I suppose that I’m overdue for a recipe post. This one is fairly easy but will surely get your friends (even meat-eaters) interested in a healthier way of life. Besides, who doesn’t like pizza!? With completely natural ingredients, it can be just as tasty as it is healthy. This is a vegan recipe, so keep in mind that there will be no meat, eggs, milk, butter, or cheese. If you’re over the age of two, it’s probably time you wean yourself away from that stuff anyway. If you feel you must have the dairy, please… grate away.
For the sauce (if you prepare your own in a blender)
|(Only need one tomato)|
extra virgin olive oil (evoo)
ground white pepper
kosher or sea salt
4-6 cloves of garlic
1 medium tomato
5 medjool dates
1 small carrot (optional)
You may choose to buy a pizza sauce. I believe Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have some additive-free options.
To prepare the sauce, I put the tomato, garlic, and dates into my Vitamix blender. Other high-quality blenders should work as well. You can decide how much garlic is enough for you. I prefer a lot. As far as the dates go, I like to use around 5 to get the perfect amount of sweetness. For taste and consistency we will add some white pepper, kosher salt, and a little evoo. And, I do mean a little evoo. This is where many “healthy eaters” go wrong. Olive oil is calorie dense, lacking nutrients. We just want to use enough here to make the sauce spreadable. Just a sprinkle of salt and white pepper with a short drizzle of evoo and you’re good to go. If the blender has a soup setting, just set it and let it go. If not, simply eyeball it and be sure that it is creamy.
Toppings (this is where it gets fun)
Of course there are many other options you could choose for toppings: eggplant, tofu, zucchini, squash, spinach, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, etc. I just chose a few of my favorites.
For now, set aside the kale and romas. Chop up the rest of your toppings and cook them for a few minutes. I cook mine in a little water. You can use evoo if you wish. Toss them occasionally to make sure they are evenly cooked. We want them to become just slightly limp.
|ready for kale & romas|
Once they have begun to cook, we will add the roma tomatoes and kale. Kale is a superfood that is full of vitamins & nutrients. I like to keep it from cooking too much, so that it maintains these superfood qualities. And, as far as the tomatoes go, noone likes “soupy” tomatoes on top of a pizza.
Toss the kale and romas into the mix and allow the kale to become tender. This should only take a couple of minutes tops!
It should look something like this when ready to come off the burner. Remove it from heat and strain the vegetables, removing any excess water. Set this aside for now so that we can get the crust ready.
I actually found a pizza dough at Trader Joe’s. It is whole wheat and contains no artificial colors or preservatives. I believe it was around $1.19 per pack. I have not yet attempted to make dough with my Vitamix, although I understand it’s a simple process.
(Go ahead and have your oven preheating to 370 degrees)
Let the dough sit at room temp. for 20 minutes. Flour your counter and rolling pin. I usually wouldn’t use white flour (or sugar) for anything but it was all I had. Tough Cookies! (Which is another thing I don’t eat, lol)
Place the dough on the floured counter and begin rolling it out into a circle with a 12″ diameter. Remember that it doesn’t have to look perfect. Noone will care when they are eating it.
[This next step is completely optional. Because I want the most out of my food, I will slip in some extra superfoods when possible. I like my pizza like I like my smoothies – packed with a punch!]
I put a layer of nutritional yeast and maca powder on my crust before putting on the sauce. Nutritional yeast is a rich source of vitamins, proteins, and a number of trace elements. It also tastes cheesy! Maca promotes energy and hormone balance.
Next, add your sauce. You really don’t need this much… but hey… it’s completely good for you!
Throw on those delicious toppings you prepared earlier. By this point, your oven should have reached 370 degrees. [The package on the dough says 350 but I found that it didn’t crisp up like I like] Place pizza in the oven for approximately 14-16 minutes. You may want to check on it after 12 minutes as ovens vary.
When the crust is crispy to your liking, pull it out and throw on some more nutritional yeast. Voila!! You have just made yourself a delicious and completely vegan pizza! A Super Pizza!!
For you runners out there, this is the perfect food to have after those long runs. I can attest to that. Share this recipe with your friends and family! Part of being a responsible eater is sharing your knowledge with others. Happy eating!
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