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This is the best dish to make for any one of the following reasons and then some: a craving for that missed comfort food, a lazy Sunday afternoon, a party where pleasing people and serving healthy food becomes a challenge, a long day at work with little time left for dinner or if you’re in need of an idea for a quick and easy lunch. I guess I have left out one reason, perhaps the most obvious being that you just feel like pizza. The nice thing about making pizza is that you really just need to find a delicious crust recipe and then you are free to do whatever you like with the toppings. In other words, you can let your creativity do the rest.
A well known variation of the regular pizza that’s often found in the Paleo diet circles is the meatza, where the crust is made out of ground beef instead of a regular dough. Meatza is great and healthy and a great meatza recipe can be found in the cookbook, but sometimes you just feel like having the original pizza, and the following recipe is about as close as it gets to it.
It took me a while to come across a good crust. I have tried many and I must say that the ones I dislike the most are the ones that require kneading a dough for a long time. I knew it had to be easier than this, I mean after all, pizza is supposed to be low-maintenance and easy to throw together.
As I previously said, you need a staple crust recipe and then you are on your own for getting creative with the toppings. Here I used a simple store-bought tomato pesto as the tomato sauce. I was lucky enough to find one with only good ingredients like fresh tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, seasonings and herbs, but you can just as easily make your own simple tomato sauce or use one of those found in the Paleo Recipe Book. I kept it simple and only added sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and some good quality shaved ham. I get a good quality ham from my local butcher, who prepares it without using any sugar or artificial ingredients. Precooked bacon, chicken or beef are also good choices of meat to add to the pizza. As far as vegetables go, olives and bell peppers are also great choices.
As I stated in my article about nuts and seeds, most of them should only be eaten in limited quantities to experience the most health benefits from a paleo diet. In the following recipe, almond meal is used as one of the main ingredients for the crust. This means that while this recipe is still healthy for most, it shouldn’t be abused or become a staple meal of yours. Others also find that eating preparations that are too similar to their unhealthy classic version makes them fall back to their bad habits. Those people are oftentimes better off not trying to recreate their old and unhealthy favorites. Otherwise though, this recipe is still a great, delicious and absolutely non-toxic treat, unlike the regular pizzas made with unhealthy fats and wheat flour.
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