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Pesto Veggie Pizza

pestopizza

Homemade pizza dough, pesto sauce, veggies and non-dairy cheese!

This pizza is vegan, except for the honey used in the pizza dough recipe.

I’ve always liked making my own pizza dough recipe and use Ina from the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe.  If you are trying this dough recipe here are a few tips that have worked for me…

  • Use a thermometer to make sure the water is just over 100 degrees and then add yeast, honey and olive oil.  Set the timer for 15 minutes and let it get foamy! 
  • Add 3 cups flour and set kitchenaid to #2 for 10 minutes.  Add a little flour to keep it from sticking and getting too crazy.

Colby and I always split the dough into two parts (his part is always much bigger than mine) so we can make separate pizzas.  The last few times I’ve had cheese on my pizza, I’ve felt really sick so I decided to make this one dairy free!

slice

 For the pesto… buy the new “More Peas, Thank You” book.  There are some really good recipes I’m looking forward to making this week.  I’ve already made a few and they are easy and delicious!

The pesto includes: chickpeas, basil, walnuts and nutritional yeast and I made it in my vitamix.  Fast and easy clean up!

For my toppings: mushrooms, onions and red peppers (sauteed first), toasted pine nuts and a little Daiya “cheddar cheese”.  I’ve tried the Daiya “mozzarella” many times and I hate it.  I LOVE their cheddar melted!

 

Getting ready to run my last long run for my Nike Women’s Half training! 12 miles :)

 

 

Vega Nutritional Shake

Friday: 3.5 miles (ran 3 in 28:30, walk .5)

No school today because of a little three-day weekend and I was sooooo happy to sleep in and run with Amy around 10:00.  I had school activities Wednesday and Thursday night, and was completely unable to run in the afternoon.  I am not an early morning runner (couldn’t even imagine getting up at 5 am!), so I decided to skip a 3 mile run and do the other today.  Tomorrow is 13.1 for our long run and I’m sure we will make sure we hit that .1 !  Amy and I tend to get a bit obsessive over miles and times…

I am in search of a dress for next weekend. Colby and I are getting our engagement photos taken, and I really want to find a PINK dress! (I want like Barbie pink)

I ordered this one from Banana Republic this past week, but it just isn’t right.  The ribbon around the upper waist is very snug and I don’t think I would be comfortable. I also think I want to find some sort of wrap dress with a 3/4 or long sleeve.  I am going out today to find something! I’ve been looking online on Black House White Market, Banana Republic, Gap, H & M and found a few ideas, but nothing pink enough…

I’ll let you know what I find!
Vega was kind enough to send me a few packets of their “all-in-one nutritional shake” in a few flavors.  I gave Amy the chocolate flavor and I tried Berry in my protein shaker.  Maybe because this dairy, gluten and soy free shake mix is made with pea protein (along with a bunch of other good vegan ingredients) … it just didn’t blend well.  Amy said the flavor was good, but she couldn’t get it smooth with water and milk.  I tried the berry with just water and couldn’t shake out all the clumps.  But… today I tried something different.
I tried the vanilla chai with almond milk and frozen bananas in an actual blender. (frozen banana slices in the zip lock bag above)
My favorite almond milk… Colby and I go through at least a half gallon a week.
After I used the vanilla chai shake mix, 1 cup almond milk and about 1 and a 1/2 frozen banana slices, the drink was smooth, just thick enough and delicious.  It was nice and refreshing and definitely held me over to lunch!
Have a good weekend!!
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