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Recipe: Veggie Lover’s Pizza With a Whole Wheat Flaxseed Crust

March 14th, 2011 12:48 pm by Kelly


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This weekend, Shane and I continued our now two-week streak of experimenting with new pizza recipes. (Woohoo us! Break out the vegan champagne, y’all, this calls for a celebration!) Anyhow, since I tend to be rather repetitive when it comes to toppings*, I decided to try out a veggie lover’s pizza for a change (albeit a minor change, but still!).

Cue: broccoli and cauliflower florets, diced carrots, sundried tomatoes and black olives. (Come summer, I’ll add homegrown green and yellow zucchini and grape tomatoes to the mix! Fresh mushrooms, too.) All on a whole wheat crust sprinkled with super-healthy ground flax seeds and sweetened with agave nectar.

Deeeee-licious!
 

Whole Wheat Flaxseed Pizza Crust (& a Veggie Lover’s Pizza!)
 

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Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons quick-rising yeast
2/3 cup very warm water
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons agave

cornmeal and/or cooking spray

the toppings of your choice

 
Directions

1. In a medium size bowl, combine both flours, as well as the ground flax seeds, yeast and salt. Mix well.

2. In a measuring cup, measure out the warm water. Stir in the olive oil and agave and pour this liquid onto the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly until the dough forms into a workable ball. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for several minutes, or until the dough is no longer sticky.

3. Place the ball of dough in a bowl and let rest, covered with a towel or cover, for at least 20 minutes (until the ball has doubled in size) or up to several hours.

4. When ready to assemble and bake your pizza, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

5. As the oven’s heating, spread a dusting of cornmeal onto your pizza stone (or lightly coat your pizza pan with cooking spray). Using fingers dipped in olive oil (optional), pat the dough onto the stone, spreading it out evenly.

6. Add your favorite (vegan!) toppings. For this Veggie Lover’s pizza, we used red sauce, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella Daiya cheese, broccoli and cauliflower florets (frozen since it’s still winter, but defrosted on the counter for four hours prior!), diced carrots and black olives, all held together with an extra dusting of Daiya on top. Don’t be shy with those veggies, people!

7. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 minutes for two pizzas (or until the crust is browned). Be sure to rotate racks at the halfway point!

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* What can I say? When I find something I like, I stick with it! Why hello CSI rerun, I know I’ve seen you eight times now, but what’s once more between friends? Sexual Politics of Meat reference, holla!

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Posted: 03/14/11 at 12:48 pm. Filed under: Food & Recipes.
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Saturday Garbage Plate: Pizza and Pups

March 12th, 2011 12:50 pm by Kelly


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A vegan pizza, topped with zucchini, asparagus, tomatoes and onions and served on a funky dodecagonal (?) white plate.
CC image via flickr user buenobonitoyvegan.

As always, this week’s roundup of nomz, via the twitternets:

Contests and giveaways! Leslie Loves Veggies has six jars of Food for Lovers Vegan Queso for three lucky winners; over at The Dirty Vegan, there’s a Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss prize pack up for grabs; and you can enter to win a Tasty Bite Meal Kit from The Vegan Backpacker. That last contest ends today, so don’t dawdle, mkay?

Spay and Neuter Kansas City is in need of “laundry soap, bleach, newspaper & cardboard flats for litter boxes! Newspaper & flats on the top of the list as these cannot be bought. If you or anyone you know (neighbors) has a newspaper subscription with old papers stacking up, we could really use them! Thanks in advance!” Additionally, they’re in need of an experienced foster home for a new mother and here pups. Finally, you can read up on this week’s volunteer opportunities here.

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Yesterday was our little Rennie’s birthday/adoption day anniversary! Go tweet her some love, won’t you?

The Natural Products Expo West is happening in Anaheim this weekend and, for those of us not lucky enough to live in Cali, quarrygirl has a massive roundup of her favorite products, including tweets from Chicago Soydairy (like peeps, but vegan!); mozzarella sticks made with Teese cheese (also vegan!); the new pepperjack-flavored Daiya cheese; and some soy pepperoni crumbles from el burrito – to name just a few. Cue: tummy rumbles.

