*This Market Mediterranean Pizza is gluten-free, grain-free, and lactose-free. It is vegetarian, SCD- and Paleo-friendly.*
We’re just about done with our kitchen renovation, wooh-hoo (happy dance)! Only the stone countertop and sink are left to be mounted, and they’re going in tomorrow! I can’t wait to live (and cook and eat) normally once again. After weeks of take-outs and turmoil, I’d be glad to have my kitchen back.
In spite of this renovation, I was able to start my SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) and/or Paleo Diet, and had managed to lose 8 pounds in 2 weeks! I ate lean meats, lots of fresh veggies and fruits, and reduced my dairy intake; I cut out grains, gluten, legumes, lactose, and refined sugars.
Then came the craving for pizza – I had to something about it. I managed to whip out this gluten- and grain-free pizza atop cardboard boxes laid on our bare cabinets. I ran 10 steps to our bathroom sink to wash my hands or clean utensils then ran back and then some more. It got ridiculously frustrating to do anything properly! But even if I took double the time to finish this pizza, it was quite worth the effort.
So, I have good news and bad news for you. Which one would you like to hear first?
Here’s the bad news first. I am not going to lie to you: this GF pizza does not even come close to the real thing. I mean, pizza is one of the best things in life – irreplaceable. There’s nothing like it, and a gluten- and grain-free version is just not the same. But since I made a commitment to cut out evil wheat and grains (for now), I suppose sacrifices are inevitable. This is one of them.
But the good news is: it’s edible, it’s healthy, and it has such interesting flavours minus the blood-sugar spike! Would you believe that the crust is made from shredded eggplant (rich in antioxidant phytochemicals),flaxseed meal (rich in fibre and omega’s), and almond meal (rich in nutrients)?! While it will never replace the real thing, with great toppings, it can be transformed!
I topped this pizza with typical market vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, and tomato. You can also opt to add smoked bacon to it, for you Paleos out there.
Without further ado…