Gluten-Free Ricotta-Onion Pizza

Make a pear, arugula and ricotta-topped pizza for a holiday appetizer or as a non-traditional holiday meal.

The traditional Christmas meal varies from family to family. Some gather around the table for variations of spaghetti, while others eat ham, but what is there for those families who want to stray away from the conventional meal? Surprise your family with an unexpected meal and put your own spin on traditional Christmas recipes by whipping up a guilt-free pizza your kids are guaranteed to enjoy. It’s flavorful, healthy, and after you get your hands on it – made with 100% TLC.

Typically, pizza is a big no-no on the “what to eat” list for people with a gluten intolerance because of its flour dough and other gluten-filled ingredients. But when you make your own (and stock up on gluten-free pizza dough), alas Christmas – or any other time you get a craving – becomes the day you can enjoy this merry indulgence.

This ricotta onion pizza presents a surprising burst of sweet and salty flavors. Thanks to ingredients like pear, arugula and Barlean’s ground flax seeds, this pizza kicks it up a notch past the normal cheese and marinara sauce. Likewise, topping your pie with ricotta cheese puts a creamy spin on the traditional mozzarella. This white, soft cheese also contributes to the complimenting flavors of the pizza, since it, too, adds a rich element of sweetness. Drizzle this pizza with some extra-virgin olive oil and you are set.

Aside from the delicious flavors, there are also many health benefits that come with the ingredients of this ricotta onion pizza (just don’t tell the kids!). Take for example flax seeds, which are packed with vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Ricotta provides an excellent source of calcium, and arugula has high levels of vitamin K. Pears are a good source of vitamin C and are an excellent source of fiber. Now you can rest assured that you’ll be giving your family and your body its necessary nutrition this Christmas. What a present!

RICOTTA ONION PIZZA
Serves 4
Ingredients
1 lb. gluten-free pizza dough
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1 large pear, diced
1 large Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
1 cup fresh arugula
1 Tbsp. Barlean's ground flax seeds
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Roll pizza dough into a circle; transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread dough with ricotta cheese, pear, onion, sea salt, pepper, arugula and flax seeds.
  2. Drizzle pizza with olive oil.
  3. Transfer to the oven; bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
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