Who says you can’t have pizza on a paleo diet? Not I. One of the great things about Paleo is that where there’s a will, there’s a way. There are a ton of alternative food choices/ingredients out there that can be used to create a Paleo-friendly version of your favorite foods. It might take a little bit of experimentation to get things just right, but it CAN be done. (Case in point: Christmas Cookies.)
One of my favorite foods is pizza, but I needed a way to avoid all that nasty gluten exposure. Solution: create a crust out of diced mushrooms and a bit of almond meal. Lucky for us, this was great the first time we tried it.
This recipe actually falls into the “primal” realm, which is a little more lenient on dairy. If you are still on your first 30-day Paleo challenge, just leave the cheese off and it will still be freaking delicious. Here’s the basic recipe.
What You Need
- Mushrooms (whatever kind you like, but 1-2 containers worth)
- Eggs (2)
- Almond Meal (2 Tablespoons)
- Garlic, Sea Salt
- Tomato/Pizza Sauce (we found a kind that only had: tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, basil, and rock salt. Very Paleo-friendly)
- Meat: We used Pepperoni and bacon. As much as you like
- Real Mozzarella (Only if you want). 1 package should be enough.
- Any other toppings: onions, peppers, pineapple, sausage, ham, bbq chicken, whatever you want!
What To Do
1) Dice up the mushrooms finely and add to a pan. Add some seasoning (like garlic and sea salt) and cook it on medium-low heat until the mushrooms loose some of their water and it cooks off.
2) Mix the mushrooms with the 2 eggs and 2 tbsp of almond meal and press into a baking pan. Bake this at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes.
3) After the crust has formed, take it out of the oven and put on your sauce, meat, toppings, and cheese (optional). Put it back in the oven for 5-7 minutes to melt the cheese and warm everything up.
4) Serve and enjoy!
What are some of your favorite non-Paleo foods? Can you think of any way to make a Paleo-friendly version? Post thoughts to comments.
Finally, for another take on a “mushroom-crust” pizza, check out this post over at Sweet Cheeks.
Stay healthy everybody!