Boston Veggie

October 1, 2009, 2:48 pm
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One of the things I love about veganism is that I can make the most decadent meal into something that is actually nutritious. Case and point: PIZZA. Everyone loves pizza, especially because now a days you can make a pizza whatever you want it to be. No longer must we adhere to the shackles of cheese or pepperoni; today you can choose from veggie or barbecue or Mexican… whatever you want! However, pizza is also filled with empty carbs, fatty cheese, and minimal nutrition. In this post, I will show you how to make my favorite vegan pizza that is not only full of flavor, but full of stuff your body needs to function.

I was walking through Whole Foods one day and spotted a whole wheat pizza crust.

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After reading the ingredients to confirm its veganness, my head nearly exploded with the possibilities. Sure you could make a pizza crust. But having a pre-made crust makes the process extra simple.

A friend and I decided we would make a spinachy garlicy pizza with whatever we wanted on it. So here is what we created:

What you will need:

6-8 cups of spinach, chopped
4-5 stalks of asparagus, chopped
1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
a few kalamata olives, minced
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup of fresh basil, chopped
1 tomato or 5-6 cherry/grape tomatoes, diced
Vegan brand mozzarella cheese (or without the cheese, I’ve certainly made this without the cheese and liked it just fine)
Olive oil
365 Brand Organic Whole Wheat pizza crust (is what I use, feel free to use one you like)

After they are cut and chopped, your vegetable ingredients should look like this:

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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Coat nonstick pan with olive oil.
3. Once heated, saute garlic, olives, mushrooms, asparagus, and basil until they have softened.
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4. Next, add spinach and allow spinach to cook down.
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5. As spinach is cooking, spray cooking spray onto a baking sheet. Place pizza crust on baking sheet and coat with olive oil (anything not coated with olive oil will come out crispy and slightly burnt, so make sure you coat to the crust, especially because the center will be covered with ingredients but the crusts won’t be.)
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6. I couldn’t decide whether to make this pizza with marinara sauce or to just keep it “white,” so I did both! (PS, I liked the white side better, so next time I wouldn’t use the marinara sauce)
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7. Add slices of Vegan brand mozzarella cheese. The thing about this cheese is that you have to add it underneath the ingredients or else it will burn. So unlike standard pizzas, the cheese will be under the ingredients, not on top. I like options, so I didn’t cover the WHOLE thing with cheese, but you can either fill it up with cheese or put no cheese at all. It’s up to you!
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8. Once the spinach has cooked down, put the contents of the pan onto the pizza.
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9. Cook in oven at 400 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.
10. When it comes out, add fresh tomatoes to the pizza. They add a nice cool contrast to the hot ingredients.
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11. Add whatever condiments you like. I like to add salt, pepper, garlic powder, some Italian herbs like oregano, dried basil, and/or parsley, but the seasoning is up to you!
12. ENJOY!
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Nutrition facts of this delicious meal: Vitamin K, A, C, B2, B 6, E, B1, B3, Manganese, Folate, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Tryptophan, Dietary Fiber, Copper, Protein, Phosphorous, Zinc, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Selenium, lycopene, riboflavin, niacin, iodine, folic acid, mono and polyunsaturated fat.


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tryptophan? who knew!

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