Ok, I’m not going to stretch the truth here and try to convince you that making BBQ Pizza from scratch—sauce, crust and all–is a speedy quick dinner idea, because it really is not. But, as far as culinary skills go, making pizza from scratch is actually very easy. A wee bit time consuming, but easy. There are however a few short cuts and do-ahead strategies that can make the whole thing even easier, not to mention speedier too. And let me tell you, it is all SO well worth it in the end. Nothing beats homemade BBQ pizza!
The whole idea for making a clean BBQ Pizza was sparked by just a few bites of my son’s BBQ Chicken Pizza from California Pizza Kitchen. The CPK version had everything going on from taste to texture and a bounty of BBQ-liciuos toppings. All it took was a few bites to make me realize I must try my own version at home.
Now I realize clean eating and BBQ Pizza might sound like a highly unlikely match, but this recipe is 100% whole grain, the crust is wheat-free, sprouted and spiked with flaxseeds, the cheese is nut-based and dairy-free, the BBQ sauce has no refined sugar and is sweetened with date puree and I have loaded the top with veggies. As far as healthy dinner recipes go, I would say this one is pretty hard to top.
The only downside is that it is not exactly a 30-minute meal. But again, it’s all worth it.
Although you won’t be able to whip the whole thing together in 30-minutes, believe it or not, making BBQ Pizza is doable—and dare I say reasonable— for a Meat Free Monday dinner.
All you have to do is set aside a little time over the weekend and you can get a lot of the prep work out of the way. You can also use the homemade BBQ Sauce and Macadamia “Cheese” for dinner Tuesday and Wednesday too. Here’s the plan:
How I Turn Monday’s BBQ Pizza Night Into 3 Weekday Dinners….
- Sunday Night:
- Make a double serving of the BBQ Sauce (10 minutes) OR if you don’t want to make your BBQ sauce from scratch, be sure to have a store-bought version on hand. I like Tesse Maes Organic BBQ Sauce—this stuff tastes amazing and has no refined sugar (it’s made with date puree.)
- Make the Macadamia Vegan Nut Cheese (10 minutes)
- Meat Free Monday BBQ Pizza Night!
- Slice the vegetables and chop the pineapple called for in the recipe below (10 minutes)
- Make the wheat-free dough in the recipe below (20 minutes hands on time plus 2 hours to rise) Note: If you have never made homemade pizza, be sure to check out the steps for how to make the dough. Even though the ingredients are not exactly the same as the ones I use in my recipe, the technique is the same.
- Assemble the BBQ Pizza (10 minutes)
- Tuesday Night:
- Use the leftover BBQ Sauce to make Baked BBQ Chicken (if the sauce is made, the chicken can be prepped in less than 10 minutes)
- Serve the BBQ chicken with a large chopped salad, sliced tomatoes and organic corn on the cob (20 minutes)
- Wednesday Night:
- Sweet Potato Vegetarian Chili (this one-dish dinner takes about 45 minutes of hands-on time)
- Spinach salad topped with leftover crumbled Macadamia Vegan Nut Cheese (10 minutes) and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
If you follow the cooking steps and stages above you’ll save your sanity and have three nights of delicious dinners on the table for the whole family to enjoy!
Personal Sized BBQ Pizzas Keep Everyone Happy =)
Although you could certainly just make one great big BBQ Pizza pie if you like, in our family we all like to take control of the topping situation, which means personal-sized pizzas are the only way to go.
The easiest way by far to make personal pizza is to buy a set of pizza grill stones. I initially bought mine from Sur La Table for $49.95, but I see now I could have saved $30 if I had bought them on Amazon.
If you don’t have a pizza stone, no worries, you can always just use a standard baking sheet.
Here’s how to make the BBQ Pizza…
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 3 cups organic sprouted spelt flour (such as One Degree Organic), plus more as needed
- 1/2 cup golden ground flaxseeds
- 1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3/4 cup homemade BBQ sauce OR Tesse Mae’s organic BBQ Sauce
- 2 organic red peppers, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 cups button mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks
- 1 1/2 cups sliced onions
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup Macadamia Vegan “Cheese”
- 1 cup finely chopped cilantro
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Place lukewarm water in a medium-sized bowl and add the yeast and honey; stir to dissolve.
- In a separate large bowl, mix together the flour, flaxseeds and salt. Make a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the liquid mixture. Add the oil and whisk ingredients together with a fork, working toward the outside of the well. Using your clean hands to mix the ingredients, add a little more flour as needed to make a soft, shaggy-like dough. Gather the dough into a ball and knead for 8-minutes on a lightly floured work surface.
- Place the dough in a medium-sized bowl and cover with a damp paper towel. Set the bowl in a warm area and let the dough rise for 2 hours.
- Once the dough has risen, use a knife to cut the dough into 6 equal parts. Sprinkle a little flour on a work surface and roll out each portion of dough to form 6 individual pizza crusts that are about 1/4 inch thick. Place the crusts on the individual pizza stones (Note: If you do not have pizza stones, you can put your pizzas on several well-oiled baking pans.) Transfer the crusts to the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
- Remove the crusts from the oven and spoon a few tablespoons of BBQ sauce into the center of each pizza; use the back of a spoon to spread the BBQ Sauce out to the edges. Pile on the sliced red peppers, mushrooms, pineapple chunks, sliced onions and carrots. Crumble the Macadamia Vegan “Cheese” over the vegetables. Transfer the BBQ Pizzas to the oven and bake for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until crust is crisp. Remove the pizzas from the over and scatter the cilantro on top. Let the pizzas sit for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm.
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