Socca Pancake Pizza
When people go gluten and dairy free, often the first thing they think is, "Oh no! I can't eat pizza!" However, this doesn't have to be the case. There is always a way to do things with a little imagination. This pizza recipe is not only gluten and dairy free, but also maize and yeast free.
The base couldn't be easier. It's basically Gram Flour (made from chickpeas) and water. Use a mug full of each, whisk together and fry in some extra virgin olive oil or Coconut Oil. You may want to fry a minute or two longer the normal to ensure they are firm before adding your topping. Place into a baking tray or pizza tray if you have one.
Cover your base with chopped tomatoes or passata. Did you know that tomatoes release an important antioxidant called lycopene on heating? Lycopene is important for cancer prevention and is especially helpful in prostate health.
For your topping, simply fry some onions and other vegetables that you have available such as mushrooms, peppers or courgettes in a pan until soft. Then simply cover your tomato sauce with your veg and a few delicious olives. Season with some sea salt and black pepper and a good sprinkle of oregano or mixed herbs. Add some cold meats (if you prefer) and your choice of cheese. (Both Sainsbury's and Tesco have a range of Dairy free cheeses to suit your palate.)
Finally, pop in a medium pre-heated oven or under a grill for a minute or two to melt the cheese and serve. Simple as that! You could make this when you're super tired and have next to nothing in the house. I did! Enjoy with a crunchy salad.
The base obviously has the texture of a pancake but I have to say it tastes absolutely delicious!
The advantage of using gram flour is that it is high in magnesium, calcium and folate and B6 (making it ideal for pregnancy!) It's high fibre along with protein means that it supports energy and weight management through supporting blood glucose.
Bon appetit! x
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