Pizza Pizazz

When the weekend rolls around and you just wanna let the good times roll, nothing says “ah, Friday night” better than pizza!  And just because you want to eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy a satisfying, oohey-gooey pizza with the family.  I have tried my hand at making my own pizza dough but I do buy pre-made pizza crusts or use tortillas for sake of ease and time.  If you make your own pizza dough though, awesome!! I will cheer you on!  Instead of buying expensive, sugar-laden commercialized pizza sauces, I buy a jar of unsweetened spaghetti sauce; leftovers can be used later in the week for children’s lunches or suppers or it can be frozen for later.  Pizzas are easy to personalize so that everyone is happy, there is no whining or bribing, and the only sounds you hear are happy munching.  It is such a great feeling, I almost do not mind the clean up!  Check out our Desjardins Family Pizza Specials below and then make your own pizza night to remember!

Preheat the oven and bake all pizzas as per pizza crust package directions, except for the personal pan pizzas – see cooking instructions for same below.

Happy Cooking!!

Children’s Classic Pepperoni Pizza

Like any typical child, my son loves pizza!  And like most children, he likes his pizza simple: sauce, pepperoni and cheese.  Oddly, he prefers only a small sprinkling of melted Daiya and then once the pizza is cooked, he proceeds to sprinkle large amounts of cold cheese shreds on each slice, resulting in a large pile of wasted cheese on the kitchen floor.  The space around him looks like an explosion of cheese, lol.  If you really like pepperoni, my husband came up with a great idea for stretching a package of veggie pepperoni: grind it in a food processor!  It seems as if there is way more pepperoni when it is ground and sprinkling it over the whole pizza gives you pepperoni flavor with every bite.  You can sprinkle some with slices or just grind it all.

  • homemade or prepared multigrain/whole wheat pizza crust
  • unsweetened spaghetti sauce (I like basil flavor)
  • vegetarian pepperoni slices
  • extra ground veggie pepperoni slices for sprinkling (optional)
  • Daiya cheddar and/or mozzarella shreds

Paul’s Pizza (aka “The Works”)

Pauls pizza

This is a classic, loaded pizza.  Feel free to add whatever other ingredients you can think of to personalize it!

  • homemade or prepared multigrain/whole wheat pizza crust
  • unsweetened spaghetti sauce (I like basil flavor)
  • garlic, minced
  • ground vegetarian pepperoni, or slices
  • red pepper, sliced
  • red onion, thinly sliced
  • sautéed mushrooms
  • green olive slices
  • Daiya cheddar and/or mozzarella shreds
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper to taste
  • additional topping ideas: green peppers, vegan sausage slices, Yves Italian flavor ground round, bacon-flavor tempeh, baby spinach, veggie ham slices, pineapple, tomato slices, BBQ sauce, veggie chicken strips, caramelized onions

Mexican Salsa

Mexican Salsa Pizza3

This pizza came about when we ran out of pizza sauce and couldn’t be bothered to run to the store for more.  We also had left over roasted sweet peppers and red onion in the fridge but you can substitute fresh veggies if needed.

  • homemade or prepared multigrain/whole wheat pizza crust
  • salsa – your favorite brand, mild, medium or hot
  • sundried tomatoes
  • baby kale
  • ground vegetarian pepperoni
  • roasted yellow pepper slices
  • roasted red onion slices
  • sautéed mushrooms
  • green olive slices
  • Daiya cheddar and/or mozzarella shreds
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper to taste

Julie’s Personal Pan Pizzas

tahini pizza2

I love thin crust pizzas and you cannot get any thinner than a tortilla!  Another selling feature for me personally is that the tortillas I buy are sugar-free and whole grain (Eating Right Ancient Grains tortillas at Safeway).  I have to admit though that I never eat just one, so unless you are only wanting a snack, make sure to prepare two!  Sometimes I will sprinkle a little bit of the ground veggie pepperoni on mine (the ground pepperoni as opposed to the sliced is better on the tortillas because it compliments the light crust) but overall I prefer my pizzas as whole-foods as possible and I find with all the other yummy toppings, I do not miss the fake-y meat products.

Another exciting discovery for me was playing around with the sauces, especially if we are low on Daiya cheese shreds and I am saving it for the boys (who find their pizza is not the same without “cheese”).  I am just as happy without the “cheese” as I am with it.  Mixing the tomato sauce with hummus or tahini makes a creamy, grown-up pizza sauce that pairs deliciously well with any assortment of veggies.  If you need to be aware of your calcium intake, these tomato-hummus/tahini sauces are an excellent way to boost your calcium intake; add baby kale and you have a calcium-rich pizza that trumps any dairy cheese pizza. And FYI, the baby kale has absolutely no flavor when baked on the pizza so it does not detract in any way from the flavor; just make sure the leaves are small enough if you are using it on a more traditional pizza as it might cause all the toppings to slide off as you take a bite – the same way pepperoni can (I do not find this to be an issue on the tortilla pizzas though).  Use the following pizzas as a template for your own personal pan creations!!

I bake my tortilla pizzas at the same temperature as the regular crusts but I take them out after six (6) minutes.

All Dressed Up Pizza

Tortilla Pizza2

  • whole grain or whole wheat tortilla
  • unsweetened spaghetti sauce (I like basil flavor)
  • garlic, minced
  • red pepper, thinly sliced
  • red onion, thinly sliced
  • cucumber, thinly sliced (optional; I thought it would be strange but it was good)
  • sautéed mushrooms
  • baby spinach
  • Daiya cheddar and/or mozzarella shreds (optional)
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper to taste

Hummus with Grilled Veg Pizza

Tahini pizza with grilled veg

Mix the spaghetti sauce and hummus together until thoroughly combined before spreading on the tortilla

  • whole grain or whole wheat tortilla
  • unsweetened spaghetti sauce (I like basil flavor)
  • homemade or store-bought hummus
  • roasted yellow pepper slices
  • roasted red onion slices
  • roasted zucchini strips
  • roasted mushrooms
  • baby kale
  • Daiya cheddar and/or mozzarella shreds (optional)
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper to taste

Creamy Tahini Sauce Pizza

tahini sauce pizza

Coconut sugar is needed to tame the flavor of the tahini in this grown-up pizza sauce twist.  Mix the spaghetti sauce, tahini, coconut sugar and garlic together until thoroughly combined before spreading on the tortilla

  • whole grain or whole wheat tortilla
  • unsweetened spaghetti sauce (I like basil flavor)
  • tahini
  • coconut sugar
  • garlic, minced
  • red pepper, thinly sliced
  • red onion, thinly sliced
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • sautéed mushrooms
  • baby kale
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper to taste

 

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About dosedependent

Hello! I'm passionate about my faith in Jesus Christ, eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet and living life with my family in northern Manitoba.
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2 Responses to Pizza Pizazz

  1. peacequility says:

    I’ve never used a tortilla for a pizza crust! What a great idea!

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