Friday, March 07, 2008

Kick ass vegan pizza and more...

I think this is my favorite vegan pizza I've ever made. The other day, my grocery store had a bunch of red peppers on sale that needed to be used immediately. I scored 6 of them for 1.25! I came home and roasted them in the oven as a base for sauce. At the same time, I also roasted eggplant, garlic and onions. I pulsed it in the food processor, along with fresh basil, crushed red pepper flakes, 1 cloves of fresh garlic, black pepper and dried oregano. I made a fairly quick (all white flour) crust by hand as the veggies were roasting and cooling. The topping was baby arugula and a quick tofu feta. I topped my piece with 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil just before eating. 1/4 of the pizza contained 350 calories and such amazing flavor. I will definitely be making this again. The crust was almost cracker thin, which is how I like it.
The delicious sauce.... I'm so glad I have some leftover!
One pot meals are my favorite. Paired with a salad ,(or I often just add several handfuls of baby spinach to the bowl) a pot can yield 4 or more meals for me, and soup like this gets better by the day. I pressure cooked a pound of black beans with spices and veggies, then mashed them. (I have around 3 cups of refried black beans leftover!) I used veggies, spices, leftover habanero sauce, bulgur, lime juice and of course, cilantro to create this fabulous soup. The kumquats in the habanero sauce added such a great flavor to this soup. I loved it, my kids and ex loved it. Bulgur is a great addition to chilis or other hearty stews.
Quick poppy seed slaw. I used a tofu based dressing and ate this as a 100 calorie snack. 1.5 cups worth.

Just some baked tofu...very delicious with my low fat balsamic vinaigrette as the marinade. I've been enjoying this on salads and this morning, I made a sandwich for breakfast.

23 comments:

  1. Just want to say I enjoy your blog very much. Pictures are excellent and your commitment is inpiring. I haven't tried any recipes yet as I haven't had time. BUT - I do use good ideas from blogs like yours when I throw something vegan together in a hurry...ingredients, SAUCES, textures, etc. Also - the other cookbook references are helpful. This tends to help me explore as I usually make the same dishes over & over. Keep up the great work!

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  2. Oh my, your pizza looks amazing! I am envious of how perfectly rectangle your crust is too! My pizzas are always an odd shape, lol.

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  3. oh, hell ya, that pizza looks good. i like my crust thin!!!

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  4. Man o live what I wouldn't do for six red peppers for 1.25! That is what one ON SALE cost in our neck of the woods! Your pizza does look flippen good! Keep on keeping on you are doing so good! I love all your 100 cal ideas. I definitely lack control.

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  5. All that fresh arugula on top of such a crispy, crunchy pizza is making me swoon right now.

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  6. That pizza is gorgeous. Absolutely inspiring!

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  7. How do you roast your vegetables? I have an electric oven, and for whatever reason haven't had great luck (it is more likely me than the oven, but i do like to blame it on the electric . . .)
    Thanks!

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  8. I LOVE thin crust pizzas (especially with arugula, and yours looks awesome Melody!

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  9. oh, you know I gotta comment about that slaw! poppy seeds! SO cool. :O

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  10. What a deal--all those red peppers for $1.25?! That is insane! The sauce you made sounds fabulous.

    I love one-pot meals too--so easy, so good, and so few dishes to wash!

    Courtney

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  11. Wow, I usually can only buy about ONE pepper for that price! What an awesome deal!

    Your tofu looks delicious with the vinagrette. It looks nice and firm too-- What brand of tofu do you use?

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  12. That all looks so good and wholesome!

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  13. Oh my goodness! That pizza sounds so yummy. Thanks for posting the recipe for the sauce :)

    And what a deal on the red peppers!

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  14. Jamie, lay them in a single layer, spray them with olive oil and toss them with a tiny bit of salt/pepper and garlic powder, then roast at 400 degrees til they are done (between 20-60 mins depending on the veggies)

    You can get an oven thermometer...many ovens are off by 100 degrees or more. (Mine at my apt is..)

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  15. This post is kick-ass- everything looks soooo good as usual! That pizza is simply perfect and the color in that chili is just gorgeous.

    As to my long-distance reiki offer, email me: vkobbkatgmaildotcom and we will set up a time to do this- takes about 10-15 mins of quiet time and we should do three days in a row...email me!

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  16. Hi Mel,

    Wonderful sauces. Pizza looks fresh, which is lovely. I love thin crusts, they always come out crispy. Great for watching TV on a comfy couch.

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  17. Mel! I love the sauce. OH my gosh!!! One of these days I am going to show up at your house for dinner.

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  18. That pizza looks fantastic. I actually just discovered how much I love arugala. It's so unique!

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  19. wow you just made me wanna have some pizzas tonight! how cool is it that you are a vegan personal chef!

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  20. I love the look of your pizza, and the tofu, and the poppy seed slaw... in fact, it all looks pretty damn fine!

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  21. This looks really good.

    I really like reading your blog. Keep up the good posts.

    I've added you to my vegan blogroll.

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  22. My stomach is growling.

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  23. Hi - thanks for your comments. I'd definitely love to test some of your mixes. I do have a lot of lentils, beans at home so I could definitely make a few batches up on the weekend to use. I also really love your seitan turkey recipe and I think you said that freezes well. I have gluten flour on hand (will that work or do I need vital gluten)? I'm going through my pantry today to see what I actually have on hand.

    Thanks,
    Edie

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