Meatless Monday: Pizza Pizza Pizza

Hello all!

This week’s #MeatlessMonday recipe: vegetarian pizza!

Though I didn’t make the dough from scratch (no time!), I did have fun trying this out. I looked up a variety of vegetarian pizza recipes in preparation for this week’s challenge, but I got kinda carried away and decided to combine many different recipes. So, basically…

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I went a little off script again. Whoops.

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If you are curious, here are some of the recipes I looked at originally: http://goo.gl/S0Z8co

I also apologize this is coming a bit late-the dough took longer than expected to thaw, and I got home late.

Enough excuses! Onto the show.


Vegetarian Pizza

Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour
  • 1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small/medium yellow onion
  • 3 ripe Italian tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 bundle of asparagus
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • mozzarella*

*you can substitute for other cheeses, or have no cheese at all, instead if you want.

Additional spices/seasoning: basil, thyme, salt and pepper

Serves: 1 (with a ton of leftovers) or maybe roughly 4 people?

Cooking instruments needed: cutting board (1-2), cutting knife, spatula, frying pan, oven mitts, pan, aluminum foil, tray (for oven)


Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450-500 degrees F (this depends on how hot your oven gets! Mine gets really hot, so I reduced the temp. to 450 degrees).
  2. Cut up the garlic and use half of the onion. Maybe even cry a little bit.

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3. Put a tablespoon (more or less) of olive oil on the frying pan.

4. Place chopped up garlic and onion on frying pan and cook on low-medium heat.

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5. Thinly slice the tomatoes and set off to side.

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6. Thinly slice up 1/2 of the green and 1/2 of the red pepper. I saved the other halves for another day.

7. Add the red and green pepper to the frying pan with the garlic and onion.

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8. Prepare asparagus (however many you want from your bundle), cut off the ends a bit, and then set aside.

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9. On tray place aluminum foil over tray and generously sprinkle the baking sheet with flour.

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10. Sprinkle flour on cutting board/work space and place pizza dough on top.

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11. Knead out dough into about a 14-inch round

(note: I didn’t exactly have a lot of space on my tray, so my dough ended up being still pretty thick. I would recommend you try to make it thinner for less crust/thickness of pizza). Place on the aluminum foil on the tray when done.

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12. Lightly brush some olive oil on dough.

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13. Place tomatoes and asparagus onto dough.

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14. Place cooked contents from saucepan onto tomatoes and asparagus. Spread out vegetables across pizza.

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15. Cut a couple of pieces of mozzarella* onto pizza and sprinkle a little thyme/other seasonings.

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16. Place into oven (middle rack) for approximately 15-20 minutes. This could be shorter or longer depending on the heat of your oven.

17. Remove pizza and take a picture of your glorious work to send to all your family and friends. And friends of friends. Heck, that pizza deserves to be your new cover photo on Facebook…

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Or not. Whatever floats your boat.

My finished product:

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Rating: 2/4. I ended up taking -1 point because the crust/dough was too thick, and -1 point for not having enough green and red peppers.

Tweet @sustainableUofG any suggestions for next week’s Meatless Monday dish.

I hope you had fun!

Until next time,

Joanne

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