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You know that moment when you are scrolling thru Pinterest and something just inspires you to get up and run to the kitchen? No? Well it happens to me all the time! We spend a lot of time looking at food, whether on the computer screen, the TV screen, or our phones. Wouldn’t you rather be eating it? I mean, yeah, Bobby Flay can grill up a sexy looking steak…but is he serving it to you? Probably not.

So where is the real satisfaction in watching food being prepared, or drooling over a recipe that is visually appealing? Heck, we don’t even have smellevision! So what gives? Why are we not spending more time in the kitchen whipping up our own deliciousness that we can actually indulge in? Is it because the task is daunting? Do we lack the skill? Is our presentation not all it can be?

See, this is one reason I love my Thrive foods so much. You can literally fake your way to the dinner table every single night. So you’re not a Le Cordon Bleu trained Master Chef. So you’ve never set foot in a professional kitchen. So WHAT?! Thrive foods are simple ingredients that are not intimidating; they are just like what you would find at your grocery store, but better.

It is a breeze to substitute Thrive in any recipe because it is REAL FOOD. It is also a breeze to make almost any recipe you stumble across while scrolling social media with a well stocked Home Store. No more, “Oh, I can’t make that, I threw out the last of the____ last week because it molded.” This is why when inspiration strikes, I can head right to the kitchen and chances are I have everything I need at my fingertips. I LOVE that!

At this year’s convention a few weeks back, Pulled Pork was a new product release. I cannot say enough good about this product!! Of course, I love anything pork, especially my beloved bacon, so this was obviously a welcome addition. Other than the Thrive Sausage Crumbles, I don’t particularly care to snack on any of the meats dry. My son thinks the beef chunks taste like jerky, though. But the pork…It is my new meat candy. Yes, meat candy. It is also wonderful dry.

We eat a lot of carnitas at my house. We usually have tubs of it in the fridge for quick tacos, nachos, burritos, barbecue, or whatever. It disappears fast and the kids love it. I used the new Pulled Pork in this recipe to show how impressive it really is. My fiancee is very particular about his carnitas. He will judge the quality of any Mexican restaurant just by the way they prepare their carnitas. No joke. This meal however, had him going back for seconds! Now, he’s still not as sold as I am on using as much Thrive in one meal as possible, but if he goes back for more, I know I’ve got a winning recipe! Oh, and even better, of course it is gluten free!!

I hope you make this often. It fits in an 8×8, or 9×9, but can easily be doubled for a large casserole dish. Trust me, you WILL want leftovers! Enjoy!

 

Rice Crust Carnitas Mexican Pizza (Gluten Free)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Crust

Bean Layer

Carnitas Layer

Enchilada Sauce (courtesy Chef Todd)

Topping and Garnish

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Rice crust - prepare crustPrepare the Crust

  1. Toss together in a bowl, the cooked rice, prepared egg mix, and cheeses.
  2. Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan or 9×9 inch casserole dish
  3. Pour rice mixture into pan and press down firmly with the back of a spoon
  4. Bake crust for 15 minutes

Rice crust - beansPrepare Bean Layer

  1. Place all ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir and set aside

Rice crust - carnitasPrepare Carnitas

  1. Heat bacon grease in a medium skillet. Add garlic and sweat for 1 minute
  2. Add pulled pork, green chilies and onion slices to skillet. Break up large pieces of pork to make it more shredded. Toast lightly for 1 minute
  3. Add water and seasonings and simmer until water is completely absorbed, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat

Prepare Enchilada Sauce

  1. Place all ingredients except sour cream in a blender. Blend until smooth. Stir in sour cream

Assemble Pizza

  1. Spread refried beans evenly over baked rice crustRice crust - spread beans
  2. Layer carnitas over beans, packing down with the back of a spoonRice crust - spread carnitas
  3. Pour 1/2 cup of prepared enchilada sauce over carnitas and spread with a spoonRice crust - spread sauce
  4. Sprinkle cheeses evenly over top of sauceRice crust - top with cheese
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted and edges start to turn golden
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle top with green onionsRice crust - top with onions
  7. Garnish with slices of avocado and tomatoRice crust - garnish
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes then slice into 9 squares. Serve with a drizzle of enchilada sauce over topRice crust pizza slice

 

Rice Crust Carnitas Pizza (Gluten Free)

The new Thrive Pulled Pork is a great addition to this gluten free twist on a Mexican Pizza. Move over, taco night!

