Vegan Budget Cooking Series: Vegan Pizza

How can pizza be vegan? I didn’t think it was possible… I mean, you can easily take off the pepperoni but don’t you need cheese?  How can pizza be good without cheese?  The answer… Vegan, cashew cheese.  Our vegan pizza recipe is so good, I prefer it over any of the pizzas we used to order before. 

The ingredients I use:

Ingredients Cost Calories Protein (g) Where did I buy it?
3 Lebanese Pitas $0.74 510 24 Walmart ($0.98 for a 4 pack)
Half a pepper $0.25 20 0.5 On the discount rack at Walmart this week
Half a bulb of garlic $0.10 26 1.2 Walmart
1 onion $0.20 44 1 Walmart
1/3 of a cauliflower $0.33 30 2 On the discount rack at Walmart this week
1/3 of a broccoli $0.33 51 4.3 $0.99 each at Sobeys
150g of tofu $0.50 114 12 Walmart
Half can of pasta sauce $0.48 70 7 Walmart
spices (basil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning) $0.15 Bulk Barn
3/8 cup of cashews $1.05 360 10 Walmart
1.5 tbsp of nutritional yeast (18g) $0.36 45 6 Bulk Barn
Canola Oil (2 tbsp) $0.08 80   Walmart
$4.57 1350 68
Per Serving (1/3) $1.52 450 23

 

Step 1: Cook the tofu

Dry the tofu with some paper towel trying to get it as dry as possible.  Then cut it in cubes and fry it in a pan with a bit of basil. About 10 minutes.  While it’s cooking, crumble it with a potato masher.

Step 2: Cut and cook the vegetables

Cut up all the vegetables the way you would like them on the pizza.  For the vegetables, I usually use the vegetables that are on sale that week or the ones we have a lot of in the refrigerator. Heat a pan with a bit of canola oil.  Cook the vegetables.

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Step 3: Make the cheese

Make the cashew cheese. Mix the nutritional yeast, the cashews and a bit of garlic salt in a food processor. It will make a parmesan cheese type cheese.

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Step 4: Make the vegan pizza

Spread the pasta sauce on the pitas.  Then add the cooked veggies. Then add the crumbled tofu.  Lastly, sprinkle on the cashew cheese.

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Step 5: Finish

Place the pizzas on a baking sheet in the oven on broil for about 5 minutes.  Enjoy!

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This make 12 pieces (3 pitas cut into 4). We normally eat 3 to 4 pieces each and the kids will eat 1 or 2, so we sometimes have left overs.  One pita/4 pieces of vegan pizza has 23G of protein! You can substitute the vegetables for any you like.  One big savings is using Lebanese pitas. Other pizza bread options can be $2 to $4 per package.  Also we use tomato pasta sauce instead of pizza sauce. Here’s a secret… Other than some small differences in spices, they are the exact same! But with pasta sauce you can get 3 X more for the same price.

 

Check out our other recipes in the Vegan Budget Cooking Series!

 

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