Mar
17
2011

Lentil Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust

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Hey my little hungry readers! Did you Skinny your Wednesday, yesterday?! No?! Go do it. ;) You’ll need that slim day for today’s feast of a meal.

I don’t know about you, but when I get off a long day of work, I’m starving. And when I’m hungry (as my boyfriend, or family can attest to) I’m mean (and feisty, cranky, and in a donotcrossmypath kind of mood). I think I have low blood sugar dips which correlates directly to my tunnel vision for the kitchen.

And sometimes, just sometimes, it powers my creativity for one rockin’ meal.

Meet the Lentil Pizza. Shredded orange sweet potatoes combine with fresh mozzarella cheese and chickpea flour. This meeting forms the foundation. Bright red lentils, swimming in a sweet and slightly spicy tomato sauce. Zucchini and goat cheese grace the top of the whole package, touched with that subtle baked crispness. Ladies and gentlemen, bloggers and readers, friends and foe (there are no foe here, right?), lifters, lovers, runners, walkers, eaters, foodies, followers, I welcome you to try out the Lentil Pizza.

You like the intro? ;)

Lentil Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust

[gluten-free and swimming in pizza-saucy goodness]

Adapted from The Great Lentil Adventure

THE CRUST:

  • 1 cup shredded sweet potato or yam
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup cheese of choice (fresh mozzarella worked well)
  • 1/2 cup water, more if needed for mixing
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • extra spices: cayenne, paprika, cumin, pepper, etc.

Mix all ingredients together, adding more water as needed. The dough should be a thinner consistency than regular pizza dough. Use your best judgment.. it’s not an exact science.

Bake at 425 degrees in a greased spring form pan (for easy serving) for 35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

THE SAUCE:

  • 1 cup red lentils (or any color) + 2 cups water
  • 1/2 white onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • X amount Italian Spice Blend or…
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste (and feel free to add more or less of any spices you wish)

Boil rinsed lentils and water in a sauce pan/pot for 20 minutes until lentils are soft and water has almost completely evaporated. Then put lentils into a bowl and set aside.

In that same sauce pan, heat oil, adding in minced onions when oil starts to pop. Sautee onions on medium/high heat until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes, stirring the whole time. Add in the rest of the ingredients, stirring well. Pour in the reserved lentils and mix again.

BRINGIN’ IT ALL TOGETHER:

Top the now finished/baked crust with the lentil pizza sauce. Top with zucchini and goat cheese or whatever your heart tell you to top with. Bake at 400 degrees and bake the whole thing for another 15 to 20 minutes. I like ‘em crispy!

Topped with crumbled goat cheese and surrender to the Oven Gods.

This is definitely a knife and fork kind of dish… or hands. Hands work too.

Oh yeah! Don’t forget to dress accordingly. (topped with Goat Cheese Spinach Sauce <– sooooo good)

 

This dish was made quickly and eaten quickly, but enjoyed thoroughly. I was starving by the time the “pizza” was done and was on a mission to photograph and eat.
Any recommendations for lentil recipes? I’m running out of ideas… if that’s possible…

Any recommendations for adjectives? I’m also running out of ways to say yummy here.
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Sable@SquatLikeALady March 17, 2011 at 4:38 AM

There is nothing wrong with “yummy”! :) It’s a very apt word for everything you make ;-)

You are SO creative. Where do you get your ideas?!
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Michelle {the lively kitchen} March 17, 2011 at 5:28 AM

Yum! I mean, tasty. Or scrumptious. Or delicious. Or opposite of bad. Clearly I need a thesaurus. I need to break out of the lentil soup rut and this looks like a great alternative. You had me at browned goat cheese.
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Ernie March 17, 2011 at 5:37 AM

Seriously Scrumdiddlyiscious!!! The Goat Cheese Spinach Sauce will be put to good us in many other favorites of mine! Thanks again for another “AMBROSIAL” start to my day!
EW

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nelly March 17, 2011 at 5:57 AM

you know this is right up my alley…love this recipe…omg…totally drooling!!!!

you are AMAZING!!!!

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Katie March 17, 2011 at 6:02 AM

Okay, see this is why you need to live by me. I would LOVE to eat this, but I have zero patience when I am cooking. I am more of a “chop it up, throw it in the oven to roast” kind of girl. As long as I have some good sauce or dippage on hand, I’m good.

I used to cook more elaborately. But life and that hunger beast preclude that from happening anymore. Sigh. (Woe is me, right?) ;)
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Katie March 17, 2011 at 6:30 AM

That crust sounds good!
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salah@myhealthiestlifestyle March 17, 2011 at 8:45 AM

I’ve bookmarked this recipe….definitely trying it along with that socca you made the other day!
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christina March 17, 2011 at 9:07 AM

this is so pretty! and colorful! very healthy. great job!
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alyssa - fashion fitness foodie March 17, 2011 at 9:45 AM

i always say yummy – because thats what it is!!
i love this pizza…realllly caught my eye.. bookmarking it :)
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Paije March 17, 2011 at 3:18 PM

BOOKMARKED!!! And I can’t wait to make it! Wowowow and the same goes for that goat cheese spinach sauce :D
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Pure2raw twins March 17, 2011 at 3:53 PM

WOW this looks amazing, you know we love our lentils :) especially lentil burgers or lentil pie

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Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel March 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

i really like the sauce that u put over top as well- this really is a great use of lentils and sweet potatoes! a pizza like this would be gobbled up in no time in my house- two big thumbs up for making my tummy growl :)

xoxo <3

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Ela March 17, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Wow–you are pumping those adjs there–adjectives, I mean! What about the hybrid ones–delumptious, scrumplitious…

The whole thing sounds like a gustatory treat, although I’m astounded that you managed to do it all whilst hungry!
love
Ela

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Michelle... March 17, 2011 at 5:25 PM

hmm, totally intrigued! I love sweet potatoes and I love lentils, so I’m definitely saving this one in my recipes bookmarks.
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Alisa Fleming March 18, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Darn-it, all of those grain-free crusts use cheese! Yours looks delish, so I will have to experiment.

Your blog is really taking shape! It looks awesome.
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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan March 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

So that’s basically a sweet potato socca crust? Hells yeah! Beautiful piccies, too :)
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anna March 18, 2011 at 11:30 PM

O MY GOD!!!!!! HOW DID I MISS SEEING THIS!!?!?!?!?!?! i tooooooootally wanna eat the screen! WOOOOO!!!!!!!!! YAY to veg pizza crusts! this looks absolutely to cry for!!! :-) )))))

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons March 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM

I have GOT to make this!!!!! ohmygooooosh its like food porn! so delish looking! and the sauce on top? i’m dying for this now! thanks! =)
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Anne March 24, 2011 at 6:09 PM

YUM! You’re first… then Thrive pizzas!
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Katherine July 30, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Made this tonight….best pizza crust ever :) Isn’t chickpea flour wonderful?!

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Abegail August 26, 2011 at 12:33 PM

It really looks so great.. Hope i could taste but.. I love to try making that pizza..
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