In their book Super Healthy Kids: A Parent's Guide to Maharishi Ayurveda, authors Kumuda Reddy, M.D. and Linda Egenes demonstrate that kid-favorite meals like pizza can be made Ayurvedically. Enjoy this creative, healthy twist on a classic!
Why we love this recipe
This mealtime favorite starts with a creative pizza "crust" made with tortillas or chapatis (an Ayurvedic homemade flatbread). Next, your choice of sauce, a mixture of broccoli, zucchini, and tofu, fresh organic mozzarella cheese, and olives make up the toppings.
An Ayurvedic recipe would not be complete without spices! Turmeric, a spice widely used in Ayurvedic cooking, helps to stimulate digestion and boost immunity. Ginger is a warming spice that aids in digestion and helps maintain a healthy respiratory system, as it is balancing for Vata and Kapha doshas. And coriander, a spice that is balancing for all three doshas and helps whet the appetite.
Whether you are dining solo or feeding a family of picky eaters, this recipe is a keeper!
Ayurvedic pizza recipe
Makes 3 individual pizzas.
- 6 organic, whole-wheat flour tortillas or chapatis
- 2 cups of freshly-made pesto sauce, or fresh pizza sauce, or 1 jar of organic pizza sauce or pesto
- ¾ cup of broccoli florets
- ½ pound of organic tofu
- 1½ cups of fresh organic mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup of olives
- ¼ teaspoon of turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon of black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon of ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Oregano to garnish
- Steam broccoli and tofu until tender and salt to taste. Blend in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
- In a separate fry pan, dry roast the whole-wheat tortillas about 40 seconds on each side over a medium heat.
- Make fresh pizza sauce with the spices. Set aside.
- Place three tortillas on a baking pan. Spread a thin layer of cheese over each tortilla and then place another tortilla on top.
- This makes a thicker crust and makes it easier to eat. Brush the top tortilla with olive oil. Then spread a layer of pizza sauce.
- Next comes the tofu mixture. Spread a thin layer of it over the sauce. Spread the cheese over the tofu mixture. Garnish with olives and a pinch of oregano.
- Place in a 350 ˚F preheated oven and bake about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
From the book Super Healthy Kids: A Parent's Guide to Maharishi AyurVeda by Kumuda Reddy, M.D., and Linda Egenes
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