Happy Saturday friends from Melbourne, Australia 🙂
When changing to a vegan diet, one of my biggest concerns was pizza! HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU HAVE PIZZA WITHOUT CHEESE?? WITHOUT SALAMI?? My ignorant mind boggled!
The pizzas I enjoy now are more varied, delicious and healthy compared to the fatty, processed meat drowning in cheese ones I used to see as ‘normal’. One time I forgot to cancel the cheese on one of my pizza orders and was soooo hungry that I chose to eat it (judge away) and what a mistake! Not only did my stomach feel sore and yuck, but now armed with the knowledge I know of the dairy industry, I felt disgusting and disappointed in myself. Lesson learnt. Never again.
Some of the ingredients I use now to top my pizzas are as follows:
– Quinoa (yes…it crisps up in the oven and is delicious)
– Char-grilled veggies (capsicum, artichokes, olives, mushrooms, pickles, sun-dried tomatoes…you name it)
– Spinach leaves, kale, broccoli (yes)
– Pineapple (sweetness mmmmmm)
– Pine nuts (say no more)
– Yeast flakes (B12 and adds a cheesy, nutty flavour)
– Chickpeas, beans and other legumes
– Vegan cheeses (if you really ‘need”that texture) My favourite to use is Notzarella (sold at the Cruelty Free Shop in Brunswick Street) or you can make your own, creamy, dreamy cashew cheese
When it comes to vegan pizza, please have an open mind and do not despair! You will survive if you hold the cheese. A char-grilled, fresh vegan pizza has become one of my favourite staples and still fills the comfort food void. Enjoy experimenting with your meat/cheese free pizzas. You will not be disappointed!
Until next time, eat well, smile and be kind to animals.