Chickpea Quinoa Chard Pizza topped with Roasted Cauliflower and grape tomatoes. vegan glutenfree nutfree

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Say hello to this Sprouted chickpea, Quinoa, Chard, garlic Crust topped with Cauliflower marinated in tomato sauce and grape tomatoes. This Pizza is loosely inspired by the uber healthy Brendan's Chickpea Curry Pizza. You can substitute the quinoa with sunflower seeds or other sprouted seeds of choice.

This crust is glutenfree, nut free, allergen-free. Use sunflower seeds or other seeds to make it grain free. Though Quinoa is a pseudo grain, you can as well change it up! The Crust is delicate so keep it a bit thick. Find more healthy and whole ingredient recipes in Brendan Brazier's book Thrive Foods with 200 plant based recipes for peak health, which you can get on the Giveaway post. His book Giveaway is open until Wednesday April 25 midnight PST! Just leave me a comment to enter on Brendan's interview post here!



In other news, I found a tiny mention of my Doritos Spice mix on Oprah.com's blog section!. How cool is that!!.. :D Smiling away here!

To Sprout Quinoa, rinse a couple of times and keep overnight in double the amount of water. Drain and rinse every 6-8 hours after that until required sprout length. Similar process to sprout Chickpeas/garbanzo beans. Rinse once and soak in triple the amount of water overnight. Drain and rinse every 6-8 hours.



Crust partially done and loaded. Pictured below.


Ingredients: makes one 8-9 inch round
1 cup sprouted or cooked chickpeas(I used sprouted over 1.5 days)
1/2 cup sprouted or cooked Quinoa(I used Alter Eco rainbow Quinoa, sprouted over 1 day)
1 cup chopped Chard or Kale
2 Tablespoons organic oil of choice(I used 1 Tbsp virgin coconut and 1 Tbp extra virgin olive oil)
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon Chana masala spice blend(also called chole masala in Indian stores) or Garam masala or curry powder
1 dried red chili or to taste or skip

Toppings:
1/2 -2/3 cup small cauliflower florets
1/3 cup Grape tomatoes
Chopped cilantro(optional, I cant imagine anything chickpea without some cilantro:))
Sauce:
1 medium tomato
1 garlic clove
spices and herbs of choice (I added cumin, ginger powder, chopped cilantro, lemon juice, salt, pepper)
1 teaspoon olive oil
Or use other fave sauces like marinara, pesto.

Method:
Pulse all ingredients for the crust until a thick doughy batter is formed.
Spread the thick batter on parchment lined sheet using circular motion to about a 1/4 inch thick. (To help make the crust sturdier and less wet, add some flaxmeal or other dry seed meal)
Bake in preheated 375 degrees F for 15 minutes,
Meanwhile, pulse 1 or more tomato, garlic, spices, herbs into a coarse mix.
Mix the cauliflower, salt, pepper and marinate till ready to put on the base.
(Or coat Cauliflower in salt, pepper and olive oil and use the sauce as base)
Prep other veggies, chop into small pieces. I used grape tomatoes, you can add some sweet potatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, onions, anything that you want to grab :).
Take the base out once the center is slightly firm. Spread sauce, top it with the marinated cauliflower, other veggies, sprinkle salt and pepper/chili flakes to taste.
(Use a less wet sauce, else the crust will get mushy and even more delicate)
Bake for another 35-45 minutes in the center or bottom rack.(depends on your oven and crust thickness. Lift up the crust lightly with a spatula to check that its not wet in the middle)
Top with chopped cilantro or fresh herb of choice, Serve hot!





46 comments:

  1. I love how you integrated Indian flavours into this pizza. I've made something similar before with Italian flavours and loved it! Yum!

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    1. Thanks Janet. I am always amazed at your fusions:) Probably never a dull food day at your place!

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  2. This sounds so delicious, Richa! I've never put chard on a pizza before, but it makes so much sense since I love spinach on pizza.

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    1. Its in the crust! so you dont even see them leaves. and you can use much more greens this way!

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  3. Beautiful! I've been very, very interested in making a crust like this one, but I keep finding recipes that hold it all together with cheese - lots and lots of cheese. Blech. This looks like a fabulous recipe, thank you so much for sharing!!

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    1. I dont like them cheese ones too.. This holds quite well together.. you can add some flaxmeal or other seed meal to make it sturdier!

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  4. Sounds totally different, Love the idea.

