WHOOP WHOOP! It’s Friday, sunshines!
And in my books, tonight spells out a few things:
What is it about Friday that makes me want pizza?
Well, between Friday nights of pizza-fueled sleepovers with friends growing up and babysitting kiddos on Friday nights where, inevitably, dinner consisted of either boxed macaroni and cheese or cheese pizza, I’ve eaten a lot of pizza on Friday nights.
You feel me?
Pizza is just so wonderful.
It’s easy to make.
You can keep it as simple as sauce+cheese or, as I prefer, make it a gorgeous expression of culinary creativity, a true cacophony of various textures and flavors, herbs and spices, meats and veggies and, in some rarities, even fruit.
Cause that’s exactly where we’re taking things today with this Paleofied Hawaiian Pizza.
Juicy pineapple, savory-sweet chicken sausage, zippy green onions, crispy bacon, creamy goat cheese, and a tangy sweet and sour sauce all get happy atop a store-bought gluten-free crust.
Peace out, delivery man.
And now, cue the drool now.
Growing up, there were three types of pizza:
For about 10 years of my life, that was the extent of what I wanted on my pizza.
Simple. Cheesy. Meaty.
No vegetables or other nonsense.
But I remember one night my dad, who seemed to be a pizza-topping pioneer to me by throwing things like stinky anchovies or icky black olives on his slices, had a pizza that had chunks of pineapple and ham on top.
Intrigued, I gave this curious combination a try. Immediately, my pizza topping world was officially rocked.
Fast forward a decade or so, I’m all about unconventional pizza toppings.
From brussel sprouts+pumpkin+bacon to figs+rosemary+prosciutto to limey ground beef+cashews+cilantro, the sky is the limit with pizza toppings.
Now, before we continue, you’re probably asking yourself, “How in the world does the Healthy, Happy Texan get to eat pizza?! You’re supposed to be healthy! It’s kinda in your name, ya ding dong.”
Ah, yes, solid observation, y’all.
And I’m here to argue that pizza can be enjoyed responsibly and healthfully.
Either use a quality store-bought gluten-free crust or crust mix, such as Trader Joe’s frozen cauliflower crust, Aldi’s Live GFree crust mix, or Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten Free pizza crust mix, or make your own crust using my easy peasy Paleo+Whole 30+Ketoish Sweet Potato Crust recipe and top it with some real food ingredients.
Pizza gets a bad reputation because of it’s high calorie, high fat nutrition labeling, and, yes, conventional pizza that you order from places that rhyme with Tominos or nosh on while shopping at Target or Costco are not so great.
The crust and cheese in those slices are highly, highly processed, loaded with soybean oils, preservatives, and puzzling ingredients like dough conditioners.
If you’re a frequent visitor to the Costco or Target snack bar, I strongly urge you to cut back on that. No judgment, but it’s probably not the most solid choice for your health.
Anywho, I digress….
When made with quality, real foods like what's a top this bad boy, pizza ain't so unhealthy anymore!
I think my Paleo+Whole 30+Keto (sans pineapple and swap pineapple sauce for tomato) Hawaiian Pizza is just the thing you need to kick off your weekend!
Just grab you a cleaner crust, get your tiny sous chefs to help chop up and throw all or some of these toppings aboard, and bake that bad boy off for 10ish minutes.
Wonderful weekend, here we come.
Well, all that and maybe some Acrobat Rosé. And Hulu. And some snuggled.
Y’all have a fabulous weekend! I’ll catcha next week!
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Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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