Eat: Three Meatless Pizza Recipes
Whether you are planning some “meatless Mondays” during the season of lent, or just looking for a healthy and budget conscious way to feed your family, meatless pizzas are an affordable and delicious option! Here are three meatless pizza recipes my family enjoys on a regular basis:
I usually make my pizzas with a Boboli pizza crust. I buy them at BJ’s in a three pack that also comes with sauce, so it works out to be pretty affordable. I’m sure whatever your favorite kind of crust is will be fine with any of these recipes.
Spread pizza sauce over crust. On top of it, place baby spinach leaves. I usually make sure they don’t have really long stems, and I try to get them to lay pretty flat and cover most of the sauce. Top with mozzarella (I usually use the 2% milk kind). Cut some broccoli florets small and cook until tender. Place them on top of the cheese. Bake pizza as directed for whatever kind of crust you are using. I bake mine 8-10 minutes at 450.
This is my husband’s favorite kind of meatless pizza because it’s so nice and filling! It’s made with a bean paste instead of pizza sauce. First, drain and rinse one can of dark red kidney beans. Put into a food processor and add several spoonfuls of your favorite kind of salsa. Blend until smooth and you like the taste of it. I usually take a taste and if it seems bland or too chunky I add some more salsa. When you like the way it tastes, spread it on the pizza crust and top with mozzarella. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Since this pizza has a thick topping, I usually bake it a bit longer. 10-12 minutes at 450.
Corn and Black Bean Pizza
This recipe is a new one to our family, where as the other two I ate during my growing up years. It’s adapted from a recipe from Eating Well. First, spread a thin layer of barbecue sauce over crust. We are not really into spicy stuff so we used something mild. Top with 1 diced plum tomato, 1 cup rinsed black beans, 1 cup corn, and mozzarella cheese. I’m not going to lie – the recipe called for “smoked mozzarella”, but since we have to do other things like pay for health insurance, artisan cheeses don’t really make it into our budget… But, if you want to try to it with smoked mozz, go for it! 10-12 minutes at 450.
If you have a favorite pizza recipe I’d love to hear it. Or, if you have a great crust recipe, share it in the comments. Maybe I’ll be able to finally kick my Boboli habit!