thai “chicken” pizza with whole wheat pizza dough.

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My coworker made this a few weeks ago and I didn’t try any because it was made with real chicken – but everyone else went crazy for it. I figured I would give it a try, but making it vegan. Im not a huge fan of daiya cheese, so i need to find a way to make it a little creamy b/c the daiya just isnt cutting it. But otherwise this was really really good, and I want to keep working to add to it and get it just right. The “chicken” is pretty salty, but I like my pizza salty, so this was alright to me!

1 pizza crust (*whole wheat pizza dough recipe below)
1 package uptons chickn seitan
1/2 cup green onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
spinach
4 T rice vinegar
4 T soy sauce
1/4 tspn black pepper
1 T corn starch
Daiya cheese
2T slivered almonds (optional)

Mix 1/2 onion, garlic, vinegar, and pepper. Add seitan and stir. Marinate a few hours or overnight. Reserve marinade. Saute seitan in a pan; Add cornstarch to marinade and cook until bubbly. Spread mixture onto pizza crust and sprinkle daiya cheese, spinach and green onions on top. Cook in preheated oven 500 degrees (or according to your crust instructions) for about 12-15 min. Sprinkle with almonds if using.
Whole wheat pizza dough

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
2 1/4 teaspoons (one 1/4 oz packet) Active Dry Yeast
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/2cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon agave
1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt

Directions:

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar. Stir and let sit until the yeast starts to foam and bubble, about 5-10 minutes.

2. Using the dough hook, turn the mixer on low and slowly add half of the flour, olive oil, honey, and salt. When flour is combined, add the remaining flour. Once dough starts to form, increase speed to medium. Mix for 3-5 minutes, until dough is well combined.

3. Remove the dough from the mixer and place on a floured counter. Knead a few times to form a ball. Dough should be smooth and shiny. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover loosely with a towel, and let rise for 30 minutes.

4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Roll dough into a 14 inch round. Place on a pizza pan or pizza stone. Spread with desired sauce and toppings. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove pizza from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

original recipe found here.

312. cheesy pasta bake.

As soon as I saw the recipe for this pasta, I knew I was making it for dinner IMMEDIATELY. Its kind of like a cheesy, creamy, lasagna kind of pasta. SO SO good. This is for sure going to be my next potluck dish!

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni or shells
  • 12 ounces grounds (I used uptons seitan)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 26-ounce jar marinara sauce ( i used homeade!)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained ( i used fresh!)
  • 2 cups vegan shredded mozzarella cheese, divided (such as Daiya)
  • 1 cup nondairy sour cream
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350. Cook noodles until al dente; drain and set aside. In a large nonstick skillet, add grounds, garlic, salt, and pepper, stirring frequently until heated through and slightly crisp, about 10 minutes. Add marinara sauce and Italian seasoning, stirring until well combined. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, combine cooked noodles, spinach, 1 cup shredded cheese, sour cream, nutritional yeast, and garlic powder. Stir until ingredients are evenly distributed and noodles are well coated. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 13×9-inch baking dish. Top evenly with marinara mixture and remaining cheese. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes, or until bubbly around the edges. Let stand for 15 mins before serving. Serves 8.

14. vegan deep dish pizza.

Vegan deep dish pizza sounds crazy right? Try more like CRAZY DELICIOUS. We burnt out on this a while back, but its been months, so I figured I’d give it another go. Man, did it hit the spot. The crust only needs to rise for 30 minutes, and it only bakes for about 15-20. Can totally be done on a weeknight if you wanted to.

Recipe is here: but here’s my modified version.

Dough:
1 tsp sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup finely ground yellow cornmeal
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp yellow cornmeal & flour (used to dust counter to roll out dough)

Pizza Filling
1 package Upton’s Naturals All Natural Italian Sausage
1 package mozzarella flavored Daiya
Baby spinach
your favorite pizza sauce
Directions

  1. In a separate bowl, combine water, sugar, and active dry yeast to activate yeast and let sit for at least 5 minutes.
  2. In a mixer, add the dry ingredients and mix on a low setting using a bread hook. When the yeast is ready, add it to the mixer with the olive oil. Let the dough form in the mixer until it forms a uniform ball and starts to climb the bread hook. (If you do not have a mixer, then combine the dry ingredients with the bowl of yeast, kneed until smooth.)
  3. Remove and let stand for at least half an hour or until it doubles in size.
  4. While waiting for the dough to rise, prepare the other ingredients.
  5. In a lightly oiled skillet, add the seitan and lightly brown. Prepare the toppings you want to include.
  6. Once the dough has risen, punch it down and then use the the cornmeal and flour to dust the counter. Form an even roll and cut in half. Lightly oil one half and place it in a zip lock bag in the freezer for another day.
  7. Roll or press out the dough into a circle that will fit in a round, 9 inch cooking pan (I used a spring form pan for this). Lightly oil the baking pan and lightly dust with flour to prevent the dough from sticking. Place the dough in the pan so that it climbs up the sides to make a wall.
  8. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  9. Begin layering the ingredients. To keep it authentic, add the seitan sausage first, then the vegetable toppings.  Sprinkle a layer of vegan Parmesan cheese if you prefer. Add the daiya cheese. Sprinkle oregano and basil over the cheese for a little added flavor. Add the pan to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove and add a layer of the sauce. Place in the oven again and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  11. Remove and let cool enough that you can handle and remove from pan. Place on a cutting board, slice, and serve.