8 hours soaking quinoa, 10 minutes prep
Soak 1 cup of quinoa in water for at least 8 hours. You are not going to cook the quinoa - just need to soak it to get to the right consistency to blend into a nice batter consistency
1 cup quinoa soaked for at least 8 hours
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp thyme, basil, oregano, parsley or combination
1 tsp arrowroot starch
1 tbsp flaxseeds (or ground flaxseed)
1 tbsp olive oil
As seen in photo: 1/2 cup pizza sauce, 1 cup chopped broccoli, 1/2 cup sliced onion, 1 cup sliced red bell peppers, 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
Be creative and use vegetables you enjoy the most! I love putting avocado or mashed black beans on pizza as a great substitute for cheese. Nutritional yeast also has a cheesy flavor and you can sprinkle about 1-2 tbsp on the finished pizza. Depending on the time you have, you can fry or steam the vegetables before baking, or you can just add them raw and bake.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in a large, nonstick frying pan on medium heat. Mix rest of ingredients in a blender until it looks like pancake batter. Pour batter into pan and turn down to medium-low. Fry for about 5-10 minutes, using a spatula to check underneath and make sure it doesn't burn. It's like cooking a giant pancake! Turn over when bottom is cooked by carefully sliding the crust onto a large plate and then flipping it over and back into the pan to cook the other side. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on it and using spatula to determine when it's cooked through. Once done, slide the crust onto a baking sheet. Add your choice of toppings, either cooked or raw, and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and enjoy!
I recommend adding nutritional yeast AFTER baking. Same goes for avocado if you choose to use it. Olives, also, can really affect the flavor if you bake them with the pizza, which you may like, but you may also prefer to add those after baking.
You can use the quinoa crust as bread, too! Such an awesome gluten-free, protein-packed alternative. Just do the first part, no baking, and you may want to fry it a little longer to ensure it's fully cooked through. Cool, cut into pieces of your chosen size and you can use as toast for breakfast or to go with soup or other meals. Store in the refrigerator.