These healthy, homemade pizza recipes are exciting and easy with Mesa de Vida!

My husband has said “this is the best pizza I’ve ever had.” about all three of these pizza recipes. The ingredients are simple, but the flavor is definitely on another level of deliciousness.

If you’re looking for a gourmet pizza recipe that is easy enough for anyone to make, yet perfect for a dinner party, look no further. This will surely bring life to your table, whether for a quick weeknight dinner or gathering around the table with friends for a fun meal on the weekend.

Gourmet Moroccan Lamb Pizza

This healthy, gluten-free, gourmet pizza recipe is a little different than most. Toss out the idea of having to have a sauce-slathered crust. The flavor base for this amazing homemade pizza is meat (or meat substitute) simmered in our healthy global gourmet cooking and seasoning sauces. This saucy, meaty mixture makes the perfect start to your homemade pizza. Then loads of vegetables are added, and just enough cheese to bring it all together. You’ll make an absolutely delicious pizza that has a lot of protein, and a big serving of vegetables, for a true meal-in-one.

You can make these pizzas “loaded”, and use 2 thin cauliflower crusts. This generally serves my family of 4 very hungry eaters, plus a slice or two left over for lunch the next day. To feed a larger crowd, or if you just prefer your pizza to be very sparsely topped, divide the toppings among 4 crusts, or simply cut the topping ingredients in half.

Mediterranean Gourmet Pizza

Gluten-free, vegetable-packed homemade pizza that makes you feel great.

Frozen cauliflower crusts, just like ground meat, are freezer staples I love to keep on hand for quick meals. And, of course, Mesa de Vida in the pantry! One of my favorites is Califlour Food’s cauliflower crusts, as well as their flatbreads. The calories are much lower than traditional pizza crust, and for those of us that can’t have, or choose not to have, gluten and/or grains, they make a perfect veggie alternative. Feel free to swap out the crust for any of your favorite frozen, homemade, or traditional pizza crust of your choosing.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I LOVE cheese. (Probably a little more than the average person.) Thankfully it loves me back, and I don’t have any issues digesting it. But, many people I know can’t tolerate much dairy, or are simply choosing to limit, or eliminate it. The rest of this pizza is so flavor-packed, that the cheese is added as almost a seasoning – not the base as is common for most pizza. If you need to, you can eliminate it altogether, and still have an incredible pizza. I promise.

Gourmet Latin Pizza (the best Taco Pizza you’ll ever make!)

Next time you’re thinking about ordering up pizza delivery, try making these fun homemade pizza recipes instead. You’ll have a fabulous gourmet meal in just about the same amount of time it takes for delivery, and you’ll be making memories around the table (where the best conversations happen).

Bring life to the table, and bring life around the table with Mesa de Vida!

Enjoy these global gourmet pizza recipes, and don’t forget to share yours with us on social media!

Cheers!