Brought to you from the folks behind Vegan Backpacker, Vegan Cuts is a cool new service that delivers deals on coupons on vegan products and services to your inbox weekly. Convenient, right? So what are you waiting for? Sign up here!

Finally, I’d hoped to have a list of resources available to those who’d like to donate to relief efforts in Japan; unfortunately, I haven’t yet found the time to research and compile a list. Instead, check out this guide to giving from charity watchdog Charity Navigator – and please think twice about giving to the American Red Cross, which has a history of misusing emergency funds, conducts vivisection, and discriminates against GLBTQ folks. Food for Life Global is a personal favorite, but it’s not yet clear whether they’re providing relief to the quake and tsunami survivors in Japan.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Charles and Darwin

March 11th, 2011 10:11 am by Kelly


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Charles (left) and Darwin (right), a pair of bicolor and albino (respectively) rats, cuddle together under a pink piece of cloth, heads peaking out with curiosity. So cute and cozy!
Photos courtesy T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter.

Oh my dog, if you’ve been following this feature for any amount of time, then I don’t have to tell you how much I adore rats! That’s right: RATS! They are cute and cuddly and curious and sweet and just full of love and fun. (Also: rainbows, unicorns and Dandies.) Unfortunately, with five dogs and two cats, I’m afraid that rats, mice, and other tiny creatures would not be long in my house, so I am relegated to cooing over them on Petfinder. And telling you to adopt them already!

Darwin and Charles are the rats of the day. Currently staying at the T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter in Manhattan, Kansas (a two-hour drive west of KCMO, right past Topeka), Darwin and Charles are two rat friends in need of a home. Tag! You’re it! (I kid, I kid. Or maybe not?)
 

Darwin & Charles
Rat: An adoptable rat in Manhattan, KS
Small • Adult • Male

Charles and Darwin were surrendered to the shelter to find a home that actually has the time for them. Charles and Darwin are friendly and happy fellows. Charles is the bicolor and Darwin is the albino.

More about Darwin & Charles
Pet ID: 30435-6 • Primary colors: White, Black • Coat length: Short

 
If, for some strange reason, you are in need of further convincing, just look at these faces!

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Charles (top) and Darwin (bottom) WANT TO COME HOME WITH YOU!

These guys have been naturally selected for CUTENESS – with which they will KILL YOU unless you say yes to their demands! Luckily, these primarily involve a safe, loving home, plenty of toys, and all the veggie nomz they can eat. So you’d be a fool to deny them.

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Recipe: Crispy, Crunchy, Somewhat Buttery (& Totally Vegan!) Cornmeal Pizza Crust

March 8th, 2011 11:41 am by Kelly


Shane and I decided over the weekend to start a new culinary tradition: every Saturday, experiment with a new pizza recipe, whether it involves dough, sauce, spices, toppings, methodology, whathaveyou. It will be a difficult promise to keep, I know – not so much on the noming side so much as the planning – but hey, the things we do for you peeps!

Our first foray into the unknown remained on the, um, cautiously safe / slightly lazy side, to wit: a crispy, crunchy cornmeal pizza crust from about.com. Not quite thin, but also not nearly as thick as our standard white crust, this pie was a nice change of pace. The cornmeal lends a rich, somewhat buttery taste to the crust, and the added texture complements the toppings deliciously. I will most definitely be adding this recipe to our regular lineup!

If you’d like a thin(ner) crust, you could divvy this recipe up to make two pizzas – maybe two medium-sized pies, or perhaps a large or medium pie and a smaller, “personal pan” portion.

 
Crispy, Crunchy, Somewhat Buttery (& Totally Vegan!) Cornmeal Pizza Crust

(Based on this recipe from vegetarian.about.com.)
 

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Cheesy vegan pizza and feminist Bitch-in’?
Throw in Resident Evil: Afterlife, and we’ve got one hot Saturday night date!


