I used to be the bread and pasta queen. Ask my family. Pasta was my go-to meal at home and out at restaurants. Bread was my best friend. Pizza was too.
90% of the time my breakfast consisted of a toasted English muffin. No egg or protein, just a buttered, toasted muffin and a chai tea latte. (Carbs and sugar) Lunch was usually pizza or some pasta or a sandwich with thick, fluffy, white bread, often times it was fast food with a soda. (Again, carbs and sugar) If I was cooking dinner it was probably one of my 5 rotating meals: tacos, tuna casserole, spaghetti,goulash or some other pasta casserole type dish. Pretty much pasta with garlic bread for a side every night. (Except when my husband cooked) and we almost always had dessert so we would end the day with carbs, and sugar.When I really stop and think about that, it’s a miracle that I wasn’t overweight. Carbs and sugar. That’s what I ate. Always.
When I started eating paleo I learned some really easy ways to skip the carbs. I started by replacing hamburger buns with lettuce. I order sandwiches as lettuce wraps too. Pasta is replaced with spiralized veggies, like zucchini. Spaghetti squash is an awesome pasta replacement too. Replacing sodas with water and having a little bit of dark chocolate for dessert help too. Honestly, I don’t miss the bread and pasta that much. There are lots of ways to satisfy the pasta cravings with healthy replacements.
I do have to be honest and tell you that I do miss pizza though. We used to order pizza about once a week. If I had to chose I’d say pizza is/was my favorite food.
We have tried a bunch of paleo pizza crust recipes over the past 20 months. Cauliflower pizza crust is good but it just isn’t close enough to the original. I’ve made a couple almond flour pizza crusts. Also good, just not quite right. I’ve ordered packaged paleo pizza mix that you just add egg and oil to. Still not my favorite. I recently tried the pizza crust recipe from Juli Bauer’s Paleo cookbook. It is so stinkin good! I swear that girl’s recipes are ALL amazing! My little paleojr says it’s his favorite and that we don’t need to try anymore recipes. 🙂 I would have to agree with him. The main ingredient is tapioca flour. The texture and flavor are great. I love it. And it’s really easy.
Obviously you shouldn’t eat paleo baked goods all the time. The point of paleo is to eat meats, veggies, nuts, seeds and fruit, whole foods. Baked goods should be a treat. I make pizza about every two weeks. I’d say we have paleo tortillas or flatbread once a week, maybe. I often make cauliflower flatbread though. It’s literally eggs, cauliflower and spices. That’s it. Simple and healthy.
I wasn’t planning to share that recipe but I’ll give you a bonus recipe tonight because the cauliflower flatbread could be a game changer for some of you out there 🙂
It’s one head of cauliflower, riced, then microwaved for 10 mins.
Then stir in 3 eggs and add whatever spices you like. I used salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and basil.
Spread onto a parchment lined sheet and bake at 400 for 25 mins. Check and bake for 5 more if necessary. If you chose to eat dairy you could sprinkle a little grass fed cheese on top before baking too! Yum!
Paleo Pizza Crust by Paleomg
3 large eggs
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cups tapioca flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Line baking sheet with parchment paper
In a med mixing bowl whisk together eggs, coconut milk, and olive oil
In a large mixing bowl mix together the flours, baking powder, and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into dry and whisk until smooth.
Pour the dough onto lined baking sheet and spread with a silicone spatula. Dough will fluff during baking, so make the dough as flat and even as possible.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until the crust is cooked through in the middle. Let cool for 5 minutes before adding toppings as desired. Add toppings then bake an additional 10-12 mins.