Beet Crust Pizza

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It is a beautiful thing to stumble on someone who can find the good in even the most dire of circumstances…

I first stumbled on Chris Rosati’s story last year and couldn’t help chuckling at his reasoning behind his application for a job at Krsipy Kreme. In case you hadn’t heard his story before, Rosati planned on stealing a donut truck and figured that by at least applying for a job there, he could justify his “crime”! If you happen to be wondering why he wanted a donut truck, it was just because he wanted to hand out free donuts to the people in his hometown of Durham, NC to spread some cheer. What I found so beautiful about Chris Rosati is that inspite of having ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, he is determined to “do what (he) can to make people smile while (he) still (has) the chance”!

beet crust

“ALS is devastating. But there are some blessings. I get to be amazed by the good in people every day. I get to experience an overwhelming and never ending wave of love. I hardly ever worry, and never about something trivial. I now see beauty in so many simple things. I no longer fear failure… or much of anything else. I know something you don’t know – something wonderful. And I know how blessed I am” Chris Rosati on GoFundMe.

Then last week, I stumbled on this video…

His life oozes gratitude without any resentment…

Inspite of it all, he chooses to live a life (no matter how long) impacting those around him…making them smile…making his life shine so beautifully…

beet crust pre-bake

When I grow up, I wanna be like him, but till then, I just have this beautifully colored pizza which I hope will put a smile on your face…

beet crust yum

My daughter and I have enjoyed this beet crust pizza in many forms – on this version, the crust (topped with tomato paste) came out the best…

beet crust pizza

With beets, Bob’s Red Mill quinoa flour, & Bob’s Red Mill hazelnut meal married together with coconut oil, this crust is gluten and sugar free!

My daughter and I topped ours with tomato paste, broccoli, red and yellow pappers, cheese and cilantro with red pepper flakes on my slices – because spicy is a beautiful thing! :)

bite of beetcrust

Other times, we have added black beans and corn…but toppings are totally up to you.

BEET crust attempt

Happy Monday Yall!
Beet crust vs cauliflower crust – what are your thoughts?

 

Beet crust pizza
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 and 1/4 cup beets (3 beets wrapped in foil and roasted at 400 degrees for 45 minutes)
  2. 3/4 cup quinoa flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  3. 1/2 cup hazelnut meal (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 360 degrees
  2. Mix all the ingredients together - the mix will be wet.
  3. Using a spoon, smooth out beet crust to about 1/3 inch thick onto a parchment lined baking tray
  4. Bake for 25 minutes
  5. Take out and top with tomato paste or hummus and other toppings of your choice
  6. Bake for another 10-15 minutes till cheese is melted
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    • says

      Jessie – that would be a brilliant idea to stuff the crust with cheese – the dough is very wet, but if you could add more flour (of your preference) to get it to roll over the cheese – you might have a wonderful pizza on your side!

  1. says

    Pizza is always a beautiful thang but this crust is another level of beauty- such a stunning color. I’ve enjoyed cauliflower pizza in the past so I have no doubt that I will be a fan of beet pizza too. Great use of hazelnuts too- I feel so silly for having never thought to use them in flour form!

  2. says

    Beat Crust Pizza?! I can’t say I’ve tried anything remotely close to this before. I never knew pizza put be good for me! Maybe this is why my doctor is worried about my cholesterol. That tomato paste, perfect. We’ll be getting a lot of tomatoes in the garden soon maybe I can get my wife to try and make her own paste. I will have to get my wife to make this!

    • says

      Thanks so much Tom – my picky daughter loves this crust – and that’s saying alot! I hope your wife does get to make this – am intrigued by your wife’s own homemade tomato paste…

  3. says

    Ummm, I want to be like Chris when I grow up too…what a beautiful human being! I love all the positivitey in your posts girlfriend!
    I also lurve this pizza! I’ve tried the cauli crust and it was yum…but, beets? SO MUCH PRETTY. I like pretty, healthy food. Wanna try! Pinned!

