I spend a lot of time on the internet. And that’s not because I’m a social recluse, but it’s because the internet allows me to connect with like-minded people despite distances and working schedules.
Most of my ‘real-life’ friends are not vegan so I find support through the internet as most of my ‘online’ friends are vegan. Obviously my values as a ‘sustainable vegan’ are a big part of my life – it’s not just my food choices, but my choices of clothing, how I dispose of waste, where I like to go on the weekends… oh and my cake business, that thing!
Now, I’m not a pasty person who never likes to go outside and occasionally rocks back and forth in my computer chair. All of my online friends are very social and there is no doubt thatI would catch up with them with them over a fat piece of vegan cake in a cafe.
However, normal social gatherings have become more awkward for me ever since I was vegetarian/vegan. I’m bombarded with questions like: Don’t you miss meat? What about cheese? So you don’t even eat fish? No, no, no! Sometimes I just want to enjoy my meal in a calm environment. So I’m learning to have ‘fun food’ all by myself, in my small studio!Now, that’s where this pizza comes in! Bright colours, easy to make and reminiscent of those big pizza parties I used to go to a few years ago.
The base is crispy and has a wonderful bite to it. It’s loaded with veggies which makes it a super healthy party food for ANY time of the day. Win win! Here’s the recipe:
Veggie powered pizza
Beetroot pizza base
- 1 small beetroot
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- ½ cup chickpea flour
- ½ cup millet
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup peas
- ½ cup mixture of green vegetables, such as zuchinni, spinach or kale
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp moringa powder, optional
- Herbs and salt as desired
- Whatever you desire! I added mushrooms, nectarine and fig pieces to my pizza
- Preheat oven to 180C. Line baking tray with baking paper.
- For the base: Chop the beetroot into chunks and add to a food processor. Whizz until crumbly. Add all other pizza base ingredients to the food processor and whizz until well combined. The mixture should be quite wet. Remove the mixture from the food processor and set aside to allow the chia seeds to thicken the mixture
- For the green sauce, add all ingredients to the food processor and whizz until it forms a paste.
- Prepare toppings as desired.
- When the pizza base mixture has thickened, spread into two thin circles or ovals on the baking paper. Bake for 10 minutes or until the pizza's sets into shape.
- Remove the pizza bases from the oven, spread green sauce on bases and decorate with toppings. Return to the oven and bake until the edges of the pizza are crispy.
- Remove from oven, let the pizzas cool down a little and serve!