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Quinoa Pizza

One of the things I miss most about student life and my pre-FODMAP days is rolling out of bed midday any day of the week feeling somewhat fragile and trying to piece together the night before. The realisation then hits that the only way of ever feeling normal again is by ordering a large Domino’s pizza with all the sides, extra dips and ice cream.

Days like these are nothing but a mere fantasy now. After a fun-filled bank holiday weekend I was determined to bring back that feeling of joy that only pizza can bring you. I’m still loving my broccoli pizza but have been desperate to try out Deliciously Ella’s quinoa pizza. So today, I did just that. It’s easy to make, has all the deliciousness of pizza but without the gluten, FODMAPs or hidden preservatives and with extra nutritional benefits from the quinoa.

Ingredients: (makes one 8-inch pizza)

Pizza base:

  • ¾ cup quinoa
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Italian herb mix (oregano, basil etc.)
  • 1 tsp. chilli flakes
  • Pinch of salt

Toppings:  

  • 2 tbsp. tomato puree
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ bell pepper
  • 6 broccoli stalks
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp. chilli flakes
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Sprinkling of salt and pepper

The Deliciously Ella recipe recommends soaking the quinoa overnight, however, I only had time to do it for 1 hour (hunger called) and it seemed to still work out well.

Preheat the oven to 190°C. Drain any water left with the quinoa and place the quinoa in a food processor with the remaining pizza base ingredients. A smooth dough consistency should appear similar to pancake mix.

Line a cake tin with oil and pour the mixture in, spreading it out evenly. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the base is firm. You may find it crumbles slightly around the edges.

Quinoa Pizza

When ready, remove from the oven and coat the base with the tomato puree. Top with whatever takes your fancy. I went for tomatoes, pepper, broccoli and parmesan – a delicious combo!

Place the pizza back in the oven for an additional 5-minutes so the cheese melts, the toppings heat up and the base becomes perfectly crisp.

Quinoa Pizza

Finally, plate up and enjoy! It’ll leave you feeling much better than a Domino’s!

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Low FODMAP│IBS│Low Lactose│Low Gluten│Low Fructose

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