Beet Pesto Pizza with Goat Cheese (Gluten-Free)

Beets and Pesto and Goat Cheese, Oh My! 

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Enjoy a party in your mouth with every bite of this guilt and Gluten-Free Beet Pesto Pizza. I love it when my favorite ingredients collide into one fantastic, vibrant, and delicious meal (Thanks, mom, for finding and sharing this recipe with me). 

Yes - creating this tasty gluten-free pizza takes some time, but it is definitely worth the effort. Sip your favorite iced-tea or a glass of wine, listen to some soul-filled jazz, and enjoy the pizza-creating process because a little anticipation makes this meal even more amazing. Packed with antioxidants, beets are also high in Folate, Fiber, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, and Iron making this pizza a powerhouse of nutritional benefits. Thank you, beets. Although this pizza is not vegan, the recipe is definitely vegan friendly as there are many alternatives to using eggs and cheese. You may wish to use an egg substitute (3:1 water to Chia seeds) and/or cashew cheese. Creating a vegan pesto with Bragg's Nutritional Yeast and walnuts is also a nutritious option. Explore various toppings and share your experiences with me. I would love to hear from you. 


INGREDIENTS

for Pesto

  • 1 cup red beets, chopped and roasted
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup roasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

for Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Toppings

  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1 cup red spinach
  • 1/2 golden beet, thinly sliced with mandolin or sharp knife

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  2. Dice up beets into one-inch thick cubes
  3. Wrap in tinfoil and place on a thin baking sheet 
  4. Put in oven for 50 minutes
  5. Prepare other ingredients for pesto
  6. In a large mixing bowl, combine your almond flour, eggs, salt, and coconut oil and mix well
  7. Lightly oil parchment paper with coconut oil and lay over a small pizza pan (about 8 1/2 inches or so). 
  8. Press the dough into the parchment paper-lined pan
  9. Place the dough into the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size/thickness of your dough
  10. When your beets are done, remove them and let them cool
  11. Transfer all pesto ingredients into a food processor/blender and blend until you have a smooth, pureed mixture
  12. When dough is ready, remove from the oven and let cool slightly
  13. Spoon on your pesto evenly, leaving space for your crust
  14. Layer on your red spinach leaves over the pesto
  15. Add on the thin slices of golden beets
  16. Sprinkle your mozzarella and goat cheese evenly over the pizza
  17. Put back in oven for 15-20 minutes, until your cheese begins to brown slightly

Remove from oven, let cool, and then slice and enjoy!

Photo Credit: Mimi McCormick/ Recipe from Aloha.com


Beet Pasta with Ricotta

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Beet and pasta lovers, spruce up pasta night with beets and ricotta. Choose your favorite whole-wheat or gluten-free pasta and toss with pureed beets, walnuts, olive oil, and sundried tomatoes. Top with ricotta or goat cheese for extra pizazz and added flavor. 

Not only is this recipe tasty and simple, this delicious beet pasta is also filled with incredible nutrients, such as lycopene (sun-dried tomatoes) and the phytonutrient betalain (beets). Lycopene, high in antioxidants, is a red pigment found in many red fruits and vegetable such as tomatoes and beets. The phytonutrient betalain (found in beets) also provides antioxidants and may reduce inflammation. 


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound red beets, trimmed, scrubbed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped tomatoes
  • Red-pepper flakes
  • 12 ounces spagetthi (or preferred pasta)
  • 1/2 cup fresh ricotta

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drizzle beets with oil and season with salt. Wrap tightly in foil and roast until tender, 45 minutes. Peel and chop once cool.

  2. Pulse beets, walnuts, and tomatoes in a food processor. Season with salt and red-pepper flakes.

  3. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup water, and return to pot.

  4. Toss with beet mixture, adding pasta water until creamy. Serve with ricotta, a drizzle of oil, and red-pepper flakes.

Recipe adapted from: http://www.wholeliving.com/157177/beet-pasta-ricotta / Photo Credit: Christopher Baker