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Happy Vegan Pizza Day

Posted by trktos on 29-January-2011

We celebrated Vegan Pizza Day today, with, what else but vegan pizza! We made pizza with tomato sauce, spinach, onions, mushrooms, homemade seitan sausage crumbles, Follow Your Heart Monterray Jack and Daiya Cheddar vegan cheeses.

Delicious and cruelty-free. Happy Vegan Pizza Day! =)

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Double “Cheese” Pizza

Posted by trktos on 5-October-2010

We made pizza tonight … with cheddar and mozzarella Diaya. And Italian Seitan Sausage Crumbles with an additional scant 1 tbsp each oats and tapioca granules; amount of gluten used –  215 grams; with 3 tbsp soy, 3 tbsp water, 1 tbsp ketchup, ~1 1/2 tsp marmite for the “7 tbsp marmite water” and the 1/4 cup water from the notes(along with the A1, soy and garbanzo flour from that note). Browned on the stove-top, then dehydrated for a few hours, until they were crispy on the outside (130 degrees, then maybe an hour at 90 degrees). Stored in the ‘fridge for a few days, and was sad to learn they’d sort of dried out. When cooking the pizza toppings, I threw the crumbles in, and let them sit with oil and juices given off by the cooking mushrooms – the crumbles moistened up but didn’t get soggy and were *perfect*, even after baking in the oven.

Pizza toppings: pizza sauce, spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers, sausage crumbles, marinated artichoke hearts, black olives (Evin’s pizza), cheddar and mozzarella vegan cheese.

Seitan and Diaya yumminess:

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Pizza

Posted by trktos on 19-June-2010

Homemade pizza, with Daiya cheddar and Follow Your Heart Mozzarella “cheese”, homemade seitan sausage and Jyoti spinach saag for sauce. Evin’s half had the nasty little olives on it.

I don’t know if was the lower layer of Daiya/extra oil but the FYH cheese was really bubbly when we took the pizza out of the oven. I bumped the spices up in the linked sausage recipe. Somehow, though, they sort of lost their pepperoni resemblance and tasted more like spicy sausage. But hey, that works, too.

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Vegan Pizza

Posted by trktos on 25-October-2009

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Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. And no, we haven’t been fasting for a week. Just a little busy. And more than a little tired of blogging. Today, I’m going to attempt to catch up. And may even post about my awful apple pie from last night. Ugh.

Anyway, Friday, we made pizza. I’d been wanting to use my italian sausage crumbles on pizza for months. Finally got around to it. And, to be honest, I was a little disappointed – they lost a little flavor (I guess 20 minutes at 450 degrees and 5+ minutes under the broiler will do that.) Anyway, the pizza turned out otherwise-ok.

Crumbles on the stove-top:

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Follow Your Heart (FYH) / Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella Cheese … see, it shreds just fine, straight out of the package. I’m a little miffed, lately, on behalf of this vegan cheese. When it first came out, people were crazy for it. Now there’s a few newer vegan cheeses and FYH seems to get dumped on all the time. I haven’t tried Daiya but I tried Teese – I went all the way to MD, paid more than for FYH, and to be honest, it was very plasticy and processed. These new vegan cheeses contain palm oil, too. FYH doesn’t. (Edit: Just looked up Daiya and they currently do not list palm oil in their ingredient list, online at least.) Anyway, we eat maybe 1 block of FYH every 2 months. I’ll continue to pick it up right down the road and pay a reasonable price for it.

Shredded cheese:

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Pizza sauce – we like this brand from Don Pepino. Mostly because the ingredients are tomatoes, corn oil, salt, spices and powdered garlic.

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Sauce, going onto crust:

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Toppings – onions, bell peppers and mushrooms:

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Sausages join the party:

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And finally, FYH cheese. I don’t know what other vegans do with their FYH, but it does melt. For pizza, it helps if it goes on last. This time, I also brushed with a little canola oil. FYH is much lower in fat than dairy cheese, so this may play a factor in its melt-ability. (Next time, I’ll coat with a touch of oil BEFORE putting the shredded cheese on the pizza!)

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Pizzas in the oven:

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See, I told you the cheese melts:

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