Supreme Vegan Pizza

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What a hot day folks! Did you melt? It felt like 95 here in Michigan. My poor husband was having a hard time with the fact we do not have central air in our duplex. We dealt with it pretty hard last summer but we have some nice friends who are lending us their A/C to out in our bedroom. HOw about that??

We woke up this morning after having slept withall 4 windows open. We had a comfortable night’s rest so I can’t complain. I decided to try something new today when it came to my exercise routine.

Ryan and I have been consistent playing racquetball in the evenings after I am done with work, but this girl needs variety you know? So I told Ryan this last night that I wanted to play rball in the morning so I could go to zumba in the evening. My fear is that I would still be too tired by the end of the evening or really just pushing it. What are my feelings this evening? I felt great! Workout in the morning proved energizing during the day which gave me strength to sweat like nothing else in this zumba workout. I have some girlfriends that are even wanting to go with me some time so I hope that works out too!

This past Friday we had friends of ours come over for pizza. I have been wanting for Ryan to cook so her= knew he had a great opportunity to make his FAMOUS deep dish pizza. Since I went vegan, he has not made it because it is way to much for one person, obviously, so now it has become “company” pizza. Why not have a great excuse to make pizza?

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Ryan has been keeping a spreadsheet of all the ingredients he uses and makes notes when he tweaks the recipe. He even orders special sauce from California that does not contain citric acid. He is all about a perfect pizza. I think Ryan is the greatest. He is so methodical EVEN if he IS the messiest in the kitchen! Ha! Here was his finished product:

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What was I going to prepare for myself? Last time he made this pizza, I made some pasta with marinara for myself, but I was not convinced I could let that happen again. Since I had Daiya vegan cheese and Upton’s Naturals Italian Sausage Seitan, I knew I had to try my hand at making a great vegan pizza. This stuff was delicious!! It was so close to the real stuff and even Ryan was intrigued by this substitute.

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I used an already prepared vegan whole wheat crust from Trader Joes with marinara, mushrooms, basil, sausage, and Daiya with parsley added after the pizza was cooked.

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It was probably the closest REAL pizza I had had in a while. I hope you are able to enjoy this recipe as much as I did! Remember to use a pizza stone if you have it!

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Supreme Vegan Pizza

makes a 12′ pizza (8 slices)

1 whole wheat crust recipe or Trader Joes prepared dough
3/4 cup marinara or pizza sauce
3/4 cup mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
2/3 cup Upton’s Naturals Italian Sausage-Style Seitan, crumbled
1 cup Daiya vegan mozzarella crumbles
1/8 cup coarse cornmeal

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place pizza stone in oven to heat.

Meanwhile, prepare dough recipe for recipe before starting on pizza and heating oven, but if using a prepared dough, sprinkle a little flour and coat the dough and flatten to make a disc. Sprinkel some cornmeal on clean surface and roll out dough to 12′ diameter.

Place flattened dough on pizza peel. Add marinara first then sprinkle fresh basil and mushrooms evenly on pizza.

Sprinkle the Italian Sausage-style seitan over pizza and cover with Daiya cheese.

Sprinkle cornmeal over hot pizza stone and slide pizza on pizza stone.

Cook for 15 minutes on middle rack. Remove from oven and raise rack to the top. Raise temp to 375 degrees and cook until crust is browned and vegan cheesefully melted and a little browned. (aprox. 10-15 more minutes)

Remove from oven and sprinkle with parsley and enjoy while hot with a glass of wine.

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  • Tasha – The Clean Eating Mama

    MMMmmmmm pizza!!!

  • MaryMoh

    Looks delicious! I can eat many slices :D

  • Rachel

    perfect…love what made this great pizza

  • Belinda @zomppa

    This looks soooooo good.

  • Dot

    Hi Noelle! Guess what, you won!

    You should get an email too.

  • shriya

    wow!!! those are some perfect looking pizza. Looks sooo delicious and yummy.

  • Vegetable Matter

    That looks so filling and hearty. Definitely Chicago-style. Impressive coming from a Houston girl living in MI!

  • Miranda

    There is nothing better then homemade pizza, especially with toppings like these. :)

  • vko

    OMG, looks amazzzzzzzzing!!!

  • GF Gidget

    Best vegan cheese EVER!!!

  • Emily Malloy (Ziegler)

    OH my GOSH.

  • Miles

    I found the Daiya is more stretchy if I put it underneath the pizza ingredients (but on top of the tomato sauce), or mix it with a little vegenaise and garlic and spread it on top. Delicous!