November 23, 2009

Vegan Pizza Margherita

I probably talk about pizza more than necessary, though the necessity of pizza is a debate unto itself. Not that there’s any debate in my mind! ;)

But if you’ll bear with me yet again this evening, I thought I’d share a quick-and-simple vegan pizza recipe that approximates the taste of traditional pizza pretty darn well, if I do say so myself.

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Once you’ve made the tomato sauce and “cheese,” dinner is ready in five minutes flat, no joke. With these toppings pre-made and ready to go, all I had to do tonight was spread them on tortillas and broil for five minutes. Dinner is served!

No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz or so) organic diced tomatoes
  • generous shakes of oregano and thyme (to taste)
  • big handful fresh basil (or generous shake of dried)
  • 6 sundried tomatoes

Blend all ingredients in food processor (or blender), then transfer to a bowl/storage container.

Rinse food processor so you can make a batch of:

Almond Mozzarella

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond pulp (reserved from making almond milk; alternatively, soak 1 cup almonds overnight, drain and blend smooth)
  • juice of one lemon (squeezed the old-fashioned way is fine)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp miso

Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth, adding lemon juice gradually so it doesn’t get too sour (I didn’t quite use all the juice from one lemon—go easy!).

Top whole-grain tortillas with sauce and “cheese,” broil five minutes and serve!

Covers 6 tortillas generously.

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A sprinkle of Vegan Parm post-broil added another nice element to an already-tasty flavor combo.

I’ve said it before, but Rudi’s whole spelt tortillas make an absolutely perfect thin pizza crust, in my humble opinion. They have a sturdy texture and get perfectly crispy so you’ll never have a limp pizza slice, trust.

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And so it was that every night became pizza night chez moi. Just indulging my inner Ninja Turtle. Don’t judge.

12 comments:

katherine said...

Aw I miss TMNT. I was a totally chick show addict, except for that show. Incidentally, the sister who just had the baby was the one who got me hooked on it :)

The pizza looks fab! Now all I have to do is get brave enough to make my own almond milk...

lesley lifting life said...

Mmmm ... makin' me hungry for some pizza! :D

Deirdre said...

It sure looks like real pizza. I am definitely going to try to make this. I LOVED TMNT. I watched the cartoon and saw the first two movies in the theatre.

Shannon said...

love it. i really need to make more pizza :( (i only frown b/c i've been saying that for awhile now)

Mama Pea said...

Holy mother. I NEED this pizza. Why don't you pop on over and make one for me, woman?

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

God that looks so good. And I cannot get over at how REAL MOZZeralla looking that Vegan Almond Mozz looks. Dang. I need to get on this. Since I also hate onions & garlic and you made pizza without them. I am a fan already!

BTW what brand of sundrieds to you use? I used to get them in a dry pack, not an oil jar. Now, I can only find the oil jars and/or the packages of the dried tomatoes are like a half a pound of salt too which is not me. I just want plain tomatoes, dried. You'd think I was asking for caviar :)

Dori said...

Wow. How do you know what to do with the almond pulp to make it into cheese like that? With all the ingredients? You are awesome!

I WILL be making this since I always have almond pulp and Rob loves pizza and almonds. And I always have my Rudi's spelt tortillas! Thank you!

Diana said...

Averie -
I hear ya on the sundrieds since I'm not a fan of the oil-marinated variety, at least not for uses such as pizza sauce. My Whole Foods sells them by weight at the cheese counter, actually. There are usually pre-packed stacks of the little plastic bulk-type containers there, and the sundrieds in those are plain as can be. Hope you spot 'em in your town!

Gena said...

GENIUS almond cheese! I love, I love.

FoodFitnessFreshair said...

This looks just like a "regular" pizza! I definitely want to try making the almond mozzarella.

VeggieGirl said...

Perfect pizza pie :)

Fitnessista said...

that looks amazing! i love that you used almonds for the "cheese"
have a great night!