You don’t want to have to give up pizza just because you’ve gone Paleo. But at first glance it seems that it would be a no-go because of the grains used in most pizza crusts. No worries, there are plenty of workarounds for cutting out the grain from the crust and green lighting pizza once again. Here’s an eclectic mix of flavorful pizzas that leave grains in the dust.
1. Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Ground Beef and Green Olives
One way to make a Paleo-friendly pizza is to make a crust out of a vegetable. Remember that this is a diet that is just as heavy on the veggies as it is the meat, even though many people think that Paleo eaters are just meat eaters. By using cauliflower as the crust you totally avoid the issue with grains altogether, and instead replace them with an ingredient that has many health benefits. The great part about it is that it looks like a regular pizza when you’e finished, and not a special “veggie” pizza.
2. Zucchini Pizza Bites
Not everything Paleo needs to be wooly mammoth proportions. Here are some cute pizza bites that use zucchini as a crust, so it’s as easy as slicing up zucchini and putting the toppings on. They’ve made sure to only use ingredients that are Paleo approved, so you can pop as many of these as you want until you feel satisfied and sustained until your next meal. They’re also great for parties and entertaining, since they come in hors d’oeuvres size. You don’t have much surface area to work with, but you can feel free to try to top these with other ingredients, perhaps pepperoni if you are calling pepperoni Paleo friendly.
3. Meatza Supreme
When they call this meatza they really aren’t kidding. The crust is made out of meat, which is one way to get out the wheat and any other grains and make this one heck of a dose of protein. They’re topping it with a bit of veggies with the bell pepper, and they’ve managed to incorporate some olives into it, but overall this is a meaty concoction that you won’t soon forget in the realm of Paleo pizza. It’d be best to eat a nice spinach salad or other side of vegetables with this, to restore balance to your system and help all of that meat through.
4. Meat Feast Pizza
Here they’re using cauliflower, flaxseed, and almonds for the crust, and then piling on the meat. So you’re getting vegetables, healthy fats, and omega-3s built right in. The nice thing about this recipe is that you’ll get the classic texture from the crust so you won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything. This is a good example of a balanced Paleo meal. You’ve just got to try this if you’re skeptical that you can use a vegetable to make something resembling a pizza crust in both taste and appearance. With bacon, ham, turkey, and pepperoni combining forces the vegetables are lost in the mix.
5. Rhubarb-Chipotle Goat Cheese Pizza
Coconut flour is being used here instead of regular pizza dough flour. This means that it will still be grain free, but have the classic taste and texture that you’ve come to expect. This is a great pizza because it introduces a few toppings that you might not have had before. The first is rhubarb, a tangy and tart addition that may end up becoming one of your favorites. The other is goat cheese, which many Paleo followers opt for instead of cheese made from cow’s milk. It’s all brought together with a spicy chipotle kick, so enjoy!
6. Best Primal Pizza Ever
This is a pizza lover’s pizza if ever there was one. You won’t even be able to tell that you’re following a Paleo diet when you eat this, because it looks, smells, and tastes like the real thing. They are using tapioca flour, which some Paleo followers might not think is strictly Paleo, since tapioca needs to be extracted, but it does hit the nail on the head for being a grain-free, gluten-free way of making breads and pizza crusts. They use ground beef and thyme for their toppings, a good choice that makes for a hearty pizza.
7. GF Thin Crust Hawaiian Pizza
This is using coconut flour to avoid the gluten typically found in ordinary pizza. They use a good amount of tomatoes, ham, and pineapple, but you’ll want to find a cheese alternative because it is using regular mozzarella. You can usually find a decent tasting cheese substitute in the vegetarian/vegan section of the store. They’ve come a long way in recent years and now they actually taste pretty good. That’s one way to avoid the dairy, but some Paleo followers allow goat cheese, so consider that too.
8. Taco Pizzas
Here’s a way of blending two meals into one: tacos and pizza. The toppings are all taco inspired, and the crust is a portabella mushroom cap. So they’ve managed to avoid the pains of coming up with a grain-free pizza crust, and also kept it very Paleo with a nice mix of vegetables and beef for the toppings. These are super easy to make because you’re skipping all the steps involved in making the crust. You won’t get the crunch and flavor of a crust, but you will feel like you ate a pizza, and a taco!
9. Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese and Kale Pizza
These amazing toppings go on top of a cauliflower crust, so you don’t have to worry about eating grains, and you’ll be getting plenty more nutrients than eating an ordinary pizza. The use of kale means you’ll get tons of phytonutrients and fiber, and the goat cheese will give you the familiar taste of cheese without resorting to using ordinary dairy. The sweet potatoes add more fiber on top of what you’re already getting from the kale and the cauliflower. Feel free to add whatever meat you want to this, if you’ve noticed that it’s meat free the way it stands.
10. Pizza Margherita
A margherita pizza is one of the classics, and it’s been made Paleo friendly here. They are using a lot of different flours to get the crust right, none of which are grain-based, so you can enjoy this and not feel like you’re cheating on your diet. The toppings are kept true to the name, and only include tomatoes, basil leaves, and mozzarella, buffalo style. What you’re left with is a pizza that you can serve to guests, or just make for yourself whenever you’re in the mood for a traditional tasting pizza, but made to Stone Age standards.