 
Ingredients

1/2 cup warm water
1 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 3/4 to 3 1/4 cups flour, divided
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Directions

1. In a medium size bowl, combine water, yeast, sugar, cornmeal and 1 1/4 cups flour. Mix thoroughly and let sit for five minutes.

2. Add the oil, salt and enough flour to form a workable ball. Knead, adding flour as needed, for about three to five minutes or until the dough is no longer sticky.

3. Place the ball of dough in a bowl and let rest, covered with a towel or cover, for at least 15 minutes or up to an hour. You can also make the dough in advance and store it, covered in the fridge, all day.

4. When ready to assemble and bake your pizza, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

5. As the oven’s heating, spread a dusting of cornmeal onto your pizza stone (or lightly coat your pizza pan with cooking spray). Using fingers dipped in olive oil (optional), pat the dough onto the stone, spreading it out evenly.

6. Add your favorite (vegan!) toppings: red sauce, cheesy mashed potatoes, fruit, veggies, spices, nondairy cheese, cruelty-free “meats,” and the like.

(We used red sauce, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella Daiya cheese, black olives and Lightlife Smart Pepperoni, layered in that order, with an extra dusting of cheese on top to bind all the toppings together.)

7. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 minutes for two pizzas (or until the crust is browned). Be sure to rotate racks at the halfway point!

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Saturday Garbage Plate: Vegan Protest Fuel

March 5th, 2011 12:22 pm by Kelly


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Vegan pepper and onion pizza!
CC image via Flickr user thewickedgoodvegan.

As always, let’s get this Saturday Garbage Plate started with your weekly #NOM roundup!

Contests and giveaways! Fave Diets has one box of (organic, vegan, Kosher) Righteously Raw Chocolate bars up for grabs (Don’t enter, though, cause these babies are ALL MINE!); vegansaurus! is giving away a Lightlife gift basket (See: previous parentheses.); you can enter to win Sjaak’s new vegan candy bars at VegNews; and one lucky Vegan Appetite reader will snag a copy of The Natural Vegan Kitchen, courtesy of The Book Publishing Company.

Missouri residents: Help save Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act! The MO state legislature is currently crafting legislation that would dismantle the measure, which was passed with 52% of the vote in November. Read more at missourifordogs.com, then take action. Sample letters are available from Missourians for the Protection of Dogs and Best Friends Animal Society.

Global residents: if you have any scratch to spare, please consider a donation to one of these lovely (vegan!) causes!

Vegan Protest Fuel is a brand spanking new project that was just launched this week. The good folks at VPF deliver vegan food to peaceful protesters defending their rights around the world. Their first campaign? Feeding “the tenacious heroes in Madison, WI, who are fighting to preserve their precious collective bargaining rights and for economic justice in their state against a radical conservative governor and assembly.”

Oh, how I love it when my veganism collides (happily!) with other social justice movements.

To learn more or make a donation, visit Vegan Protest Fuel’s Facebook page. Whether or not you’re able to donate, please like, share and spread the word!

Also, Team Vegan Vixens needs your support in the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! Held throughout the month of April,

The Bowl-a-Thon is a nationwide series of local events that allow community members (you!) to captain your own bowling team, participate in a kickass national event – and raise money to help women and girls pay for abortions they couldn’t otherwise afford.

Abortion Funds are local, grassroots groups that work tirelessly to help low-income and disadvantaged women who want an abortion and do not have enough money to pay for it. Abortion Funds help women pay for their abortions, help them buy bus or plane tickets, and even offer women a place to stay when they have to travel for an abortion. Abortion Funds make a difference in women’s lives…and you can join them!

Team Vegan Vixens is currently the top fundraiser for the Chicago Abortion Fund, which is #8 overall. Help Team Vegan (Vixens!) represent by pledging your support.

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Vegan cookies are distributed at a Prop 8 rally in Riverside, CA, circa 2008.
CC image via Flickr user lierne.

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