10 minute Homemade Gourmet Pizza Sauce!

My weekly Sunday healthy & easy recipe!

A homemade gourmet pizza sauce for the cauliflower pizza base I made the other day. I will like the recipe here. You can obviously use regular pizza bases with this gourmet sauce as well, but making your own sauce comes with so many benefits- not only it tastes so much better but you avoid added salt, sweeteners and sugar hidden in bought sauces.

This recipe contains a dense source of tomatoes which are rich in an antioxidant called lycopene, this can help strengthen your immune system and protect against free radicals in the body. It also contains a high source of vitamin C, potassium and vitamin K.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 tin of diced Italian tomatoes (or 1 cup of diced tomatoes)
  • 1 heaped tbl tomato paste
  • 1 tbl mixed herbs
  • Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Fresh basil

Method

  1. In a saucepan heat the oil and add the garlic and onion and fry for 2 minutes
  2. Add the tin of tomatoes, paste, mixed herbs, salt and pepper and optional chilli
  3. simmer on medium heat for ~10-15 minutes until the sauce has thickened and then add the fresh basil leaves and sit for another 2 minutes
  4. Once sauce is at its desired thickness, remove from the heat & cool
  5. If you prefer a smooth consistency bled the sauce up to a smooth paste, otherwise leave chunky (I prefer chunky)

Easy Cauliflower Pizza Base (gluten, dairy, sugar free)

I love love pizza, but every time I eat pizza I get a stomach ache or bloating and feel so uncomfortable. Instead of restricting myself and just not eating pizza because it makes me feel like this, I like to come up with alternative recipes so I can still enjoy the stuff I love but it doesn’t make me feel like crap.

For so long I have struggled to make cauliflower pizza bases, I have tried so many different recipes. Buying gluten free (GF) bases cost so much extra than normal bases as well, so having an alternative that is easy and tastes so good (and much more filling) makes me so happy- I can enjoy pizzas knowing they don’t contain any gluten, dairy, sugar and processed ingredients!

I’m thinking from now on I will upload a recipe every Sunday, what do you guys think? I have had some good feedback on raw desserts- is this most popular or should I focus on savoury recipes? What would you like to see please let me know! Today’s weekly Sunday recipe is an easy gourmet homemade pizza sauce that I made to go on top of this pizza base so keep an eye out for Sunday!

This recipe makes 1 large pizza base (or 2 small pizza bases)

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/2 cauliflower flower (2 1/2 cups), blitzed/grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbl mixed herbs (optional)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

Method

  1. preheat oven to 180 degrees C
  2. Add the almond meal, eggs, mixed herbs, baking powder, oil & salt into a mixing bowl
  3. Blitz the cauliflower in a food processor/blender (or even finely dice it) until rice-like consistency
  4. Steam the cauliflower for ~5 minutes until soft and let it cool
  5. Once cooled, place the cauliflower onto a clean tea towel or cloth and wring the towel out squeezing all the excess water out of it
  6. Once you feel like you can no longer squeeze any water out of the cauliflower add it to the previous bowl of ingredients
  7. Mix until it should feel like an oatmeal like consistency
  8. Line a pan with baking paper and spoon all the mixture onto the pan, spreading it out with your hands or the back of the spoon. Make sure it is all tightly packed together like shown in the image

  1. Spread it out thin or keep it thick- up to you. I kept mine quite thick and that way it stayed together better- see the photo below
  2. Cook in the oven for ~15- 20 minutes until solid enough and then take out, cool & add your toppings on top. I am releasing the recipe for this homemade pizza sauce on Sunday so stay tuned 😛

Homemade Almond Milk

Almond milk is a better alternative to cows milk. Not only is it lower in calories, it is hormone free, sugar free, dairy free (obviously) and lactose free. It is purely made from almonds. I use almond milk in coffee, tea, scrambled eggs, cooking, hot chocolates and often just on its own. If i buy almond milk i’ll always buy unsweetened and find the cleanest ingredients, although this isn’t always possible. The best thing about making your own is you know it is free of any preservatives, additives, artificial sweeteners, thickeners, gums and sugars. I use whole raw almonds for this simple recipe.

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Ingredients (makes 1L)

  • 1 cup whole, raw almonds
  • ~6 cups Filtered water
  • Pinch of sea salt

To make sweet almond milk; either soak 2 dates for ~30 minutes and add them in prior to blending the almonds, add 2 tbl spoons of maple syrup or 1 tbl spoon of honey. Add more or less for extra sweetening.

Method

  1. Soak almonds for approximately 10-12 hours in 2 cups of filtered water.
  2. Drain the almonds and rinse. Transfer almonds and a pinch of sea salt to a blender with the remaining 4 cups  of filtered water and blend on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Using a nut milk bag or a thin cloth towel strain the liquid into a bowl, squeezing the milk from the bulk of the pulp. Discard the pulp or use for other purposes such as cooking.
  4. Transfer all the liquid to a air tight jar and keep cool in the fridge. Consume within 4 days.

Vanilla Bite Balls

This simple and easy snack is gluten free, dairy free, sugar free & vegan.

(Makes 22)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 scoop Happy Way vanilla vegan protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tbl rice malt syrup
  • 1 tbl tahini
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Method

  1. Combine all dry ingredients and all wet ingredients in seperate bowls.
  2. Mix together and continue to add almond milk until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Roll into balls

Healthy ‘Fried Chicken’

Chicken pieces crumbed & fried in a healthy way. As always, gluten free, dairy free & refined sugar free.

Ingredients

  • 250g chicken pieces, cut into strips
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 cup of almond meal
  • Pinch of salt
  • Olive oil

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees c.
  2. Cut chicken into strips.
  3. Whisk egg in a bowl and place almond meal in a seperate bowl.
  4. Prepare a pan and a baking tray with baking paper or oil.
  5. First dip the chicken in the egg, then roll in almond meal and repeat for all pieces.
  6. Fry the chicken pieces in olive oil and place on the tray in the oven for a further 10-15 minutes or until crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside.