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Vegetarian Pizzas

Deep inside, everyone’s a vegetarian.  I just eat a few less animals than most.  Once you come to terms why you don’t eat dogs, cats, monkeys, and dolphins, you’ll begin to understand why I don’t eat cows, pigs, chickens, and lambs.” -Edward Sanchez

I’ve found making pizzas as a quick meal that also includes some leftovers.  The toppings are limitless and I usually just choose random vegetables I have purchased for other meals.  Before becoming a vegetarian meat was my go-to topping on pizzas.  I’ve found with trying different vegetables on my pizzas they are full of flavor and more satisfying than my former “meat lover” preferences.

For pizza crusts I advise AGAINST Kroger brand, it tasted like cardboard.  Mama Mary’s brand (I’ve bought at Walmart) is made with whole wheat and is a thin and crispy style crust.  I spread olive oil on the bottom of the crust to make it crispy.  Before I spread the pizza sauce I like to spread minced garlic and pesto on the crust to add flavor. For pizza sauces I tend to prefer a white sauce such as alfredo or ranch dressing.  Sometimes I mix half white sauce and half spaghetti sauce.  For cheese I usually buy some pre-mixed mozzarella, Asiago, provolone, and romano cheeses.  I also like to sprinkle feta after I have put the other toppings on the pizza.  If you broil the oven it browns the cheese on top too.

My favorite pizza toppings:

  • spinach 
  • zucchini
  • banana peppers
  • tomato slices or halves of cherry tomatoes
  • onion slices
  • marinated artichoke hearts
  • mushrooms
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • kale
  • pesto
  • chili pepper flakes
  • garlic cloves

These are some pictures from my two most recent pizzas.

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Vegetarian Pizza Ingredients

Veggie Lovers Pizza

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Using Steak Seasoning as a Vegetarian

Livestock–cattle, poultry, goats, sheep–totaling 15 billion worldwide now outnumber people three to one.  Livestock graze on half of the world’s land mass.  The explosion of livestock populations has resulted in a parallel explosion of animal wastes that pollute surface and ground water.  U.S. livestock produce 230,000 pounds of excrement per second.  The amount of waste created by a 10,000-head feed lot is equal to the waste of a city of 110,000 people.

Steak seasoning is obviously used on steak, but there are plenty of vegetarian friendly recipes that steak seasoning complements.  My favorite is with tomatoes, mozzarella, and balsamic vinegar.  The best part of combining the mozzarella with the tomatoes is that the fat in the cheese helps your body absorb more of the disease-fighting lycopene from the tomatoes.

  • Slice a tomato or two and top with slices of wet mozzarella.
  • Add a small amount of diced onions, sprinkle with steak seasoning, and drizzle balsamic vinegar.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes so that the flavors can blend.

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Another variation of the above recipe is on garlic toast.

  • Cook garlic toast for 1/2 of the suggested time.
  • Flip the garlic toast over and top with tomato slices, steak seasoning, mozzarella (slices or shredded)
  • cook the remaining amount of time

Kale Chips with Steak Seasoning

  • Preheat oven to 325F
  • Pick the leaves off of the stems, rinse, and dry–wet leaves will burn in the oven
  • Drizzle olive oil across a cookie sheet
  • spread rinsed and dried pieces of kale across the cookie sheet,
  • sprinkle steak seasoning and oregano  or steak seasoning and dill on the kale
  • bake for about 20 minutes

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Another suggestion is to season french fries or baked potatoes with steak seasoning. I hope that you enjoy these recipes these are some of my favorite snacks or side dishes.

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