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GF Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato

Gluten Free Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato #EatToLive Friendly

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GF Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato

GF Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato

Spring is in the air…..well, not really, but I have now offically had enough of Winter. It is the last month or so of Winter that I find the hardest and the easiest all at the same time. It is hard because with the lack of sunshine I become very slugish and unmotivated but it is the easiest because I start to dream about the Summer to come. I am already planning out my garden in my head. deciding what veggies to plant where and dreaming of lazy days on my back deck………:)

In the lead up to Spring and Summer I have decided to drop a few pounds as most of my clothes are a little tight at the moment. I have fallen into the Vegan trap of eating a lot of the unhealthy Vegan foods. Potato chips, pasta’s, etc. so I decided I would do the Eat To Live 6 week plan. This plan is primarily vegetables, fruit and legumes, perfect for me to get back in shape. Now I also decided I needed to include regular daily exercise. I spend the majority of my time at a desk and it was time to add in the exercise habit.

Co incidentaly, my car (Sophie, a yellow VW New Beetle) picked this exact time to break down (again, she has had a lot of issues over the last couple of months, but she is 13 years old, so no big surprise). My mechanic headed south to a tropical destination right at that moment, so I was left without a vehicle for a week or two. This was perfect, now I was forced to walk everywhere and in fact, now I am seriously considering not fixing/replacing Sophie right away. I am enjoying walking to work each day getting my sunshine, exercise and fresh air all together.

So for the next few weeks I will be posting recipes that I come up with that are Eat To Live friendly as well as vegan. To start off I made this delicious pizza. The crust is a mixture of cauliflower and chickpea flour. The sauce is roasted eggplant and nutritional yeast. You can top with whatever veggies you have on hand. On this particular night I had cherry tomato’s, a bag of baby spinach/kale mix and mushrooms.

Enjoy,

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GF Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato

GF Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato

Gluten Free Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato

Makes one 12 inch pizza

  • 2 cups cauliflower florettes
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 Tblspn ground flax disolved in 2 tblspns water
  • 2 tspns dried oregano
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 small eggplant
  • 1/2 head garlic
  • 2 Tblspns nutritional yeast
  • sliced tomato
  • baby kale and/or baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 small onion
  • sliced mushrooms

Combine cauliflower, chickpea flour, flax (disolved), oregano, salt and pepper in food processor. Process until a dough like consistancy. You will need to add a little water.

Spread out on parchment paper lined baking tray into a circle approx 12 inches in diameter.

GF Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato

GF Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato

Bake for 20 mins in 325 F oven until firm and starting to brown.

At the same time, place whole eggplant (after piercing multiple times with a knife) on baking tray and bake with the crust.  Wrap 1/2 head of garlic in foil and place next to eggplant to bake as well.

Remove crust from oven when done and set aside. Check eggplant by inserting knife. Eggplant is done when soft all the way through. Remove eggplant and garlic from oven and allow to cool slightly.

Cut eggplant in half and scoop out soft flesh, place in food processor. Squeeze soft centres from garlic cloves and add to eggplant. Add nutritional yeast and process until smooth and creamy.

GF Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato

GF Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato

Take approx 2/3 of the eggplant mixture and spread on pizza crust. Top with kale/spinach, sliced tomato, mushrooms and thinly sliced onion. Add a little water to thin the remaining eggplant mixture and then drizzle over the top of pizza toppings.

Return pizza to 325 F oven and bake for 10 – 15 mins to heat through.

GF Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato

GF Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1106 g 1 whole pizza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 694 Calories from Fat 250
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27.8g 43%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 12%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Potassium

2624mg
75%
Total Carbohydrates

60.9g
20%
Dietary Fiber

62.0g
248%
Sugars

19.8g
Protein

48.6g
Vitamin A   15% Vitamin C 213%
Calcium 30% Iron 81%
Nutrition Grade A
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

Good points
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5 thoughts on “Gluten Free Pizza with Eggplant Cheeze, Mushrooms & Tomato #EatToLive Friendly

  1. I have been wanting to trya cauliflower crust, but usually it calls for eggs and cheese as a binder. Glad to finally find a vegan recipe!

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  2. This looks delish – I’m gonna have to try it!! Celeste 🙂

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