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Recipe: Sunflower seed beet pizza

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Recipe by Brendan Brazier: a two-time Canadian 50K ultramarathon champion, bestselling author on performance nutrition (The Thrive Diet) and formulator of Vega nutritional products.

Sunflower Seed Beet Pizza Crust

1 1/2 cups raw buckwheat groats

1/2 ground sunflower seeds

1 cup grated beet

1/4 coconut oil, hemp oil, or Vega antioxidant EFA oil

1/2 tsp parsley

Sea salt to taste


1 tomato, sliced

1/2 spanish onion, diced

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1/2 cup grated carrot

1/2 cup chopped green onion

Sweet Pepper Hemp Pesto

2 cloves garlic

2 red bell peppers

1/2 cup fresh basil

1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast

2 tbsp hemp seeds

2 tbsp hemp oil (or Vega antioxidant EFA oil)

Sea salt to taste

Pesto Topping Instructions

– In a food processor, process all ingredients together until smooth

– Can be refridgerated for up to a week

– Variation: Roast the peppers for 30 minutes in 300F oven, lightly coated in coconut oil, before blending. This will intensify the flavour

– Makes about two cups

Pizza Instructions

1) Preheat oven to 300F

2) In a food processor, process all crust ingredients until mixture starts to ball up. Lightly oil the baking tray with oil (coconut, hemp, or Vega antioxidant EFA oil)

3) Spread mixture on tray to about 1/4 inch thick

4) Spread Sweet Pepper Hemp Pesto on crust. Add topping.

5) Bake for 45 minutes. Time will vary slightly depending on the moisture contents of the vegetables and the desired crispness of the pizza

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