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Yasmin Essa

Delicious + Guilt-Free Homemade Pizza - The best gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free pizza, hands down.

My husband Kyle & I love to make homemade pizza. Who doesn't love pizza? At one point in my childhood, I used to make homemade pizza with my mama bear every Friday night for a little while. :)

P.S. This is not just any old pizza. This pizza is dairy free, gluten free, soy free, filled with love, omega packed, alkalizing, delicious, and amazing for your energy, digestion, and hormones.

Kyle & I love to make this every so often, sometimes on Fridays when we have home date nights, or on some Saturdays when we have my little sister come over during the school year, after Islamic school.

See... you may hear Gluten & Dairy free and think.. what the heck.. that's not pizza. That's super restrictive.

Here's the thing though... I am not about restriction.

First off, I do not advocate that everyone should eat the same way. We are all bioindividual. I eat this way because it makes my joints happy (big plus for someone who has scoliosis), it gives me energy (ummm, yes, more please), and it keeps my digestion on point.

1) Food should taste amazing (and yes, this recipe tonight is the bomb dot com)
2) Food should make you feel amazing mentally, physically, and spiritually (cause I mean...what good is it if it satisfies your lips, but wreaks havoc on your digestion, kills your energy, and messes up your hormones... because, like...... hormones are already crazy enough on their own.. so let's not go messing them up, people...
3) Food should not give you anxiety (ain't no calorie counting up in here... but we do care about ingredients, sustainability, food justice, supporting brands that don't support apartheid, supporting local, affordable food (because budgets are cool), eating foods that alkalize you, etc etc..)

Ingredients


  • 1 packet of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Mix (available at many stores + online)
    • If you're like me and you love coupons, you can download a $1 off coupon on their website
  • 2 eggs (found at most supermarkets)
    • I highly recommend that you use organic eggs that come from chickens that were treated with TLC (tender + care + love)
  • 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil (found at most supermarkets)
    • Make sure that your olive oil is actually 100% olive oil. A lot of brands of olive oil are cut with cheaper, low quality oils 
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds (found at most supermarkets)
    • Chia seeds are lalala loaded with goodness such as inflammatory fighting omega-3 fatty acids and gut loving fiber.. aim for organic here too, if you can.
  • Cinnamon powder (found at most supermarkets)
    • Aim for organic if possible
    • Adding a pinch of cinnamon powder to your crust will help balance your blood sugar levels
  • Coconut Flour (found at most supermarkets)
  • Pizza sauce (found at most supermarkets)
    • You're free to make your own homemade pizza sauce
    • If using a store bought brand, use these tips to get the best one
      • Aim for organic (tomatoes are a dirty dozen and are high in pesticides)
      • Aim for a jar that comes in glass (plastic acts as a xenoestrogen in the body and messes up hormonal balance
      • Aim for a brand that uses olive oil as the oil
      • Aim for a lower sodium brand
      • I personally use Nature's Promise Organic Pizza Sauce found at Stop & Shop. It's only $2.50 a jar, organic, in glass, and only has optimal ingredients. If you can't get your hands on this, simply use the instructions above, inshaAllah. :)
  • 1 Bag of Daiya Dairy Free Mozzarella Cheese Shreds (available at stores like Stop & Shop, Wegmans, Whole Foods, Natural Shops + online)
    • If you are not sensitive to dairy, you can opt for high quality organic dairy cheese instead
    • As far as non-dairy cheeses go, Daiya is the only brand I use, as they don't use soy (no good for hormones).
    • However, I do not recommend all of Daiya's products. Some products in their line have "carrageenan" which disrupts the intestines
    • While I recommend Daiya's Dairy Free Mozzarella Cheese Shreds, keep in mind that it is still a highly processed food that you would want to consume in moderation. :)
  • Toppings of your choice
    • Some Recommendations:
    • Fresh garlic: aids in digestion, adds a punch of flavor, and great for detoxification of the body
    • Mushrooms: aids in digestion, adds fiber
    • Spinach: alkalizes the pH of our body, aids in digestion, adds fiber
    • Olives: great for skin health, aids in digestion, adds fiber

