March 28, 2023

Gluten-Free Pizza At Home: The Best Mixes

As celiac awareness has grown in recent years, a number of chain and local pizzerias have ventured into the world of gluten-free pizza. Chains such as UNO Chicago Grill, Pizza Fusion, Z-Pizza, Domino’s and Mellow Mushroom have all launched gluten-free pizzas recently. Gluten-free pizza served by pizzerias varies greatly in its quality, and how much it tastes like the “real thing.” We certainly applaud restaurants for adopting gluten-free menus (especially when they take care to minimize cross-contamination risks), and we love the convenience and taste of gluten-free pizza made in a professional pizza oven. But sometimes you really want to […]
January 30, 2018

Quick Pesto Pizza Is a People Pleaser

Pizzas are family favorites, but many of them are loaded with calories and unhealthy ingredients. This quick and easy Pesto Pizza delivers loads of benefits AND flavor. Save even more time by buying precut vegetables at your market’s salad bar. Ingredients: ⅔ cup thinly sliced red onion (about ½ onion) 2 cups small broccoli florets 8 ounces sliced button mushrooms 2 Tbs. olive oil 4 ounces premade basil pesto, such as Cucina & Amore or DeLallo Simply Pesto 2 thin pizza crusts (10–12 inches each), such as Angelic Bakehouse Flatzza, Against the Grain Gourmet (GF) or Rustic Crust 4 ounces […]
August 22, 2017

Eat Like An Italian (Minus the Pizza)

Mediterranean cuisine has gotten a lot of attention for its potential impact on cardiovascular health. In fact, newer research in the Moli-Sani Study has added to the mounting evidence that certain food choices of Italians who live in the Molise region correlated with 37 percent fewer deaths during the research than those who didn’t make those choices. “Mediterranean diet” is a catchall phrase for cuisine found in Mediterranean countries; the diet generally features lots of fish and non-red meat sources, extra-virgin olive oil and plenty of fruit and vegetables, with additional flavor coming from herbs and spices, not salt. “There are components of the […]
May 2, 2017

GF Skillet Caprese Pizza Is a Breeze

This gluten-free and vegetarian Skillet Caprese Pizza is a treat to eat and a breeze to make. With four servings, it makes for a family-style feast. Ingredients: 1 cup (3 ounces) chickpea flour 1⅔ Tbs. olive oil, divided ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. dried oregano 1 cup water 4 ounces fresh mozzarella 1 cup red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved ½ cup fresh basil leaves ¼ cup Parmesan cheese Freshly ground black pepper Directions: In a bowl, combine chickpea flour, 2 /3 Tbs. oil, salt, oregano and water; cover. Set aside 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. Add remaining […]
November 20, 2016

How To Eat To Avoid Acne

Acne is the bane of adolescence. It can make a self-conscious teenager feel even more insecure. For decades, dermatologists insisted that diet didn’t matter. Sometimes they cautioned against high-fat foods like milkshakes, but more often the dermatology dogma was that there was no relationship between what you ate and how your face looked (Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004; Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, June 2005). It turns out that they were wrong on both counts. Research now shows that diet does matter and also that low-fat dairy products are worse than full fat when it comes to complexion. Starting around […]
May 6, 2014

The 7 Best Gluten-Free Pizza Delivery Places

There’s nothing like a good pizza. The combination of melted mozzarella, spicy sauce and warm crust is enough to make me drool as I write this. Since cutting gluten out of my diet I have experimented quite a lot (and in my humble opinion, perfected) making gluten-free pizza crust. But to be honest, what I miss the most is coming home after a long day of work and being able to pick up the phone and order a pie when I don’t have the energy to cook. When first starting out on a gluten-free diet, a lot of people think […]
April 29, 2014

Mama Mia! That’s a Delicious Pizza

Pizza is a favorite food for most of us, but it’s even better when topped with delicious, age-defying toppings. My Kale Cashew Pesto is so full of anti-aging ingredients, I don’t have room to list them all here. (See the full recipe below.) Pesto is a versatile spread that works on pasta, in sandwiches, in soups, and on this delicious Pesto Whole Grain Pizza with Artichokes (recipe below, where it works well in place of tomato sauce.)
March 19, 2013

Pizza: Slicing It with FoodTrients

Recently, I was asked to appear in the Rustic Crust ( booth at the Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Actress and natural-food advocate Jamie Luner appeared alongside me, and the FoodTrients team passed out samples of four dips and spreads I created specifically for Rustic Crust ciabatta (see recipes).