Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!

Oh boy. It’s a wonder I’m always so upbeat when you look at the music I listen to on a daily basis. For instance, tonight was three-in-a-row of Three Days Grace. Actually, it’s a segment of the radio called the “menage a trois,” but we’re still talking about music here, folks!

It definitely made me drive a little bit faster, but don’t quote me on that. It could have just as equally been the dinner I was planning that made me a little bit lead-footed!

Since I had “dinner for lunch” I was dreaming up a pesto-tempeh+hummus+artichoke panini on homemade spelt bread, but I’m not here to talk about that.

I’m here to talk about “dinner for lunch.” AKA last night’s dinner.

If you guessed pizza, you were right! Though I’m not gonna lie…I loved this last night, as did my mom, and we both enjoyed it for lunch today – I definitely felt a little inferior when I went from writing my post last night, to reading Angela’s pizza post.

so lets just call it a flatbread pizza. I’ve never made “real” pizza dough before, and thought you were supposed to roll it out pretty thin. I also had no idea how to form the outer crust…so I just left it, thinking it’d puff up.

I’m not complaining, but it didn’t. I like a thin crust, anyways – and this is just crispy-chewy enough, but next time I’d definitely roll the edges for a bit more “outer crust.”

Well, that or I’d just spread the toppings further to the edge.

Yah, I think that sounds like a better idea…

Ironically, I was thisclose to buying Daiya cheese at the co-op the other day. It was the first time I’d seen it – they must have just stocked it – but I could not justify paying nearly $6 for the bag. Just like I did with the coconut milk kefir, I was standing there in the middle of the cheese section, staring at it, going back and forth as to whether I wanted to try it.

Nah, I finally decided…I don’t use cheese that much anyway. I’d try it once just to try it, and then be satisfied. No sense in spending $6 just to try it.

Last night, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t buy it – wouldn’t it have been fun to try it on a pizza, no less?!

But after I bit into this, disappointment ceased and both myself and my mom fell in love.

Complete, utter adoration, really. You should try it!

Dough (inspired from Moosewood’s Low Fat Favorites)

  • 1/2 T. active dry yeast
  • 1 t. sugar
  • 1/2 c. very warm water
  • 1/4 c. quick oats
  • 1/4 c. unbleached bread flour
  • 1 t. basil oil (or olive oil)
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 (generous) t. dried basil
  • 3/4 to 1 c. white whole wheat flour

Proof the yeast: combine with the sugar and warm water in a large bowl. Set aside until bubbles rise to surface and yeast is dissolved – 5-8 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine your dry ingredients.

When yeast is frothy, add in dry ingredients and oil. Turn out onto floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.

Oil a medium-sized bowl and place the dough in it, turning once to coat. Cover and set in a warm area to rise, about an hour or until about doubled in size.

Meanwhile, prepare topping:

Humnut cheese (a la Mae)

  • 1/4 c. garlic hummus
  • 2 T. nutritional yeast
  • 2 t. yellow mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • water, just a splash, to thin

Combine all, adding just enough water to  make it easily spreadable, but not runny. Set aside.

Eggplant-Basil Tomato Topping

  • 1/2 of a medium eggplant, cubed
  • 1/4 of a large red pepper, diced
  • 1/3 c. tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c. fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, mashed
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all, set aside.

When the dough has risen, punch down once. Turn out onto floured surface and knead a few times. Roll out into a thin circle, and place on an oiled baking sheet sprinkled with corn meal. Form a bit of a larger crust around the outside, and cover for ten minutes.

Spread on the cheesy-hummus sauce and then the eggplant-basil-tomato topping.

Bake in a preaheated 450* oven for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle the top with some more fresh basil and feast! I wish it wasn’t all gone, it was that good.

And check at how freaking handsome Teddie is in this picture:

What. a. muffin.

Also – thanks to everyone for the input on “nutrition trackers.” I think I’ll give nutrition data a look! Aaand, I might take a “night off” tomorrow – I have a senior portrait to shoot in the afternoon, and still have some I’m working on from this weekend. I gotta boogie!

What’s your favorite pizza topping?

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23 Comments

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23 responses to “Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!

  1. I’ll put pretty much anything on top of a pizza. Except canadian bacon. Not a fan…

    My favorite would probably be mushrooms, peppers, and onions… load it up!

  2. Meh, I don’t have pizza too often… hmm, I’d have to say sauteed onion and mushrooms with a bit of fresh basil would do it for me. Tons of cheese too, absolutely obnoxious amounts. I need to try eggplant sometime next year on a pizza.

    The humnut cheese is so delicious and that picture of Teddie is adorable. :3

  3. Hummus with onions and peppers is my all time favorite! I need to try the humnut cheese. I jut got nutritional yeast the other day. I need to be brave and try it out again since my first time did not go so well. Love the shots of the two of you! So sweet! Have a great night Jessica!

