Pizza.... Without Tomatoes... Grains.... Dairy.... And Still Tastes Good!

Boy oh boy!

I talk a lot about my sensitivities to grains and dairy. But I don't talk much about my hubby Chuck's sensitivities.

Recently we figured out that the migraines he was getting was from tomatoes πŸ….... so no more chili, pasta and sauce.... and PIZZA πŸ•!

So, I went to work. Started thinking... should I try:
  • roasted red pepper sauce 🌢️
  • fried onion jam πŸ§…
  • pickles πŸ₯’ (just kidding)
And then I searched around for some ideas.... PESTO!!!!! πŸ₯° Pesto!! 

Wait.... pesto has cheese. Dang. πŸ’©

Then I was at my beloved Trader Joe's and they have Vegan Kale Pesto. I've seen it before, but I'm not vegan. Even the word bothers me, since I'm a serious and confirmed carnivore πŸ„πŸ”πŸŸπŸ–. (I totally get it if you are.... some of my best friends are vegan....😏) And, though I can enjoy kale in many ways, the idea of having it on my pizza sounded revolting. 

But, I gave it a try and oh. my. goodness.....

Chuck says it's the most gourmet pizza I've ever made! High praise from him!

Here's how I did it:

Small Crust:
  • 1 Cup Almond Flour (I like this one)
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Mix. Roll thin. This was the first time I put it in my Ninja Foodi Air Fryer (go buy one NOW! It looks and works like a toaster oven!) I put it in the air fryer on the wire rack, for 15 minutes on 355 degrees. 

Top with pesto and toppings. I love frying up onions, garlic, and some sort of meat, like Aidell's Chicken Apple Sausage (my fave) and putting it on top. Another option is Trader Joe's Hot Italian Sausage. Yummy and spicy. Then I pop on some almond mozzarella (from Trader Joe's) and pop it back in the Ninja for about 15 minutes more. SSSSooooo so good!!

I must admit I put crushed red pepper flakes on top, ala Shakey's from when I was little. They had shakers of it and I was addicted!

Hope you can make an amazing pizza no matter what your sensitivities!

Need help? Feel free to ask, especially in Thriving With Food Sensitivities Facebook Group. Lots of great advisors there.

Are You Sensitive to Dairy?

Do you think you have a dairy sensitivity?

I have gone back and forth on this for years, because I. Love. Cheese. And ice cream! Some of the worst I’ve felt in my life was when I’ve been eating dairy. Just because cheese is so hard to imitate. I still haven’t found a true imitation cheese, one that melts like the real thing. I love goat cheese, but it doesn’t agree with me either!

What’s wrong with dairy?

In my little opinion, I think it’s more the processing of the milk, and the care of the cows. But who knows? All I know is I feel terrible when I eat it.

  • Sinus congestion that goes into my ears
  • Stomach ache
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Joint pain
Obviously, my body isn’t digesting dairy well. Remember we aren’t talking allergies here—that includes hives, wheezing, vomiting.

Intolerance to lactose, the sugar found in milk, is a problem many have. It’s estimated that 65% of the world’s population has some trouble digesting lactose. There is a shortage of lactase enzymes. Aged cheeses and fermented products have less lactose, and may be easier for people to digest.

There’s also a protein in milk called casein.

Pay attention here: casein is in higher protein dairy products, like milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream. Low protein dairy products, like butter and cream, only have a little casein. Ghee or clarified butter shouldn’t have any casein.

So, the big question is: is it the casein or the lactose or is it both?

Here’s a trick:
  • gas, bloating, diarrhea = lactose
  • stuffy nose and mucus = casein and/or whey
Some people, (ME), have both! Argh... 

Soon, I'll be sharing some great info on how to stop eating dairy and not feel like you're missing out on life.