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Moroccan Lamb Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
Keyword Gluten Free
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2-4 fully cooked (or frozen) cauliflower pizza crusts, homemade or store bought Makes 2 "loaded" pizzas, or up to 4 lighter pizzas. *This recipe also works great with any fully cooked pizza crust of your choosing. Follow the directions for your choice of crust.
  • 1 lb ground lamb Use any ground meat, or meat substitute crumble, or cubed tofu, if you like
  • 1 jar Mesa de Vida North African Cooking & Seasoning Sauce
  • Salt to taste Our global gourmet cooking and seasoning sauces are extremely low in sodium so you can salt to your own tastes/preferences
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 1-2 cups crumbled feta cheese *Keep it dairy free by skipping the cheese, or using your favorite dairy-free substitute
  • 4 Tb toasted pinenuts optional
  • 1 cup fresh tomato diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley and/or cilantro chopped, optional
Keyword Gluten Free
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2-4 fully cooked (or frozen) cauliflower pizza crusts, homemade or store bought Makes 2 "loaded" pizzas, or up to 4 lighter pizzas. *This recipe also works great with any fully cooked pizza crust of your choosing. Follow the directions for your choice of crust.
  • 1 lb ground lamb Use any ground meat, or meat substitute crumble, or cubed tofu, if you like
  • 1 jar Mesa de Vida North African Cooking & Seasoning Sauce
  • Salt to taste Our global gourmet cooking and seasoning sauces are extremely low in sodium so you can salt to your own tastes/preferences
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 1-2 cups crumbled feta cheese *Keep it dairy free by skipping the cheese, or using your favorite dairy-free substitute
  • 4 Tb toasted pinenuts optional
  • 1 cup fresh tomato diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley and/or cilantro chopped, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven according to the instructions recommended for your crust. *See tip below if making 2 pizzas.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add meat, Mesa de Vida North African Cooking & Seasoning Sauce, and salt to taste. Cook, stirring often until the meat is fully cooked.
  3. Have your pizza crusts ready on baking sheets (I like to use parchment paper to prevent sticking.)
  4. Divide the cooked meat and sauce mixture among your pizza crusts, spread evenly to the edge of the crust. Top with the zucchini, onion, and feta cheese.
  5. Bake according to your crust instructions (typically 10 or so minutes). *Tip: If you are making just 2 pizzas I recommend lowering the recommended heat by 25 degrees and cooking about 5 minutes longer to ensure the crust cooks and crisps up thoroughly.
  6. Remove from the oven, top with pinenuts, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Let the pizzas rest for 5-10 minutes to cool and firm up a bit.
  7. Slice and enjoy!
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Mediterranean Gourmet Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2-4 fully cooked cauliflower pizza crusts homemade or store bought Makes 2 "loaded" pizzas, or up to 4 lighter pizzas. *This recipe also works great with any fully cooked pizza crust of your choosing. Follow the directions for your choice of crust., or frozen
  • 1 lb ground beef Use any ground meat or meat substitute crumble, or cubed tofu, if you like
  • 1 jar Mesa de Vida Mediterranean Cooking & Seasoning Sauce
  • salt to taste Our global gourmet cooking and seasoning sauces are extremely lowsodium so you can salt to your own tastes/preferences
  • 1 zucchini thinly sliced lengthwise into ribbons (a vegetable peeler works great for this), or diced
  • 1-2 cups crumbled feta and/or shredded Mozzarella cheese *Keep it dairy free by skipping the cheese, or using your favorite dairy-free substitute
  • 1 cup fresh tomato
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley and/or basil chopped optional
  • 1 cup fresh tomato optional
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped optional
  • serve with sour cream and/or salsa if you like optional
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2-4 fully cooked cauliflower pizza crusts homemade or store bought Makes 2 "loaded" pizzas, or up to 4 lighter pizzas. *This recipe also works great with any fully cooked pizza crust of your choosing. Follow the directions for your choice of crust., or frozen
  • 1 lb ground beef Use any ground meat or meat substitute crumble, or cubed tofu, if you like
  • 1 jar Mesa de Vida Mediterranean Cooking & Seasoning Sauce
  • salt to taste Our global gourmet cooking and seasoning sauces are extremely lowsodium so you can salt to your own tastes/preferences
  • 1 zucchini thinly sliced lengthwise into ribbons (a vegetable peeler works great for this), or diced
  • 1-2 cups crumbled feta and/or shredded Mozzarella cheese *Keep it dairy free by skipping the cheese, or using your favorite dairy-free substitute
  • 1 cup fresh tomato
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley and/or basil chopped optional
  • 1 cup fresh tomato optional
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped optional
  • serve with sour cream and/or salsa if you like optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven according to the instructions recommended for your crust. *See tip below if making 2 pizzas.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add meat, Mesa de Vida Mediterranean Cooking & Seasoning Sauce, and salt to taste. Cook, stirring often until the meat is fully cooked.
  3. Have your pizza crusts ready on baking sheets (I like to use parchment paper to prevent sticking.)
  4. Divide the cooked meat and sauce mixture among your pizza crusts, spread evenly to the edge of the crust. Top with zucchini and cheese. (I tucked the zucchini into the cheese and meat mixture so the tops get a little bit blistered and golden brown when cooked.)
  5. Bake according to your crust instructions (typically 10 or so minutes). *Tip: If you are making just 2 pizzas I recommend lowering the recommended heat by 25 degrees and cooking about 5 minutes longer to ensure the crust cooks and crisps up thoroughly.
  6. Remove from the oven, top with diced tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Let the pizzas rest for 5-10 minutes to cool and firm up a bit.
  7. Slice and enjoy!
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Smoky Latin Gourmet Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
Keyword Gluten Free
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2-4 fully cooked cauliflower pizza crusts, homemade or store bought Makes 2 "loaded" pizzas, or up to 4 lighter pizzas. *This recipe also works great with any fully cooked pizza crust of your choosing. Follow the directions for your choice of crust., or frozen
  • 1 lb ground beef Use any ground meat, or meat substitute crumble, or cubed tofu, if you like
  • 1 jar Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin Cooking & Seasoning Sauce
  • Salt to taste Our global gourmet cooking and seasoning sauces are extremely lowsodium so you can salt to your own tastes/preferences
  • 1 small red onion finely sliced
  • 1-2 cups shredded or crumbled cheese of your choice We love the combination of cotija or queso fresco, and Monterey Jack for these pizzas. *Keep it dairy free by skipping the cheese, or using your favorite dairy-free substitute
  • sliced jalapenos optional
  • diced avocado optional
  • 1 cup fresh tomato optional
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped, optional
  • serve with sour cream and/or salsa, if you like optional
Keyword Gluten Free
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2-4 fully cooked cauliflower pizza crusts, homemade or store bought Makes 2 "loaded" pizzas, or up to 4 lighter pizzas. *This recipe also works great with any fully cooked pizza crust of your choosing. Follow the directions for your choice of crust., or frozen
  • 1 lb ground beef Use any ground meat, or meat substitute crumble, or cubed tofu, if you like
  • 1 jar Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin Cooking & Seasoning Sauce
  • Salt to taste Our global gourmet cooking and seasoning sauces are extremely lowsodium so you can salt to your own tastes/preferences
  • 1 small red onion finely sliced
  • 1-2 cups shredded or crumbled cheese of your choice We love the combination of cotija or queso fresco, and Monterey Jack for these pizzas. *Keep it dairy free by skipping the cheese, or using your favorite dairy-free substitute
  • sliced jalapenos optional
  • diced avocado optional
  • 1 cup fresh tomato optional
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped, optional
  • serve with sour cream and/or salsa, if you like optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven according to the instructions recommended for your crust. *See tip below if making 2 pizzas.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add meat, Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin Cooking & Seasoning Sauce, and salt to taste. Cook, stirring often until the meat is fully cooked.
  3. Have your pizza crusts ready on baking sheets (I like to use parchment paper to prevent sticking.)
  4. Divide the cooked meat and sauce mixture among your pizza crusts, spread evenly to the edge of the crust. Top with onion, cheese, and jalapeno, if using.
  5. Bake according to your crust instructions (typically 10 or so minutes). *Tip: If you are making just 2 pizzas I recommend lowering the recommended heat by 25 degrees and cooking about 5 minutes longer to ensure the crust cooks and crisps up thoroughly.
  6. Remove from the oven, top with diced avocado, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Let the pizzas rest for 5-10 minutes to cool and firm up a bit.
  7. Slice and enjoy!

