3 Super Easy Plant-Based Pizza Recipes Just For You

It’s pizza time! Are you struggling to decide what to make for tea/dinner on Friday or Saturday night? Well struggle no more with these 3 Super Easy Plant-Based Pizza Recipes Just For You

You can use a shop bought whole-wheat pizza base, or a spelt base, or pitta breads. Here’s a link to organic whole-wheat pizza bases: http://www.biona.co.uk/page-317.html

If you prefer, you can make your own pizza base, here’s a link to find out how: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/100-whole-wheat-pizza-dough.html

More often than not, I tend to use pitta bread or the organic Biona pizza bases especially if I need some fast food!

For the pizza sauce, I usually stick to a simple tomato sauce base as it’s fantastic at being able to carry lots of different flavours, so for instance if you’re making the Hot And Spicy Plant-Based Pizza, you can add some crushed chilies to it, for the For The Love of Tomatoes Plant-Based Pizza, try adding oregano, marjoram and basil. I often make double the quantity and freeze half, or if I’m having whole-wheat pasta I’ll use it for that.

As you can see, there’s lots of different herbs and spices you can add to your sauce – just let your imagination run wild!

What’s great about using tomatoes as our pizza sauce base, is that tomatoes are packed with lycopene, a very powerful antioxidant.

You may not have heard much about lycopene, but I bet you’ve seen it. Lycopene is a bright red pigment that provides the colour for tomatoes, watermelon and pink grapefruit.

“A study at Harvard University showed that men who had just two servings of tomato sauce per week had 23 percent less prostate cancer risk compared to those who rarely had tomato products.

Men consuming ten or more servings of tomato products each week had a 35 percent reduction in risk, and that was true even if their tomatoes came in the form of pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, or ketchup. In fact, the cooking process releases lycopene from the plant’s cells, increasing our ability to absorb it.” [1]

So without further ado, here are three amazing plant-based pizza recipes for you to try. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Please let me know in the comments section below if you tried them and which one is your favourite. I look forward to hearing from you!

Basic Tomato Sauce Recipe

1 onion chopped

2 tsp tomato puree

3 cloves of garlic, crushed then chopped

Freshly ground black pepper

1 x 500g packet of passata

Small punnet of baby tomatoes

Maldon Sea Salt

Sauté the onion and garlic for three to five minutes until soft then add the passata. Gently simmer on a low heat for 15 to 20 minutes until the sauce has reduced.

While the sauce is cooking, wash and half the baby tomatoes, season with freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of Maldon Sea Salt. Place in an ovenproof dish with 1cm of water. Put into the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Once roasted, pour into the tomato sauce and stir. You can add more water to the dish if it evaporates too quickly.

If you’re making the Hot And Spicy Plant-Based Pizza, add 1 tsp dried crushed chillies to the onions and garlic, with half a teaspoon each of sage, marjoram and oregano.

If you’re making the For The Love Of Tomatoes Plant-Based Pizza, add 1 tsp of dried basil, 1 tsp of dried, crushed rosemary and 1 tsp of oregano to the onions and garlic.

For the Black Bean Plant-Based Pizza, add 1 tsp dried coriander/cilantro, half a teaspoon of chilli powder (chose your own strength) and half a teaspoon of chipotle powder.

If you’d like to try an alternative to the tomato sauce base, try this delicious Black Olive Pizza Sauce. It’s quite strong, but very tasty, especially with the For The Love of Tomatoes Plant-Based Pizza.

A jar of Greek Pitted Kalamata Olives 335g drained and rinsed

1 tsp, dried crushed chillies

1 tsp dried tarragon

4 sun-dried tomatoes

Place all the ingredients in a food processor, or a bowl, then use a stick blender to make a lovely smooth sauce. Use in place of the tomato sauce.

For The Love of Tomatoes Plant-Based Pizza

Here’s what you’ll need to make one pizza:

6 sundried tomatoes cut into small pieces

250g of mixed tomatoes, including baby plum tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, golden orange cherry, all halved

Handful of freshly torn basil

Freshly ground black pepper

Take the wholemeal pitta bread or pizza base and spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce over it. Arrange the tomatoes onto the base and grind the fresh black pepper over them. Scatter half the fresh basil over the tomatoes then repeat for each pitta bread/pizza.

Put each pitta/pizza base on to a baking tray and place in the oven for 8 to10 minutes at 200C or gas mark 6.

Remove the pizza from the oven and scatter the remaining fresh basil leaves over it.

Serve on its own or with a baked potato, houmous/hummus and a green salad.

Hot and Spicy Plant-Based Pizza

Here’s what you’ll need to make one pizza:

8 jalapeños, sliced

Mixed bell peppers, chopped

Half a red onion sliced

Mushrooms (your choice), sliced

Freshly ground black pepper

Adobo sauce

Take the wholemeal pitta bread or pizza base and spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of the spicy tomato sauce over it. Arrange the mixed peppers, red onion, jalapeños and mushrooms onto the base and grind the fresh black pepper over them.

Repeat for each pitta bread/pizza.

Put each pitta/pizza base on to a baking tray and place in the oven for 8 to10 minutes at 200C or gas mark 6.

Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle some adobo sauce over the pizza to your liking, then serve with your choice of salad.

Black Bean Plant-Based Pizza

Here’s what you’ll need to make one pizza:

400g can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 onion, onion

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp chilli powder

1 garlic clove, crushed and chopped

100g fresh spinach, washed

2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander/cilantro

1/2 teaspoon adobo hot sauce

Take the wholemeal pitta bread or pizza base and spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of whichever tomato sauce you prefer over it.

Put the black beans, onion, cumin, chilli and garlic clove in a bowl and mash together with a fork. Spread the mixture over the tomato sauce base, then top with the fresh spinach and coriander/cilantro.

Repeat for each pitta bread/pizza.

Put each pitta/pizza base on to a baking tray and place in the oven for 10 to15 minutes at 200C or gas mark 6.

Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle some adobo sauce over the pizza to your liking, then serve.

 

[1] The Cancer Survivor’s Guide, Giovannucci E, Rimm EB, Liu Y, Stampfer MJ,

Willett WC. A prospective study of tomato products, lycopene, and prostate cancer risk. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2002;94:391-398.

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