MEATLESS MONDAY: homemade veggie pizza

Have you ever met anyone who didn’t love pizza? Probably not. Mostly because pizza might be the easiest food to personalize. Rarely do I try to pizzas in a row that are the same. And while pepperoni is the most popular topping, with a little bit of creativity, meatless people can be just as delicious.

• Pizza dough
• Tomato sauce
• Mozzarella cheese
• Veggies

For the sake of keeping this recipe simple, I’m going to use already made dough and sauce. If you have the time to commit to making the sauce and dough yourself, I recommend it. It’ll taste better and if you decide to make more than one pizza, it’ll be cheaper if you shop smart. If you want to to make your own sauce, simply add your desired mix of mashed tomatoes, olive oil, oregano, basil, garlic, salt and chili flakes. Then bring the sauce to a boil and let it simmer for about twenty minutes. Stir every few minutes.

If you decide to make the dough from scratch, it helps to prepare it the night before. Mix: 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of hot water (or beer if you’re feeling bold), 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon dry yeast and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix together into a ball and let it sit in a room temperature, covered container for at least an hour.

Sprinkle some corn meal over the pan before spreading the pizza if you have it. Stretch your dough into a circle and bake as directed at about 425 F for about seven minutes or until it’s lightly hardened but not crusty. Then spread a thin layer of pizza sauce over the dough, followed by a layer of mozzarella cheese. Add your desired veggies and bake at 425 F for about 16 minutes.

Some of my favorite variations:
• Spinach, feta cheese and chopped mushroom
• Asparagus, blue cheese and diced cherry tomatoes
• Chopped onion, bell peppers and corn
• Basil and macaroni and cheese
• Black beans, jalapeno peppers, sliced onion and tomatoes
• Portobello mushrooms, onions and broccoli piece is one in a series of “Meatless Monday” recipes. Try this recipe and tell me about your favorite variation in the comment section below!