Instructions


  1. Empty Bob's Red Mill GF Pizza Crust Mix into a large mixing bowl
  2. Work on a clean counter top and do not cross contaminate things that touch yeast. Make sure that when you're done with cooking utensils and bowls that have yeast in them, to clean well in your sink.
  3. Rinse flour off of the yeast packet inside the crust mix. This will ensure that when you mix the yeast with water in step 3, flour is not mixed into the yeast & water mixture
  4. In a separate large bowl, combine 1.5 cups of warm water with packet of yeast (comes inside Bob's Red Mill Mix). Use a fork to mix real well, and eliminate any clumps.
  5. Allow yeast & water to sit for 5 minute
  6. Meanwhile, mix 1/2 cup of chia and 1 Tablespoon of cinnamon powder into the bowl with the bowl with the pizza mix
  7. When yeast & water has been sitting for 5 mins, add 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to it and mix well
  8. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix well until a dough is formed
  9. Cover dough and allow to rise for 20 minutes
  10. Preheat oven to 425°F, so it will be ready when dough has risen
  11. Turn your kitchen fan on if you have not already, because your kitchen is going to get hot!
  12. Prepare parchment paper (you will probably need two big sheets). You can also use a pizza stone if you have one. "Grease" parchment paper or pizza stone with 1 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle some coconut flour (about 2 Tablespoons). This will help keep the dough from sticking, inshaAllah (Godwilling)
  13. When dough has risen, place dough on prepared surface (parchment or stone). Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of coconut flour on top of dough. Using slightly wet hands, roll dough out using a rolling pin. Use coconut flour sparingly if dough is sticking to rolling pin. It should not be sticky.
  14. When the pizza crust is fully rolled out, create a crust and seal the crust with a fork or side of the rolling pin
  15. Bake crust without toppings for 8 minutes, inshaAllah (Godwilling)
  16. While crust is baking, wipe down your countertops from any yeast or egg residue, so you're ready for topping the pizza when it's done in the oven
  17. Remove crust from oven and cover with your favorite sauce and toppings (you can find my suggestions up top)
  18. Bake for 17 minutes, inshaAllah (Godwilling)
  19. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 3-4 mins before using a pizza cutter to cut.
  20. Enjoy!!!

Wellness with Yasmin Bonus Tip!


Pair this delicious pizza with the following salad! See, pizza is not a complete meal. By having it alongside this salad, you'll be getting the following benefits

  • Protein, there is not enough protein in the pizza alone
  • Raw enzymes. the raw enyzmes in the salad helps your digestion
  • Reduced water retention due to increased sodium. This pizza recipe is optimal and healthy, but it's higher in sodium than many of the other dishes I make in my kitchen. By pairing it with parsley, which acts to fight sodium induced water retention
  • Increased detoxification due to consuming processed foods. Like mentioned above, the pizza uses some processed ingredients such as daiya. There are some ingredients like guar gum which are okay, but can have negative impacts if consumed often or alone. Incorporating foods like ginger and beets helps reduce inflammation and increases your body's natural ability to detoxify, inshaAllah (Godwilling).

Parsley, Carrot, Ginger, Beet, Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe

Makes 8-10 servings
  • 1 bunch of chopped
  • 1 chopped up carrot
  • 1/2 inch of grated ginger
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1 cup of chopped up beets
    • Make sure they have been boiled previously and cooked down
  • Cut up cooked chicken breast cubes or strips
    • I like to cook a lot in advance and freeze or refrigerate)
Homemade dressing
Mix all ingredients before tossing in salad
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pink himilayan sea salt
  • freshly cracked black peppercorns 

Enjoy :)

Here is a video of Kyle & I making both the pizza & the salad on periscope!


Here is part 2 (technical difficulties), where Kyle & I enjoy both the salad and pizza.


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