Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Raw Pizza Bites

I'm sure at some point in most people's lives, there is a love/hate relationship with pizza.  For me, this relationship lasted for years.  When I was a meat eater, pizza was a staple food.  When I became vegetarian and even vegan, I was not willing to give it up.  However, pizza has always made me feel less than excellent.  In fact, most people I know enjoy gobbling down two, three, four, or more slices of pizza, but pay dearly for it for several hours or even days.

So what's wrong with pizza?  Traditional pizza is full of bad fats, sugar, gluten-ridden dough, toxic salts, pasteurized dairy, and a host of other bodily assaults.  It's probably one of the worst food combinations imagined right behind doughnuts.  And many think that pizza is a balanced meal, containing all the food groups.  When I was in elementary school, I remember my teacher saying how great it was.

While it's possible to eat healthier pizza made from whole grains or even gluten-free dough, natural, sugar-free sauce, etc., it's a stretch to call any pizza a health food.  But, never fear; there is a way!  Introducing Raw Pizza Bites.  This is one of my favorite recipes.  It takes some time, but you can make several batches and they will last for weeks.


One large eggplant
One tablespoon of salt
1/2 cup of olive oil
One garlic clove minced

Slice the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices (you should get between 15 and 20 slices).  Place in shallow glass pan and cover with oil, salt and garlic.  Set aside for one to two hours.  Note: Massaging oil and salt into the eggplant can make it softer and easier to dehydrate.


One and 1/2 cups of fresh tomatoes
One and 1/2 cups of sun-dried tomatoes (soaked)
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup of fresh chopped basil
1/2 teaspoon of fresh or dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon of fresh or dried oregano
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Topping ideas:

Marinated mushrooms (marinate mushrooms in Nama Shoyu, olive oil, salt and garlic)
Sliced, raw olives
Fresh basil leaves


Take eggplant slices out of oil mixture and dry off with paper towel.  Place slices on a dehydrator sheet or wax paper.  Cover each slice generously with pizza sauce.  Top with any desired topping or toppings!  Dehydrate at 120 degrees for 12 hours on sheets or wax paper.  Remove and place on mesh sheet and dehydrate for another 12 hours or until desired crispness.  The longer you dehydrate, the longer they will last (unless you eat them all!).

So, that's a great pizza recipe.  It has no flax seeds and kids actually love them.  Enjoy and be healthy!

Mystic Merman

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