Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Gluten Free Vegan Pizza

Doesn't that sound yummy?  Who needs all the chewy crust, oozing melted cheese, and greasy pepperoni?  Pizza was one of those things I've struggled to replace when I started converting to a gluten free diet.  I tried a lot of different crusts. Some pre-made, others from a mix or recipe but they were all obviously not "real" pizza.  I finally stumbled upon Shar's gluten free crust awhile back and have stuck with them every since. 

They come in a pre package box of 2 crusts.  The prices varies depending on the store but I can usually get them for around $6.00.  It seems a little pricey but when you think of how much you pay for pizza when you order out it's not so bad. It makes for a quick and easy semi-homemade pizza night.  We sometimes go the traditional sauce and cheese route, but for Jim's birthday I decided to do a special vegan kale pizza.

Vegan Pizza

Pizza crust of your choice
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2-3 gloves of garlic, chopped
~ 1/2 c. pizza sauce
toppings of your choice
olive oil

Preheat oven according to pizza crust directions.
Cook garlic on medium heat medium skillet using 1-2 Tbsp of oil.  Add cannellini beans and cook until warm.  Mash beans and garlic.

Spread bean mash over crust. Add sauce. Top with choice of  veggies (we went with red onions...I also enjoy roasted red peppers.)

With 2-3 minutes remaining on the recommended cook time I remove the pizza and top with a heaping pile of kale and drizzle a little oil olive around the edges of the crust.  Returning to the oven until the kale is crispy. 

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