February 14, 2014

Homemade Gluten Free Pizza

Do you find it hard to purchase or make a pizza with your food allergies and sensitives or due to a healthy eating/vegan lifestyle?  I have found it near impossible to purchase pre-made frozen pizzas from the grocery store as there is always 1-2 ingredients or products in them or on them I can't have due to allergies. I have discovered the best combinations with gluten free and dairy free brands to create a delicious pizza that is safe for your digestive tract and only takes about 12-15 minutes in the oven. This is truly a tasty guilt free meal.

I have tried many gluten free pizza doughs and found my favourite crust. It's the Udi's Gluten Free pizza crust. It's a beautiful brown rice based thin crust pizza packed with flavour. It doesn't have the awkward taste that some GF crusts have or the strange texture. I served this pizza to friends that don't eat Gluten Free at a dinner party and they couldn't believe when I told them it was all GF and dairy free. They thought it was absolutely delicious. The Udi's package comes with 2 personal sized pizza crusts to customize to your liking. Udi's has several other of my favourite products such as their breads, bagels, and desserts.

I use the following recipe to create the perfect gluten-free dairy-free pizza sauce or if I'm feeling a little lazy and want a quick fix I will use a plain tomato pasta sauce.

1 6-Ounce Can Tomato Paste
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
½ Cup Water
3 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
2 Tablespoons Dried Oregano
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
¼ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
½ Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
You can really go crazy with any of your favourite toppings but be sure all your meats are all 
gluten free and GMO free. You can find gluten free pepperoni at your local grocery stores in
beef and turkey flavours. Ask an employee to help you find it. Metro and Sobeys has them 
at the deli counter beside in store pre-made pizza shelf. 

Now the cheese is the most important part and the hardest taste
to get right when going diary free and gluten free. The best
brand I found is Daiya. It has a couple different cheeses such as 
mozzarella and cheddar from shredded to block cheese and 
also new grilled cheese melt-able slices. This is found at
specialty health food stores such as Whole Foods, Organic
Garage etc. The shredded Daiya cheese is now available by the
 tofu section in produce at your local grocery store.

Here's a few of it's benefits:
  • Cholesterol free
  • Trans Fat free
  • Dairy free
  • Free of all animal products (Vegan)
  • Free of common allergens including: Dairy (casein and lactose), soy, gluten, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts
  • Free of Artificial Ingredients
  • Free of Preservatives
  • Free of Hormones & Antibiotics
  • Kosher
 Look at the back of the Udi's crust package for baking instructions. 


Danielle said...

Just a heads up, almost all Udi's products use eggs which most people consider dairy. You should mention that because some people may buy it without looking at the label and end up being allergic to it or vegan.

Telomere said...

Could be less confusing as far as dietary choices go. Lots of talk about vegan, but no mention that the crusts have egg.
I'll have to look for them since most of the crusts I have tried aren't very good.
Not sure about the commennters statement that "most people consider dairy" to include eggs. I literally don't think I've ever met anybody that ignorant or misinformed, but obviously there must be a few out there.

Joanna said...

Where do you find your eggs in the grocery store? Dairy section.