Sunday, 13 April 2014

Pizza pizza pizza

Hi everyone!
Wow, how long has it been between post?! I'm sorry- I've been busy, and let's be real, I've been lazy and preoccupied snuggling with my babes, enjoying the beautiful weather, and forever cleaning my kitchen /never ending housework.
Also, we lost our beloved pooch Turkish after a short illness. He was our baby before we had babies, our most divine, sooky, cat hating, doona stealing, lover of kisses, talkative, smiling, escape artist, loving, fatty fat boy, Turka, Turkey, Turkey Werky, Turkey Boy. He gave us 10 beautiful years of unconditional love, and we miss him dearly. Our dear little Pip seems to be ok about it- she picked a star in the night sky so she can talk to him when she wants. I ask if she misses him and she said 'Nope! It's ok Mummy, we've still got the chooks'. (Yep- we got 4 girls named Rosie 1, 2 & 3 and Rainbow). It seems that kids aren't as emotionally attached to animals as us adults are! RIP Turk


If you follow my Instagram you'll see that I have been cooking, just finding the motivation to sit down and blog it is lacking at the moment. So I have decided to make you all a promise! I WILL blog you a recipe every week. Maybe even twice a week! I'm going to get my butt organised!! 

So- today's recipe is a delicious pizza base, and I say base because you can put whatever you like on the top- as long as it's wonderful and nutritious, and going to nourish your insides ;)
This base is gluten free, grain free, nut free, dairy free, vegan and delicious! It's a soft pizza base, very delicious and nearly fluffy due to the moist zucchini, so be careful with it when removing from the tray.

You can see here I've put some raw, dairy free supergreens pesto (super simple- check out The Whole Pantry app) some roasted red onion, roasted eggplant, fresh sliced tomato, and oven cooked spiced chicken, and topped with dollops of yummy creamy avocado mash. This is pretty much just what I had in the fridge on the day I made it- you could top with anything you like!

zucchini pizza base with sweet potato chips on the side
Recipe
Zucchini pizza base

3/4 cup grated zucchini
1 tablespoon cold water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon sea salt
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
3 1/2 tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds (optional but an extremely great source of nutrients)
4 tablespoons flax seeds.
3 grinds of pepper (or how much you like) you could also add any herbs or spices you like.

Method

Roast up your favourite veg- or decide what topping you want and pre prepare them.

Preheat oven to 150 C
Line and grease (with coconut oil) a baking tray 

In food processor,  grind up seeds (except flax seeds) until fine. 
Add in zucchini, water, lemon juice, flax seeds and salt and pepper. Pulse until well combined.
Spread mix on baking tray in 5 mm thick circle- either 2 small circles or 1 large circle/ depending on how big you want your pizza.
Tip- wet a spoon, or you hands and smooth it out- the water will stop the mix sticking to your hands/spoon.

Cook pizza base for 15-20min, checking after 10 min to make sure it's not burning (every oven is different). The edges will go golden well before the centre. A bigger circle will take much longer than smaller ones ;)
If you find edges are burning and the centre not cooking, turn down your oven by 10-15 degrees and cook for longer.

Very carefully remove from baking tray, and top with toppings of your choice!