Grilled Vegan Pizza

Vegan Recipes

I admit it. I love cooking with family and friends. And yes I love art projects. I used to joke when I lived in Manhattan that if you were to jump on the sidewalk outside my apartment a cloud of glitter would emerge from its exterior. I love creating with my children. It’s a fun time to explore, joke and play.  Yet somehow at the age of 15 and 18 the glamor of spreading shaving cream sprinkled with glitter on the table top doesn’t cut it with my children.  Instead , I have substituted colorful veggies and play (or pizza) dough. And oh what fun we have. The pizza may not be pizza parlor perfect but I guarantee it tastes as good!

Ingredients:

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  • 1 store-bought bag of pizza dough (about 16 oz.)
  • 1 medium onion thickly sliced
  • 1/2 orange pepper and 1/2 red pepper (any types are fine) cut into large pieces
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Marinara sauce
  • Olive oil for grilling
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup flour (for your hands and the surface so dough doesn’t stick)
  • Salt and pepper as desired

Directions:

  1. Light the grill.
  2. While grill is pre-heating, decide if you want to make one large pie or smaller individual pizza so each kid can make her own. Let dough come to room temperature.
  3. Lightly flour cutting board and hands so the dough doesn’t stick.
  4. Now it’s time to channel your inner pizzaiolo although I’ve never successfully tossed a pizza into the air. A rolling-pin and hands, is my method of choice.

     

    5. By this time the grill is usually hot enough for grilling the veggies (450º). Grease the grill then add the veggies. After several minutes lightly grease the top of the vegetable before you flip them. Grill for a couple minutes longer then reserve.

     

  5.  Brush one side of pizza dough with olive oil and place oil side down on grill. Cook for several minutes. Then brush oil on the top and flip. At this point I add the cherry tomatoes to the grill.
  6. Brush the cooked side of pizza with Marinara sauce. Leave on grill for several more minutes watching carefully so the bottom of the pizza doesn’t burn.

     

  7.  When pizza is almost done top with veggie and basil.
  8.  Remove from grill and serve.IMG_6300

ENJOY!

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Beastly Sliders by Beyond Meat

Product Review, Vegan Recipes

 

 

 

The search for the holy grail for vegans who want a ‘real’ beef burger is finely over, thanks to Beyond Meat, a food manufacturer in California. (Ok, where else? Certainly not Texas.) I’m frequently asked by meat eaters how can I resist a good, juicy, beef burger right off the grill. And truthfully as much as I enjoy a vegan diet, I still yearn for a bite of a ‘real’ burger every now and then at a cookout or when I take my son to Shake Shack. I don’t succumb for a variety of issues including health issues, animal rights to environmental concerns.

My daughter wanted to try the Beast Burger but unfortunately our local Whole Foods was all sold out, but we found two packs Beastly Sliders in the frozen food section. The sliders are the same nutrient blend as the burgers so we bought them.

The problem with most vegan burgers is the texture but Beyond Meat has the texture of  ground beef. It’s also juicy, provided you don’t over cook.  I found about 3 minutes per side on the grill yielded the perfect burger. The taste does not exactly mimic beef but it does have a smokey meat-like flavor due to the added spices, mesquite and shiitake mushroom.  Nutritionally beastly sliders and burgers hits the ball out of the ballpark. They contain spinach, broccoli, carrot, tomato, shiitake mushroom, beet juice, mesquite and pomegranate seed. It also is loaded with B vitamin, calcium and protein.

How does a 4 oz. Beast burger compare to 4 oz. beef burger ?

The Beast burger has 260 calories, 16g fat, 0 cholesterol, 480 mg sodium, 7g carbohydrates, 4g dietary fiber and 23g protein.

A beef burger (80% Lean / 20% Fat) has 284 calories, 22.4 grams of fat, 80 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 0 carbohydrates, 0 fiber and 19.23g protein.

On the plus side, Beast Burger has more protein and fiber and less cholesterol than a beef burger but on the negative side it has 405mg sodium more.

Next time, when I go to Whole Foods I’m definitely buying the sliders again and hopefully the store won’t be sold out of Beast Burgers and I can get them, too!

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