Vegan, Gluten Free Pizza
- Gluten Free Crust. For pre-made crust, Udi’s is the easiest to find, but there are others. You can make your own, too…that’s way more time than I want to spend.
- Red Sauce - I like Trader Joe’s Arrabiata...kinda spicy
- Assorted veggies - I like mushrooms, chard or spinach, onion, garlic and red pepper
- Vegan Cheese - optional. You can make your own or use any of the available. I personally like Parma and Miyokos.
- Vegan Sausage or Pepperoni - optional
To assemble: I like to get the crusts a little toasty before I start adding the toppings…it keeps the crust crisp. As the crusts are heating, I also like to roast the red peppers by cutting in half and seeding and then pressing flat onto a parchment lined cooking sheet. Next, I sprinkle some of the faux Parmesan on the crust and tear up small pieces of chard to line entire crust.
In a sauté pan, I sauté thinly sliced onion, garlic, mushrooms and faux sausage in the Arrabiata sauce until the mushrooms and onions are soft.
10 Benefits of Eating Gluten-free
- Better Digestive Health
- Increased Energy Levels
- Reduced Inflammation
- Healthier Diet for a Healthier Life
- Better Mood
- Improved Cholesterol Levels
- Reduced Risk of Heart Disease & Diabetes
- Ward off Viruses and Germs
- Promotes Healthy Weight-loss
- Lower Chance of getting another Auto-immune Disease
Why Go Dairy-Free?
The vegan diet, often known as the “plant strong” diet, is growing in popularity as more people discover its health benefits over an animal-based diet.
Many experts may consider The China Study as a kick-off point for the growing acceptance of the vegan lifestyle. This twenty-year extensive study (referenced as “the most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease” by The New York Times) illustrated some clear connections between health and diet types. When people ate more animal products, there were more occurrences of the types of cancers that are common in the West. Most cancers increased in direct proportion to the quantity of animal products eaten and decreased in correlation to the amount of fruits, vegetables, and beans consumed. In areas that had the lowest animal product consumption, the cancers and heart disease were almost absent.
Vegan diets, packed with essential levels of fiber and complex carbohydrates (not to mention solid levels of folic acid, vitamins C and E, and iron), have less saturated fat and help people maintain lower cholesterol, lower triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure, and can even help to lower fasting blood glucose levels.
Some research states that a vegan diet can lead to increased pancreatic beta-cell function, which lessens the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Some medical professionals actually recommend low-fat vegan diets to effectively manage type 2 diabetes through the improvement of glycemia and plasma lipids.
Additional research has linked an animal-free diet to weight loss, lower body mass index (BMI), increased energy, and minimized risk factors for serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and other inflammatory conditions.
The nutrients in your pizza
Tomatoes are the main ingredient in pizza sauce & contain lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant & scientific research has found a link between lycopene & lower levels of certain cancers. Lycopene has also been found to be beneficial to the heart & blood vessels, skin, & bones. When tomatoes are cooked, for pizza sauce, the lycopene levels are higher & easier for the body to absorb.
Other vegetable toppings contain nutrients that promote better health.. Onions contain chromium & vitamin C, & can help regulate blood sugar, blood pressure & cholesterol. Bell peppers contain high levels of antioxidants & vitamins C, B6, & A, which help keep cells healthy. These vitamins also support the immune system, metabolism, digestive health & good vision.
Mushrooms contain zinc, riboflavin & potassium, all necessary for many important functions in the body & help keep the central nervous system healthy. Combined, these nutrients go a long way to protect your heart & prevent disease.