Wednesday, September 7, 2011

At Long Last... Meatza!

When I first made the switch to Paleo I was obsessed with searching for recipes. Even though I already watched what I ate and avoided most gluten and dairy, it just didn't seem intuitive to eat in the Paleo style. Pretty much every meal I made came from a recipe out of Mark Sisson's cookbooks or one I found online specifically labeled Paleo/Primal.

Of course I came upon the obligatory recipes for spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles. Faux oatmeal made from chopped nuts. Hummus made from pureed zucchini (epic fail for me, by the way...)

I also came upon more than one manifestation of something at the time quite frightened me: meatza. I just couldn't wrap my brain around eating a meat crust, which was often topped by even more meat!

Now that it's been months since my transition I've had the whole process a lot more seamless. I feel comfortable cooking by instinct again, making things up as I go along and tweaking recipes to suit my needs.

And today I decided it was time to get over my phobia of meatza. The cave man was skeptical too, and was fully prepared to write this dinner off.

I used Justin Owing's popular "crust" recipe as my base, and then sauteed mushrooms, green pepper, red onion and a little chopped chianti salami from Trader Joes to top it off. Since the crust contains parmesan and I didn't want to go too heavy on the dairy, I used only a little bit of feta and mozzarella.

The big experiment was a huge success. The cave man kept remarking how much he liked it, and asked me to make it again. My kids wrinkled up their noses, but that just left more for me to have for lunch tomorrow (as long as the man doesn't get to it first!)

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