Asparagus Gruyere Ricotta Tart

Main Dishes

TGIF! Friday nights are pizza nights! ..Well, maybe more like tart night! But it’s still the same idea. It’s big enough to cut it up into slices and share with the whole family. You could even just change the toppings to make it more like a pizza flavor too! There are so many ways to do this dish. It is simply one of the best versatile meals to make. And it’s healthy, gluten free, and low carb! I was inspired by Martha Stewart’s Asparagus Gruyere Tart, but I made some tweaks to her recipe to make it mine and to make it suitable for a healthier lifestyle. I used some different ingredients and created a paleo low carb crust to go along with it.

And let me tell you something… this recipe for the crust is to die for! It is so super duper simple, low carb, and you can use it for so many things! Use this crust recipe for a pizza, for a tart, for a pie, for a cheesecake crust! So many options!

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Crust Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large egg

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 16-20 asparagus stalks, steamed (I used small cut ones)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

side tart

Instructions

  1. In a mixer, blend all of the crust ingredients together in a mixer until well combined into a dough.
  2. Roll out dough on to a cooking pan lined with parchment paper (makes it easier to take the crust off the pan when finished)
  3. Preheat oven to 325 F and bake the crust for around 10 minutes. Then take out the crust to put on the toppings.
  4. Spread the ricotta cheese over the whole crust surface.
  5. Then cover all of the ricotta with the shredded gruyere cheese (as much cheese as you like)
  6. Steam the asparagus then plunge them into ice cold water for a few seconds. Pat dry and toss in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Next, layer the steamed asparagus stalks in a row right next to each other.
  8. Finally, place the crust back into the oven for around 10-15 more minutes so that all the cheese as melted, the asparagus has darkened with some char, and the crust is golden.
  9. Take it out, cut it up and serve!

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cauliflower pizza crust

The Gluten Free, Grain Free Italian Way

Main Dishes

Tonight’s dinner consists of a fresh grilled salmon with a kale salad and the side of a cauliflower pizza! That’s right, cauliflower pizza! I discovered the way of having a delicious pizza without all the carbohydrates. This veggie-powered pizza is a great way to cut back on those grains and gluten. The crusty cauliflower gives the pizza a great base for slamming on any kind of toppings that you want.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups cauliflower, grated (about 1/2 a large head)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  •  Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Fresh basil leaves, optional

Instructions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Grate the cauliflower until you have two cups of cauliflower crumbles.
  3. Place in a large bowl and microwave for seven to eight minutes, or until soft. Remove from the microwave and let cool.
  4. Mix in the egg, one cup mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper.
  5. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch round on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Spray lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden.
  7. Top the pizza with the sauce, 1/4 cup mozzarella, grape tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10 minutes. Top with basil before serving.