Vegan quinoa pizza crust with walnut/almond sheeze

I have previously ranted here about how terrible my diet was during college, despite being a self-identified veg-head (i.e. pizza and beer). veggiehead

It’s true, one of the meals I knew I would miss the most if I ever decided to go vegan was the extra-greasy classic American-style pizza. I’m not saying that this was the limiting factor in my decision to stay vegetarian rather than taking the vegan plunge. But I’m also not Not saying that either.

Go ahead, judge me healthy-self-righteous-vegan-readers! Just kidding. I love you. Y’all are good people.

Between the acne, bloating, energy loss, and other interesting (?) health issues I’ve had over the years, I decided that I finally stop turning my deaf ear to the problem and take action.

So for the past few weeks I have been eating a plant-based, whole foods diet.

So how do I feel?

Well I googled “feeling great” and I came up with this totally appropriate image:

My spidey-sense tells me that the entire animal kingdom took a sigh of relief when they learned that there was one less omnivore on the loose. I’m feeling great, animals are feeling great, and next the whole world! (If the whole world went vegan.)

To be more specific about my “feelings”…I have completely lost all the bloating and stomach pain from before. My skin looks much better. My face is actually less bloated (and I didn’t know this was possible). In fact several people have told me that I look like I’ve lost weight.

Quadruple-winning.

To reward myself for staying on my vegan diet, I made this beautiful vegan pizza from all the healthy stuff. Honestly…I didn’t miss the cheese, and I couldn’t believe that the crust stayed so firm. Quinoa is like magic fairy dust.

**Only it actually exists.**

It’s a great source of complete protein (same as chicken, fish, beef, and other adorable creatures), and therefore contains all the essential amino acids needed to keep you looking (and feeling) like a total godgoddessbadass.

P1020752Quinoa crust pizza

1 cup white quinoa (pre-soaked for 8 hours or overnight)

1 Tbsp white wine vinegar

1/3 cup water

2 tsp italian seasonings (rosemary, basil, sage, oregano, etc)

1 tsp garlic powderP1020763

1 tsp salt

handful of dried cherry tomatoes

Favorite toppings:

Mushrooms, capers, marinated artichokes, olives, fresh tomato, garlic, arugula

Depending on the size of your pizza pan, I would recommend adjusting the amount of quinoa. For example I used a 500 gram bag (about 2.5 cups) and it made one large crust, and one small crust. Also I tried the same recipe with black quinoa and the crust wasn’t as smooth…maybe if you soak it for a bit longer?

After draining the pre-soaked quinoa, add everything to your food processor or mixing bowl, and blend. It will be the consistency of pancake batter. P1020754

Pour it into a pre-greased pizza pan, and bake at 400F (200C) for 20 minutes.

Walnut/Almond SheezeP1020756

1 cup blanched almonds

1/2 cup walnuts (soaked with the almonds for 2-4 hours at least)

1 tsp miso paste

1 garlic clove

1 tbsp lemon juice

salt

Making vegan sheeze (fake cheese) is so simple and delicious. Just mix all the above ingredients in a blender, and that’s it. When the pizza crust is ready, assemble the beautiful pizza with sauce, sheeze, and all the fixins. Pop it back in the oven, and bake for 20 more minutes.

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Sprinkle with your fresh herbs or arugula, and enjoy. I promise you won’t even hate yourself later. P1020770

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  One thought on “Vegan quinoa pizza crust with walnut/almond sheeze

  1. March 31, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    This looks beautiful! I love adding arugula tossed in some olive oil (and sometimes garlic) on top of pizza. I’m excited to try the quinoa crust!

  2. March 31, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Nomnomnom. Can’t wait to make this. So happy to hear how great you’re feeling!

  3. vegadutchie
    April 13, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    You look the healthiest ever and this pizza is blissss

  4. April 14, 2013 at 4:09 am

    I can completely relate to this! Pizza has always been my favorite food so it was one of the biggest things holding me back from eating healthier and from eventually going vegan. But I have come to appreciate the cheeseless pizzas and you’re right – I feel SO much better after! 🙂 I’ve never tried a quinoa crust before – this is soaring to the high end of my “list of things to make” because a gluten and cheese free pizza is DEFINITELY worth trying!

    • April 14, 2013 at 10:44 am

      It really is a fabulous pizza;-) hope u enjoy it

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