  4. says

    That you for sharing that story about Chris. I had never heard it before, but it’s actually very inspiring!
    Your colorful pizza definitely put a smile on my face! :) This is seriously something I need to try. I love cauliflower pizza, and this looks just as amazing! Do you know if I could substitute spelt and/or coconut flour for the quinoa and hazelnut flours? Just because I have those two on hand. :)

    • says

      Thanks so much Alex :)

      I am thinking coconut or spelt flour might work fine – coconut flour seems to absorb alot of liquid – so you might have to alter the coconut oil accordingly – if you try using them, I sure would love to know what you think

  5. says

    It always seems to me that those struck down with the worst conditions seem to be those with the very best attitude. I love how pretty and colourful this beetroot pizza is. I haven’t tried this before but must give it a go xx

    • says

      You are so right Charlie – it never ceases to amaze me when people can be happy with what they have – no matter what it may be!

      Thanks so much or your kind compliment.
      xx

  6. spicedblog says

    Holy cow…how creative is this?? You never cease to amaze me with your awesome recipes, Shashi!

  7. consuelohoneyandfigs says

    I’ve never tried beet crust, but it sounds absolutely delicious. Plus the color is super pretty, and you cannot beat a pretty crust, can you? ;) So dying to try this! Also, these shots are gorgeous – they make me want to eat my screen hehehe.
    Have a fantastic week :)

  8. says

    This has to be the most fashionable pizza I’ve ever seen in my whole life.
    Seriously, it’s so gorgeous it’s definitely runway material.
    Great job my friend, really great job!

    PS that video made my day, thank you for sharing it!

  9. says

    Your creativity in the kitchen never ceases to amaze me, Shashi! This pizza is absolutely gorgeous, and I’m loving the incorporation of some extra veggies. Also, have I ever told you that I love you always sneaking some motivation into your posts? I think so ;)

    Hope your week is off to a great start, lovely lady!

    • says

      Awww – you are the sweetest! Thanks so much sweet lady – all your kind compliments have me happy dancing while typing!
      Hope you have a wonderful week!
      <3

  10. says

    I’ve never tried any kind of crust that isn’t actual bread. Meatza has been on my list for a while but I’d been open to trying an egg crust too. This pizza looks so pretty!

  11. says

    First, that story is amazing. And big yay since he is from Durham – which is where we live : ) It always amazes me when people have such a great attitude – I had a co-worker who passed away from ALS and she was always so so positive until the very end. It was pretty incredible.

    And I cannot get over the color of this crust! It is stunning!

  12. says

    What an incredible story – so inspirational! And this pizza is gorgeous just like you sweet lady and such a great idea! I love the pretty vibrant color from the beets! Love the new look and these photos are stunning :)

  13. Hannah says

    This pizza crust looks beautiful! I’ll definitely be making it soon :) Would it be possible to sub more quinoa flour instead of the hazelnut meal? I don’t have any hazelnut meal on hand, but I wasn’t sure if replacing it would change the texture or anything.

    • says

      Thanks so much Hannah – I have tried this crust with plain quinoa flour and it was a tad more dense – the hazelnut meal seemed to lighten it up – if you had almonds, you could grind them up and add them – would love to know how it turns out for you.

  14. says

    I’m a personal chef & forwarded this recipe to a family I cook for. Yesterday it was on the “menu” :) Crust turned out beautiful- added rosemary to the crust and topped it with chicken sausage & carmelized onions. Great recipe!

    • says

      Oh wow – I am beyond honored – thanks so much for trying this out! I love your idea of adding rosemary – andLOVE the caramalized onions – I need to try that next time. Thanks so much for letting me know, your comment made my day!

  15. says

    Beetroot pizza base – wow. I have been trying to eat more beetroot lately. This has inspired me to put it in a pizza base and use hazelnut meal for the first time! Thanks :)

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