I Love Vegan Food: Pesto Pizza

I am having a hard time naming this “experiment”. Although, I am not 100% vegan because I do eat fish, I do not consume eggs or dairy of any kind. And in most cases most vegetarians do. Regardless of it’s name it is still a challenge to get in the kitchen and create healthy meals that make you proud to be a VEGGIE!

I had many requests for food all across the board. No worries, I promise to get to it all. I am starting with the requests with the most demand and that food item was…

DRUMROLL PLEASE….

Pizza! Yes, believe it or not I received emails, tweets and pokes asking me to make a simple vegan pizza. Makes sense right? How do you make pizza without real cheese. Easy my friends.

*** For the sake of making this recipe simple and quick I did not make my own dough, but if ambitious enough you can.

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Ingredients:

Pizza: (basically any items you want on top of your pizza)

1 red onion

1/2 cup spinich

1 tomato

1/2 cup artichoke hearts

1 package Daiya Cheese (Mozzarella)

Optional: Vegan Sausage

Pesto Sauce:

1/2 bunch fresh basil
3/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts, raw
2 lemons, juiced
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
5 garlic cloves
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp vegan Parmesan cheese (optional)
1/2 cup Italian parsley

Directions:

To start you will want to make your pesto sauce. Combine all ingredients in a vitamix, food processor or blender. (you will want a strong blender since you will be grinding nuts). Blend until smooth/creamy.

Spread pesto sauce on the wheat flatbread. Cover pesto sauce with vegan mozzarella cheese, sprinkle vegan parmesan on top.

Cut veggies into bite size pieces to cover your pizza with. Add them on top of the cheese covered flatbreads.

Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

And the finished product…. the family couldn’t wait for the snapshot so I was only able to capture one pizza and this particular pie had vegan sausage added to it.

 

mmmmm. Tasty.

That’s amore!!

Enjoy,

Meg

 

** Please email me, comment below, or send me a tweet if you have any questions on any of my recipes on my blog! Look forward to hearing from you.


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21 thoughts on “I Love Vegan Food: Pesto Pizza

  1. Wow, Megan this looks delicious. I actually didn’t like pizza for a long time. Now i love pizza. mediteranean pizza that is. It turns out i don’t like american pizza. the doughy greasy stuff they sell makes my stomach upset.

    Here in France pizza is so good and looks quite similar to the pizza you made.
    There are plenty of pizzas with no cheese on it here and the crust is thin, i think you would love it.

    I feel motivated to make me some pizza now.
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    • Annie Andre » I agree with you Annie.I am not a fan of pizza in the states. It is way to greasy, cheesy and yuck! I am really into the flatbread simple pizzas. I also prefer the pesto sauces over the red tomato sauces as well. I was talking to a co-worker last night and he said he made an avocado spread for his pizza, I may have to try that as well. I am happy to know I will be able to eat the pizzas in France!

    • Kent @ No Vacation Required » Hey Thanks! It’s a really simple recipe so if you want to stay in one night and hit up a local market you could get everything you need. You could even try it on your travels, you would just need an oven or even a toaster oven. :)

  2. I’m obsessed with this post on pizza! I’m going to have to try to make some this week – your spin on it is delish and won’t counter my gym efforts ;) Xo.

    • Lisa Price » Thanks for stopping by Lisa! I am glad you like the pizza recipe and yes, it won’t knock heads with your gym workout. I know how that goes. If I hit the gym then I am having a healthy day! :) It’s too much work otherwise.

  3. Hi Meg – thanks for sharing these creative vegan options. Can you overnight these pizzas? lol

    As a vegetarian, I limit myself to salads,vegetables and tofu!?! But need to start trying other options and this pizza recipe is a great start. I think I can handle cutting the vegetables.

    • Vishnu » I wish I could overnight these pizzas. I could have a little side business going. I hope this recipe works out for you and is easy enough. Hopefully we can get you eating a mix of foods rather then just Tofu and veggies. :) You have to be bored with all that by now! I think this is one you can handle. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

    • You can start with this pizza recipe. Do 1/2 regular cheese and 1/2 vegan cheese. You can begin to ween out the regular cheese. YOU CAN DO IT!!

  4. Oh Daiya Pizza! I made this for my girlfriend on Valentine’s day, she loved it.

    Meg have you ever tried to make your own “cheese” for a pizza?

    • NO!! I have never made my own cheese. But I would love to learn how. Do you have a recipe for it? I am sure it is way better than the store bought stuff. YAY! New project!

  5. wow this looks so yummy!!

    i really love raw vegan pizza too!!

    there is a cafe here that serves the best healthy pizza!! vegan options are available..

    basically they put the ingredients in a green cracker thing.. i can’t even explain! it’s not normal dough and just tastes like a cracker but it’s DELICIOUS. the spicy tuna pizza is the best :D
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    • I have not tried raw vegan pizza. I don’t live in an area anymore that has those great restaurants anymore. :( I am very jealous of your cafe. I would probably live there. It sounds delicious. I will have to google some recipes and see if I can create it in my personal cafe. I love spicy tuna anything, so I am sure I would drool over that pizza.

    • We just had it!! :) I will try and put it in the menu for next week when I have a night off. I have lots of other yummy requests that I have to still make too.

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