Yields: 9 servings

  • Crust
  • 3 c. THRIVE White Rice cooked
  • 2 tbsp. THRIVE Scrambled Egg Mix ReFreshed with 3 TB water
  • 1/4 c. THRIVE Shredded Cheddar Cheese - Freeze Dried ReFreshed
  • 1/4 c. THRIVE Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese - Freeze Dried ReFreshed
  • Bean Layer
  • 1 c. THRIVE Instant Refried Beans
  • 1 tbsp. THRIVE Chopped Onions- Dehydrated
  • 1 1/2 c. 1 1/2 Cup - water
  • 1/2 tsp. 1/2 Teaspoon - garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. 1/2 Teaspoon - season salt
  • 1/4 tsp. THRIVE Peppercorn
  • Carnitas Layer
  • 2 c. THRIVE Pulled Pork - Freeze Dried
  • 1/4 c. THRIVE Green Chili Peppers - Freeze Dried
  • 1/2 c. THRIVE Onion Slices - Freeze Dried
  • 1/4 tsp. THRIVE Chef's Choice
  • 1/4 tsp. THRIVE Summer Limeade (Seasonal)
  • 1/4 tsp. 1/4 Teaspoon - ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. 1/4 Teaspoon - Chili Powder
  • 2 c. 2 Cup - water
  • 2 tbsp. 2 Tablespoon - Bacon Grease
  • 1 tsp. 1 Teaspoon - minced garlic
  • Enchilada Sauce (courtesy Chef Todd)
  • 1/3 c. THRIVE Espagnole (Savory Beef Gravy)
  • 1 tsp. THRIVE Tomato Powder
  • 1 tbsp. THRIVE Chopped Onions - Freeze Dried
  • 2 tbsp. THRIVE Green Chili Peppers - Freeze Dried
  • 1/4 tsp. THRIVE Chef's Choice
  • 1 tbsp. THRIVE Cilantro
  • 2 1/2 c. 2 1/2 Cup - water
  • 1 tsp. 1 Teaspoon - chili powder
  • 1 tsp. 1 Teaspoon - cumin
  • 1 tbsp. 1 Tablespoon - minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp. 1 1/2 Teaspoon - Lime Juice
  • 1/4 c. 1/4 Cup - Sour Cream
  • Topping and Garnish11nullslice
  • 1/2 c. THRIVE Shredded Cheddar Cheese - Freeze Dried ReFreshed
  • 1/2 c. THRIVE Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese - Freeze Dried ReFreshed
  • 1/4 c. THRIVE Green Onions - Freeze Dried
  • 1/4 1/4 Whole - Avocados
  • 1/2 1/2 Whole - roma tomato

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Prepare the Crust

Toss together in a bowl, the cooked rice, prepared egg mix, and cheeses.

Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan or 9x9 inch casserole dish

Pour rice mixture into pan and press down firmly with the back of a spoon

Bake crust for 15 minutes

Prepare Bean Layer

Place all ingredients in a glass bowl and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir and set aside

Prepare Carnitas

Heat bacon grease in a medium skillet. Add garlic and sweat for 1 minute

Add pulled pork, green chilies and onion slices to skillet. Break up large pieces of pork to make it more shredded. Toast lightly for 1 minute

Add water and seasonings and simmer until water is completely absorbed, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat

Prepare Enchilada Sauce

Place all ingredients except sour cream in a blender. Blend until smooth. Stir in sour cream

Assemble Pizza

Spread refried beans evenly over baked rice crust

Layer carnitas over beans, packing down with the back of a spoon

Pour 1/2 cup of prepared enchilada sauce over carnitas and spread with a spoon

Sprinkle cheeses evenly over top of sauce

Bake for 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted and edges start to turn golden

Remove from oven and sprinkle top with green onions

Garnish with slices of avocado and tomato

Let cool for 5 minutes then slice into 9 squares. Serve with a drizzle of enchilada sauce over top

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes
Rice Crust Carnitas Mexican Pizza (Gluten Free)

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