Friday, July 15, 2011

Vegan Pesto Pizza is Real

10veganpizzaOne too many people I know consider vegan food

weird,

or something only skinny people eat.

I’ll tell you, I could get downright plump on vegan food. Especially this pizza. I go through phases where I feel the need to balance out my proteins with vegan foods, like when I’m on this ridiculous South Beach diet (currently on hold, indefinitely) and I just hate eggs and meat of all kinds, passionately (but just right now, promise).

I’m a fan of this girl’s recipes. I have never once been disappointed by her ability to make vegan food real. As in, Real tasty.

I made her pesto pizza (click to print) and I have some suggestions to make it the number one pizza on the planet, against all other kinds. I know this because I’ve made this pizza three times in the last two weeks.

Use This crust recipe.

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Throw a diced eggplant into the roasting pan for the topping if you like. Roasting these veggies before actually making the pizza was a genius move. I’ve always been a purist in the pizza making—I always just thinly slice raw vegetables and make a very scant topping in favor of cheese. This recipe proved that whole idea wrong. Load those roasted veggies on there, please.

Variations for the pesto: add a roasted jalapeno for spicy pesto, or a handful of sundried tomatoes for a sweeter one. 2veganpizza

A slice is delicious for breakfast too. Yes, I did. Three times.

The pizza tastes fresh, sweet with roasted tomato and onion, and crispy crackly garlic oil crust under a savory pesto. I was sure that the pesto wouldn’t live up to my standards, but I can honestly say I like this vegan version better than the original parmesan standard. That is saying a lot. 6veganpizza

I had been craving pizza like crazy, since I wasn’t supposed to eat any, which is completely torturous. I was totally convincing myself that I was starving. Riiiiight, you’re saying. My hunger was eating up my soul, or so I told myself when I started making this pizza.

Being hungry is really, really distracting. It's hard to concentrate on anything. And please. I was just on a diet. I am one of the luckiest people ever to consider myself deprived while on a diet. The fact of it doesn’t escape me. I try to count my blessings, even when I’m being an angry witch and hating everyone who is allowed to eat carbs.

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11 comments:

yummychunklet said...

Oh, yum! I love pizzas that use a pesto sauce. This definitely looks like tasty vegan food!

Kate@Diethood said...

WOW! That pizza sounds delicious!!

Mariko said...

Yummy Chunklet: Me too! It kind of makes tomato sauce seem blah (even though I like it too.).

Kate: Oh, it so was. I won't tell how many slices I ate.

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

wow what a fab pizza good to have what you fancy ":-)

jalna said...

You had me at "crispy crackly garlic oil crust under a savory pesto".

Krissy said...

This looks wonderful. I recently did a roasted red pepper puree as the base and now I'm hooked on leeks (sauteed with garlic and then pureed) which I may pair with artichokes on a homemade pizza crust. Thanks for sharing this, can never have too many pesto pizza recipes!

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said...

This looks incredible. I hope you stay off of that diet--any diet that makes you feel deprived is garbage. Just my humble opinion. :-)

sophia said...

I think one too many people use veganism as an excuse to diet, but you're right: vegan food need not be yucky or diet-y! At least, nobody can stay the same weight with that awesome pizza around. The colors pop so much I can practically smell and taste the flavors.

EA-The Spicy RD said...

Even though I'm not vegan, this pizza looks fabulous! And, have to say I agree with the Happy Healthy Mama...I think the more you deny yourself something, the more you crave it...I'm a big fan of the Intuitive Eating approach! Thanks for sharing this pizza :-)

Mariko said...

Rebecca: Thanks so much!

Jalna: Ah. Good to know the right words to say. :)

Krissy: I really love red pepper puree. It's a winner!

Maryea: Noted. I will credit with you for keeping me off my diet. (Ha ha.)

Sophia: Oh, totally. It's not a diet, it's a foodstyle. Thanks for the compliments.

EA The Spicy RD: I agree, except that my intuitive eating gets a little hazy when cookies are in the room. Eek. I'm committed to try a little harder next week.

Tiffany Youngren said...

Your photos are amazing - and that pizza looks phenomenal! Great job!

~ Tiffany

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