11. Paleo Pesto Pizza
Good news: you can enjoy the yummy flavor of pesto when you’re eating Paleo. They’ve added a almond flour to cauliflower to produce a nice crust for you here, and the pesto they’re using comes from a Paleo-approved recipe. They’ve chosen to top this with a batch of chicken sausage. This is genius because chicken sausage goes great with pesto. Some might shun sausage while on Paleo because of the processing it goes through, but as long as you’re using organic brands should be acceptable. The use of fire roasted tomatoes gives it the classic pizza sauce taste, with a bit of a kick.
12. Paleo Cheese Pizza
If you’re like Kevin McAllister and like to keep things simple with a cheese pizza all to yourself, here’s one way to go. You’ll be impressed that they pull of the crust with just cauliflower and no other flours being used. Now, if you are a Paleo purist and don’t want to use mozzarella cheese, this is not the recipe for you. That’s what it uses and it makes no apologies for it. Use a raw milk cheese if you feel conflicted on the issue. Not all cheese is created equally, and if you get a high quality cheese you are at least keeping out some of the junk in ordinary, run-of-the-mill cheese offered to the masses.
13. Potato Rosti Pizza
Potatoes stand in as the crust for these pizzas, and even Mark Sisson says that whether you can eat potatoes or not while on Paleo largely depends on how your body processes them. If you’ve determined that you can enjoy the occasional potato, this is a great meal to fit them into. They’ve kept it really simple, using the potato as the base, a handful of spinach, a tomato, and cheese to top it off. Keeping things simple is a staple on Paleo, and you get a bunch of flavor with none of the guilt that typically comes with pizza eating on a diet.
14. Paleo Pizza Marinara
Here’s a pizza that is kicking it old school, while also keeping things caveman friendly. You’re probably used to seeing the cauliflower crust being used, and that’s what they’ve got going on here. But it’s what’s on top that counts, and this one has it going on with two kinds of olives, capers, and even anchovies if that makes you salivate instead of gag. They drizzle olive oil over the lot and you’ve got a classic pizza flavor without worrying about your waistline.
15. Paleo Chicken Pesto Pizza
We just had to include another pesto pizza, because they’re just so yummy and will give you a nice change of pace if you’re used to eating pizzas that are heavy on the tomato sauce. Plus this one is different, using big chunks of shredded chicken breast rather than chicken sausage. They also use a different pesto recipe, so you can try them both if pesto is your thing and see which one you like best. They do a good job of incorporating tomatoes into this by using sun dried tomatoes, and the other ingredients are all Paleolithic in nature.
A frittata solves all of the problems with a pizza crust because it uses eggs, so you’re cutting out the grains and using a Paleo-approved base. What’s nice about this is that with any ingredient that isn’t specifically Paleo they either give you a Paleo option or let you know that you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to. This is a really easy creation to make, especially when you don’t have the ingredients to make a proper Paleo pizza. You almost always have eggs on hand as a Paleo-er. All that’s necessary after that is some veggies and meat.
17. Salmon Pizza
This salmon pizza is a great way to feel like you’re indulging with pizza, while at the same time falling in line with a Paleo path. Salmon is one of the best things you can eat while following Paleo, and should be on your regular meal plan. They’re using tapioca flour for the crust, which some say is Paleo and others say isn’t. You can use any of the cauliflower crusts found on other recipes if you want to make sure it’s Paleo friendly. Overall the flavor profile of this pizza can’t be missed.
18. Low Carb Deep Dish Veggie Pizza
Missing deep dish pizza? Here’s a Chicago-ish style pizza that is made with almond meal instead of ordinary pizza dough. They show you how to make a nice two inch alcove and then pack it full of yummy toppings that become the inside of this pizza. They cover it all with mozzarella cheese, so it’s going to come out yummy and bubbly and full of great veggies. Add some meat if you like, just opt for leaner cuts to cut down on the grease that will come out during cooking.
19. Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza
This is a wonderful way to get a new flavor in a familiar form. Chicken Tikka Masala is a popular dish in Indian restaurants, and here they’ve brought all of that taste to a pizza. It fits remarkably well. They’ve also managed to cut out all grain by using cashews and coconut flour for your crust. The cashews are a great idea and only further complement the Tikka Masala flavors. The cheese it uses is optional, so simply opt out of it if you’ve decided not to include any sort of cheese on your Paleo menu.
20. Yummy Paleo Pizza
Some Paleo pizzas will use cauliflower for the crust, others will use meat, and some will use flour substitutes. This one subs out flour with a mix of coconut and almond flours so you’re going to end up with a crust that is pretty true to form. They’ve also left the toppings largely up to you. They suggest seared beef and mushrooms, but really you can top this with any Paleo meats and veggies you can think of and you’ll be all set for a fantastic meal. Don’t forget to mix it up about half and half between meats and vegetables so you get a nice balance.
21. Primal Portobello Pizza
You can see with your eyes that this is pretty much a split between a big chunky piece of vegetables and a big hunk of meat. By using portobella mushrooms as the crust, voilà you’re done with the crust. And by filling those caps with a scrumptious meatball they are staying true to the meaty nature of a Paleo-inspired diet. The great part is that there are no confusing ingredients used in this, it’s all Paleo approved, and you needn’t worry about anything being used.