…this would be it:
Heck yes that pizza is raw! It’s also filling and delicous! Not impressed by vegan cheese and trying to stop eating wheat means pizza isn’t much of an option for me right now. I’ve tried raw pizza before at Ecopolitan, but I was truly inpsired by Mandee’s raw pizza post to try making some myself.
I made this yesterday (and made the crust over the weekend) based on a recipe from Alissa Cohen’s Living on Live Foods. The crust is chewy (in a non-glutinous way) and really substantial, unlike other raw flax crusts I’ve had which tend to crumble pretty easily. With this pizza I could practically fold the slice in my hand to eat it! I think the trick here is the dehydrated sprouted-buckwheat-flax-veggie crust, spread with sunflower/nut cheese first, then topped with marinara and veggies and dehydrated again. The flavors get a chance to mingle, the layers get “sealed” together, and the pizza takes on a cooked look and taste. I’m really glad I made three crusts at once (the other two are in the freezer) so I can experiment with different toppings.
Doesn’t the marinara and nut/seed cheese look like caramelized regular cheese?
I’ve been trying to get more greens in to my diet, because I feel so good when I do. That’s why there’s kale on that pizza (even though it looks like basil). And that’s also why my green smoothies have been getting greener:
Whereas I used to only use a couple leaves of stemmed kale and a handful or two of spinach, I can now handle nearly half a bunch of kale (visually I’m trying to do half or more of the blender jar as greens)… I added some orange juice and water to this particular batch, and as I up the greens I might add an extra half or whole frozen banana to cut the bitterness of the greens a little. Sometimes I throw some cinnamon and fresh ginger into the smoothies depending on the fruit I’m using, and it is really warming despite it still being cold and gray here in Minnesota. Last week we celebrated sunny and 45F (!) and today we have an unpleasant slushy mix falling from the sky.
The zine work is going strong… it feels so close now! I just hope I can synch up my schedule with Dan’s so the covers can get printed. In other news, I’ve been testing recipes for Terry’s new Vegan Latina cookbook. It’s definitely a contrast to a lot of the raw and lighter foods I’ve been eating, but it’s so exciting to learn about Latin American food beyond the typical Mexican, pupusas and chimichurri sauce (which is about all I have experience with). Here is last night’s dinner of Pinto Gallo (a smoky, creamy beans and rice dish) topped with Green Tomatillo Sauce (so fresh and lovely!), alongside Pickled Red Onions (isn’t that color amazing?) and Salvadorian Slaw (crunchy and tangy)…the salad in back is just what I threw together:
I’m hoping that I might have time tomorrow to post a dessert-y recipe using some strawberries I scored for free from work today, but for now the weather outside is lulling me into a nice little catnap…