It’s Pi Day (3.14) and right now the internet is blowing up with photos of pies and pie recipes.
Most people who know me, know that I am not a baker. I make pies once a year. Therefore, I will not be discussing sweet pies today.
However, I am all about discussing PIZZA PIE! (You’re shocked, aren’t you?)
Here’s the question I am asked every week by new patients:
“Dr. Norton, does eating clean mean giving up pizza?”
(Wait for it..)
No! You can still have your pizza! (We are going to have to modify it slightly, and I promise you it will taste a thousand times better than any pizza you’ve had before!)
One thing that I work really hard to help my clients understand is that eating clean does not mean deprivation. It means finding the highest quality foods and adapting old recipes to work with new ingredients.
Let’s start with the dough. This is really the biggest modification of pizza. We can go one of two ways. You can use either Einkorn Pizza Dough or Cauliflower Pizza Crust.
Why Einkorn? Einkorn is a very ancient grain (still used in Italy today) that still has much of the original protein and is not nearly as starchy as the hyper hybridized wheat found in the United States. If you are non celiac gluten sensitive, you might want to try the Einkorn dough. (I get my einkorn flour at Jovial Foods). You may be pleasantly surprised that it is easier to digest with no tummy trauma.
“But Dr. Norton, I can’t eat wheat.” Then I suggest you try making cauliflower pizza crust. You haven’t heard of this? Here’s the most amazing, easy recipe! This is also a great recipe if you are trying to get more vegetables into your child’s diet.
Then we need some organic tomatoes. I only buy glass jar tomatoes and it is incredibly easy to just use them straight from the jar, or take a moment and make a super quick tomato sauce (basil, garlic, oregano). I top my pizza with raw organic shredded cheese and grass-fed unprocessed pepperoni. And because I love tomatoes so much, I add a little fresh sliced tomato on top as well. You can top yours with whatever organic ingredients you like. Keep your meats grass fed/pastured and your cheese raw and organic. That’s really the key to adapting this for clean eating.
Here’s what my pizza looks like:
Consider topping yours with some fresh organic basil after pulling it out of the oven. The aroma of the tomatoes with the fresh basil will send you to pizza heaven.
Happy Pi Day!