Convenience or boxed foods definitely have a bad connotation in the real foods space, and for good reason. Most foods that are sold in a box are filled with chemicals, fillers, and/or preservatives. However, here in 2019, we’ve come a long way now that more and more people are getting on board with the real food movement. However, not all brands are created equal. Some will tout “all natural” but still be filled with ridiculous things that are in no way considered to be real or clean ingredients. It’s so important to find brands you trust and can stand behind their ingredients. My number 1 tip is never look at the front of the box. They can put anything they want on there as advertisement, but the real truth is what’s on the ingredient list. One of my favorite brands that always upholds this standard is Simple Mills. Simple Mills is a gluten-free, soy-free, Non-GMO, and Paleo friendly line of baking mixes, cookies, and crackers. I have recently fallen in love with their pizza dough mix. The ingredient list is really, well…simple! It only has a few, recognizable ingredients that are already in my in my pantry, but takes out the guesswork of measuring and having to dirty up several other containers and measuring cups, as well as it’s such a time saver. Also, most importantly, it’s picky husband approved! This has been a go-to for us in our recent busy weeks because you simply add water, apple cider vinegar, and oil (I use avocado oil) to the mix, stir, and shape into two pizza rounds. Just like that, you have your pizza crust and you can add any toppings you like to it. I like that it makes two small pizzas so I can add different toppings, specifically more cheese to my husband’s and more veggies to mine. Our favorite way to eat these pizzas is to make a BBQ chicken pizza using shredded chicken from meal prep earlier in the week, which makes this such a quick dish. However, even if you don’t have shredded chicken on hand, you can still have this on the table in no-time, especially if you make shredded chicken using the instant pot method. Below is how I make it. All together, it takes about 30 minutes to have dinner on table from start to finish!
1 box Simple Mills Almond Flour Pizza Dough
1.5 cups cooked, shredded chicken (I always season my chicken with salt and pepper before cooking it, but that’s completely personal preference)
1 can Muir Glen organic pizza sauce *This is optional as you can also use BBQ sauce as the saucy layer*
½ cup BBQ sauce, either homemade or store bought *More if you are using this as your pizza sauce* (If using store bought, check your ingredient list. BBQ sauces are usually sugar bombs. I use Noble Made Classic BBQ sauce. It is made with real ingredients and no sugar is added, only naturally contained sugars…PRAISES!! Primal Kitchen also has a great BBQ sauce with no sweeteners, and Tessemae’s is another trusted brand with great ingredients. They offer a BBQ sauce only sweetened using dates)
1/3 cup of chopped or sliced purple onion (I always have chopped onion in my freezer, which again really helps this dish to come together in a flash)
Mozzarella, to taste *I try to limit dairy as much as possible, so cheese is just a condiment for me, however, if you aren’t sensitive to dairy, you can add more, just as I do with my husband’s pizza.
- Prepare pizza dough as directed on back of package. While pizza dough is in the oven, prepare your toppings.
- If using the pizza sauce, I will pour it into a bowl first and will add a tablespoon or so of the BBQ sauce to the pizza sauce, just to give it a smoky flavor, but again, this step is completely optional.
- Add the BBQ sauce to coat the shredded chicken.
- Once your pizza is par-baked, take it out of the oven and add toppings. I add the pizza sauce or plain BBQ sauce to the middle of the dough, and use a spoon to spread it out to the edges. Drop your BBQ-sauce-coated-chicken onto each pizza, add onion (which I add it frozen since it came straight from my freezer. It thaws quickly in the oven!), and top with your desired level of cheese.
- Pop the pizzas back into the oven and cook for another 15 minutes until cheese is melty and everything looks like it’s warmed through.
- Enjoy your easy, 30 minute, gluten free pizza night!