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Cheat Clean: Healthy Pizza Idea

healthy buttnernut squah pizza green pesto organic homemade food

The month of January is all about making those resolutions that you try to stick to year in, year out. However, this year Tesco Mobile, along with frockadvisor, want to help you avoid all those bad recommendations, and make the best of 2016!

Pizza is a guilty pleasure to many of us, who doesn’t enjoy tucking into a cheesy hot slice of pizza every now and again, but with more and more of us focusing on healthy consumption, we are forced to abandon our favourite comfort foods. But fear not, introducing – the incredible squash pizza. The wonderful and innovative people at wholehearted eats.com have devised many alternatives to some of our favourite junk foods. 

Incredible Squash Pizza  

Recipe: (makes one 30cm pizza) 3 Cups Mashed Butternut Squash (1 large squash) 1 Cup Almond Flour (if you want a nut free pizza, try using fine corn meal) 3/4 Cup Garbanzo Flour 1/4 tsp Sea Salt 1/8 tsp Black Pepper 2 Tbsp. plus 1 Tbsp. Ground flax 1 tsp Dried Oregano Toppings: Green Pizza Sauce (recipe below)  A handful of pitted Kalamata olives 1 Cup cherry tomatoes (chopped) A couple of handfuls arugula, herbs, or baby beet greens

food processor with green pesto

Green Pizza Sauce

Recipe:

1/4 Cup Cashews 1/2 Cup packed basil 1 Cup packed spinach 1/2 Lemon, juiced Sea Salt and Pepper to taste 8 Tbsp. Olive oil Procedure: In a food processor puree the cashews, basil, and spinach until smooth. Add the salt, pepper, lemon juice, and oil, mix to combine.

Preparation & Cooking

Begin by preparing the squash for roasting. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Lay cut side down in a roasting pan and fill halfway with water. Cook in a 200 C (400 F) oven for 40minutes to 1 hour (adding more water as needed to top up), or until a fork can easily pierce the flesh of the squash. Let cool, then scoop out the flesh. In a small bowl combine the 2 Tbsp of ground flax  with 4 Tbsp water. Let sit for 5 minutes.  In a larger bowl combine 3 cups of squash with the soaked flax meal, almond flour, garbanzo flour, salt, pepper, dried oregano, and extra ground flax. Stir to combine. Spread the mixture onto a parchment lined tray and create a 30 cm (12 inch) circle, making sure that the edges are a little bit thicker. Bake in a 220 C (425 F) for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are crisp and golden and the centre is set (and can peel away from the paper). Top with pizza sauce, tomatoes, and olives, and bake for another 10 minutes. Let sit a few minutes before garnishing with greens. 

healthy pizza organic butternut squash base

Imagery, Prep & Recipe: WholeHeartEats

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