Vegan Pizza

Four days into vegan month there is only one thing I can say for sure, eating too many flax seeds is a bad idea. Day one I tried sleeping as my stomach dealt with the little beasts and it almost turned me carnivore.

Tonight (by tonight I really mean last night) I’m making vegan pizza from scratch. Compared to the flax seed incident it should be a cinch.

My homemade dough is rising. (It’s egg less of course.)

My sauce is bubbling and I’ve added some chili flakes to kick up the flavor.

And down the hall my neighbor is frying up sausage for dinner-Damn. But I will persevere.

Since this is resolution time, I’m wondering what you’re all fighting against out there. Let me know and remember, if I can do it, you can do it.

Below are a super simple pizza dough and sauce recipe that can be used for vegan and non-vegan pizzas alike.

Simple Pizza Sauce

2 tbs olive oil
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
¼ tsp salt
2 tbs honey
¼ tsp red chili flakes
1 clove garlic

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan or frying pan.

Simmer on low for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce reduces 1/3.

Taste test and adjust to your liking.

Simple Pizza Dough

3 cups flour
1 ¼ cup warm water
3/4 tsp yeast
1 ½ tsp salt
(makes enough for 2 medium sized pizzas or 3 servings)

Combine flour and salt in a large bowl.

Combine warm water and yeast letting mixture sit for ten minutes. Bubbles will confirm active yeast.

Using your hands, blend flour and yeast in a bowl.

The result should be a moist, but firm ball.

Knead dough either in the bowl or on a flat flour dusted surface for about five minutes.

Return dough to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough sit and rise for at least two hours.

Punch dough down and knead for another two or three minutes.

Roll dough out onto a greased sheet of aluminum foil.

Par bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.

Remove from oven, add your desired toppings and return to oven for another 20-30 minutes.

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  1. Eagle eye types may have noticed that my sauce isn't actually bubbling in the photo. Don't you hate when you forget to take a picture? The sauce in this post was made about 3 months ago and was ice cold. I forgot to take a photo that time, too.

  2. I often forget to take photos, or if it is a recipe I made a long time ago, I look at the photo I'm going to post and am never happy with the way it looks, but I don't want to make it again. Funny.
    Vegan for a month....I am impressed. Good luck with that! Can't wait to see what else you concoct.
    I decided to try the South Beach Diet for two weeks. It is the simplest for me to follow.

  3. FYI honey isn't vegan.

  4. How did it taste? It looks good despite the absence of cheese. I love cheese... but we are going to try it! I guess we will substitute mushrooms for flax seeds... and we will follow later recipes this month. Good luck!

  5. YEAH!! You started your Vegan journey for a month. This is going to be a great blog read.
    The pizza looks pretty darn good! The flax seed-uh, not so good (smile).
    Good luck to you!!!

    Happy New Year to you too!

  6. Looks great! I love making pizza from begining to end, doesn't get better!

  7. Oh you have started your one month vegan diet. Good luck with that and I'm looking forward to see your delicious recipes without animal products.
    this looks tasty for a meat eater like me :)

  8. Alright I'll admit to it looking great if you tell me it was yummy.
    Every success with your vegan venture and a blissful 2010.
    Warm regards,

  9. Wow, hats off to you. That sure is a delicious looking pizza, wouldn't have guessed it was good for me :) I often take photos but hate them, then delete them and realise that it would have been helpful to have that pic in another post!

  10. Hey Guys,
    The pizza was really good and with the glut of toppings I put on them, I didn't miss the cheese for a second.

    Honey is not vegan, but neither am I, really, so a tablespoon or two won't kill me. Apparently this is a pretty controversial subject amongst vegans.

  11. the pizza looks so delicious. T thought I should send you some recipes. So I am working on that, also I eat honey, but then again I don't consider myself vegan. I eat a vegan diet but don't live a vegan lifestyle (I like my leather boots, and my uggs!) I'll email you soon with some recipes and pictures of some of our dinners.

  12. way to go with this recipe! I haven't had flax seeds to much but I imagine they do to your stomach what too many almonds just did to mine :)

  13. That pizza looks SO good! I don't eat vegan meals often, but I could really get into that one! I love the simple sauce, too. Simple is always good!

  14. Girlfriend, I am sooooo interested in what this month has in store! I'll be reading every word!

  15. Hi,
    I am inpressed! that pizza looks so good yet so healthy. No cheese is a good thing but m husband would have a fir. Good luck this month; wish I could do that.

  16. LOL, I read your first comment, and yes we all probably forget to take photos. I try and keep my camera as close as I can, but it also ends up with food on it as well...

    Love the pizza, my son and I just had a great one with smoky mushrooms on it, delish!