Quick Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza

This is a quick and easy way to make use of what you have in your garden or your fridge. Pizzas are the most forgiving thing because most things taste great heated together with a bit of cheese (Diaya not dairy) and bread! When I’m in a pinch and do not feel like making everything from scratch I use Almond Glory pizza crust. They are in the frozen gluten-free section at my local whole foods. What I like most about these crusts they can handle some serious weight and you cook them in the little black plates they come in so clean up is very easy.

On this pizza I put a bit of organic marinara sauce and then two flavors of Diaya Cheese (Mozzarella and Pepper-jack shreds) Then from my garden I cut up a sweet onion and a hippy looking heirloom roma tomato that is green and red and from my fridge some crimini mushrooms. That’s all! Prep time 5 minutes 10 if you have to pick your veggies from out back.

Toss this little baby in the oven at 425 for 20 – 30 minutes depending how crispy you like your crust and viola gluten-free vegan goodness! While in the oven you have time to whip up a little salad and dinner is delish, healthy and no animals products were used!As with all things in life go easy on yourself, the planet and don’t forget my mantra

Eat, Heal, Live!

Scrummy Organic Quinoa Burgers

Healthy and awesome lunch

 

This recipe can definitely make most people re-think vegan burgers because it is really satisfying and has so many delicious things you don’t miss the meat! Great for entertaining and you can cook a big batch and eat them cold the next day too.

Organic Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (2 cups water and 1 cup quinoa= extra quinoa for salad tomorrow, bring to boil and simmer for about 15 minutes until all liquid is absorbed. Fluff with fork )
  • 2 large sweet potatoes or yams cubed and cooked ( 3 cups cooked is what you want)
  • 1 can no salt added black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 (heaping) cup quinoa flour or other gluten-free flour like garbanzo bean or almond
  • 1 ear of fresh corn cut from cob
  • 1/2 large red onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne (or more if you like it hot!)
  • Salt and Pepper to your liking

Preparation:

  1. Peel and cube your sweet potatoes or yams and place gently in large pot of boiling water. Cook until tender (about 20 minutes) Drain and put in a bowl to let cool.
  2. Cook your quinoa next so they can cool together.
  3. While those are cooking preheat your over to 400 – 425 (adjust according to your oven) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. ( I used oil and they do stick so choose your non stick weapon of choice)
  4. In a large bowl put 1/2 can of beans and mash those puppies with a fork.
  5. When the potatoes have cooled, roughly mash them with a fork.
  6. Add potatoes, quinoa, corn, the rest of the beans, flour, onion and spices. Stir together until just combined. (If your mixture seems too moist I adjust with a little more flour)
  7. This mixture makes between 10 – 14 burgers depending on the size you make. Gather handfuls of the “burger” mix and shape into patties. Place directly on baking sheet.
  8. Cook each side for 20-25 minutes. They can be tricky to turn because they do not have gluten (glue) to hold them together, do not let this discourage you! If they are too squishy leave them in for another 10 minutes per side.
  9. I broil mine for the last few minutes to give them a little crispy edge on both sides and find this really helps with the end result.

Notes:

These burgers are wonderful on gluten-free buns with lettuce, red onion and a bit of veganaise/aioli and mustard! They are also great cold the next day with a salad and no bun.

Gluten free cooking is tricky and often frustrating. You are not alone when you go to flip the burgers and they are mushy and lose their shape! Don’t worry they are completely re-shape-able and the longer they cook, the more manageable they become and you will have a quinoa burger that you can proudly serve to your friends and family!

Hope you enjoy them and remember…….EAT…..HEAL…..LIVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really appreciate being appreciated!

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I send a big thank you to Julia Christine Glass for reading my little blog and spreading the love with this award! It feels awesome to have kind words given and even better to make friends in this very small and unusual world of blogging.

So this is how this works:

1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.
3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.
4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.
5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.

http://twogirlsandaroad.com/ is a wonderfully fun blog to read and I was a single mom for a period of time and can really relate to this team!

http://romancingthebee.com/ has me really considering building my own bee house which say quite a lot since I have some pretty serious allergies to those little buggers. A really beautiful blog for anyone who loves incredible recipes and garden photographs.

I know it says to share with a bunch more blogs and appreciate them but I really am quite new and have not found the time to read more. I promise I will get better as soon as it doesn’t take me forever to write!

1. What is your favorite color?  Green

2. What is your favorite animal?  The ones with fur

3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?  water – yup boring but its pretty much all I drink

4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?  I love the old facebook

5. What is your favorite pattern?  paisley

6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents?  love to give

7. What is your favorite number?  23

8. What is your favorite day of the week?  Friday

9. What is your favorite flower?  California Poppy

10. What’s your passion?  Life!

Thanks again Julia so glad to have connected here.

Enjoy the week everyone

We are the sum of our parts

My approach to life is that we are the sum our parts. What makes us whole will take us to a deeper level of understanding how we function emotionally, spiritually and nutritionally. Really getting this and seeing that these elements of our life are deeply integrated and operate as one is paramount in developing a way of healing that works on your whole being.

Definition of Integration: combining and coordinating diverse elements into a whole.

If you ever saw or read the book Dr. Doolittle do you remember the pushmepullyou?  If we approach life with the understanding that our body mind and spirit operate together as a whole unit then as I address your areas of concern we will be able to see how each area will have a three fold result. Its a beautiful composition our body and the integration of an organic diet, finding what makes you truly happy, exercising and curing what ails you through nutrition is a very powerful way to adopt a new way of thinking, healing and believing.