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).
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.
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
god… goddess… badass.
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 salt
handful of dried cherry tomatoes
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?
Pour it into a pre-greased pizza pan, and bake at 400F (200C) for 20 minutes.
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
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.