Healthy + pizza = impossible. (Or gross.) Right? WRONG. Don't ever forget, folks: PIZZA IS LIMITLESS. And, yes, that means pizza can be healthy! (Don't you remember our LOW CARB pizza??) Even though "healthy pizza" might sound like an oxymoron, you'd be an oxymoron if you didn't give these here recipes a chance. Both of our pizzas are made with real, wholesome ingredients, they're Whole 30 approved, and they're stinkin' scrumptious!
Since we're all trying to eat well and be healthier in the new year, we just had to give healthy pizzas a try. And it certainly was a CHALLENGE! We had to keep our pizzas in line with Whole 30, which means no gluten, no grains, no dairy, no legumes, AND no sugar! A crust-less, cheese-less pizza?! What were we thinking? We certainly had to get creative, but we think you're gonna like what we came up with. (We sure did.)
Now, YOU have to decide which of these healthy pizzas takes the cake (metaphorically...no cake was involved in the making of these pizzas). Who won the Healthy Pizza Challenge??
Rules of the Challenge:
- Create a crave-able, healthy, WHOLE 30 approved pizza.
- Design your healthy pizza with the other person in mind, considering their tastes and preferences. Alyssia has to make a healthy pizza that Christian wants to devour, and Christian has to make a healthy pizza that Alyssia can't resist.
- Healthy pizza recipes CANNOT be discussed with one another prior to cooking.
- Competitors have exactly ONE HOUR in which to complete their fresh and fuel-filled pizzas.
- The winner will be decided by YOU: our fellow pizza freaks. Who made the more considerate pizza?! Cast your vote with a comment on the YouTube video!
Go watch the Whole 30 Healthy Pizza Challenge episode and let us know your vote! But, first, check out each of our healthy pizza recipes and why we chose the ingredients we did. Remember, base your vote on both:
- the perceived deliciousness of the pizza
- the competitor’s consideration of the other person
Mexican-Inspired Plantain Crust Pizza
Alyssia's Healthy Pizza for Christian:
Whole30 is truly a challenge—no gluten, grains, dairy, legumes, OR sugar!! That definitely means no pizza…or does it!? My approach was to go with avocado, which is my favorite Whole30-approved food…which lead me to Mexican-inspired flavors…which lead me to using something I’ve never used before: plantains! I found a base plantain crust recipe and adjusted it, then decided to go with a “cold” (or room temperature, rather) pizza rather than hot. I’m not nuts about hot avocado!
Not only did the crust turn out to be delicious and sturdy, but the plantain flavor paired amazingly with the Mexican-inspired toppings! Honestly, it seemed so intentional, I don’t even think I could tell it was a Whole30 pizza, because it just seemed like a Mexican flavors pizza (sans cheese…)!
- 2 plantains, peeled and sliced
- 1-2 eggs
- 3 Tbsp almond meal/flour
- 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 Tbsp avocado oil
Taco Turkey Meat:
- drizzle of oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 Tbsp garlic paste
- 1 lb ground turkey
- taco seasoning, to taste
- 1 white onion, thinly sliced
- yellow bell pepper, sliced
- shredded lettuce
- sliced avocado
- taco turkey meat
- cherry tomatoes, quartered
- lime juice
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Peel skin off of plantains and cut into chunks/thirds.
- In a food processor, blend plantains with other crust ingredients.
- Pour blended mixture onto a pizza pan lined with foil/parchment and spread into circle.
- Bake for 15-25 minutes, until slightly firm and no longer mushy.
- While your crust bakes, make your taco turkey mixture. In a pan over medium heat, sauté onions in oil with garlic paste, until fragrant.
- Add ground turkey, season to taste, and heat until cooked through.
- Remove crust from oven and allow to cool to the touch.
- Spread salsa over surface of cooled crust.
- Layer on onion, bell pepper slices, shredded lettuce, and fresh avocado slices. Sprinkle a bit of salt on top of avocado for maximum deliciousness.
- Add taco turkey meat and chopped tomatoes. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
- Now eat the HEALTHY pizza!
Yields 1 Whole 30 approved flavor bonanza, in a pizza!
Tasty Taco Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Christian's Healthy Pizza for Alyssia:
I know that Alyssia LOVES Mexican food, so a taco pizza was perhaps the ultimate idea. What I DIDN’T anticipate was that she knows that I love taco pizza just as much… so that’s what she did, too! I’ve never really made ANY Whole 30 foods, and I’m not sure that making a “Whole30 Pizza” is technically within the guidelines…
Ultimately, I lost this challenge big time because of the bad crust!!! I thought, cauliflower crust is probably great and it’s a good way to get in your veggies. Then she comes out with this freaking PLANTAIN CRUST, are you kidding me?! That was extremely good. I wouldn’t recommend this crust because it tastes like raw cauliflower and it wasn’t as good. Guacamole was tasty as a sauce though! Definitely make the plantain crust instead…
- 2 cups cauliflower rice
- 1/4 cup diced onions
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp coconut aminos
- garlic paste
- salt & pep
- chipotle garlic salsa
- pico de gallo
- onion, sliced
- shredded chicken
- smoked paprika
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
- In a food processor, blend crust ingredients into a creamy puree.
- Spread the cauliflower puree out on a pizza pan, lined with foil and lightly sprayed.
- Bake for 10-20 minutes. (Make sure it doesn't burn or get too crispy!)
- Remove from oven and allow to cool to the touch.
- In a mixing bowl, combine guacamole and salsa. Mix to combine.
- Spread salsa-guac sauce over the surface of cooled crust.
- Top with fresh pico de gallo, sliced onion, shredded chicken, and a sprinkle of paprika.
- Now you can Eat The Pizza!
WARNING. Don’t make this crust because it didn’t work very well.
Yields 1 cauliflower-licious healthy pizza.