Mediterranean Cooking and Seasoning Sauce

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Mesa de Vida Mediterranean Cooking & Seasoning Sauce helps you cook amazing Mediterranean inspired meals in less time with fewer ingredients!

Welcome our newest healthy cooking sauce, available only online!

About our Mediterranean cooking sauce: Take your taste buds on a delicious adventure to the islands of the Mediterranean with Mesa de Vida. The islands kissed by the Mediterranean sea and sun share a cuisine rich with bold, yet simply delicious ingredients.

With inspiration from Sicily, Sardinia, Crete, Cypress, Santorini, and Corsica, “…those blessed lands of sun and sea and the olive trees”*, our Mediterranean cooking and seasoning sauce brings together the aromatic, flavorful and healthy ingredients that help make this one of the most loved cuisines in the world.

Healthy Mediterranean simmer sauce, gourmet Mediterranean seasoning, and so much more.

With a flavor base of concentrated sun kissed tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onion, garlic, capers, Kalamata olives, crushed red pepper, oregano and basil, all brightened by a splash of red wine vinegar, our Mediterranean cooking sauce transforms your simple ingredients into a perfectly balanced, truly delicious masterpiece.

You can enjoy global gourmet meals even on your busiest weeknight with Mesa de Vida gourmet cooking sauces!

Mediterranean flavors play well with chicken, lamb, beef, potatoes, pasta, seafood, eggplant, feta, spinach, chickpeas, and of course red wine and olive oil...but don’t let that limit your imagination. You can bring the glorious flavors of the Mediterranean to just about anything you’d like to cook, with Mesa de Vida.

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Made with just vegetables, fruit, spices and herbs, perfectly blended and waiting to bring life to your table! As with all of our Whole30 Approved cooking sauces, they are low sodium sauces and seasonings, and have zero added sugar. Adjust salt to your own tastes. Most people find our Mediterranean cooking sauce to be very slightly spicy.


How to use Mesa de Vida Whole30 Approved cooking and seasoning sauce:

Mesa de Vida Mediterranean Cooking & Seasoning Sauce is not a pasta sauce, but it can be your secret ingredient to make the most amazing homemade gourmet pasta sauce of your own.

But that is just the beginning - It does so much more, too.

Use a little, or use a lot! Use a spoonful or two when cooking protein, vegetables, or grains as a fresher, healthier, delicious alternative to salty dried spice blends. Or use the whole jar as a recipe starter for meals that make 4-8 servings. Our vegetable-based cooking sauces are the ultimate kitchen hack for amazing global gourmet meals!


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*From Elizabeth David’s “A Book of Mediterranean Food” (1950)



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