Supreme Pizza with Arugula {gluten free, dairy free}

So I go to college in this town where boys always open the door for girls.

Like always.


It’s like how listening to National Public Radio always makes me want doughnuts. That’s because growing up my mom used to take me like once a month to get doughnuts and chocolate milk before school.  A cake doughnut with pink frosting and sprinkles from a doughnut shop that wasn’t on the way to school but they had the best doughnuts (it was actually called “Best Donuts”) so that’s where we had to go.

So you see, NPR=doughnut.  College boys=hold doors open (along with a list of other strange things).


So, back to the boys.  Even if you look like complete junk because you’re coming to class (once again) after you just finished working out.  Or because you decided that making pancakes was far more important than showering that morning…they’re gonna open the door for you.


It’s sweet.  But herein lies the problem…the boy will stand there holding the door open for you before you are even close to the door.  I’m telling you, they will stand there for a good 30 seconds waiting on you to get to the door.  So when I see them holding the door open for me when I’m still a good distance away, I feel the need to sprint to the door just so we don’t have to do that whole awkward-eye-contact-thing until I get to the door.  Because that’s just painful for everyone, but not quite as painful as what happened next…


So earlier this week, I was heading to one of my classes and I was in the parking lot getting closer to the building and then I saw him.  He glanced over his shoulder to check for any girls and there I was…so he opened the door…and stood there…waiting for me to get there.  So I tried to book it to the door but I was in flip flops, my backpack weighed a ton, and it was rainy and slippery out so before I knew it, my feet went out from under me and I ended up on the ground.


And then he felt the need to yell, “oh my gosh, are you alright?!”

And so then everyone looked.

In my mind I was all like “seriously, did I just really fall? Do I have to get up? Maybe everyone will just leave.  Okay I should probably get up, this is getting weird.  Why am I still on the ground?”


So I got myself off the ground.  And the sweet guy still held the door open for me.

Good thing I’m always ‘almost’ late to class.  Fewer witnesses.


Last week the spider incident.  This week the falling incident.  Who knows what next week will bring.


Hopefully gingerbread.  Or more pizza.

Supreme Pizza with Arugula {gluten free, dairy free}

serves 1

[adapted from this crust]

1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp oat flour

1 Tbsp flaxseed, ground

1/8 tsp basil, dried

1/8 tsp oregano, dried

1/8 tsp salt

1 egg

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 Tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 425F. In a small bowl combine the oat flour, flaxseed, basil, oregano and salt. Add in the egg and half of the minced garlic and stir until combined. Line a baking pan will foil and then spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with oat flour. This step may seem repetitive but the batter is EXTREMELY sticky. Spoon the sticky batter onto the foil and sprinkle additional oat flour over the batter and coat your fingers in oat flour to allow you to spread the dough into a thin layer. In a small bowl, combine the 1/2 Tbsp olive oil with the remaining garlic. Brush this oil over the entire dough. Bake for 10 minutes.


Pizza Toppings

3 Tbsp pizza/marinara/pasta sauce

2 Tbsp hummus

1/2 cup ground turkey, cooked

6 red bell pepper slices, thinly sliced

6 green bell pepper slices, thinly sliced

6 sweet onion slices, thinly sliced

4 cherry tomatoes, sliced

handful arugula (about 2/3 cup)

Remove from oven and spread pasta sauce and hummus over dough. Add cooked ground turkey, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and onions. Place pizza back in the 425F oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, top with fresh arugula and slice into 8 slices.


  1. says

    Hahaha! (Not laughing at your misfortune) I’ve lived in the South my entire life, so I know *exactly* what you’re talking about. It’s so awkward. I mean, I generally hold open the door if somebody is right behind me (it’s polite) but I hate when men (young or old) hold the door when you’re not even close!
    Oh, and this pizza looks divine. I love arugula.

    • says

      Haha i’m glad you can relate! Their intentions really are good, it’s just so awkward sometimes! And I have just in the past year discovered my love for arugula so now I’m trying to make up for all that time I wasted not liking it!

    • says

      Yep, it’s the south…Texas A&M:) Did you go to school in the south too? I actually came across your name not too long ago on the Mentor Program for the Food & Culinary Professional Practice Group for AND.

      • says

        Yep. Auburn… But I’ve lived in Texas and can appreciate… those Texas boys are quite polite :)

        And yes… I’m a longtime member of FCP and have offered myself up for the mentor program…. although at this point, I haven’t had any mentees :)

  2. says

    I love that you do these recipes for one! Especially pizza, a long lost relative who has become foreign since going gluten free. Can’t wait to try once finals are over!! And your photography is gorgeous! (I’ve been such a slacker hehe ;) )

  3. says

    Hahaha, great post! I cracked up…it really is a nice gesture for them to hold the door open, but it also forces you to do an awkward walk/jog in gratitude or something. Hilarious!

    Oh and, this pizza looks pretty incredible. Love the simple ingredients too, I can make oat flour just by grounding oats right? I need to try it!

    • says

      Yep! Just throw them in a food processor and grind away! My food processor (before I broke it) never could seem to grind the oats as well as bobs red mill, but I guess that’s why I don’t have my own company:)

  4. wholeisticallyfit says

    Holy yum! :D I completely agree that while holding the door open for someone else is a nice gesture, it’s clearly a hazard. ;) I think I’d rather get my own door and not feel rushed, especially on wet, slippery days. But, seriously, that pizza!!

  5. jessofsydney says

    very excited to be making this tonight :) will be using rice flour instead though as I don’t stomach oats very well (yes, it has a similar protein to wheat in case you didn’t know so can affect some people!). Very glad I stumbled upon your blog :)

    • Kylie says

      I did know that oats have a protein similar to gluten. That’s unfortunate you don’t tolerate them well. Pretty much all of my recipes use oats, so if you try any out, I’d love to hear about the modifications you make!:)


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