Saturday, April 28, 2007

Vegan Pizza Perfection!

Roasted Red Peppers, Artichokes, Shallots and Fresh Basil
I sooo did it! I figured out a homemade cheez that doesn't contain nuts! We don't use any nuts at Cafe Indigo due to allergies in their family, so I've been trying to figure out how to make a good pizza cheez that melts and tastes great. This passed the carnivore/family test. Both my kids and husband thought it was great and they are HARD to please with vegan cheez. The chemistry of the cheez was based on Bryanna's genius cheez recipes, but I played around with them a bit to produce something closer to the texture of fresh mozzarella.
Vegan Margherita

Pesto, Kalamata Olives, Roasted Red Peppers, Fresh Basil

Hopefully, we will be serving pizza as a special at Cafe Indigo in the near future. I guess this blog will be a mixture of my own personal blog and the Cafe blog as well for the time being... so bare with me!

I did some cooking for the week. It is so nice to have most of our food prepared. Basically, I only need to make a salad and veggies and maybe rice or pasta to get a good dinner on the table. I baked a sauted a bunch of seitan, some of the breasts were baked in Chipotle Citrus BBQ sauce that I had in the freezer. No pic of those. I sauted some strips of seitan for wraps and made 5 wrap sandwiches for the kids and husband to grab for lunches if they want. The seitan wrap sandwiches are delicious. We sell them at Cafe Indigo as well as A Market in Manchester, NH and Granite Foods Natural Foods in Concord, NH. Unfortunately, my battery died and I don't have a pic of them, but they are delicious. It's my homemade turkey style seitan sauted and topped with a delicious, smoky aioli mustard sauce, spring mix, cukes, onions, shredded carrots and tomatoes all wrapped up in a tortilla. So good.
Edamane with shallots and siracha

Pizza Dough and Pesto
I made a bunch of dough this morning. Half of it went for our pizzas, and the other half is in the freezer. I also made some killer pesto. This one was featured roasted sunflower seeds, kale and basil as the star players. I added several secret ingredients to make it outstanding. I use a tiny bit on some pizzas today and will portion the rest out for the freezer and a pasta dinner later in the week.
Green Beans and Tomaotes, Artichokes
I like to keep some cooked veggies on hand for snacking or a super fast meal.

My old standby. I always have some either in the freezer or the fridge. I made 16 cups of it today and portioned it out in the freezer and saved half of it for dinner this week. You can find my recipe here.
Easy Mac and Cheeez
My kids LOVE Annie's Shells and Cheese. They love my mac and cheez almost as much. (or at least I tell myself that hehe).. I usually use cashew cheez, but this time I used the same cheez that I used on the pizza. I mixed some tomatoes into it as well. Very good. I cooked an entire pound of pasta last night and had around half a cup myself. The rest is gone. It will never cease to amaze me how much food my teen boys eat.
Baked Tofu Sandwich
Could the lighting be any worse? geez... The sandwich was great though. Super simple baked tofu on homemade bread with mustard, romaine, tomato and 1/4 of an avocado.

my baby
I love my stick!


  1. Courtney5:14 PM

    Wow--please share your nut-free cheese recipe! It looks and sounds fantastic.

    It sounds like you are enjoying your new job, which is great!


  2. I love your blog - always so much good food.

    So impressive that you made your own cheese. I wouldn't even know where to begin. The pizzas look fantatsic.

  3. Hi mel,
    Oh please tell me your cheeze and pesto, and mac and cheese and.... lol everyting will be in your book. Your pizza looks fantastic and I can't wait to try your seitan recipe. Great post, great cooking, great puppy!

  4. You know, I've never had amazing luck with seitan or vegan cheeze....but you always keep my hopes up that it can be done!

    You gotta promise that your kid-approved vegan cheeze will be in your cookbook!

  5. Those pizzas do look perfect! Your dal recipe looks great; I'll have to give it a try.

  6. Oh my goodness! They are such beautiful pizzas! Especially the first one! I think I will have to try your dahl recipe…yum! Love the doggy pics!

  7. Mmmm vegan pizza and mac and cheez and everything!

  8. Your pizza is beautiful! I love basil and pesto and crust and tomatoes...I could go on and on! :)

  9. Anonymous3:12 PM

    I read you over at "the other place."

    After seeing these photos, I have come to the conclusion I would try anything you make.

    Fantastic pizzas! Fantastic everything!

    Keep up the great work.


  10. Oh, my! That pizza has all of my favorite ingredients, and it's 12:32, and I'm starving. Can you take a hint? ;)

  11. Anonymous5:01 PM

    PLEEZ share the cheez (-:

  12. Wonderful food as always!!! Yes, the pizzas are wonderful - and good to find someone besides myself who is addicted to dhal! But it is the edamame which piqued my interest, because I am short on ideas for them. Thanks for that! Hugs.

  13. What gorgeous pizzas! I would LOVE to find out your vegan cheese secret--but that's proprietary info, I'm sure. :)

    I just can't get over how beautiful your blog has been lately... not that it wasn't before, but your photos have just gotten so beautiful! And, as always, your food is ultra creative (by the way, you inspired me to make mashed wasabi limas)!

    It looks so wonderful and melty - I'm so craving those pizza's right now. I for one also love hearing your cafe Indigo adventures, please don't keep them a secret - they are very inspiring to all us wanna-be chefs!

  15. Sweet mary and jesus, you have GOT to tell me you need recipe tasters for your cheese and pizza! {raises hand} Pick me, pick me, I'm a diligent and hard-working recipe tester. =)

  16. that pizza is making me crazy! with the pesto -- please FedEX overnight.

  17. The pizza looks amazing. YUM!!!!

  18. The pizza looks great and your baby is sooo cute!

  19. Dude. Those pizzas look AWESOME. I wish I was closer, so I could stop by the cafe for a taste! :)

  20. I am also very intrigued with the nut free cheez. Please share, or hurry up and publish your book! I love dal, think I'll make a pot of the three bean variety tonight.

    And all your food photos are gorgeous, as usual :)

  21. That pizza looks awesome! I especially like the margherita. So simple, so good.

  22. OMG, great pix o'yer pup. So happy a camper there.

    And that pizza, those pizzas... with Bryanna's help, the cheez you made. Looks so great.

    I can't believe how quickly all that pasta went. Teens will eat and eat and eat! i can relate... yer mac 'n' cheez is so up my alley. Lotsa pasta is my dream... Between that and the pizza... i wonder if i'm italian somewhere?

    Cafe Indigo is so lucky to have you, Melody!

    We'll "bare" with you of course! :o)

  23. beautiful food, beautiful dog, what a beautifl blog you have here!

  24. That pic of how happy your baby is with that stick makes me smile. Pure joy in his tail- it's really wonderful. As is that fab pizza, that looks so amazing and I'm sure it tastes even better than it looks and it looks really damn good!

    Maybe it's time for vegan pizza delivery service....

  25. Anonymous3:37 PM

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