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Meatless Monday Recipe: Pizza!

My boyfriend, Brad, and I LOVE pizza. I seriously make it about once a week. Most of the time I make the dough and sauce from scratch, but when I'm feeling lazy, I make it with a ready made crust and a jar of pizza sauce. Finding a vegan ready made pizza crust was not easy. But I did, and it's really good. Here ya go:

Last time I checked the label, it was vegan.  As far as sauce, I use this tasty, cheap stuff:

Now for the toppings. The one thing Brad and I don't agree on is pizza toppings. He likes olives. I don't. I like onions, He doesn't. He also likes his crust verrrry well done (hence the burnt pizza photo) and I don't. So we indent the pizza at the half way mark and top our respective halves. (When the pizza is done, we cut it in half and his half goes back in the oven.)

We both, however, agree on two ingredients always. The first is Daiya cheese. (Pronounced Day-ah.) Daiya is a god send. There has been a dearth of tasty, melty, stretchy vegan cheese until Daiya came along. It's so good. I promise. No one will know it's not regular cheese. The upside? Health. And not supporting animal suffering. And contributing to the destruction of the environment. (Here's a previous post I wrote on Gandhi's regret of drinking cow's milk.

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The other topping we love is vegan pepperoni. Honestly, you can't tell much difference, and again so much healthier. Either brand is very good.

From there, you can add whatever toppings your heart desires.

If you're up for making your own pizza sauce, I've experimented with lots of homemade pizza sauces and I've narrowed it down to this simple, no cook recipe.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Just throw all of this in a blender:

6 ounces can tomato paste

1 cup warm water

2 cloves garlic, peeled

5 leaves fresh basil

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram

pinch of sugar

As far as dough goes, here's one that's simple, quick, and contains ingredients most likely already in your cupboard.

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As you can see, I'm not going to be blogging many fancy shmancy recipes. But the upside is they're super easy. And not only are they meatless, they are totally animal product free. Doesn't that feel and taste good?

PS. If you are interested in eating less animal products, here's a list of my favorite dairy replacements.

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