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Easy Peasy Spinach Pesto Pizza

Hi my Joyous readers!

If you follow me on twitter or have tried recipes on joyous health you've probably noticed I LOVE pizza! You might be surprised to know that pizza can be done healthfully, at the same time as being absolutely delicious. Yes, these two words can go together in the same recipe. I always find it amusing when I tell people that I eat pizza and they scrunch up their nose and say "Really? You eat pizza?". Yes I do!

Now I beg you, please do not to eat junk food pizza! Just for your information, the average take out slice of pizza has nearly 700mg of sodium and that's not because they are dumping table salt on top. That's because of all the processed ingredients such as phood-like cheese and factory farmed processed meat.

And you can bet that most pizza crusts are made with genetically modified wheat. The type of wheat and cheese most take out pizza is made with is like glue in your body. Ever wonder why you feel like crap the next day after indulging in those fast food pizzas? Seriously, they are no better than eating at a fast food burger joint. Sadly, the government is not going to protect you by banning phood-like substances from fast food joints and these restaurants are certainly not going to disclose all their dirty secrets.

If you don't make it yourself, then of course the ONLY acceptable place to eat pizza in Toronto is Pizza Libretto. ;) I'm sure there are more, but PL happens to be my fave! Plus they support many local farmers! Or if you want to eat raw vegan pizza then Rawlicious is the best -- the crust is gluten-free and made from sprouted buckwheat and flaxseed with a cashew nut cheese.

Let's get right to this recipe you see in the photo above!

Mains + Sides
Ingredients
  • 2 sprouted organic wheat tortilla shells. If you want a gluten-free option use the brown rice tortillas. They work just as well!
Pesto
  • 2-4 handfuls raw spinach (or any leafy green)
  • 4 sundried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds (or pine nuts or almonds)
  • 1 garlic clove (do half if you are not a garlic-lover)
  • 3-4 basil leaves
  • 4 gluggs of extra-virgin olive oil (or 1/4 cup -- this all depends how creamy you like your pesto) aka EVOO
  • Sea salt & pepper
Pizza Toppings
  • 1 thinly sliced tomato
  • 1 package soft goat cheese
  • Handful raw spinach
  • Drizzle EVOO
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • A few leaves of fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into your food processor and give it a whirl till it's creamy-like! I actually made this pesto for pasta a few nights earlier so it was super fast as I just used the leftovers. Hint: Always make extra pesto and store it in the fridge. It's perfect combined with evoo for a salad dressing or to make pizza in a pinch!

I got a pizza stone for a wedding shower gift and let me tell you this thing is AMAZING!!! It was from Williams Sonoma and it's this one.

By the way, this pizza recipe would go nicely with my Arugula Apple Almond Salad - yummy! EnJOY!

2 Comments
best pizza in ottawa   •   August 5, 2013

Thank you for this very informative blog, the information within was interesting and well presented, looking forward to reading more from you.

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Sarah   •   October 22, 2013

I just made a version of this, I bought the fresh pre-made spelt crust from Nature's it was so good!!!

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