Michele Joan

Wife, Mother, Blogger & Author

Crossover Pizza and Mulberry Sauce

I’ll admit it, I’ve become completely obsessed with my new eating plan Trim Healthy Mama (THM) that I shared with you a few weeks ago (read my original post here).  My favorite website to visit for tips, recipes and advice is Gwen’s-Nest, so I have decided to be part of her Trim Healthy Mama Tuesday Link Up!

I have learned how to make this plan a lifestyle change and not just a diet, but my biggest challenge is that clashes with our other obsession – pizza making.  We have a big, beautiful wood fired pizza oven in our backyard which cooks at 800 degrees and makes amazing pizza.

Pizza oven

Last summer, my husband and I spent all summer testing our crust and sauce recipes to make the perfect pizzas.  Once we found it, we became total pizza snobs, as nothing could compare to the delicious, fresh pizzas that come out of our oven in two minutes flat.  However, As the authors of THM, Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison write “The problem with pizza is not the toppings.  It’s the crust!”  Those eating this lifestyle know that combing the good fats of pizza toppings combined with white flour crust is a “weight disaster.”  While THM has several crust recipes in the book, they require a dough too soft or crumbly to put on a peel and toss into the oven.  Many of them need to be put on parchment paper, which would just start on fire if put on an oven floor that hot.  Putting a pan with pizza in the oven defeats the whole purpose (told you I was a pizza snob).  Since my husband and I are both at goal weight now, we researched (and researched) to find some great crossover crust recipes that would fit on this diet.

We came to the conclusion that we would try the Forno Bravo Sprouted Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe.  Forno Bravo is the designer of “The World’s Finest Pizza Ovens and Pizza Oven Kits” so we trusted their recipe would be good.   We used veganically grown One Degree Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat Flour in the above mentioned recipe link and divided into 6 crusts.

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We topped it with our favorite sauce recipe (from Thursday Night Pizza, Fr. Dominic’s Favorite Pizza Recipes by Fr. Dominic Garramone), which was our go-to sauce last year and sugar free!!  We added tons of veggies, reduced fat mozzarella cheese, and popped it in the oven.  It slid off the peel with ease (which does not always happen when we try a new crust) and it baked up perfectly!  Not only was it delicious, I figured the math, and it was only 27 carbs for a whole pizza!  Crossover Success!!

Check out the beautiful brown wheat crust!

Check out the beautiful brown wheat crust!

We had the perfect meal planned, and now just needed a dessert.  This time a year, the old nursery rhyme “He We Go Round the Mulberry Bush” has a special meaning as we literally make circles around our neighbors mulberry trees picking this sweet blackberry looking fruit that grows wildly here in Ohio.  My children especially love these tasty little treats that turn their fingers and mouths purple!  (Please don’t take this as advice to pick and eat random berries you see as they may be poisonous, we know for a fact that the trees we pick from are safe to eat).  In past years we’ve just eaten them by the handful, but with so many this year, I decided to use them in Gwen’s Nest Sugar Free Berry Syrup recipe.  This sauce was already a favorite of ours for pancakes and tasted delicious in this new fresh picked flavor.

mulberries

Mulberry Sauce

So delicious that for my daughter’s birthday party I drizzled it on the THM cheesecake recipe with sprinkles of chocolate nut slab and topped it off with fat free Reddy Whip!  Absolutely awesome!

cheesecake

THM cheesecake with fresh sugar free mulberry sauce, topped with THM chocolate nut slab sprinkes and a squirt of fat free whip cream. Magic coffee brewing in the background!

Who says diets can’t be delicious?

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