Comfort food favorites like pizza are possible on a paleo diet — no joke! It’ll take a little extra work, and gets pricier because of the high-quality ingredients, but it’s worth it. And your health is definitely not an area to cut corners on….but you’re a CrossFitter, so you already know that! We encourage you to put your pizza-making skills to the test using these ingredients.
It’s not just a nutrient-packed veggie. It’s a paleo pizza crust! If you don’t already like cauliflower, skipping down to the next option is probably best, but if you want to give it a shot, there are two secrets to success. First, you’ll want to make sure your cauliflower is shredded or riced really well. And second, make sure to squeeze the moisture out of it. Cauliflower retains water pretty well, and you don’t want that for pizza crust. There are plenty of great recipes out there, but try out the one below for starters.
A trip to a specialty grocery store may be in your future for this one. While mainstream flours like white or wheat are off limits, variations like almond and tapioca are not and make for a great pizza crust (especially if cauliflower isn’t your thing.) And when combined with eggs and classic Italian seasonings like oregano, you may not even notice a difference in how your crust tastes.
Vegan cheeses have come a long way in the last few years, and many are nut based. The cool part is that they can be so creamy you’ll swear you’re eating the real deal. Some of these cheeses melt very well.
There’s no such thing as too many veggies, so enjoy them to your heart’s content. If bacon is your thing, that’s another topping in play with paleo pizza.
Read the food label before using any store bought sauce. Some have added sugar, and sometimes even a little cream, both of which are off limits. Just about any added seasoning is fair game though, so you’ve still got a ton of options to choose from.
Cauliflower Crust Recipe*
- 1 head cauliflower, stalk removed;
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten;
- 1/4 cup almond or tapioca flour;
- 2 tsp. dried oregano;
- 1 tsp dried basil;
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder;
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 400 F.
- Place the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until finely shredded (you may want to do this in different batches).
- Steam the shredded cauliflower for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain well, let cool, and strain any excess water using a towel.
- In a bowl, combine the cauliflower, eggs, oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, almond flour, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything thoroughly.
- Transfer to a pizza pan or baking sheet and shape into a pizza crust shape.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes.
- Spread pizza sauce on top of the crust. Add all your desired toppings and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until toppings are nicely cooked.
*Adapted from Paleo Leap