Vegan Pizza

Instead of obsessing over the allergen list at your local pizza delivery place, try making this pizza from home. This pretty pie has all of my favorites on it, but you could certainly make it your own.

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups of flour

1 packet of active yeast

1 1/2 cups of water

1 teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of oil

Sprinkle of coconut sugar


 

1 large can of whole skinned tomatoes

Chopped fresh Basil

3-4 Crushed garlic cloves

2 teaspoons of oregano

1 teaspoon (or two!) of red pepper flakes

1/4 cup of olive oil


A small handful of sundried tomatoes

1/4 cup of thinly sliced green bell peppers

1/4 cup of thinly sliced red onions

1/4 cup of sliced black olives

1 cup of cleaned and sliced button mushrooms

5-6 slices of a medium sized tomato

A small handful of nutritional yeast (for topping after pizza is done)

Two crushed garlic cloves

1-2 tablespoons of vegan butter

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl pour your flour, salt and coconut sugar. Microwave your water, and mix in a packet of yeast. Add your frothy yeast, and oil to your flour bowl and mold your dough into a ball with your hands. Place your dough in a well oiled bowl and cover it, leave it in a dark, warm place to rise for an hour.

While your dough is rising, pour your olive oil in a medium sized pot and add in your crushed garlic. When your crushed garlic becomes fragrant pour in your tomatoes and tomato sauce and break up the tomatoes slightly with a large spoon. Add your red pepper flakes, chopped basil and oregano and bring to a boil. Reduce the boil to a simmer by putting the heat on low for 5-7 minutes, and then transfer it all to a blender and blend your sauce smooth.

Place your sauce to the side, and chop up your veggies if you have not done so already. If you have, get some of those dishes out of the way!

When the dough is risen, you can separate your dough into two balls and make either two medium sized pizzas or one large pizza. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. After you have rolled out your dough, allow it to settle for a few minutes. Roll up the ends of your dough and press down with your fingers, and work around the the dough to create a uniformed effect. Melt your vegan butter, and crush your garlic into it. With a brush, brush the soon to be crust of your pizza dough. Pour a few spoonfuls of your marinara in to the center and spread around evenly until the dough is completely covered. Then add all of your delicious veggies! Place your pizza on a pizza stone, or a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil (minimal clean up).

Bake your pizza for 18-25 minutes, watch the corners to see how they brown. You can test the crust with a tooth pick to see if it is still dough-y or hardened.

Take your pizza out sprinkle some red pepper flakes, oregano, and a healthy handful of nutritional yeast.

Enjoy!