Love & Pizza: Vegan Pizza Recipes That Satisfy My Soul

Vegan pizza recipes that are bound to please vegan and non-vegans.

We all have those days when we feel kind of blue.

Out of sorts.

Worried.

Or just plain stressed!

I know I do.

When I’m down and feeling needy, my favorite, soul-satisfying food is

pizza.

Let’s face it, there is really nothing quite like it.

Now, I don’t want to be the one to advocate drowning your sorrows

in high calorie, fattening foods, but sometimes a girl just needs some

love and pizza.

But let me clarify myself a bit more…

Love & Pizza: Vegan Pizza Recipes That Satisfy My Soul

Pizza is a fabulous treat any time–happy or sad; good or bad.

For me, it’s a uniquely-gratifying, comfort food.

A couple of slices won’t hurt you…

Especially when they’re topped with lots of nutritious vegetables.

And with all of the vegan-friendly cheese and topping options

available, vegans can happily enjoy a hearty, healthy serving of pizza.

Vegan pizza is very much like regular pizza, but it does not include meat, or

other animal products and contains only non-dairy cheese.

What are we waiting for…

Here are a couple of vegan pizza recipes that are sure to please both

vegans and non-vegans alike.

So whip these up, then curl up with a slice–alone or with a friend.

And forgot all your cares and troubles–at least while you’re eating.

Let’s start with the dough.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Love & Pizza: Vegan Pizza Recipes That Satisfy My Soul

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Raw Sugar

1 1/4 ounce-package Active Dry Yeast

1 cup lukewarm Water

3 cups Whole Wheat Flour (or substitute with a Gluten-free Flour)

1/4 teaspoon Sean Salt

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Additional flour for dusting

Directions

In a bowl, combine water, sugar, and active dry yeast and let it sit for at

least 5 minutes.

In a mixer with a dough hook attachment, combine dry ingredients for

dough and mix lightly.

Add yeast mixture and olive oil and mix until well-combined.

Transfer into a bowl and cover with cloth.

Let stand for about 1/2 hour or until the dough doubles in size.

After the dough rises, release any excess gas by thumping it down

on the counter.

Sprinkle the counter with flour and put the dough on it.

Press the dough and roll it using a rolling pin.

Lightly grease a 9-inch spring-form pan and place the dough into it.

Make sure that the sides of the pan are also covered with dough, since

we are making deep-dish vegan pizza.

Preheat oven to 450 F.

Note: If you do not want a deep-dish pizza, you can divide the dough into

two and roll them out thinly for a crispy, thin-crust vegan pizza.

Now, let’s make a sauce.

Tomato Based Pizza Sauce

Love & pizza: Vegan pizza recipes that satisfy my soul

Assemble a colorful blend of spices and ingredients to create rich, flavorful pizza sauce.

Ingredients

Olive oil, as needed

2 Onions, chopped

2 cloves Garlic, minced

1 (8 ounce) can organic tomato sauce or fresh organic tomatoes

1 tablespoon dried Oregano

1 tablespoon dried Basil

Sea salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

To prepare the sauce, sauté garlic and onion, add the rest of the

sauce ingredients and let simmer until reduced into a thick sauce.

Brush the crust with olive oil.

Spread sauce on the crust.

When ready, layer toppings on the sauce.

Pizza Toppings A

Love & pizza: Vegan pizza recipes that satisfy my soul

I can’t wait to eat this slice topped with tomatoes, brocolli, spinach,
mushrooms, roasted garlic, carmelized onions and vegan cheeses.

Olive Oil, as needed

Vegan Mozzarella Chesse

Sauteed Broccoli

Shitake Mushrooms – sauteed

Maitake Mushroom – sauteed

Carmelized Onions

Roasted Garlic

Sliced Tomatoes

Vegan Feta Cheese

Directions

Brush the crust with olive oil.

Spread tomato sauce on the crust.

Layer sauteed sauteed brocolli, carmelized onions, roasted garlic and vegan feta cheese

on the dough.

Top with mozzarella cheese and repeat the process until all the ingredients are used.

Top with tomato slices.

Sprinkle with herbs.

Bake until edges are crispy and toppings are set, about 10-15 minutes.

Slice and serve while hot.

Sprinkle your slice with red pepper, garlic powder or oregano, as desired.

Pizza Toppings B

Love & pizza: Vegan pizza recipes that satisfy my soul

Vegan pizza with sauteed greens and vegan mozzarella is a little taste of heaven.

Olive Oil, as needed

Steamed or Sauteed Brocolli Rabe

Steamed or Sauteed Spinach

Steamed or Sauteed Kale

Shitake mushrooms – sauteed

Maitake Mushroom-sauteed

Carmelized Onions

Sundried Tomatoes – soaked, drained and chopped

Directions

Brush the crust with olive oil.

Spread the pizza sauce.

Layer spinach, brocolli rabe, kale, carmelized onions, sundried tomatoes and parmesan

cheese on the dough.

Top with mozzarella cheese and repeat the process until all the ingredients are used.

Sprinkle with herbs.

Bake until edges are crispy and toppings are set, about 10-15 minutes.

Slice and serve while hot.

Sprinkle your slice with red pepper, garlic powder or oregano, as desired.

Pizza Toppings C

Love & pizza: Vegan pizza recipes that satisfy my soul

Sundried tomatoes, vegan feta cheese, carmelized onions, kalamata
olives and pesto combine to create a pizza ‘taste-sensation’.

Olive Oil, as needed

Basil Pesto Sauce, prepared

Sundried Tomatoes

Kalamata Olives, sliced

12 ounce Sausage Style Seitan, finely chopped

1 cup Shitake Mushrooms, sliced

1 cup White Onion, sliced

¼ cup Vegan Parmesan Cheese

1 ½ package (about 12 ounces) Mozzarella Favored Vegan Cheese

Shredded Oregano and Basil, to taste

Directions:

Fry or sautee seitan and set aside.

Brush the crust with olive oil.

Spread pesto sauce on the crust.

Layer sauteed seitan sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions,

kalamata olives and parmesan cheese on the dough.

Top with mozzarella cheese and repeat the layer until all the ingredients are used.

Sprinkle with herbs.

Bake until edges are crispy and toppings are set, about 10-15 minutes.

Slice and serve while hot.

Sprinkle your slice with red pepper, garlic powder or oregano as desired.

Alternate Toppings

Love & pizza: Vegan pizza recipes that satisfy my soul

Fresh organic cilantro and other flavorful toppings add zip to your vegan pizza.

You can actually top your pizza with whatever you find in your kitchen

that appeals to your tastebuds.

A few suggestions from my experiences include:

*sliced red, yellow or green bell peppers

*cilantro

*arugula

*watercress

*brocolli

*roasted root vegetables

*scallions

*leeks

*cauliflower

*zucchini

*corn kernels (non-GMO)

*eggplant

*roasted red peppers

*sliced black or kalamata olives

*jalapeno peppers

*tempeh

*tofu

Love & Pizza: Vegan Pizza Recipes That Satisfy My Soul

The sky is the limit with vegan pizza toppings as well as crusts.

So get in the kitchen, get creative and have fun making vegan pizza.

 

What are your favorite vegan pizza toppings? Share your thoughts and suggestions with us?

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