead and more importantly so our communication channel with God is clear (not clouded with poor food smog).
You can plan ahead to make Pizza Night really easy: Prepare the dough and sauces before you need them. Then you can simply put everything together. Our daughter is a wonderful pizza prep person. She is quick and efficient, whereas I am slower physically. No matter what I do, I simply ca't speed up. And that's okay.
1. Gluten Free Dough - you can make ahead of time, press out, part bake the dough, cool and then freeze.
2. Tomato Based Sauce - you can make ahead of time and freeze.
3. Vegetables and maybe some kind of protein, whatever your health needs dictate. Since being very ill, I have learned I need to eat a small amount of organic, grass fed lamb or chicken.
4. Cashew based "Cheese" Sauce (Vegan) - make ahead and refrigerate up to five days. We don't as a rule freeze Cashew Cheese Sauce as the texture changes too much for our liking.
Easy Pizza Dough
(makes two 12" pizzas, or more if you press it thinner)
3 1/2 cups of gluten free flour (go here)
1 1/2 TB honey (or sweetener you can tolerate - yes there are people who cannot eat honey)
2 tsp psyllium husk
2 tsp bakers yeast (looks like tiny creamy golden balls)
1 tsp good salt (we use Himalayan or Celtic salt)
1 1/2 cups of coconut milk or any nut milk, or water
1 tsp lemon juice
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Add milk and lemon juice to dry ingredients, stir well until a good dough is formed. May need extra water. Leave at room temperature for at least an hour.
Meanwhile you can prepare your tomato sauce and toppings. Watch for a further posting on Pizza Toppings.
When the hour resting time is nearly up, preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius. Prepare pizza trays by lightly oiling AND lining with baking paper (DO NOT omit the baking paper, unless you love cleaning up sticky messes).
Stir the pizza dough well, and dollop on dough to your prepared pizza trays. Oil your hands by dripping a little olive oil onto your hands and rubbing them together. Now gently press the dough out to fill the pizza trays with your oiled hands, gently forming a slight crust at the edge of the tray. This is like playing with play dough, very enjoyable if you have a little bit of time to enjoy the process!
Bake the pizza bases for 11-12 minutes until JUST starting to look cooked. Remove from oven.
At this point you can cool the bases and freeze them. Or proceed to joyfully spreading your toppings on.
Next up: Pizza Toppings