Everyone loves a good pizza night every now and then right? Especially on a Friday night. You’re done with the work week, you’re ready to sit back and relax, why not order a pizza? Welllllll, there’s a better option. No it’s not easier or faster, BUT it’s healthier and gluten-free (if you’re into that), it uses real ingredients, and isn’t hard to make!
Introducing Simple Mills. I’ve been following several food bloggers for a while now and this brand keeps popping up. So I decided to check them out. And for once, I don’t have to go to Whole Foods in St. Louis to find it! Found it right at the HyVee down the road. Thank goodness! [side note: I wouldn’t be mad if CoMo got a Whole Foods though, just sayin’]
A few reasons why I hopped on the Simple Mills train:
- Simple Mills uses real food ingredients like Almond flour, Coconut flour, Cassava, Flax, and Cocoa, among others. Their website even lists where their ingredients come from, how they’re harvested, and why they’re good for you. When you look at the ingredient list, it doesn’t look like a science experiment, it looks like a recipe:
- It has less than half the sugar and carbs compared to other baking mixes. And I’m all about trying to reduce our overall intake of sugar (especially added sugars). Excess sugar has a variety of impacts on our body, none of which are really great. See my post on Diabetes.
- It tastes awesome! It doesn’t feel like you’re eating “diet food”, because who wants to eat bland, tasteless food anyway? This pizza dough/crust is filling and satisfying and has a hint of a garlic taste (which isn’t surprising if you read the ingredient list). **Side note about garlic – it comes from the allium family along with onion and leeks – and provides several nutrients including manganese, B6, and selenium. It also contains organosulfur compounds (which are responsible for the odor) that provide cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits. Plus, you know, wards off vampires.
- It’s also great as leftovers – especially cold! I know sometimes homemade pizza isn’t as good the next day or when you try to reheat it because it can get kind of soggy, but this one definitely is just as good the next day!
One box of Simple Mills pizza dough makes two 8-inch pizzas. So for a family of four, two boxes will provide each person their own personal pizza! No more fighting about what toppings to add or omit. Kyle can have his jalapenos and Michelle can have allll da veggies!
The directions are pretty straightforward and easy to follow, and the only extra ingredients you need (besides the toppings) are apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and water to make the crust. Once you add the dry ingredients to all of the wet ingredients, you just divide the ball and form your two 8-inch ‘zas! They hold up really easy and don’t turn out to be a wonky shape.
You’ll bake the crusts for 5 minutes without any toppings, and then you can add whatever you’d like on top! This is what I did:
The first one uses pesto as the sauce, and is then topped with spinach, Brussels sprouts, Canadian bacon, onion, and mozzarella cheese.
The second one uses regular pizza sauce, and is topped with roasted broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mozzarella cheese, and an egg! **The egg was not good reheated, so it’s best eaten right away.
And look how yummy they turned out!
I’m officially obsessed with Simple Mills.
In a ‘nutchelle’, you need this healthy, real food Simple Mills pizza in your life because when you fill your body with real food ingredients, your body gives you real good results!