Gluten Free Pizza

I love pizza, don’t you?

Pizza is part of the typical American diet and something I did not want to give up once we went gluten free and started cleaning up our diet. There are a few good ready made pizza’s out there, but if you are a gluten free family of four going to Domino’s for gluten free pizza is almost as expensive as steak since The Bear can eat a whole pizza himself. Domino’s pizzas are a treat we indulge in when they have their 50% off deals though, they are really tasty! The Mellow Mushroom has pretty good gluten free pizza too. On my list of need to try is Little Aussie Bakery and BJ’s Brewhouse.

At home we have been experimenting with different crusts and I thought I would share the one we tried last week. Mama’s Pizza Crust Mix from Gluten Free Mama was a hit at our house. We bought ours through Azure Standard which does monthly drops around town (check them out here). The taste is good, but what I really like about it is the texture. The crust is soft and is similar to “real” pizza crust once it is cooked. The dough is really sticky when you first make it and at first I wasn’t sure if it would turn out.

Gluten Free Pizza 2

The Muskrat is an expert crust maker so he put together the crusts and after it set and baked for 12 minutes I added my homemade pasta sauce, cheese and toppings, baked it for another 14 minutes and it was done. I need to remember to take photos of the process next time but here is the big boys pizza – it has organic hamburger meat added to the homemade sauce, cheese and pepperoni (I forgot to buy olives at the store, sorry Handsome!). The Bear and I eat plain cheese.

Gluten Free Pizza 1

I also cut it before I took a photo so I don’t think I will win any food photography awards anytime soon. Something I have begun doing is making my own sauce for spaghetti, I make a huge batch and then freeze 2 or 3 pint mason jars of the sauce for pizza the next week. Fast and healthy because my sauce is filled with yellow squash, zucchini, organic spices, etc.

Have you tried any gluten free pizza crusts? If so which ones did you like or dislike?

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own, all ingredients were purchased by me. No one from any company mentioned above knows who I am!

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Thoughts on Being Gluten Free

When I became gluten free, it was a long and bumpy process. It isn’t hard especially now to find gluten free food for the most part. My struggles were centered about being diagnosed later in life and giving up foods that were comfortable and familiar. As I became more consistent being gluten free my reactions when “cheating” became more severe. After having my youngest son (The Bear) who is also gluten intolerant, I became very strict because I was nursing and he would get sores that would bleed when he was exposed. Talk about a way to stay on track!

I  think of gluten free people in the following two groups:

1. Diagnosed early in life
2. Diagnosed in late teens/adult

*There is also a difference between people who have been gluten free for two years vs. twenty years when it comes to taste in food. It is much harder to please taste/texture of some one who has had gluten more recently but we will save that for another day.

I think that both categories have challenges. I am in the second category, raising a child in the first. One of my main challenges is traditions attached with food. Figuring out how to make my favorite meals gluten free and learning to deal with replacement foods not tasting as good as the originals (oh bagels how I miss you) is more of a struggle than I would have imagined.

While The Bear doesn’t have anything to compare gluten free food to, he has to navigate events such as birthday parties where he can’t eat what everyone else has and he is not old enough to fully understand why. I am very blessed that he is sweet about it when I say it is not gluten free.

Both groups deal with people’s lack of knowledge about being gluten free and also the indifference some people have because gluten free eating is very trendy right now. We have run in to multiple situations when people think it is a choice rather than a serious health issue including my brother being “glutened” a few weeks ago at a local restaurant.

If you sit and think about the things you normally do – grab donuts, go for ice cream cones, eat cookies your great grandma made, those are all things that involve gluten. It is not just the actual food itself but the memories made while doing those things. Memories my husband I have from growing up that we want to pass on to our children. We have chosen to create new traditions for The Muskrat and The Bear centered around things we can have. It is not a bad thing, just different.

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Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

 This week we bought a bunch of organic blueberries and Rob said blueberry muffins sounded really good. I did a quick Google search and came up with a recipe

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