Pizza just got a healthy makeover with this Mushroom Asparagus and Ricotta Pizza! Topped with fresh veggies on a grain-free, almond meal and cauliflower crust, you’ll never order in a delivery pizza again.
Whenever people ask me my #1 recommendation for eating healthy, I always have the same response: “When possible, shop the outer aisles at the grocery store. Stick to produce and organic meats and seafood and try to limit what you find in between”. I do have some pantry staples that spend their lives on lovely shelves, but my main form of sustenance comes from food that have a shorter shelf-life.
I live this way because 90% of the non-pershable foods you find in grocery stores are highly processed and full of ingredients I’d rather not ingest. That being said, it isn’t always realistic or feasible to live off the outer aisles. I think healthy eating requires work, but it shouldn’t be all-consuming.
Take pizza as an example. Most boxed pizza mixes are made from god-knows what ingredients and offer zero nutritional benefit. But let’s be real, going out and buying all the flours and putting together the dough requires more work than ordering in a delivery pizza. It’s at this point that I’d rather a) order in or b) just make something else. It’s probably why you rarely see a pizza recipe on the blog!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. What we need are more companies making fantastic products from REAL FOOD that make healthy eating easy and equally as delicious as not-so-healthy food. I’m grateful to live in a day and age when these companies are becoming a reality…and may force me to update my first tip to healthy eating rule!
One of these awesome companies is Simple Mills. They make pre-made baking mixes for cookies, cakes and bread made from real ingredients. They’re all gluten-free, paleo-friendly and dairy-free. Not only that, but they are seriously awesome. We’re talking blown-away awesome! I was particularly impressed by their pizza dough, which not only tasted amazing but also totally passed as delivery pizza dough. One of my issues with homemade gluten-free or paleo pizza dough recipes is that you can rarely pick them up. I don’t have the patience for a knife and fork so being able to pick up the dough is a priority. Total success on this front. I was able to inhale half the pizza in 2.5 seconds.
I topped the pizza with my go-tos – onions and mushrooms- but also threw some asparagus on there for a summer veggie kick. Oh but these are not the only veggies! Simple Mills’ pizza crust actually has CAULIFLOWER in it. Yes, you read that correctly. There is cauliflower in the crust! So basically it’s magic crust and pizza is now an acceptable meal for every dinner. Also I’m game for anyone who shares my love for hiding vegetables in everything.
Before I go and inhale the other half, I thought I should mention the other ingredients in it. What you will find: Almonds, Arrowroot Powder, Flax Meal, *Cauliflower*, Organic Oregano, Cream of Tartar, Organic Garlic.
And that’s it.
Don’t believe me? Buy a box for yourself and prepare to be blown away by how good this Mushroom Asparagus and Ricotta Pizza tastes!
Serves: 1 16 inch pizza or 2 8 inch pizzas
- 1 Simple Mills pizza crust
- 2 T olive oil, divided
- 2 scallions, white and light green parts only, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 1 1/2 cups chopped asparagus
- 1/2 cup organic mozzarella, sliced
- 1/2 cup organic ricotta
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- Make your Simple Mills Dough according to package instructions.*
- Brush crust with 1 T olive oil and set aside.
- Add remaining olive oil to a large pan and heat over medium heat.
- Add scallions and garlic cloves and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
- Add in mushrooms and asparagus and continue cooking until mushrooms have absorbed most the liquid and have wilted (about 5 minutes).
- Top your pizza with mozzarella slices and then sprinkle with ricotta.
- Place mushroom-asparagus mixture overtop of cheese.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 15 minutes or slightly longer for a crispier crust.
- Remove from oven and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if desired.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
I’m SO excited that Simple Mills has generously offered to give one THM reader a delicious Simple Mills prize pack so you can try their awesome products for yourself. The pack includes 1 pizza dough, 1 vanilla cake mix and 1 pancake mix all of which are gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free! All you have to do is enter using the widget below.
Giveaway is open to residents of the United States and will run until Friday May 22, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Good luck!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Simple Mills; however all opinions and creative control were entirely my own.