In my quest to get healthy I am always looking for ways to eat my favorite foods but in a more healthy way. I have all ready shared with you a fabulous tasting pizza recipe using cauliflower for the crust. Today I'm going to share another pizza crust recipe this time using Garbanzo Bean flour.
Garbanzo beans are known as one of the creamiest and tastiest beans. Their flour provides a sweet, rich flavor. Garbanzo bean flour is similar to white flour when it comes to calories but it has 50% more protien, five times more fiber and is rich in iron. Replacing white flour with garbanzo bean flour is definately a good thing when you are trying to manage your weight.
Cornstarch is made from corn kernels. It is a highly processed carbohydrate, about 30 calories or 7 grams of carbs per tablespoon. When you add it to soups or gravies you are adding significant calories and no nutritional value. There is no protein, fat, vitamins, minerals or fiber.
Here are some other ideas for you to try as a replacement for cornstarch if you have a hard time finding Garbanzo Bean flour.
Heat reduction: Simmer sauces uncovered over a low to medium heat over time and your sauce will become thicker.
Pureed vegetables: Tomato paste, zucchini, eggplant, cauliflower, squash and pumpkin are easy to puree in a blender once cooked. These pureed veggies are great for thickening sauces and homemade soups. They add a nutritional goodness to your recipes since they are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. However remember squash and pumpkin have a higher starch content then the others.
Sour Cream or Greek yogurt: These are already thick. You will do much better with sour cream in hot recipes like soups.
Flax seed meal: Ground flax seed works better as an egg substitute because it can be gritty. It is great to add to smoothies, oatmeal or other baked goods.
Don't forget to read your food labels, cornstarch is sometimes added.
Okay, now onto my garbanzo bean flour pizza crust. It is very easy to make.
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