Its been awhile since I posted a recipe that didn’t involve dark chocolate, but here’s a pizza idea that is appropriate for this time of year: March Madness! Who doesn’t love a little pizza with their basketball? This pizza was inspired by Papa John’s Buffalo Chicken Pizza that I often ate in my pre-Paleo days. I had to post a picture to show how the original looks compared to the Paleo version.
Was it delicious? Yes. How did I feel after eating it? Like I didn’t want to move from the couch. 😉 Also, one slice contains 1,050 mg of sodium. Dietary guidelines for Americans states you shouldn’t consume more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day, so just one slice of that pizza is almost half of your daily intake. That would be great if you only ate one meal a day. I know I need more food than that though. 😉
So, I decided to create a healthier version that still had that hot sauce, chicken, and ranch taste with more vegetables and a lot less salt.
First, I made my usual almond flour crust. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees then combine the following ingredients in a bowl:
2 cups almond meal (flour)
3 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp garlic powder
1 ½ tbsp rosemary (chopped)
Put it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown. Here’s what you’ll need for the toppings:
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into bite size pieces
1/2 diced onion
1 head of diced cauliflower, steamed
3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is made with aged cayenne pepper, distilled vinegar, garlic, and a pinch of salt)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup of natural ranch dressing (you can also make your own ranch, I’ve just had bad luck making my own dressings in the past, so I used Annie’s gluten-free, organic ranch dressing this time). If you’re interested in making your own Paleo ranch here’s a link to a recipe: http://www.paleoeffect.com/recipes/paleo-ranch-dressing-paleo-effect/
Melt your coconut oil and combine it in a bowl with the hot sauce. Once your chicken is done, toss it in the hot sauce mixture and let it soak for a few minutes.
Spread your diced onion and diced steamed cauliflower on the cooked pizza crust then add your chicken toppings.
Once all of your toppings are on the pizza, drizzle on some ranch, and you’re done!
This pizza had a great flavor and I didn’t find the hot sauce overwhelming. It had about the same “heat” as a jar of medium salsa, plus the ranch helped cool it down. Kevin was definitely a fan of this one!
Also, the cauliflower was a good filler ingredient. It didn’t have a whole lot of flavor but added some extra texture (since this is a cheese-less pizza and all).
If anyone makes this pizza, let me know how it turns out! Enjoy!