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This is another really simple bread that makes a great replacement for a pizza base. It’s so easy and fast to make that I call it speedy-pizza.

It also makes a perfect bread for breakfast or for any other meal, with any toppings you can imagine… you don’t have to call it pizza… you could even call it arepa.

It is made of soaked brown rice and split red lentils. The added bonus of this bread is its high protein content, so you could spare the cheese if you want.

The pizza base is cooked separately from the toppings. Cook the pizza base as instructed below, and in the meantime roast whatever toppings you want in a separate tray. You can assemble the pizza on the table right before eating.

Pizza Base

Ingredients

Makes 6 small pizza bases. Enough for 2 people.

  • ⅔ cup of split red lentils soaked for 8–12 hours
  • ½ cup of brown rice soaked for 8–12 hours
  • 1 cup of water
  • ⅔ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Instructions

Start by heating up a nonstick pan to medium heat, and the oven to 175°C. If your pan is not completely nonstick, like a cast iron pan, use a little bit of oil before pouring the batter.

Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, except for the vinegar. Blend for several minutes until obtaining a soft batter. Then, add the vinegar and mix shortly.

Pour ⅓ of a cup of the batter in the pan, move the pan gently to spread the batter just a little bit. Cover the pan for the first 30 seconds. Wait for a few minutes until one side has browned. Turn the pizza base and cook the other side for a few more minutes. Pop the pizza base into the oven for a few minutes to finish cooking. Leave it in the oven until it gets as crunchy as you like.

Toppings

Roast a selection of vegetables to use as toppings in an oven dish. Drizzle them with olive oil and salt before popping them in the oven. Some suggestions are:

  • tomatoes cut in quarters
  • zucchini ribbons
  • red pepper slices
  • fennel slices
  • onion slices

Prepare a selection of fresh ingredients to top up the pizza. Some suggestions are:

  • arugula
  • basil
  • mustard greens
  • olives
  • sprouts (alfalfa for example)

You could also heat up pre-made tomato sauce in a pan to spread on the pizza base.

Assemble the pizza

Take a pizza base and roasted vegetables from the oven.

Spread roasted tomatoes or tomato sauce on the pizza base, then layer on the rest of the roasted vegetables, followed by the fresh ingredients. Top up with a drizzle of olive oil and some salt.

Enjoy while it’s warm!