fri-yay pizza party?
sign me up.
I have a pizza recipe to whip up in a matter of 30 minutes and some tips on how to fake a gourmet meal with easy improvisations.
invite friends over for some vegan veggie pizza and vino (or kombucha mocktails) tonight and take all the praise as a chef that labored over homemade pizza.
I did it with the help of some organic thin crust pizza I found at whole foods, I had a veggie pie with 30-second sauce and fresh summer basil. YUMMM.
and ladies if you’re looking to convert a meatloving boyfriend, try a pizza pie like this. not saying he won’t enjoy a kale smoothie…. I’m just thinkin’ baby steps.
now onto the topic of balance. this pizza has it. I can rest assured knowing I’m using plenty of hearty veggies, not overdoing it on the sodium, and keeping it dairy free. but if anyone tells you that life can be pizza free- run.
because we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of one of the BEST things.
I recently worked on an article for Yoga Digest Magazine where I wrote about overcoming my eating disorder through yoga and different healthy eating habits. I stated how food is sacred and a life force. it’s something to be celebrated and appreciated rather than feared.
sounds too out there? well seriously, think about it. our bodies can do amazing things. they feel joy, give hugs, run miles, but we need food to do it. so let’s make it nourishing and tasty, okay?
the steps to homemade pizza perfection….
pick your crust.
i prefer thin crust, and because your friday evening does not need to be spent making dough from scratch, find a brand you love. I use this one from Whole Foods.
drizzle a bit of olive oil and brush it on the pizza pie. this helps achieve a golden brown color while cooking.
sidenote: i love a crispy crust and sometimes don’t use a pizza stone but rather just throw it on the oven rack directly.
make your “homemade” sauce.
tell friends it’s a family recipe. orrrr fill them in on the secret to a sauce that is not filled with junk and loads of sodium.
truth is – this is all you need…
1 can of tomato paste (NO SALT ADDED) – it’s important to cut out some of the sodium. also find an organic option if possible.
1/3-1/2 cup of water
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
pinch of salt
pinch of red pepper flakes
sometimes I add onion powder as well- feel free to taste test and add flavor however you feel is best.
add the water a few spoonfuls at a time and mix until you’ve reached desired thickness.
add the spices and mix well.
don’t forget your top!
top-pings, people. my favorite part of building a pizza is choosing all the fresh veggies to sauté and sprinkle on the dough. that’s the trick, usually the pre-made crusts don’t need a ton of time in the oven, so sauté for a few minutes first. otherwise you’ll have a pizza that is falling apart from undercooked veggies.
i chose onion, green pepper, broccoli and mushrooms. I didn’t have any of my all time FAVORITE topping on pizza, which is black olive.
heat a pan with a touch of olive oil and add chopped veggies and lightly sautee until soft.
I also sliced juicy tomatoes and added those pre baking.
other options: spinach, artichoke, roasted red pepper…. you guys know what you like on your pizza.
assemble and add herbs!
first the sauce, then tomato slices, then veggies, then some basil! i just rip up fresh basil and scatter it to bake into the pizza.
cheese, hold the dairy.
I find that Daiya mozzerella shreds never do me wrong when it comes to vegan pizza.
however, I don’t always love using dairy alternatives and have made beautiful and delicious veggie pies with nothing but sauce, spices, and vegetables. then a sprinkle of nutritional yeast!
even if using dairy free (or regular) cheese, try adding the nutritional yeast flakes. they have so many health benefits and the nutty flavor will be subtle.
bake and top MORE.
bake according to instructions for crust you choose.
finish the pizza with a sprinkle of garlic powder, more fresh basil, and my obsession… crushed red pepper flakes. is it even pizza without them?
happy happy friday!