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.
Explore more fun Ayurvedic recipes for kids of all ages, also found on the Ayurvedic recipe blog.
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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