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Rustic Sunflower Seed Pizza

Sunflower seeds make a tasty, firm and filling base for this gluten and dairy free pizza. Enjoy a classic favourite with a twist which is a nice sometimes choice to brighten up your meal options when you are eating a restricted diet. 

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A hearty meal.

Ingredients:

2 cups of raw activated sunflower seeds

2 free range eggs

1/2 cup of coconut flour

1/4 teaspoon sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

Herbs (add your favourite herbs for an extra tasty base).

Method:

Place all ingredients in the food processor (chopping blade) and process until the sunflower seeds are broken down to resemble an almond meal type consistency (rustic look).

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The processed mixture

This mix will make three pizzas. The base is very filling and quite dry so it needs a generous layer of moist toppings. Divide the mix into three and roll each pile into a ball.

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Use a rolling pin and your hands to gently roll the mix out. Make the edges neat with the back of a spoon. Ensure the base is well compressed.
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Pre-bake the base in a 180 degree celsius oven until the edges are turning golden. Let cool.
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Place your toppings on the base. I used a lovely spicy mince that was cooked, a large beaten egg and fresh rosemary. You can add more toppings than this as the base can hold them well.
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The cooked pizza.
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Top with rocket and enjoy.

This pizza was very nice cold the next day. It is extremely filling so you don’t need a huge serve. I would add a moist salad to it as well that has a dressing plus avocado as an example.

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Vegetable Spaghetti Pizza!

Vegetable spaghetti is a versatile, flavoursome and low carbohydrate food and in this recipe it is used as the main ingredient in the base of this delightful pizza. Gluten and dairy free, Paleo friendly, colourful and tasty. A meal to satisfy those who have been missing this traditional favourite.

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Paleo friendly and delicious.

If you are avoiding nightshades then leave the tomato paste off and use olive oil as the topping, leave off the capsicum and drizzle an egg over the top.

Ingredients: Base

1 whole baked Vegetable Spaghetti

1 cup of raw activated pumpkin seeds

1/2 red onion

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 tablespoons coconut flour

Pink rock salt and black pepper

Method: Base

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Cut the vegetable spaghetti lengthways in half using a serrated knife.
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Clean out the seeds and pulp with a spoon.
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Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pink rock salt and black pepper.
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Bake in a 180 Degree Celsius oven until golden and soft.
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Scrape out the vegetable spaghetti with a fork.
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Place in a sieve and squeeze the excess moisture out.
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Place all of the base ingredients in the food processor with the vegetable spaghetti.
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The mixture now looks like a dough.
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Place a generous piece of baking paper over the pizza tray and carefully and evenly flatten out the mixture.
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Bake the base in a 180 Degree Celsius oven for 10 minutes.
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Cover the base with your favourite ingredients. Keep it simple so the weight of the ingredients doesn’t overwhelm the base.
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Colourful and delicious. A family favourite and no-one will guess what the base is made from.

When the pizza is cooked remove from the oven and slice using a pizza slicer. It will smell delicious. Serve on its own or with your favourite meat. You will be able to carefully pick this pizza up with your hand but l would eat it with a knife and fork.

Enjoy this delicious version of a gluten and dairy free pizza made with all natural ingredients.

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The versatility of sweet potato!

Sweet potatoes are versatile, sweet, nutritious and affordable!

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A simple dinner with sweet potato as the centre piece.

Oh, how l love the sweet potato which is also known as kumara or yam. Not much to look at in the shops, but once cooked the flavour is enticing.

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The orange sweet potato is always in my fridge.

Sweet Potato is a good source of complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre and beta carotene, and this root vegetable also has modest amounts of Vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin B6 and Magnesium.

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A sweet potato mash with silverbeet, parsley and spring onion adds some colour to this meal.

Since l stopped eating processed sugar l like to include foods which are naturally sweet as part of my everyday diet. The sweet potato is a lovely addition to a meal because of its beautiful sweet taste, soft texture and bright colour. It is extremely easy to cook with and difficult to ruin. I am amazed at the lovely flavour it adds to baked goods such as cakes and pancakes and although l prefer it cooked it can be a good addition raw to a smoothie.

sweet potato noodles with soup
Sweet Potato noodles with soup
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Sweet Potato and Walnut cake.
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A Paleo, gluten, dairy sugar free pancake with grated sweet potato mixed through the batter.
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Raw sweet potato in a juice tastes a lot like carrot and makes it creamy.

I can’t remember when l first ate a sweet potato but it certainly wasn’t until l was an adult. It has some similarities in flavour and colour to the pumpkin but holds together better when cooked and is especially delicious cut into chips. Sweet Potatoes can be bought quite small or enormously large, and the surprising thing is that in my experience the flavour is the same whatever size you buy. They are also available with a red skin and a white flesh and this is one of those times when your taste buds can get very confused as the taste is the same as the orange version. I have to admit here that l have on occasion tricked my children into thinking they were eating normal potato when in fact it was the red sweet potato just to get them to try a new vegetable.

How many ways can one vegetable be used in recipes? 

Here are a few more pictures of how l have used the sweet potato in my cooking:

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Sweet Potato Chips as a snack. Coat them in olive or coconut oil and season before cooking.
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Sweet Potato and vegetable soup. See the main meals section for a soup recipe.
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Sweet potato chips are my favourite.
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Sweet Potato casserole. This has chicken, vegetables, coconut and spices. It cooks in the slow cooker all day and is lovely. The recipe is in the main meals section.
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A gluten free pizza with sweet potato.

I hope you can enjoy the sweet potato as much as l do and make it a regular part of your meals.

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Roasted sweet potato with salmon is delicious here. I roasted it with the skin on and then sliced it before serving.
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Vegetarian lasagna with sweet potato layers.

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