GF/DF Pear & Balsamic Pizza

Every Wednesday night I go to small group with a fantastic group of ladies. We chat about life, faith, and always seem to feast on some delicious food. This week I was in the mood to whip something up a little special, so I decided to make gluten free / dairy free pear and balsamic pizza. I came up with the "semi-homemade" recipe on my own, and man did it turn out great! Here's the breakdown...

INGREDIENTS

1 box of Simple Mills Pizza Dough

Balsamic Vinegar

Honey Mustard

Pure Maple Syrup

3 Ripe Pears, chopped

1/2 Red Onion, chopped

Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese

Olive Oil

Salt

Pepper 

Onion Powder

Garlic Powder

Cinnamon

Arugula

HOW TO

CRUST: Follow directions given on the back of the Simple Mills GF crust box. 

SAUCE: In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder. Whisk until smooth - set aside.

While the crust is cooling, add the chopped red onion into a skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and salt and pepper. Sauté on low until onions are caramelized. Remove the onions from the skillet and place them in a bowl for later. Add the chopped pears, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, and salt and pepper to the skillet where you cooked the onion. Stir, simmer and caramelize until golden brown. 

While the pears are caramelizing, spread a thin layer of the dairy free chive cream cheese over the top of the crust. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of sauce over the top of the cheese. After adding the sauce, pour the caramelized red onion into the skillet and mix thoroughly with the caramelized pears. Cover the cheese and sauce with the entire skillet of pears and onions until the crust is completely coated. After adding the pears and onions, top the pear mixture with chopped prosciutto. Add 2 tablespoons of balsamic drizzle over the top of the mixture, and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

Once the pizza is ready, cover the top with chopped arugula or micro arugula, to taste! Feel free to add more balsamic drizzle... Eat up and enjoy!

Digestion Essentials.

*NOT SPONSORED* When I was a senior in high school I started to have various stomach issues. They made me feel awful, gave me anxiety and effected my relationships and my day to day life. My doctor told me my symptoms were most likely IBS, and unfortunately the prescription medicine they gave me made me feel even worse than before.

After getting to college, where I ate way too much unhealthy food, I started to realize I needed to make a major change in my diet for my stomach troubles to subside. I saw various gastroenterologists and had tons of blood work done, and although I wasn't diagnosed with any particular allergies, I decided to become gluten free. Over the years there have been a lot of things I've added or subtracted from my daily diet, and after meeting with a nutritionist in NYC I had a health breakthrough! The doctor I met with helped me learn that my main culprits are slow digestion and fructose and fiber malabsorption. Since that day I've adopted a couple "digestion essentials" I definitely cannot live without! Here is a breakdown... (starting from the left)

Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

Unfiltered ACV is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It aids in healthy digestion and it also helps break down food you've already processed. I usually take 2 tablespoons a day, and to get rid of the strong taste I'll mix it into a smoothie or a juice. It has been life changing!

Daily Probiotics

Every probiotic supplement is made up of different "cultures" that mix with an individuals body chemistry in unique ways. After sampling a couple different kinds, I've come to the conclusion that my go-to probiotic is Spring Valley. It definitely takes a little time to figure out which heathy bacterias react with your body in a positive way! I usually take 1 pill at night before I go to sleep, and by the time I wake up in the morning my stomach is feeling less bloated and ready to begin a new day of healthy and easy digestion! 

Natural Vitality - Calming Magnesium Tea

This calming tea is one of my favorite supplements that I take on a daily basis! It's fizzy, delicious, and helps me relax and get my stomach pumping. It comes in a variety of flavors and it never fails to make my anxiety seem to disappear. When I get halfway through my nightly mug of tea, my eyes begin to droop and I know I'll sleep great and feel fantastic in the morning!

Flax Seed Oil

Since one of my biggest hurdles is breaking down fiber and fructose, I quickly realized that eating flax seeds whole was too harsh on my stomach. After adding 1-2 tablespoons to my daily smoothies or even to granola, I started to feel so much better! It gives you a decent amount of fiber without the uncomfortable side effects.

 

I cannot live without these digestion essentials! They may not work for everyone, but they have helped me feel so much better over the years. What is your "go-to" supplement for feeling happy and healthy?