It’s pizza for lunch at my house today! Above is my grown-up pizza with caramelized onions, black olives, and a drizzle of olive oil. It was delicious but too sparse on the toppings. It was more of a gourmet flatbread than a pizza, and I found myself wishing I had some sort of sauce to dip it in.
Here is my 5 year old’s masterpiece. Lots of pizza sauce, lots of olives, and a light sprinkling of Daiya mozzarella shreds. He even rolled out his own crust!
Here’s my go-to crust recipe. It’s half and half white and whole wheat. I’ve done all whole wheat flour before and it works fine, but I prefer a slightly lighter, crusty-chewy texture for pizza.
Bread Machine Pizza Crust:
- 2/3 cup warm water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup unbleached white flour
- 1 tsp active dry yeast
Add water, salt, and oil to the bread machine. Sprinkle flours over the top without mixing in. Make a little well in the center of the flour and sprinkle in the yeast. Set bread machine to dough setting (mine has a specific “pizza dough” setting) and relax while it does the rest!
Pizza Sauce is from Vegan with a Vengeance. Super duper simple recipe and it always makes enough for at least three large pizzas, so I use 1/3 of it and freeze the rest in two small containers. In fact, today I just thawed out one of those containers to use for these mini-pizzas!
To caramelize onions, thinly slice up an onion and then cook it slowly in oil for about 3o minutes. I like to add a sprinkle of salt and sugar just to make it super savory.
I baked all of these pizzas at 425 degrees F for about 15 minutes, brushing the bottom of the crusts with olive oil so that they wouldn’t stick. Served them with cups of pineapple tidbits for a 100% kid-friendly lunch.
What is your favorite kind of pizza?
oh i love me some vegan pizza!!! its gotta have olives on it for me!
YUM! Looks great! We love pizza around here too…my kids like broccoli and mushroom and I love pizza with lots of veggies on it like carmelized onions, mushrooms, garlic, broccoli, artichoke hearts, green olives etc…we love daiya on our pizza too! =)
great ideas! I’ve never put broccoli on a pizza, do you pre-cook it?
I love mushrooms on pizza, too, and was so wishing I had some in the house today! They would have gone perfectly with the earthy caramelized onions.
Oh, and to answer my own question: My own favorite pizza topping, hands-down, is vegan pesto! I love a pesto pizza in the summer with halved cherry tomatoes on top.
nope…I just throw them on…sometimes I use frozen organic broccoli if I don’t have fresh….my 1 and 3 yr old love mushrooms on their pizza…people are shocked when they see that! lol but I’ve been feeding them a plant-based diet for so long they love that stuff…it’s normal for them! I love pesto too…I have an oil-free one that I’ll post soon made with white beans! so yummy…and I have a white bean ricotta recipe for white pizza if you like that too! =)
I LOVE pesto as the sauce for my pizza. As a kid I actually didn’t like pizza (crazy, right?). I would however eat pizza if it was pesto pizza…so good. Now that I am grown, I still love pesto pizza and now add fresh tomato, artichoke hearts, spinach, mushrooms, and caramelized onions.
Bah, not crazy at all! Pizza heaped with veggies is much more delicious, you were a smart kiddo. Honestly I think kids are brainwashed into liking cheese or pepperoni pizza these days – it makes a prominent appearance on school lunch menus and never fails to be at the birthday parties my kids are invited to!