Guest Blogger: Tasty Vegan Ways

21 Nov

Ray, the blogger of Tasty Vegan Ways became vegan thanks to a classmate in college who one day during a speech informed the class about the many benefits of following a plant-based diet. After hearing how energized, strong, and healthy the classmate looked Ray felt motivated to do the same. Ray is truly thankful for learning about this amazing lifestyle, feeling awesome, and in four simple but meaningful words Ray LOVES BEING VEGAN. Ray created this blog to share some favorite recipes that are: healthy, affordable, and very easy to make. Please welcome Ray!


I always wanted to make pizza but to tell you the truth I was a little hesitant about making a yeast-less crust. That was until I discovered the perfect recipe; I made some changes to it and the outcome was great! The toppings however were a piece of cake, that’s the beauty of making pizza; you can top it with anything you want. So here’s what I did:

For the crust:
2 cups of whole-wheat flour

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup water
2 tbsp. of flax seed
 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Sauce:
3. tbsp. of tomato paste (you can add more depending on how saucy you want your pizza, but remember to add a little more water as well)
3 tbsp. of water
Mixed Herbs (your choice)
¼ tsp. of salt
Pinch of Black pepper
1 tsp. of Agave nectar

Toppings:
1 Broccoli head
½ cup of yellow squash
1 cup of diced asparagus
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
½ cup of slice tomatoes
¾ cup of shredded Italian-flavored tofu (I get it at whole foods, the brand is Soy Boy)
2 tbsp. of Dried Basil
Salt
Pepper
1 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil.

To make the dough:
-Preheat oven to 450 degrees
-Mix dry ingredients, add 2/3 cup water and oil. Stir until it forms a ball. If dough is stiff, add a little more water.
-The dough will be soft, not sticky. Knead on a floured surface for 3-4 minutes.
-Using a rolling pin roll out the dough to a circle (wide if you prefer thin pizza crusts) and transfer to a slightly greased pizza pan.
-Roll in the edges so that they are slightly raised and hold the toppings in place, and brush with a little olive oil.

To make the sauce:
-Just mix all the ingredients together:)

Final Steps:
-Bush sauce onto the pizza crust, making sure is evenly distributed.
-Place your toppings; sprinkle shredded tofu, salt, pepper, dried basil and brush with olive oil.
-Place in the oven for about 15 minutes. After time has passed, take it out brush with some more olive oil and place it back until toppings get a nice golden brown color.

Enjoy!

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