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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Primal Pizza, Smoothie, & Cookies

Here is another recipe I get asked about all the time, grain/gluten-free pizza! It was definitely a "we're going out of town for the holiday, time to use up what is in the fridge" pizza this time but it turned out delicious!

I also thought I would share the green smoothie we had with our pizza tonight (a great way to sneak more greens in the day), along with the Macadamia Nut Coconut Cookies I made to take to Thanksgiving dinner #1 tomorrow evening (along with a veggie of course)! Yum! Yum! Yum!

Primal Pizza

3 eggs
5 tablespoons coconut flour or 1/4 cup almond meal
Pinch of salt

Whatever you want :) This time I used homemade pizza sauce, cooked onions, sausage, spinach, olives, & cheese.

Preheat oven to 350. Whisk eggs and salt together. Add the coconut flour a couple of tablespoons at a time until it is the consistency of play dough. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread out the dough.

Bake for 10 minutes, flip crust over and bake another 10 minutes on the other side. While the crust is baking, prepare and heat up toppings. After the crust is cooked, put the desired toppings on the pizza and then broil on high for about a minute to melt cheese, if used.

Green Smoothie
Green smoothies are really great to get more veggies in and they are so versatile. I used coconut milk, a little bit of water, a couple handfuls of spinach, a few frozen strawberries and pineapple chunks. If you've never made a green smoothie before, spinach is a good green to start with because it's not as strong as some of the others. I just had a bunch of spinach to use up, so it was the green of the day. :) Here are other ideas of what you can do:

Pick one or more from each section, blend together and enjoy!

Coconut Milk
Coconut Water
Almond Milk

Collard Greens
Swiss Chard

Fruit (use frozen or fresh with ice)

You can also add a scoop of protein powder if you're drinking it as a stand alone meal. I typically use vegan protein powder instead of whey protein, since I try not to eat very many dairy products. You can also add a tablespoon or two of almond butter, chia seeds or flax meal for some quality fat & soluble fiber.

Macadamia Nut Coconut Cookies

I got this recipe from Civilized Caveman just a couple of days ago. I followed it exactly, except for using a little less maple syrup since I'm always trying to use less sweetener & I just threw everything at once in my kitchen aid. Try them out, they are so good! I used a smaller scoop and so the recipe made about 20 cookies as opposed to his larger scoop that made about 12.

1 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup macadamia nut meal (blend raw nuts in a blender or food processor)
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) of grass-fed butter, softened (can sub coconut oil)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (can sub honey)
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat over to 350
2. Place almond flour, sea salt, macadamia nut meal, shredded coconut in a bow and mix well by hand or using a hand mixer
3. Add butter, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla in a separate box and mix well
4. Add wet ingredients to the dry and using a mixer or whisk, mix well until you have a nice dough
5. Add in chocolate chips and mix well
6. Using a cookie scoop, place cookie rounds on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet in the shape you want them to cook
7. Bake for 12-15 minutes for a still chewy but nicely baked cookie (adjust time to your liking)
8. Remove from the oven, cool and enjoy!

Still getting in those 4, 1-cup servings of veggies each day this week? Have you tried any fun recipes so far? If so, please share!