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Easy Vegan Pizza (Vegan, GF Option)

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Mondays can be hard. Waking up for a 7 AM class, patiently sitting through a seemingly pointless biology lecture, withholding frustration in a two-hour Chemistry study session, and then motivating myself to work out in the evening, after all of that, can be hard. 

Okay, I'm sorry. I hate complaining, I really do, I just want to establish the dire NEED for this pizza after a long Monday. But why THIS pizza? Why not just order Domino's (vegan-friendly, if you ask) or something? If this picture doesn't convince you of homemade pizza's worthiness, keep reading. 

Justifying homemade pizza: 

  • all ingredients can be found at Trader Joe's - who doesn't love a one-stop-shop? 
  • they can be prepped, cooked, and finished devouring in under 30 minutes. 
  • these are made with 100% whole wheat flour, some of the most convenient fresh vegetables, and healthy, creative alternatives to traditional sodium-heavy red sauce, fatty, processed pepperoni and unfriendly cheese. 

All of that for CHEAPER than delivery? along with some soothing kitchen-time spent chopping veggies and rolling out dough, bonding with pizza-loving friends? Yes please! 

In fact, I'll take four. Thank you very much.

Makes 1 pizza (personal size?)

1/2 Trader Joe's whole wheat pizza dough (or GF dough)
flour, for rolling
2 tbsp. hummus (I love Trader Joe's Tomato Basil flavor)
1 cup kale, chopped and steamed
4-5 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 medium zucchini, diced and steamed
2 tbsp. vegan cheese shreds
Optional: nutritional yeast, 1/4 cup Trader Joe's soyrizo

  1. Let the dough rest at room temp. for about 10-15 minutes. Heat the oven to 475 degrees F (or whatever the directions on the dough say) and coating a baking pan with flour. 
  2. If using soyrizo, heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and saute the soyrizo for 3-4 minutes, or until it darkens slightly. It will cook more in the oven. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. 
  3. Coat with flour a spacious flat surface and begin stretching and rolling out your dough. When it's as thick or thin as you like, add toppings - hummus, kale, tomatoes, soyrizo (if using), zucchini, and vegan cheese. 
  4. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, keeping an eye on each pizza, as the thickness of the crust will vary the cooking time. 
  5. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes, sprinkle with nutritional yeast (if using), then cut into slices and serve. 
  6. Enjoy!