You might think that a pizza without crust, cheese, or tomato sauce is pointless. I guess I agree–you can hardly call a crustless, cheeseless, sauceless dish a “pizza” no matter what it looks like. Enter “meatza”! Meatza replaces crust with a thin layer of seasoned meat upon which you can add your favorite sauce and toppings. For those of us on the autoimmune protocol, it is a fun and healthy way to enjoy something like everyone’s favorite finger food. I’ve served it at game nights to perplexed but delighted guests with nary a complaint. Feel free to use whatever kind of meat you like. Some of my other favorite toppings include prosciutto with arugula and fig preserves or sliced pears (inspired by a really good local pizza I wish I could still eat)!
Struggling with thyroid disease?
Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? by functional medicine practitioner Datis Kharrazian is single-handedly responsible for my improved health over the past few years. It introduced me to the connection between autoimmune disease and lifestyle factors like diet at a time when my doctors were telling me there was nothing wrong with my thyroid even though I had high antibodies. This book gave me the information I needed to get the right tests ordered and seek proper treatment. It’s a must-have guide for anyone who has already been diagnosed with thyroid disease, who is at risk due to family history, or who strongly suspects they may have it but isn’t sure where to start. I can’t recommend it enough!
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (omit for AIP)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 dash paprika (omit for AIP)
- 3/4 cup no-tomato sauce
- 1 cup spinach (chopped)
- 1/2 small red onion (sliced)
- 3 ounces pepperoni (sliced)
- 4 ounces mushroom (sliced)
- 3 ounces black olive (sliced)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine the ground meat and spices and mix well.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Spread the meat over the sheet, flattening it evenly to about 1/4".
- Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through.
- Transfer to a pizza stone or a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Add the sauce and toppings, then return to the oven for 10 minutes or until the toppings are cooked.