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Ohhh pizza, I have missed you so! Quick, easy, delicious, a (mental) health food, and one of my favorite ways to relax and unwind with my husband Eric on a Friday night.  For the past few months I have been “trying on” going all-out gluten free in effort to remedy the hypothyroid issues (more on this in another post) I’ve been dealing with this year. I’ve never really been a big bread person anyway, so it’s actually not been that bad. Except for PIZZA. Who doesn’t love it? It’s what you eat at birthday parties. The currency you are paid for helping your friends move or attending an extra work function. In any case, I was tired of feeling left out at social events and was feeling totally underwhelmed by the gluten free crust and “meatza” options at nearby pizzerias. So I took matters into my own hands and made my own. For those of you who don’t really love to cook, this is more assembly than an actual recipe. AND my gluten eating, pizza loving husband gave it two thumbs up!

Ingredients:

1 package of gluten free pizza crust mix (I can vouch for the tastiness of this one)

1 large tomato, cut into thin slices and halved

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4-6 ounces of fresh mozzarella (10-12 cherry tomato sized balls)

fresh basil leaves (about 8-10)

sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Prepare pizza dough as package describes. In the case of Julian Bakery’s Paleo Pizza Crust, just add 1/2 cup of water to dough mix in a bowl and knead until soft. Spread into a 14 inch circle on parchment paper, and bake on a pizza stone for 11-13 minutes.

Once crust is done, brush with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  Chop (or as Eric would prefer, smash), basil leaves and add to crust. Top with tomato slices and mozzarella. Return to the oven and bake for about 13 more minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
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This pizza is particularly amazing if you make it with fresh tomatoes and basil from your garden or a local farmers market. Serve with a big fresh salad if you want a fancier meal, or eat it standing over your kitchen countertop if you’re dining solo and can’t wait another second!

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