GLUTEN FREE PIZZA CRUST MADE FROM ZUCCHINI, CHEESE, AND EGG
How to Make Gluten Free Pizza Crust Made from Zucchini, Cheese, and Egg
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 35 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
- Use gluten free all purpose flour for best results
- Select your favourite toppings to accompany this pizza
- Use fresh basil for best results
1. Make pizza sauce by finely chopping tomatoes, garlic, and rosemary. Cook together in a pan on medium heat for 20 minutes. Cool and blend until smooth.
2. Preheat oven to high heat (500F).
3. Shred zucchini and press with fine cloth to remove excess liquid. Combine with flour, egg, cheddar cheese, basil, oregano and salt.
4. Shape the mixture on an appropriate pizza tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8 minutes.
5. Reduce heat in oven to 400F. Spread sauce on base and add desired toppings. Bake for a further 8 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly browned.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Anyone with a sensitive stomach or weak digestion will understand that terrible sinking feeling after eating a slice of processed pizza. The stodgy base feels like a lead balloon in your gut, the tangy tomato sauce sends an acidic after shock, while the heavily laden toppings of oily, stringy cheese and rich meat are enough for you to feel dull and lethargic for the rest of the night.
Share a Slice
Of course, there is a time and place for pizza. It's a social meal to share with family over relaxed conversation or to graze on during your Friday night movie. When a group of friends gather for a casual meal, pizza is often the most popular choice - a true people pleaser. Completely omitting pizza from your diet may leave you feeling deprived, but for some even having just one slice isn't worth the after effects. But where there's a will, there's a way!
A Lighter Option
Try this gluten free option to gain a new perspective on pizza. The zucchini base is far easier to digest than a traditional one, yet still holds the inviting pizza flavor with the addition of some cheddar cheese. The warming combination of classic carminatives - basil, garlic and rosemary - in the homemade tomato sauce will stimulate digestion and alleviate that heavy, congested sensation. Like most tomato bases, it may be too much heat for Pitta to handle. Add some of your favourite toppings, and include some roasted seasonal vegetables too. Serve with a light salad, kick back and relax.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
Is Gluten Free Pizza Crust Made from Zucchini, Cheese, and Egg Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT DIFFICULT GUNA
Difficult refers to anything that is difficult to digest, or takes a long time to digest.
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ABOUT GOOEY GUNA
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Rajasic foods stimulate desire or nervous energy. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Rajasic foods include chili peppers, coffee, and anything that stimulates movement.
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Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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Tamasic foods promote rest, sleepiness and stillness. Examples include wheat, mushrooms.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Lactose is a sugar found in milk derived from galactose and glucose. It is difficult for many people to digest.
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Nightshade, , Allergens
A member of the plant family Solanaceae. Members of this family have a tendency to irritate the liver and arthritic conditions. Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and bell peppers.
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Outward-moving substances stimulate circulation, push heat towards the skin, or are stimulating.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
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Heart & Circulation:
Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CARDIAC-STIMULANT
Kidney & Urinary:
Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIURETIC
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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I thought that cheese and eggs are a poor combination in Ayurvedic tradition, as are tomatoes and cheese. How can they be combined here without causing imbalance in the digestive system?
My husband and I liked this a lot. I do suggest baking the crust first at 500 degrees and then adding toppings and broiling. Super easy to digest!
You are correct that tomatoes and cheese can cause digestive upset. In the end, there is no perfect Ayurvedic recipe, but we have always to choose the lesser of 2 evils. In this case, some client want pizza and this is healthier alternative to gluten free.