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  5. Congratulations for your Dorito's recipe... and this is one hell of a Pizza... I have to try this soon... :)

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    1. Thank you Anisha! It sure is.. All protein filled, healthy and delicious!

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  6. What an interesting version of pizza! Great post Richa!

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  7. The colors make me want to reach through the screen and devour the entire pizza- this truly looks amazing Richa....and I am smiling ear to ear for you, making an appearance on Oprah's blog, well done- you are amazing girl!

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    1. Thank you Heather! I am smiling ear to ear too.. actually that is still ot possible with my chapped lips:) the inflammation is gone, now they are dry lips on their way to healing. another few days for that smile:)

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  8. WOW! That looks spectacular, Richa! I cannot wait to make this!!

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    1. Thanks Gail! Let me know when you do!

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  9. Yay for the Opie blog! That is terrific and well deserved, Richa. I see sharing this pie with GiGi in your future.

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    1. sure we should call Opie to the pie party too! :D xoxo

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  10. How clever and delicious looking - I'll definitely try this recipe, Richa!

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    1. Thanks Jesse! do let me know when you do!

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  11. wow very healthy and colorful and bet it tasted too gud..very tempting an awesome luv the clicks too!

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  12. Hi Richa,

    This is the first time I got to see your blog. I have been blogging for 5 years on and off but I did not know of H&M. I am super sad about it because I love what you post and I am glad I landed here now. Thank you for the fantastic recipe. I love how you think out of the box.

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    1. I am wondering the same thing about you.:) big blogging world!:)

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  13. Oh yum, love the addition of the cauliflower! This looks so pretty, and seriously delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

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  14. ok, girl, when i come visit you, THIS is the first meal i want you to make. it looks SO GOOD. i could totally down this entire pizza in one sitting.

    in other news, i am so happy that you got a mention on oprah's website! you are famous!

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    1. hehe.. i think the list of things i have to make you is growing into a couple of months stay:)

      In other news. Thanks a bunch!:)

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  15. i haven't had like this looks wonderful

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  16. Wow, Richa! This looks so mouthwatering. That crust, those tomatoes...amazing!

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  17. What a cool, healthy, colourful pizza base! Reaminds me of how our desi "chilas" look - with moong dal and spices.
    Seldom does anything healthy look this good :)

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  18. Wow! What an awesome desi pizza idea!! The crust texture looks really yummy in the pictures.

    Congrats on being mentioned on the Oprah blog! Woo hoo!! :)

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  19. What an interesting pizza - I love your choice of toppings and the spices in the crust. It sounds kind of similar to the beet crust pizza I made, which was also based on one of Brendan's recipes...I loved that one too, but I know what you mean about it being delicate!

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  20. such an interesting pizza! i bet it is super delicious!

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  21. wow..that looks tasty & inviting..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  22. Looks so delicious.. Want to grab the piece...

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  23. I am so glad I discovered your blog. I have never sprouted chickpeas before; I'm going to have to try it!

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    1. thank you Allison. Do give them a try.. Sprouts are more nutritious and easily digestible than the regular beans/peas!

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  24. You are so amazing, Richa. I mean, look at this recipe: it's inventive, beautiful and nothing short of pure genius! And a HUGE congrats on making it on freaking Oprah.com!! You are reaping so many beautiful things lately and it is all so deserved. So happy for you! xoxo

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    1. Thank you Cara.. i nabbed Brendans' version and made it all mine!:) Now i just need to get my fundraiser off to feel even happier.. i am weird that way..I get happier when i am doing things that are not abt me at all!:)

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  25. I saw on a recent episode of Dr. Oz that chickpeas are a great source for loosing weight and belly fat. This looks like a work of art. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. you bet! there are no carby grains in this pizza.. some goof fibre, nutrients and good fat is all going to knock off them lbs:) thank you for dropping by!

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  26. All the colours! All the colours! I've never been a pizza person, but THIS I want :)

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  27. Simply gorgeous! My kids love when I serve colorful dishes, so this pizza would definitely be a hit. I'm featuring this in my round up tomorrow.

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  28. Richa, your recipes always make me so hungry. Proof that you are an amazing chef! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

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  29. Man oh man, I think I just might have to try this, it sounds delish! I have been looking for a healthy vegan pizza recipe for awhile.The toppings are endless! I love it :)

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  30. never thought of chickpea flour crepe can be changed into pizza. amazing imagination. love to read & try your recipes

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