Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Superfoods Month: Carrot Pizza with Arugula, Caramelized Onions & Toasted Walnuts

I know pizza tends to be more of a Friday night thing for most people, but with a healthy superfoods pizza recipe (like the one below), you can be a little bad and enjoy it any night of the weeklike Wednesday for example. ;)

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Carrot Pizza with Arugula, Caramelized Onions & Toasted Walnuts
Excerpted from Superfoods for Life, Coconut by Megan Roosevelt

This pizza is delicious and thoroughly debunks any thought that pizza is not a healthy food. If you have a homemade dough recipe that you like, by all means use it here.

2 tablespoons (28 g) organic, raw, unrefined coconut oil, divided
½ white onion, sliced
½ head cauliflower, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup (100 g) raw walnuts
1 tablespoon (15 ml) pure maple syrup
1 jar (2½ ounces, or 71 g) carrot baby food
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 disk (1 pound, or 455 g) ready-made whole wheat pizza dough
2 ounces (100 g) sliced black olives
3 baby bell peppers (preferably 1 each orange, red, and yellow), chopped
2 handfuls microgreens
½ teaspoon organic, raw, unrefined coconut oil, melted
Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C, or gas mark 7).

In a medium-size skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon (14 g) of the coconut oil and the sliced onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion has caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes.

Rub the cauliflower with the remaining coconut oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes, or until lightly brown. Drizzle the walnuts with the maple syrup and toss to coat evenly. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast until lightly toasted, about 8 minutes. Stir often, being careful they don’t burn.

Put the carrot baby food in a small bowl and stir in the crushed garlic. After the cauliflower and walnuts have
cooked, turn the oven temperature up to 500°F (250°C, or gas mark 10). Stretch the pizza dough to fit a nonstick 14-inch (35.5 cm) pizza pan. Bake the dough until it is golden brown, about 7 minutes. Let
cool slightly.

Spread the carrot sauce over the baked dough. Top with the onions, cauliflower, walnuts, black olives, and bell peppers. Bake the pizza for another 7 minutes While the pizza bakes, lightly dress the microgreens with the melted coconut oil and balsamic vinegar. Top the warm pizza with the microgreens, sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes, and serve.

Yield: Serves 2 to 4


Superfoods for Life, Coconut

Coconuts have been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine for their healing and beautifying properties, as well as being used in anti-viral and anti-bacterial products. Coconuts also show promise in stabilizing blood sugar and as a natural weight loss aid. This unique superfood can even be made into flour and used in gluten-free cooking and baking.

Superfoods for Life, Coconut shows you how to integrate coconut meat, milk, oil, butter, and flour into your diet with 75 delicious recipes for incredible health. This handy guide provides an overview of coconuts, fun history and facts and its reputed nutritional benefits, along with a focus on key nutritional properties and “cures” associated with coconuts (detoxification, weight loss, super immunity, disease fighting, and beauty to name a few). Each chapter references studies and research. There are so many ways to use coconutthe possibilities for cooking and healing are endless!