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Heart Healthy Recipes, Issue #068 - Heart Healthy Pizzas
January 21, 2023

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This month we are focusing on healthy pizzas, including a gluten-free pizza crust made of antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes. Also, vegan cheese recipes for topping pizzas, with one being an almond based recipe and the other consisting of cashews. All these recipes are egg-free, dairy-free, and contain no added sugars.

Sweet Potato Pizza Crust

Gluten-free, egg-free pizza crust made with heart-healthy sweet potatoes and seasoned with Italian seasonings of oregano, basil, and more.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups sweet potatoes, puréed (3-4 medium potatoes)

1 cup almond flour

¼ cup arrowroot

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

1 teaspoon basil, dried leaf (optional)

Recipe Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake sweet potatoes until tender, approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Allow potatoes to cool and then scoop out the flesh, measuring out two cups of sweet potato purée.

Preheat oven to 425°F for pizza crust and also completed pizza.

In a large mixing bowl, add sweet potatoes and mix until smooth. In separate bowl, add dry ingredients of almond flour and arrowroot. Add this dry mixture to the sweet potatoes. Next, in a smaller bowl, add grapeseed oil and spices. For best flavor, keep the spices to no more than a tablespoon total of desired combination of spices. Add the oil and spice mixture to the sweet potato mixture. Blend well.

Next, line a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper. Add one round ball of sweet potato mixture (or divide into 4 small rounds for 4 mini pizzas). Press lightly to form pizza crust(s). Bake the sweet potato crust for approximately 30 minutes. Take out of oven and allow to cool (approximately 15 minutes).

Top with favorite heart-healthy ingredients, including tomatoes, olives, minced garlic, and more. Also, please see below recipe for more topping ideas. Once toppings added, place back in preheated oven of 425°F. Bake for 12-20 minutes, depending on the amount of veggie toppings.

Tip: Pizza crusts can be stored in refrigerator for up to three days.

Makes 1 medium pizza crust or 4 mini pizza crusts.

Healthy Pizza Toppings

Heart Healthy Recipes’ pizza toppings, including sautéed onions, olives, tomatoes, and more.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

2 onions, thinly sliced and sautéed

3 tomatoes, thinly sliced

¼ cup black olives, sliced

2 cups (8 oz.) vegan cheese*

½ teaspoon basil, dried leaf

½ teaspoon oregano

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Recipe Instructions:

In a skillet, heat grapeseed oil over medium heat. Add thinly sliced onions and sauté until softened. Arrange onions on top of pizza dough. Top with sliced tomatoes, olives, and vegan cheese. Sprinkle with basil, oregano, and garlic. Garnish with parsley if desired.

More topping ideas to include are bell peppers, olives, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, pineapple, fresh basil, and/or red chili flakes.

*Please see below recipes for vegan cheeses made of almonds or cashews.

Makes topping for 2 (12-inch) pizzas.

Almond Vegan Cheese Topping

Dairy-free, vegan cheese made with heart-healthy ingredients of almonds, lemon, and garlic. Healthy cheese alternative to add as toppings on pizzas and/or for appetizers while entertaining guests.

Recipe Ingredients:

2½ tablespoons water

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

½ teaspoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon sea salt or Himalayan salt (optional)

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon thyme (optional)

1 teaspoon rosemary (optional)

1 cup almond flour

Recipe Instructions:

In saucepan add water, grapeseed oil, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, sea salt (optional), garlic powder, and herb spices (optional). Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add almond flour.

Blend ingredients well to make into a firm texture. Place in a small bowl or form into a ball and wrap in parchment paper. Place in refrigerator to “set” - approximately 3 hours. Or use immediately as a cheese spread.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Cashew Vegan Cheese Topping

Another dairy-free, vegan cheese recipe made with heart-healthy cashews. Cashews have been shown to help lower cholesterol levels in some studies.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup raw cashews

2½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice

¼ cup warm water or cashew milk

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Recipe Instructions:

In a high-speed blender, add all the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Makes vegan cheese topping for 1 (12-inch) pizza.

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