'EASY AS PIE' TACO PIZZA

 Three words.  Vegan  Taco &  Pizza  You don’t usually hear those three words in the same sentence…  This pizza has an amazing way of satisfying two separate cravings at the same time. I could eat this pizza for a whole week straight. Well actually I have been. I am on a tight budget until I get to Amsterdam in three days (WOOHOO!). I’m going to Amsterdam to celebrate my lovely roommate’s 25 th  birthday. I am excited, it will be a quick trip. But while I’m there I plan on seeking out a vegan restaurant or two in the midst of birthday celebrations and weed brownies.  just kidding   Does anyone recommend any vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Amsterdam?   Back to this pizza – it’s been proven delicious both hot out of the oven, and straight from the fridge. Who doesn’t love cold pizza leftovers? Vegan pizza at that.  I used Trader Joe’s Herb and Garlic Dough to make this pizza. I’ve found that this dough is the most convenient and easiest to work with! If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you (I’m sorry!), but on the positive side you can easily  make your own  or just use a pre-made dough.  As for rolling out the dough… I’m still working on making my dough resemble the shape of a circle. Someday it WILL be round!  After I rolled my dough into a shape that semi-resembled a pizza, I slathered on a layer of re-fried beans (make sure when buying the re-fried beans that the can does not contain LARD). If you desire an even healthier route, tons of delicious homemade  re-fried bean recipes  are waiting to be found online!  I added veggies I had leftover in the fridge – tomatoes and red onions. You can basically add any vegetables you have and the pizza will taste fantastic. Black olives is the one thing I wish I had laying around that day. Insiders perspective   For the pecan “meat” I blended together pecans, chili powder, ground cumin and cayenne pepper. I sprinkled the pecan mixture on top of the pizza and threw it in the oven for 8 minutes. After the pizza was done, I topped it with green onions, cilantro, avocado, salsa and homemade chipotle cream sauce. This pizza is fantastic, I hope you give it a try!  Xx   

Three words.

Vegan

Taco &  Pizza

You don’t usually hear those three words in the same sentence…

This pizza has an amazing way of satisfying two separate cravings at the same time. I could eat this pizza for a whole week straight. Well actually I have been. I am on a tight budget until I get to Amsterdam in three days (WOOHOO!). I’m going to Amsterdam to celebrate my lovely roommate’s 25th birthday. I am excited, it will be a quick trip. But while I’m there I plan on seeking out a vegan restaurant or two in the midst of birthday celebrations and weed brownies.  just kidding

Does anyone recommend any vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Amsterdam?

Back to this pizza – it’s been proven delicious both hot out of the oven, and straight from the fridge. Who doesn’t love cold pizza leftovers? Vegan pizza at that.

I used Trader Joe’s Herb and Garlic Dough to make this pizza. I’ve found that this dough is the most convenient and easiest to work with! If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you (I’m sorry!), but on the positive side you can easily make your own or just use a pre-made dough.

As for rolling out the dough… I’m still working on making my dough resemble the shape of a circle. Someday it WILL be round!

After I rolled my dough into a shape that semi-resembled a pizza, I slathered on a layer of re-fried beans (make sure when buying the re-fried beans that the can does not contain LARD). If you desire an even healthier route, tons of delicious homemade re-fried bean recipes are waiting to be found online!

I added veggies I had leftover in the fridge – tomatoes and red onions. You can basically add any vegetables you have and the pizza will taste fantastic. Black olives is the one thing I wish I had laying around that day. Insiders perspective 

For the pecan “meat” I blended together pecans, chili powder, ground cumin and cayenne pepper. I sprinkled the pecan mixture on top of the pizza and threw it in the oven for 8 minutes. After the pizza was done, I topped it with green onions, cilantro, avocado, salsa and homemade chipotle cream sauce. This pizza is fantastic, I hope you give it a try!

Xx

 

 INGREDIENTS  1 package of Trader Joe’s Herb and Garlic pizza crust (or any plain dough)  1 can of 15 ounce re-fried beans (lard free)  ½ cup red onion, diced  ½ cup plum tomatoes cut in half (or any type of tomato really)  1 cup of raw pecans  1 large avocado  1 can of salsa  1 tablespoon olive oil  1½ teaspoons chili powder  ½ teaspoon ground cumin  ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper  ¼ teaspoon of fine-grain sea salt  cilantro for serving  Chipotle Cream Sauce  1 cup of cashews, raw and unsalted (soaked and drained for 5 hours – overnight)  ¼ cup lemon juice  1-2 tablespoons of olive oil  ½ cup of water (more if needed)  1 garlic clove  ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika  salt and pepper, to taste  INSTRUCTIONS  Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit  Lightly flour counter top and let dough rest for 20-30 minutes, while you prepare the other ingredients  In a blender or food processor, mix pecans, chili powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil  Roll out dough, then lather with re-fried beans. Top with tomatoes, onions and vegetables of your choice. Sprinkle pecan “meat” on top of pizza  Lightly oil pan, and cook pizza in the oven for 8 – 10 minutes  Top with avocado, cilantro, green onions, salsa and chipotle cream sauce! Enjoy!  Chipotle Cream Sauce  Soak cashews for at least five hours to overnight, then drain.  Blend together cashews, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and smoked paprika. Add in a ½ cup water to help blend the mixture.  Add salt and pepper to taste and dollop onto pizza slices individually, or drizzle over entire pizza!

INGREDIENTS

1 package of Trader Joe’s Herb and Garlic pizza crust (or any plain dough)

1 can of 15 ounce re-fried beans (lard free)

½ cup red onion, diced

½ cup plum tomatoes cut in half (or any type of tomato really)

1 cup of raw pecans

1 large avocado

1 can of salsa

1 tablespoon olive oil

1½ teaspoons chili powder

½ teaspoon ground cumin

⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon of fine-grain sea salt

cilantro for serving

Chipotle Cream Sauce

1 cup of cashews, raw and unsalted (soaked and drained for 5 hours – overnight)

¼ cup lemon juice

1-2 tablespoons of olive oil

½ cup of water (more if needed)

1 garlic clove

¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika

salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit

Lightly flour counter top and let dough rest for 20-30 minutes, while you prepare the other ingredients

In a blender or food processor, mix pecans, chili powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Roll out dough, then lather with re-fried beans. Top with tomatoes, onions and vegetables of your choice. Sprinkle pecan “meat” on top of pizza

Lightly oil pan, and cook pizza in the oven for 8 – 10 minutes

Top with avocado, cilantro, green onions, salsa and chipotle cream sauce! Enjoy!

Chipotle Cream Sauce

Soak cashews for at least five hours to overnight, then drain.

Blend together cashews, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and smoked paprika. Add in a ½ cup water to help blend the mixture.

Add salt and pepper to taste and dollop onto pizza slices individually, or drizzle over entire pizza!

MAIN COURSENatasha Stewart