Troubleshooting Thrive Market Paleo Pizza Crust and Review

Through numerous conversations and supportive shoves gentle nudges from #leohusband I've finally gotten past my mental roadblock of going back to work.

I've worked so hard to manage my symptoms of Adhesive Arachnoiditis that while I still have bad days, I have more good than bad. I've even had good months. Four weeks of good days. It's hard to beat that.

Now that I've committed myself to get out there and I've applied at several local community colleges, I'm now planning on how to get through my days when I am working. To me, that means an easy meal to put on the table while staying healthy.

Thrive Market

I've been trying out several 'pre-made' Paleo and Whole30 kits, meals, and corner-cutting / time-saving products like Thrive Market's Paleo Pizza Crust.

Thrive Market Paleo Pizza Crust Troubleshooting

Now before you nail me to the wall, I know that cheese isn't Paleo and yes, I put it on my pizza.

I want to state up front that I know most of my food triggers for pain and inflammation and cheese isn't one. I still don't eat much of it but when I do I'm comforted by its nutritional value. Cheese is a source of conjugated linoleic acid, a fat that may have anti-cancer, weight-reducing, and heart-protective effects.

On to the review...

For the first batch, I followed the directions to a T and it did not turn out well. The dough was way too sticky and when I rolled it out on my greased and floured wax paper it stuck like glue. So I had to ball it up again and start over. Ugh, I was so upset too because I rolled my first perfect circle!!
Take two!

So I followed the directions again and using my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer with the dough hook I slowly sprinkled extra mix into the dough until it formed an actual dough ball, not a sticky mess.

Then instead of using wax paper, I used greased and floured parchment - that way I could cook it directly on the parchment without having to remove it and transfer it to a baking sheet - or in my case a pizza stone. Easy Peasy.

Thrive Market Pizza Crust Review

The crust had great texture and color. It was crisp and had a good pizza crust feel. Even #leohusband liked it. The 12" round pizza gave us each 3 small to medium size slices (sized compared to fast food pizza like Pizza Hut). However, the grain free crust had us nicely filled up and unlike major pizza chains - I didn't crave food within an hour or two. I was satiated.

Our one drawback was that the crust was...sweet.

The recipe called for a tablespoon and a half of honey. I think that was way overboard due to the fact that we could taste the sweetness. I would personally recommend 1 tablespoon or less of honey maybe even 1 and a half teaspoons.

Taste: ★★★☆
Chronic Pain Ease: ★★★★☆

As long as you are using a stand mixer with a dough hook this is quick and easy. However, if you don't have a stand mixer then I think you would end up standing up for a while to make this.  Also, definitely use the parchment.

Without a Stand Mixer:
Chronic Pain Ease: ★★☆☆☆