Last night I persevered and stuck with my diet, watching everyone else eat pizza and cake at our older boys’ end-of-season party and award ceremony (they both received the Varsity award!) for their high school hockey team, while I snacked on a bag of plantain chips… Tonight I finally took the time to try another new “pizza” recipe (from one of my new favorite cookbooks) for myself with all sorts of interesting toppings: arugula, figs, grapes and prosciutto. It turned out amazing!
.: Thin Pizza Crust :.
- 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup warm water
Preheat the oven to 425˚F. Line a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Slowly pour in the olive oil, stirring continually as you pour. Mix in the warm water. Place the dough on the prepared cookie sheet or pizza pan. Lay another sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough and roll the dough into a 1/4 inch crust. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, until light golden brown and crisp. Use for a pizza recipe or cool, wrap in plastic wrap, and store in refrigerator for up to 24 hours or freezer for up to 3 months.
.: Prosciutto & Fig Bistro Pizza :.
- 1 Thin Pre-Baked Pizza Crust
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 6 slices prosciutto, chopped (I used Columbus, not sure if it’s 100% AIP)
- 1/2 cup chopped dried Turkish figs
- 1/2 cup halved red grapes
- 5 ounces arugula
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped prosciutto, figs, and grapes to the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the prosciutto is crispy. Add the arugula and stir continuously until completely wilted, about 2 minutes. Top the pizza crust with the mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes, until the top layer is golden and crispy.
.: Canadian Bacon & Pineapple Pizza :.
Last month I made the “ham & pineapple pizza” from The Healing Kitchen and have made it quite a few times since then as well. Perhaps it’s because I hadn’t had pizza, one of my old favorites, in nearly a year, but I love these recipes. They are so good! I’ve also made a garlic chicken pizza that turned out great too.
- 1 Thin Pre-Baked Pizza Crust
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2/3 cup thinly sliced yellow onions
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup diced pineapple (canned or fresh – I used frozen tidbits from Trader Joe’s)
- 1 cup shredded spinach (I used chopped, frozen from Trader Joe’s)
- 6 oz uncured ham or Canadian Bacon, diced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (I used 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for a few minutes until softened and fragrant. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes, until the pineapple begins to release some of its juice.
Spoon the topping onto the pizza crust using a slotted spoon, leaving as much juice in the pan as possible. Lightly press the toppings down into the pre-baked pizza crust. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes in the center of the oven, until the ham begins to turn golden brown with crisp edges. Let rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve immediately.
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Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.