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Saturday, February 1, 2014
Pizza -- Saturday's Meatza Pizza Pie -- Grain free & Low Carb Heaven!
This evening I made pizza for dinner. I had hoped to make it last night but got home too late from Costco. This morning I made myself an awesome omelet filled with meat and veggies. I used the other half of my omelet meat and veggie filling as the topping for tonight's pizza and doctored it just a little bit more by adding more mushrooms, spinach and roasted tomatoes. For those of you that didn't see my omelet this morning, I will give you a run down on the topping for tonight's pizza: well browned ground sirloin, diced onion, diced fresh mushrooms, fresh baby spinach and oven roasted roma tomatoes (packed in oil). When I reheated my filling to top my pizza, I added more mushrooms, baby spinach and oven roasted roma tomatoes (everything was pre-cooked before placing on pizza). I decided to use the roasted tomatoes instead of pizza sauce because they have such a rich deep tomato flavor. I made my favorite Almond-Flax-Parmesan Pizza Crust and after my crust was done (you pre-bake the crust), I topped it with sliced mozzarella cheese and then piled it with the cooked beef and veggie topping and added a little additional mozzarella, and some shredded Parmigiana Reggiano. I gave it a final topping of Boar's Head pepperoni and a little thinly sliced onion, then baked it for an additional 7 to 8 minutes to melt everything together until bubbly. Honestly, this was probably one of the best pizzas I have ever had...regular or grain free! I have been making this crust for a long time time (since going grain free) but the combination of flavors in the toppings, especially the oven roasted roma tomatoes was outstanding. I ate a little less than half of the small rectangular pizza. While I don't usually drink sodas, this evening I decided to have a cola with my pizza. It's made by Zevia which uses stevia to sweeten it. I probably don't drink more than 1 or occasionally 2 a year...but I like to keep a few on hand in case the mood should ever strike. I definitely had "Saturday Night Pizza Fever" tonight and was glad I waited until this evening to make and enjoy it. If you have just recently gone grain free and are missing pizza...this crust is definitely worth trying. I snapped a few photos below and the recipe for my pizza crust can be found here: Pizza Crust. Enjoy!
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GG, what no Chianti with your fabulous Pizza ?
I was intrigued with the Kirkland
sundried tomatoes, I have never seen that particular one at our store, like so many other products that you found. By the way the Tri-Tip Roast was 2 $ more per pound here.
Did I mention that we love your Pizza!
Bis bald, Barbara.
Hi Barbara! No Chianti tonight! LOL I really love these tomatoes and am afraid they will stop carrying them (which always seems to happen when I find something I really, really, like)...so I bought another jar of them last night "just in case". Interesting that your tri-tip was $2.00 more per pound. I noticed at our Costco that our Maranatha almond butter jumped up in price since last week. I was paying $7.99 (was $6.99 last year) and it jumped up to $10.99 for the jar since last week. Glad you love the pizza, too! Bis bald :-)
I have 4 jars of Almond butter in the cellar. I am not using it enough!
We are enjoying our rain. We just had all our windows cleaned yesterday and voila here is the rain(exterior) 2 stories), but the rain is more important than sparkling windows! I enjoyed them for 6 hours!
Hi Barbara -- Wow -- you really are prepared with 4 jars of almond butter!!! I think I have 2. Well, it appears you at least made a good investment since it is going up in price! LOL Kind of like playing the stock market. Too bad about it raining that soon after your windows were washed...but I'm sure you are glad to see the rain. What are the odds of that though? That's what seems to happen every time I wash my car...it's a guarantee it will rain. Such is life. :-)
What an absolutely beautiful pizza!
I wonder if the almond butter is more expensive due to the drought in California. Apparently there is also a lack of bees. My husband read in a financial journal that almond trees need very large numbers of bees for pollination and that growers are having to import them from foreign countries.
PS: Glad to hear that it's raining somewhere in Calif.
Hi CyberSis! Thanks. I didn't think about that...but I bet the drought might just have something to do with the increase in almond butter prices. I did not know about the bee pollination of almond trees or that they were importing bees from other countries. If that's the case, lets just *hope* they don't import any bad killer bees by mistake! :-)
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