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Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pizza


After two days of nutrition conferencing, I was all tired out. I decided that instead of driving the three hours up to my cottage for some peace and quiet, I would leave my computer and car at home and ride my bike uptown to my parents' house for a little two day stay-cation.

I moved out of my parents house in August of 1999 when I was 19, shortly after returning from my solo European adventure, just before I began university. On the drive downtown to my new apartment for what was going to be my first night in my own home all by myself, my mom started getting all weepy. "You don't have to stay there yet", she said. And so we dropped off my last load of belongings, and then got back in the car for one last night at my parents house.

Despite them only living about 20 minutes away ( 40 by bicycle) it is rare that I stay over there these days. I go there often for dinner or to do my laundry (washer AND dryer), and sometimes just to watch TV. It is seriously like hanging out at a resort. Between the TV, the air conditioning on the really hot summer nights, the sweet little swimming pool, washer and dryer, bathtub, great big kitchen and a fridge full of fresh food,  and the real clincher, a dishwasher, it is luxe at its' best.

As my dad was out of town, I decided to keep my mom company and we I indulged in some seriously good food. I love making healthy meals for us- she lets me make whatever I want, loves eating whatever I makes, and always does the clean-up. Perfect combo.

On our first night we were both tired- me from the Nutrition Conference and my mom from the day she had spent at a pottery conference so I kept it simple with great big salads.

Big Salad

Mixed greens, lightly steamed sweet potato, broccoli, and asparagus, fresh cucumber, tomatoes and chopped cilantro topped with a sprinkle of hemp seeds and dressed with a mix of balsamic, flax oil and a little maple dijon mustard- which we enjoyed outside on the back deck.

Patsy and a big salad(That's my mom, not me)

Sunday night's dinner was a little more involved. We had spent the morning on a three hour bike ride through the local parks and along the Don River and the afternoon lazying in the sunshine. For dinner I cooked up delicious gluten-free pizza with a buckwheat crust and a side of green beans tossed with flax oil and balsamic vinegar.

It was the perfect staycation!



Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pizza

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  • Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pizza Crust
For the Crust
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup buckwheat flour (I ground ½ cup of toasted buckwheat in the coffee grinder)
  • ¼ cup flax meal
  • ¼ cup arrowroot starch
  • 1 tsp honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup water (or as needed for desired doughyness)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp herbs of choice
What I used to top my pizza
  • A layer of basil mixed with olive oil, and garlic then onions, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, sweet potato (sliced with a veggie peeler), onion, lightly steamed broccoli, lightly steamed asparagus, grated carrots and a sprinkle of goat milk cheddar.
  • Additional ideas: tomato sauce, raw tomatoes, kale, spinach, arugula, mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, soft goat’s cheese or feta, hot peppers etc.

Make It Like So
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together thoroughly including salt and herbs
  3. Add olive oil and honey and mix.
  4. Add water slowly until desired consistency is reached. Dough should stick together if you cup it in your hands.
  5. Remove from mix bowl and plunk onto a sheet of parchment paper. Add another sheet over top and roll out the dough with a rolling pin- to about ¼ inch thickness.
  6. Place parchment paper onto cookie shee.t or pizza pan and bake for 15-20 minutes until feels slightly dry
  7. In the meantime, wash and chop veggies (and you may want to steam some of the tougher ones
  8. Remove pizza crust from oven and layer on the good stuff.
  9. Return to oven for another 15-20 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven, slide onto a cutting board and cut into pieces with a sharp knife.

27 Responses to “Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pizza”

  1. Taryn said…
    Michelle, Although Pizza Pizza does have gluten-free crust, their pizza is not in fact gluten-free, due to cross-contamination. I'm not sure if you are in the GTA or not, but Magic Oven has really delish gluten-free crust (that is actually crispy)! Of course, why would anyone ever need to order out when Meghan has provided us with a super easy recipe. I will definitely be giving this a go in the next few days.
  2. Meghan Telpner said…
    Taryn- I am in downtown Toronto and actually live very close to Magic Oven (Liberty Village Location). I have eaten their pizza in the past and I have also bought their crust at my local health food store. They are so good! They do still seem rather white to me (and I can't help but associate white grain products with refinement). The real deterrent though is the price.
  3. Andrea said…
    Magic Oven is great. I rarely go because of the price, but do go occasionally. I like their regular and GF crusts and the toppings. The other menu items are great too. The gluten free vegan chocolate cake is amazing. (The carrot cake not so much.) They sell half pizzas at lunch time.
  4. stacy said…
    best staycation EVER!
  5. Jes said…
    Aw, your mother is beautiful! And the meals you made for her are fabulous too. I do the same with my mom--use the washer and dryer, cook a good veggie-ful meal!
  6. Leesie said…
    Oooh, another recipe I'd like to try. The salad looks scrumptious and I love the variation of veges you used as well as the dressings you chose for it. I clicked on your dad link once and so I can truly say both of your parents are pretty! ;o) bicycling, farmer's markets, and oh boy, a cottage to retreat to - wonderful!'s even better!!
  7. Taryn said…
    Meghan, I used to live a 20 minute walk away from the Liberty Village location! I miss my old 'hood. The curiously white-ish crust is a bit worrysome, which is why I am so eager to try out your crust! Oh gosh, the pizza is very pricey, you are right. Andrea, Their gf chocolate cake was tasty. But how did they manage to miss the mark with the carrot cake? I recall that the vegan icing was pretty yummy though. I am on a gf carrot cake recipe quest now! Unless of course you've got one up your sleeve Meghan...
  8. Meghan Telpner said…
    Taryn- You know I do! I do also LOVE the Sweet's From The Earth Vegan Carrot Cake but it's not GF.
  9. Taryn said…
    Gasp! I took a second look at Magic Oven's menu, it says they offer gluten free chocolate cake and carrot cake still. Is there some kind of mix up? It's been so long since I tried them that I don't recall if I reacted to them or not. Also, I was thinking avocado would be pretty awesome as a pizza topping, granted that you sliced that bad boy post-cooking.
  10. earthmother said…
    Soooooo, your Mom had you when she was, what, 12?? I would consider eating cooked food for a slice of that pizza! :D

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