Tasty Vegan Pizza

I have dabbled with vegan eating and plant based living for some years now, and find myself again moving in this direction. On a plant based diet, I find myself substituting meats and dairy for whole grains instead, and am loving the carbs and the bread I can easily incorporate! I have realized that with enough flavor and seasoning, and a delicious fresh crust, I like pizza so much better without cheese! It becomes a meal that nourishes, rather than making me sleepy and heavy. I taste the seasonings, fresh baked crust, and vegetable flavors when not blanketed in cheese. Feel free to use any kind of tomato/marinara sauce of your choice, but using plain tomato paste and adding your own seasonings is a way to avoid added salt. It has taken me time to realize carbs at not my enemy and that they (especially from whole grains) are a much better substitute for meat/dairy/fats. I know there are MANY opinions out there, but this is what I am finding energizes me and helps me meet my health goals:)

You simply need:

-1 whole wheat pizza crust (I will have to try one from scratch soon, but Whole Foods and Trader Joes have nice crusts in the refrigerated section ready to roll out and bake)

-1 small can tomato paste

-Oregano (fresh or dried, liberally applied)

-Basil (same as oregano)

-Garlic, about 3 cloves minced or to taste

-Onions, 1/2 large onion chopped

-Crushed red pepper, to taste

-Mushrooms (about 4oz, sliced)

-Kale (one large stalk, washed and shredded)

Optional: vegan cheese or nutritional yeast, additional veggies of choice
Bake at 375F for approximately 15 minutes, depending on your oven and how crispy you like your pizza. Just keep an eye on it, then enjoy!

This keeps well and the slices make a great packable lunch to take to school or work!


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