Happy Vegan Pizza Day! Yep, today is the day to celebrate that you can actually find delicious vegan pizza out there in the world and you don’t have to take a trek to some trendy spot in LA to do so. One of the first things people tell me they can’t “give up” to be vegan is pizza (usually said with a whine and stomp of the foot). And I’m always like duuuuudes, you don’t need to “give up” anything to be vegan, yo!
Check out the Vegan Pizza site here to click on your state, then your city, and check out the options available! Z Pizza is large chain all over that offers Daiya Cheese (vegan, soy-based cheese) & Gardein (vegan sausage) alternatives. If you’re in CA, there’s also Native Foods Restaurant (my fave!) that has two amazing pizza options, including the new Spicy Meatball Pizza which my picky omnivore boyfriend thought was delicious! The deets on the two pizza options:
Spicy MeatBall Pizza $7.95
Homemade marinara sauce, Native Sausage Seitan meatballs, roasted sweet peppers, caramelized onions, pesto and Native Parmesan.
Verdi’s Roasted Veggie Pizza $7.95
Creamy herbed (tofu) ricotta and pesto, roasted fennel, organic pear tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, sweet red onions, and garlic cloves drizzled with basalmic glaze.
I’ll be honest that I prefer vegan pizzas made with pesto, or cashew cheese more than pizzas made with Daiya.
Watching calories, fat and general health? Have no fear! Z Pizza is awesome for using organic ingredients and for offering several pizza options that are 100 or less calories and 2-5g fat per slice (see all the “Rustica” pizza options here).
If you’re watching your wallet, too, celebrate by making your own super healthy vegan pizza!
This pizza is called “iPizza” because it will definitely go on your favorite recipe playlist. The recipe is meant to be adaptable to your preferences and to what you have on stock at home.
Consider that a personal pizza from Pizza Hut can have up to 830 calories and 46 grams of fat. Now, consider that you can make your own pizza clocking in around 350 calories and 5 g of fat, (it will, of course, vary depending on what ingredients you use). Sweeet!
Fresh tomatoes, zucchini and cilantro, with a sprinkle of Daiya mozzarella cheese, on a whole-wheat pita. Spiced with pepper.
Green bell pepper, black olives, sundried tomatoes, and vegan Italian sausage on a whole-wheat tortilla.
Ingredients for Uber Healthy Pizza
- A healthy vehicle for your pizza, such as a whole-wheat or brown rice tortilla, pita, or slice of whole-grain bread.
- 1/4- to 1/2-cup healthy sauce, such as pizza sauce, marinara sauce, spaghetti sauce, or even something more creative like a vegetable tapenade or pesto. Avoid sauces that contain sugar (especially if it appears as one of the first four ingredients), and high fructose corn syrup.
- 1/2- to 1-cup chopped fresh and/or canned vegetables, such as zucchini, bell pepper, tomatoes, artichoke, and olives – fresh is better, but any vegetable is rad!
- Herbs, such as fresh or dried rosemary, thyme, cilantro, basil and oregano, and spices, such as peppers.
- Optional: a vegan cheese (max ¼ cup); half of a vegetarian or vegan sausage; sundried tomatoes (drained and lightly rinsed).
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees (I cook most of my pizzas in a small toaster oven).
- Spread sauce onto tortilla or pita.
- Top with your favorite chopped vegetables, herbs and spices, and optional cheese and/or sausage.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes until veggies are soft and remove from oven.
- Allow the pizza to cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!
Yum. Check out Happy Herbivore’s “Fat-Free Vegan Pizza” recipe here, too, if ya want even more options!
Happy Vegan Pizza Day!
The Cranky One
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