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Versatile vegan pizza recipe

By Gladys Wangari

November 30, 2021


There is a common misconception that once you go vegan you need to give up your favorite foods.

Its main feature is usually cheese, as many varieties of it as you like.

Vegan cheese is not easy to find in the shops. However, due to popular demand for this food, you can buy it at specialist shops and online.

Several pizza chains offer vegan pizza, and even some non-vegan franchises like Dominos and Papa John’s have vegan-friendly options.

Some like it spicy, but others prefer sweetness (pineapple anyone?).

It also means you can eat as much as you want without spending much money.

Here are the instructions for simple meals for anyone living a busy lifestyle.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pizza bases
  • 200ml tomato sauce

Feta and olive pizza:

  • 2 mushrooms
  • 1 spring onion
  • 2-3 cherry tomatoes
  • 6-8 kalamata olives
  • 50g feta cheese
  • rocket ,lettuce and spinach to garnish

Falafel and mushroom pizza:

  • 2 mushrooms
  • 1 spring onion
  • 2-3 cherry tomatoes
  • 6 falafel pieces
  • 80-100g vegan cheese

Equipment:

  • 2 oven trays
  • chopping board and knife
  • spatula or spoon
  • cheese grater
  • pizza cutting wheel

Method:

1.Prep the toppings first. Slice the mushrooms thinly. Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters. Chop the spring onions. Cut the olives in half and remove their pits.

2. Now, prepare the cheese alternatives. If you bought your cheese in a block form, cut it into small cubes using a cheese grater. You can also buy grated mozzarella or cheddar alternatives.

3. Arrange each pizza base on an oven tray. Divide the sauce between the two bases, using a spoon or spatula to spread it evenly.

If your oven trays are lined with parchment you can leave them as they are. If you think the pizza might stick to the trays, brush them with oil or use non-stick sheets.

4. Preheat the oven to 180 C.

5. Arrange the toppings to create an even layer around the bases of the pizza, allowing them to cook thoroughly and evenly.

Vegan cheese alternatives made with coconut oil might melt somewhat unpredictably, so you might want to keep the cheese away from the edge of the sandwich.

6. Place your pizza trays in a preheated oven. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the pizza bases to give you a bit more guidance.

We want the crust to be well done but not burned. A good pizza will have a crispy edge but be soft in the middle. We also want the cheese to have thoroughly melted.

All other ingredients—falafel, olives, and tomato sauce—are either cooked already or safe to eat raw.

7. Use the cutting wheel to slice up the pizza on a flat plate or wooden board after it’s been removed from the oven.

Add a garnish of greens, and add your favorite condiments!

Gladys Wangari

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