Here is a creative way to reintroduce dairy (cheese, sour cream) into your meals tomorrow on Day 11. By using quinoa to make a pizza “crust,” you create a high-protein, gluten-free vegetarian base upon which to scatter thin slices of zucchini (or another thinly shaved vegetable) and goat cheese! Feel free to try any variety of toppings that suit your Dosha and taste preferences.
Did you know that there is quinoa grown right here in Manitoba? Look for Tamarack Farms‘ quinoa sold at Organic Planet (877 Westminster Ave).
Zucchini goat cheese pizza with a quinoa crust
(adapted from Raw: Recipes for a modern vegetarian lifestyle, by Solla Eiríksdóttir)
makes 1 pizza
For the crust:
¾ cup (115 g) quinoa, uncooked
½ tsp sea salt flakes
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp black pepper
1 ½ tsp dried oregano
¼ cup (20 g) grated cheddar cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
For the topping:
½ cup goat cheese
¼ cup sour cream
½ zucchini, very thinly sliced
Hemp seeds (for sprinkling)
Olive oil (for drizzling)
Soak the quinoa overnight in water, covered. The next day, drain the quinoa and blend it with ¼ cup water, salt, garlic, pepper, and oregano, until it is smooth. Pour the batter into a bowl and stir in the cheese and oil.
Put a 9” tart ring on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and pour the batter into the ring. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for about 20 minutes, and then remove. Wearing oven mitts, cover the crust with another baking sheet, and flip the baking sheets over with the crust between them. It is a daring maneuver, but if you feign confidence you will be fine. Bake on the second sheet for another 5-10 minutes.
Remove the crust from the oven and lower the temperature to 350°F. Mix together the goat cheese and sour cream, and spread it over the crust. Lay out the zucchini slices, and bake for another 10 minutes. Right before serving, sprinkle over some hemp seeds and olive oil. Slice and eat.
This makes one pizza, but I think if you double the recipe you could forgo the tart ring situation and have enough batter to spread across an entire baking sheet to make a rectangular pizza crust.