  4. Stefanie

    Your pizza looks great. I will have to try your Hummus Cheese. Your horse is too cute and looks like a joy to ride. I just found your blog and have been enjoying reading your old post. Have a nice night.

  5. Ohhh this looks so good! I love the eggplant on top. I was just thinking this afternoon that homemade pizza would be good for this years Thanksgiving (my mom’s wanting to to an untraditional Italian theme)..and it’d be fun to try. Anyway, I thought about whether or not you were gonna post the recipe since you mentioned making dough in the comment- cause yours was bound to be good. But dang, that pizza looks awesome! The fact the cheese isn’t actual cheese makes it even better!

  6. That pizza looks SO GOOD!!! Oh my goodness – I may have to try that.

  7. teenagehealthfreak

    your pizza looks amazing! my fave pizza toppings are kale and goat cheese!!! mmmmmm. the kale makes like kale chips! 🙂 oh yes..Teddie looks very handsome!

  8. That has to be one of the most delicious looking pizza’s ive seen in a while! 🙂 Yum yum in the tum tum!

  9. your pizza looks amazingly good, i love your recipe! homemade pizza is the best…my favorite toppings are mushrooms, onions, spinach and sun dried tomato ..eggplant is a favorite as well and white pizza with ricotta and spinach, so good!!
    🙂 now you have me wanting pizza, ha!
    i should make pizza soon! Trader joe’s has a really good pre-made dough, lol,..i’m lazy ;P

    xx
    eliza

  10. Honestly, I don’t love Daiya at all…it tastes kinda fakey to me and I’d rather eat more “real food” like hummus and nutritional yeast…but V enjoys it on his pizza sometimes. I just would rather go without and have caramelized onions, peppers, and toppings like yours! This looks beautiful and I am thinking I may have to steal my parents Moosewood cookbook for inspiration now!

  11. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I don’t make homemade pizza nearly as often as I should…
    I love the sound of that “humnut” cheeze!

  12. It is a close race between canadian bacon & pineapple or spinach & artichoke!

  13. Pizza is one of my favorite treats – my favorite toppings are fresh spinach, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, oregano,, basil and of course roasted eggplant and zucchini – i love lots of toppings – i also do love mozarella cheese or hummus spread!!!
    Such a comfort food!!!!!

  14. Mmmm pizza! I love any toppings but I’m strange.. I like to pick the toppings off, eat them, and THEN the pizza.

  15. I have never eaten eggplant pizza but you made me curious. Maybe I will step out of the paved road next time and try something new.

    Have you tried putting pickles on your pizza? Yum! I also love all kinds of cheese, mushrooms, sweet corn, tomatoes. Not necessarily all on the same pizza 🙂 . And my favorite seasoning is savory. I almost always replace basil with it.

  16. I adore homemade pizza…and even though your crust was thin, your own pizza pie looked pretty darn good! I have never thought to make pizza with that hummus cheese that everyone raves about. Now I’m totally inspired to give it a go. Thank you for sharing…and it was good to see sweet Teddie! I need all the animal love I can get right now.

  17. I adore pizza!
    the usual one, with ‘shrooms, tomato sauce, ham and cheese, but also some weird ones. Cheese and spinach, veggies and hummus, tofu and peanut butter…
    I can’t wait to make some this week 🙂

  18. you are making me hungry for pizza at 7:05 in the morning!! I haven’t tried daiya either mostly because I’d rather eat regular cheese for now. Nutritional yeast makes me nervous, even though I have some in my fridge. I need to try this!

  19. That crust looks good to me! I love that you flavoured it with basil. What a great idea! 🙂

    I love tons of veggies, caramelized onions, and goat cheese on my pizza!

  20. Oh, I would have loved that pizza! I like my crusts really thin and I never fold the edges…the outermost piece of uncovered crust is like the little cracker prize when you eat the pizza. Provided the crust is good, which of course it is! I am always completely dumbfounded when bf and kids are not eating the crust…Love it that you just got a hunky horse shot in at the end, there…:-)

  21. Pizza!!! I’ve been wanting to make my own pizza for like months now 😛 I just haven’t been able to motivate myself to do it… it’s so intimidating!

    Fun fact: I used to be OBSESSED with Three Day’s Grace. No joke.. I’ve been to four of their concerts, bought four of their T-Shirts and even travelled five hours to see them play in their home-town for some type of benefit things. Hehehe.
    ❤

  22. Love The Buzz radio!! Those guys are just crazy.

    My favorite pizza is definitely the margherita: tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil and drizzle of olive oil. The simpler the better!

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